Sample Projects

Current and Past 

Clients

Private Clients

  • List by request 

Project Management 

San Francisco Unified School District / Division of Curriculum and Instruction 

Led project management work for 135 Arts, a campaign to build a world-class arts education center for SF students, with special emphasis on bridging the equity gap in arts education. The focus of the work was on development of a five-year plan to prototype the key elements of Mosaic, a program and resource center for expanding arts education opportunities for all students in the district.

Affiliate Specialist

West Coast Strategic Consulting Services (WCSCS)

I work closely with the WCSCS CEO on a wide range of projects around the Bay Area, including focus group facilitation, communications planning, curriculum development and refinement, meeting planning, and strategic facilitation. Using an asset-based approach and keeping collaboration at the center of projects, I have worked with the California Academy of Sciences, the Marin County Office of Education, Union City Family Center, and other agencies.

Professional Development

Metro College Success Program

(San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco)

Co-led Metro’s Faculty Learning Community to foster high-quality, student-centered, social justice-oriented instruction. To support new and seasoned faculty in their teaching practices, I designed curriculum, workshops, and trainings; co-facilitated a Summer Institute; and provided small group and individual coaching.

Communications Coaching

Private Clients

I have provided one-on-one coaching for newly published writers preparing for book tours and speaking engagements, offering straightforward feedback, practice sessions, and lessons in storytelling. 

Facilitation and Communications Support

Board of Trustees, Cascade Canyon School

To help board members clarify roles and responsibilities and create better systems, I provided guidance on meeting facilitation and constructive communications practices. I facilitated a special meeting of the Board of Trustees to set up new agreements around communication and develop plans for meeting the board's strategic goals.

Storytelling Coach

The Nocturnists

Provided personalized feedback on story development and delivery to a participant in an evening of medical storytelling.

Grant Review Coordination and Facilitation 

Office of Refugee Resettlement, Dept. of Health and Human Services

I served as Chair for a $1.2 million Technical Assistance grant, overseeing a panel of reviewers and preparing reports for departmental approval. 

Content Expert

Our Children, Our Families Council (OCOF), San Francisco

In support of OCOF work to improve outcomes for children, youth and families in San Francisco, I reviewed data about community based organizations and their efforts to support SFUSD students. Along with other experts, I assessed records of educational and career-focused programs against the OCOF Outcomes Framework, providing feedback on the named equity lenses and populations, neighborhoods, and communities served. 

Lead Reviewer and Content Expert

ConnectEd

Working with a cadre of experts, I supported pathway teams, schools and districts with the Linked Learning Pathway Quality Review, Continuous Improvement and Certification Process.​ I evaluated evidence (program reviews, data, curriculum) intended to substantiate pathway quality, rigor, and fidelity; participated in comprehensive school site visits; and co-wrote and delivered a final report with recommendations for improvement and/or Linked Learning certification.

Certified Facilitator

University of California Curriculum Integration (UCCI)

A Certified UCCI Facilitator, I led teams of high school and community college faculty in the creation of courses that integrate Career Technical Education sectors such as Law and Public Service, Health Science and Medical Technology, and Biotechnology with core academic subjects including English and math. 

Communications Trainer

SEO Scholars 

I designed and delivered an interactive workshop on Professional Communications in the Workplace for the diverse staff of the San Francisco office.Topics focused on writing for others, proofreading for colleagues and outside stakeholders, delivering great elevator pitches, and tailoring messages to specific audiences.

Other projects:

Curriculum Developer, Metro College Success Program, I collaborated with a small team to develop a College Success Skills curriculum for better integration of skills-based lessons with health education content. I created materials and resources that aligned a social justice pedagogy with instructor-friendly lessons. (Metro College Success Skills Website

Facilitator, Jobs for the Future (JFF) West Coast Office staff retreat. 

Facilitator, Career Services Work Group, Long Beach City College. Provided strategic guidance to the Director of Career Pathways Support Services and the Career Services Work Group as they came together to create a comprehensive career services plan for the college. Facilitation focused on collaborative decision-making, evidence-based discussion, and the creation of clear action steps.

Focus Group Facilitator,California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Working with Gibson and Associates, I led a group of K12 teachers and administrators in the evaluation of new CAS-created web-based professional development materials. I directed participants through evaluation of products developed to meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and led small group discussion of materials.

While at Career Ladders Project, I facilitated many working meetings, sessions at convenings, and long-term sector-based collaborations and provided professional development to a variety of faculty groups. A few examples:

Co-facilitator, Engineering Technology Program Redesign, Long Beach City College. Worked with college administrators and faculty from Architecture and Mechanical Drafting, Trades and Industrial Technology, Electrical Technology, and Sheet Metal and Mechanical Maintenance to build out a cohesive and comprehensive new pathway in Engineering Technology

Co-facilitator, Professional Development workshops for faculty, Contra Costa College. Designed and led sessions for adjunct and full-time faculty in the Automotive Services Programs to support the program's focus on quality teaching.

 

Lead facilitator, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Digital Media (DM) Regional Pathway Action team, part of the work of the East Bay Career Pathways Consortium (an initiative of the California Career Pathways Trust). Led the development of a cross-institutional industry sector collaboration, bringing together ICT and DM faculty, content experts, and business professionals to meet the project’s goals and serving as a liaison between Consortium leadership and multiple technical assistance providers.

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