Journalist | Freelance Writer and Editor

Professional Writing Experience

Reporter • Lookout Santa Cruz • Santa Cruz, CA

JUNE 2022 - DECEMBER 2022

  • Writes articles covering the environment, food, and the local community.
  • Develops maps and data visualizations: compiles data sets, analyses data, creates visuals using a variety of programming tools, such as Python, SQL, and JavaScript.
  • Manages student newsletter: builds newsletter in CMS, writes content.

Freelance Writer and Editor • Remote

December 2019 – PRESENT

  • Compiled research database and for client in the managerial consulting field: ingested data from PDFs and organized data into databases.

  • Revises environmental documents for the Placer County Air Pollution Control District Office to ensure public understanding of data gathering practices, local and federal air quality policy, prescribed burning, and wildfire smoke updates.

  • Worked 1:1 with (later elected) candidate to local CA water district’s Board of Directors: translated complex fiscal analyses and wonky policy language for broader voting population.

  • Edited first-person commentary on benefits of local water system infrastructural repairs for civil engineer in Shasta County, California: adapted technical language and fleshed out narrative.

Researcher and Writer • The Propwatch Project • Remote

AUGUST 2021 - JUNE 2022

  • Compiled datasets of potential funders, experts, and community partners
  • Conducted interviews for video series on misinformation and authored investigative articles
  • Performed outreach and supported event logistics with partners.

Newsletter Intern • League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County • Remote

FALL 2020

  • Developed newsletter: compiled stories, wrote introductions, proofread and copyedited content

Assistant Store Manager • HAALo BotanicalsNevada City, CA


  • Managed inventory and sales data: compiled inventory and imported new inventory data, tracked sales trends via Excel analysis tools

  • Developed communication materials: drafted press releases for local media outlets, maintained social media accounts, posted to a variety of event hosting platforms, and created newsletter.

  • Proofed copy: photographed items and instructors, selected images, formatted content.

  • Communicated with customers, vendors, and local media sources: maintained excellent customer service

Academic Work Experience

Research Assistant • University of California Santa Cruz • Santa Cruz, CA


  • Compiled and analyzed data on human-subject experiments: ran experiments to collect data and ran ANOVAs measuring the effect of authority on conversations.
  • Transcribed and compiled data on 50+ interviews from participants during trials.
  • Drafted literature reviews for research on the spread of fake news: reviewed complex scientific research, drafted 5+ page documents, developed bibliographies.
  • Gained acknowledgement in now published research on the effect of power dynamics on conversation: asked constructive questions and provided actionable feedback to strengthen experimental design.

Psychology and Writing Instructor • University of California Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA


  • Taught 25 students the foundations of psychology: translated complex information from textbooks and academic writing, developed curriculum, designed lesson plans, created PowerPoints and worksheets for bi-weekly lectures.

  • Provided 1:1 instruction to discuss research papers and hosted writing workshops to improve writing and research citation skills.

  • Awarded Best Student Teacher in Psychology Award for excellence in teaching psychology and extra time I dedicated to hosting workshops.

Professional Leadership and Multimedia Experience

Bartender and Lead Server • Riva Fish House Santa Cruz, CA

2017 – MARCH 2020

  • Responsible for keeping up-to-date on local seafood and seasonal foods, restaurant food preparation techniques, and rotating menu to advise customers on meal options.

  • Collaborated and communicated with diverse personalities across customers and restaurant team.

  • Served drink at bar and waited on 7+ tables a night: prioritized tasks; maintained attention to detail.

Book Sales Associate • The Bookseller • Grass Valley, CA


  • Read extensively and studied existing books and best sellers, new authors, and literary trends to assist customers with book choices.

Event Coordinator • Miners Foundry Cultural Center • Nevada City, CA

OCTOBER 2015 - MARCH 2016

  • Coordinated with artists, bands, wedding planners, city officials, and business and conference coordinators for event details such as dates, arrival, equipment, membership, ticketing, food, and more.
  • Managed food, drink, and merchandise coordinating, ordering, and inventory.
  • Fostered and maintained relationships with partner organizations, members, and media outlets.

Assistant Festival Director • Nevada City Film Festival Nevada City, CA

MAY 2015 - SEPTEMBER 2015

  • Coordinated and trained diverse group of volunteers for all festival tasks.

  • Developed event communications and marketing: created and distributed fliers, maintained social media accounts, and drafted press releases for local media outlets.

  • Managed food, drink, and merchandise: researched, ordered, and inventoried concessions; kept and maintained a detailed budget; communicated with vendors.

  • Authored reviews and summaries of films for playbill and flyers of short films from around the world, including films on Icelandic horse breeding and a day in the life of a Tibetan monk.


GIS Certificate Series • Coursera Online Courses and Credentials via instruction from UC Davis • Remote

MARCH 2020

  • Certificate in The Fundamentals of GIS
  • Certificate in Data Formats, Design, and Quality

B.S. in Cognitive Science • University of California Santa Cruz • Santa Cruz, CA


  • Linguistics Concentration

  • Minor in Literature

  • Editor for Chinquapin magazine, a student run literary magazine: collected poetry, short stories, photographs, and artistic imagery, discussed content with team, formatted pages.

  • Wrote film reviews, flyers, and ads for psychology film events with the UCSC chapter of Psi Chi, an international psychological association.

Honors and Awards


  • Academic Honors Program

    I was admitted to UCSC into the Academic Honors Program and maintained my position throughout university.

  • 3.74 GPA

    I maintained above a 3.5 GPA and graduated with a 3.74 GPA.

  • 2019 Dean’s list

    I was listed on the 2019 Dean’s list for excellence in maintaining high grades.


  • Best Student Teacher in Psychology Award

    After teaching an introduction to psychology class, I was awarded the best student teacher in psychology award for my dedication to students, excellent student reviews, and high student testing achievement. I held additional workshops to assist their writing and studying. I also tailored each lecture to be as approachable as possible.

  • Meryll Grant

    I was awarded the Meryll Grant for all four years for excellent academic standing.

Volunteer Work

EditingJournal of Media Literacy EducationRemote

SEPTEMBER 2021 - MAY 2022

I worked remotely with the Journal of Media Literacy Education to ensure consistency with journal style guides, update the website, and collaborate with authors to adjust discrepancies.

Beach Clean-upsSave Our ShoresSanta Cruz, CA


I combed beaches once a month and picked up trash with Save Our Shores, a nonprofit in Santa Cruz, CA. I also organized my own beach clean-ups with friends and volunteers.

GardeningUCSC ArboretumSanta Cruz, CA


During the summer, I volunteered twice a week with the UCSC Arboretum in Santa Cruz, CA to help with weeding, planting, watering, and transporting of soil and compost.


Front-end Development

JavaScript, HTML, CSS

Audio Editing

Adobe Audition, Audacity

Data Analysis

Python, SQL, MS Excel, MS Access



Data Visualization

Seaborn, DataWrapper, Infogram

Audio Editing

Adobe Audition, Audacity

Content Management

Graphene, WordPress, Jekyll, GitHub Pages

Language style guides

The AP Stylebook The Chicago Manual of Style Modern Language Association The American Psychological Association style

Speaks limited-working Spanish

Basic photoshop skills


Outdoor Activities Hiking, Camping, Backpacking • Volleyball • Cycling

Food Plant-Based Cooking and Baking • Fermenting • Maintaining a Small Garden