As the daughter of a librarian and a lawyer, I have always appreciated the written word. I was a voracious reader as a child and I started typing my own newsletters as early as grade school.
My family is from the Midwest but I grew up a military brat (Air Force), reassigned around the world every two years (Germany, Turkey, across the US). In high school, we settled in the Washington DC area. I majored in Anthropology at Indiana University, Bloomington with two semesters of study abroad (Prague, Dublin).
As a young adult I went West. I worked in artifact curation for a historic ghost town and community development at Missoula, Montana, then in renewable energy development in Portland, Oregon. In 2015, my husband and I moved our home-based e-commerce leathercrafting business to the Oregon Coast, where I live now.
Numerous travel journeys, many moves, and training in anthropology have given me a nuanced understanding of the American experience and an internationalist perspective which is helpful in tailoring writing to different audiences.
In working together, I can relate to working styles and cultures of all kinds because my work experience has been so varied:
Government culture at the ghost town (BLM)
Nonprofit culture at the Missoula Downtown Association (501c6) and the ghost town (501c3)
Corporate culture in renewable energy (transitioning in 7 years from private family held —> investment bank owned -> IPO -> public company)
Small business bootstrapping at our family business