A Short Story
As a strategist, storyteller, and social entrepreneur, I walk a diverse professional path guided by a commitment to creating positive impact. I’ve been known to drive a grocery store on wheels into food insecure communities, convince a Fortune 500 corporation to let me build it a food access initiative, secure funding for cross-sector collaborations that believe food is medicine, partner with a Tribal Nation to establish a community health strategy, and teach graduate level courses on social entrepreneurship and storytelling for social innovation.
As cofounder of ALICE Strategy, I specialize in integrating big visions and diverse objectives with the power of strategic storytelling.
I design, support, and lead projects with individuals, startups, organizations, and networks that are driven to create positive social and environmental change.
My Street Grocery
As a response to food insecurity and access barriers 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 leveraging food as a catalyst for holistic health and social change. The brand has been featured in Fast Company, The 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.
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. In this role, 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. This work earned national media attention, improved customer and team member engagement, and received the corporation's 2014 Global Top Innovation Award.
I provide lectures, workshops, and keynotes at events around the country with themes including entrepreneurship, access, impact, innovation, leadership, community, and connection.
I am an Adjunct Professor of Management at Portland State University, where I teach storytelling for social innovation in the School of Business.
I write about food and culture for national media outlets.
I love to wonder, explore, innovate, and collaborate.
Let's do some good together.