FWD.us

Innovation Council Member

Starting in January 2015, I became part of the core volunteer team at FWD.us and in 2017, they selected me to be part of their Bay Area innovation Council.

FWD.us is an advocacy group that aims to lobby and advocate for immigration reform, changes to the US education system to improve science and technology education, and the facilitation of scientific breakthroughs with broad public benefits. I consult and support on volunteer initiatives strategy and development, as well as on marketing and community engagement.

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617 Forum

Co-Founder, Community Organizer for Political & Grassroots Engagement

On November 9, 2016, my roommate Julia Robinson and I sat at our favorite neighborhood cafe in disbelief and talked about wanting to do something after the shocking election events of the night before. Both with a background in activism and community engagement, we were eager to create a space where our friends and community could come together to encourage each other in actively supporting various issues and protecting our rights and the planet. That's how 617 Forum got started, and we held our first event two weeks later. Here is an article I wrote when we first started it.

On our first gathering, we welcomed friends who wanted to get more educated and involved following the election. We discussed how we can all — individually and collectively — contribute our time, expertise, and money to move this country forward for the benefit of all. Because we believe that sustained action is necessary for positive change, we've held gatherings about once a month since then. Reach out if you'd like to join the forum. 

 

Social Media Voice

Leveraging Instagram for education and social impact

With the 2016 election, I recognized the power of my digital voice. I started writing on Medium and started leveraging Instagram, a platform I mostly used for personal memorabilia, to share my voice and views on various current events, as well as CTAs for my digital community. This is my way of staying engaged on a digital level, and inspire my network to do the same. The support has been tremendous. Here are some examples: