I am a marketing and strategic communications professional with more than 25 years experience spanning multiple sectors including enterprise software, analytics, energy and utilities, publishing, and education.


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I began my professional career as one of the first few hundred employees at Microsoft. For 11 years I worked there as a senior technical writer, writing manager, and program manager, focused mostly on Microsoft Excel. It was a fabulous place to start in life. I learned enough that I wish Microsoft granted diplomas.

After leaving Microsoft, I’ve focused more on infrastructure and the private sector.

  • I was publisher and co-owner of The Local Planet Weekly, an alternative newsweekly in Spokane, Washington. We won numerous awards for our coverage, including national AAN awards for features, for our coverage of 9/11, and for media criticism, for our coverage of public/private finance involving Spokane’s daily Spokesman-Review newspaper.
  • I worked for Itron, one of the leading global Smart Grid vendors. The energy industry is a complex world at a fascinating juncture. Itron’s marketing group and approach taught me much about brand, discipline, and execution. That’s another place I feel like I earned a diploma.
  • I served as Strategic Communications Manager for WestEd, a nationwide non-profit agency for education research and service. Here I saw the power, possibility, and sometimes missed opportunity of marketing in public and social sectors.
  • I was Senior Marketing Manager for Space-Time Insight, an analytics software company for big data and the Internet of Things.
  • Currently I work as Director of Marketing for Great Place to Work. We are a leading human resources consultancy that researches and publishes the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For.

To learn more about me and my work, please visit my portfolio and LinkedIn profile.


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