About

I do tech things (documentation, customer support, web, scripting, and database stuff). Right now I do that at a nifty SaaS company that’s fully remote, so I co-work in downtown Portland or work from home. I used to do active transportation things (advocacy/activism, outreach and encouragement programs) and enjoy outdoor activities like cycling and hiking, though recent injuries have made it hard to pursue those things. I used to do linguistics things — also techy — but haven’t in a few years. Basically a typical 30-something Portland nerd, with a dash of linguistics in the background.

Active Transportation

Between 2009 and 2014 I volunteered with the BTA and PBOT’s Active Transportation group as an Ambassador, and I’m involved with Active Right of Way. In summer 2011 I worked at SMART in Wilsonville as a Program Assistant on the Discover Wilsonville SmartTrips-style individualized marketing program. I’ve written for Portland Afoot and the WPC Blog, and have been published on BikePortland.

You can see some of my transportation writing by checking out the links in the sidebar.

Prior to doing advocacy and encouragement in Portland, I volunteered with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition and did a lot of riding and hiking, including Waves to Wine 2008.

Right now I’m waiting for Portland to get serious about active transportation and being quietly supportive of advocate friends behind the scenes.

Linguistics

I graduated from Rice University in May 2003 (Jones College, B.A. Linguistics & Cognitive Science). In 2005, I received my MSc from the University of Edinburgh in Speech and Language Processing.

Until 2010 I was a linguist in the technology industry in Silicon Valley (and Portland). I worked at Sensory, Inc. for almost five years as a linguist and project manager. I created and tested speech recognition vocabularies for customer products including toys with Playmates and Hasbro, clocks with Natural Time Set™ and Bluetooth headsets with BlueAnt, Plantronics, and Motorola. I also worked as the customer linguist and internal project manager for speech synthesis development for just over two years and gathered recording data for recognition testing, speech output, and speech synthesis.

Other Things

I like music, food, whiskey, writing, and one-on-one teaching and mentorship. At school I was in the Marching Owl Band and performed in musicals (including many with the Rice Light Opera Society) and sang in the EUMS Chorus. I also wrote FAQ content for LiveJournal.com and web content for Rice’s IT department and worked as a linguistics TA.

I do a lot of cooking, cycling, hiking, reading, and exploring the city I live in. I take pictures. I like music and musicals. I prefer tea to coffee and both of them to beer. I think a lot about systems, beauty, and community. I’m more inclined to the real than the surreal.

Oh, and cats. I like those too.

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