I am an entrepreneur, writer, strategist, storyteller, and dogged seeker of positive social impact. The stories we tell create the world around us. I believe in using them for good.
I have developed and delivered programs and presentations for the Fulbright Program, Whole Foods Market, Net Impact, MercyCorps Northwest, Portland State University, Ashoka U, the Whole Cities Foundation, and the World Affairs Council, among others. My work has been featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Newsweek and more.
A Brief History
In 2011, I launched a social enterprise on seed capital from a crowdfunding campaign and venture competition prize money. In 2013, the nation’s largest organic grocer acquired my company, and I created a job at that Fortune 500 corporation that was the first in its 33-year history. For the next three years, I developed and led the organization's first social enterprise business initiative and served as a speaker, educator and advisor at the national level. I left my corporate director role in 2017 to launch an independent practice that uncovers and elevates meaningful stories to help innovators achieve strategic clarity and maximize positive impact.
I create, manage, and support projects with individuals, startups, and corporations to help them emerge, engage, innovate, and transform.
My Street Grocery
As a response to food insecurity and access issues facing Portland communities, I founded My Street Grocery, an award-winning social enterprise and the nation’s first mobile grocer to be acquired and operated by a national retailer. My Street Grocery operated community markets in Portland, Ore. designed to improve fresh food access and build community by using food as a catalyst for connection, belonging, holistic health, and social change. The brand was nationally recognized as a leading innovator in food security and access. My Street Grocery has been featured in Fast Company, Huffington Post, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Oregon Public Broadcasting, documentary film, radio and television news.
I partnered with Legacy Health to design and execute an incentive program that provided access to healthy food for patients who suffer from devastating chronic diseases and food insecurity. Program participants received food prescription vouchers from their healthcare providers on a weekly basis, giving them access to nourishing food, as well as healthy eating and cooking education and a supportive community. Our initiative was the Portland Metro Area's first and largest food prescription program, growing from one to ten participating clinics over four years in both urban and rural locations, enrolling more than 500 patients, and surpassing the national average redemption rate. The program was featured at national events, in local and regional media, and in a documentary film.
Whole Foods Market
As the Director of Food Access Programs for Whole Foods Market, I designed and led the corporation's first comprehensive food access initiative. I collaborated with marketing leaders to develop a focused community partnership strategy, developed and taught leadership curricula for team members, built cross-functional teams aligned around a shared purpose, and co-created a national grant program leading to investments in 44 new community-led food access programs across 26 states. My work was featured in national media, improved customer and team member engagement, and earned the corporation's 2014 global top innovation award.
I provide strategic storytelling workshops, presentations, and keynotes for teams, organizations, and events. I teach storytelling for social innovation at Portland State University's School of Business Administration. I've been a featured and keynote speaker at conferences and events around North America with themes including entrepreneurship, access, impact, innovation, leadership, community, and connection. I write about food and culture for national media outlets.
I love to wonder, explore, innovate, and collaborate.
Let's do something good together.