Owner, Designer, Builder and Permaculturist
Aug 2011 - Present (10 years 1 month)
At the intersection of design, build and permaculture, creating spaces and products that regenerate people, community, culture and planet.
I am taking an evolutionary, emergent approach to Vertecology; what that means is that its identity is still very elastic and in formation. In developing products such as the Hanging Garden, rainwater collection systems and geodesics showcased at festivals and events Vertecology embraces the values of DIY culture, open source information exchange, permaculture and economic liberation for all and sees no distinction between designer and builder.
I design, I build and I swing the hammer.
Design and Build Crew
Dec 2009 - Jan 2012 (2 years 1 month)
Working closely with founder and lead designer Dustin Feider as co-designer, build crew member and occasional consultant on other aspects of the business, which builds some of the most innovative treehouses in the world.
Co-Founder and Salon Organizer
The Futures Group
Sep 2006 - Dec 2009 (3 years 3 months)
Founded and co-led salons and affinity network to support committed people and organizations with education, connections, coaching, resources and products to fulfill the globally beneficial outcomes they're committed to.
Projects taken on included a multi-dimensional time management app, public "scoreboards" of global health, consulting to entrepreneurs and non-profit directors, consulting to organizations in the environmental and educational sectors, and private accountability-creation consultations and events.
Brown and Caldwell
Feb 2006 - Dec 2006 (10 months)
On the consultant team that developed the 20-year Los Angeles Integrated Regional Water Management Plan, recognized by the American Society of Civil Engineers as the 2007 Outstanding Government Civil Engineering Project. Collaborated on development of a document that integrates 1,380 proposals, feedback from 1,400 stakeholders and vision for rehabilitation of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers. Facilitated team strategic planning and alignment on “Creating a mutually beneficial relationship between the natural environment and human development” as its core mission. Contribution also included research; writing; integration of stakeholder input; layouts, diagrams and renderings; look and feel; image management; planning scenario visualizations; progress reporting to the California Department of Water Resources; supporting the Leadership Council in distinguishing and forwarding action items; and developing a 3-1/2 minute outreach film script for BC's 60,000-reader online Water News.
Architectural Intern and Consultant
Mackler, Echt & Associates
May 2005 - Feb 2006 (9 months)
IDeveloped space plan for a 15-employee law firm in collaboration with principal architect and the law office’s employees; created 3D AutoCAD models of a video-gaming corporate headquarters that enabled the client and principal to visualize and refine interior design; developed 3D models, construction documents and photo-collages for presentation to a residential client. Skills developed include 3D AutoCAD modeling, client negotiation, team management, construction document development, managing complex drawing sets, presentation boards, familiarity with fabricated materials.
International Staff Accountant at WHQ
Jan 2000 - May 2003 (3 years 4 months)
Without training in accounting, automated the financial statement processing system & trained accountants and administrators worldwide to use it, freeing the International department to focus on analysis. Teamed with Travel Department, accountants & administrators worldwide to reduce travel expense management time 75%. Accountable for worldwide transaction tracking and analysis and management of leases for 100+ U.S. and international offices. Trained replacement to ensure she would take the accountabilities to new effectiveness. Skills developed include training and development of staff in a high-performance environment; financial management; data and statistical tracking and analysis; financial scenario planning; working with legal documents; strategic planning and implementation; negotiation; team-building and management often in the face of cultural and language differences; outcome and results-oriented time-management; generative, empowering and enabling communication and action.
Political Campaign Crew Leader
Progressive Campaigns, Incorporated
Jun 1996 - Oct 1999 (3 years 4 months)
Petitioner (later worked independently in 2003 & 2004 and as crew director in 2012) Political campaigning, various statewide ballot initiatives and public surveys in California and Oregon. Sustainably top-performing petitioner in the organization, personally gathered 5% of signatures to put an initiative on the ballot in Oregon in 1997.