In a career that has spanned journalism, education, and two of the biggest social movements of our time (gay rights and climate action), I have learned a few things about people, the nature of change, how to communicate effectively about complex and controversial topics, and how to lead and work well with others.

Along the way, I wrote a book with the emotional and social intelligence expert, Daniel Goleman, and collaborated with two Ivy League university presidents: with one, on a book about higher education; with the other, on an in-depth research project about what it means to be an educated person today.

Following a stint as a Harvard University fellow in the John F. Kennedy School of Government, I created a new program about gay and lesbian family issues for the largest civil rights organization focused on LGBT issues in the country. In this role, I was privileged to work closely with one of the most brilliant and inspiring leaders of that movement at one of its most exciting times. (I also gave speeches before large audiences, wrote reports, appeared in the media, collaborated widely, and developed the first 50-state educational resource on marriage, parenting, and aging.)

Then, as the mother of two children, I woke up to climate change and turned my attention there: researching and writing about what we need to know about human nature to address this challenge, what it is like to parent now, and what the success of the gay rights movement can teach us about how to make progress on this issue.

Along the way, I also took on roles as communications director for an organization that focused on bringing an ecological perspective to teaching in schools, climate communications conference facilitator, and deputy director of an organization focused on the clean energy solution and the pragmatic role economic and business interests play in this.

Today, in the wake of our 2017 political reality, I am deeply committed to continuing this work in ways that help build resilience, hope, and constructive solutions, above all for today’s young people and those who follow.


  • Coauthor (with bestselling author and psychologist Daniel Goleman) of Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence.
  • Contributor to books including The Compassionate Instinct, Smart by Nature, and A Place at the Table.
  • Articles published in The New York Times, Harper’s, Daily Beast, Christian Science Monitor, Forbes, More, Mothering, Vox, and other publications. 


  • Fellow at Harvard University’s Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy
  • Ashoka Changemakers thought leader
  • New York University adjunct faculty member
  • Deputy Director, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy
  • Communications Director, Center for Ecoliteracy
  • GLBT Family Project Director, The Human Rights Campaign Foundation
  • Journalist, The Sarasota Herald-Tribune and other newspapers
  • Ghostwriter
  • Conference Facilitator, The Institute at the Golden Gate, Ashoka Changemakers, and The Packard Foundation
  • Public Speaker: The Garrison Institute’s Climate, Mind, and Behavior Programs, National Press Club,

I hold a Master’s in International Affairs and Journalism, and a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, from Columbia University.


  • AT&T
  • Brown University
  • Cater Communications
  • Dewey Square Group
  • Frameworks Institute
  • Institute at the Golden Gate
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Rodale, Inc.
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
  • San Francisco Zen Center
  • Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Web MD

Topics of interest

  • Human Behavior
  • Social change
  • Leadership
  • Climate change (and nature and the environment, more broadly)
  • Education
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Families and parenting

Please contact me here.

One thought

  1. Given your interest in aging, you might also enjoy my literary novel for adults, “Where River Turns to Sky” (HarperCollins). The seed for the novel was planted when I spent a year as an AFS exchange student to Thailand and saw how elders there are treated so differently that they are in our culture.


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