As Director of Institutional Philanthropy, I have the pleasure of working with foundations, government agencies, and other partners who are interested in and committed to climate-smart conservation. I work closely with Point Blue scientists to build strong relationships with donors and prospects, and secure long-term funding for our conservation work across the Western Hemisphere.

My passion for science, education, and the outdoors started as a little girl growing up in rural New Jersey. I was taught to notice, observe and experiment with my mother in her garden. When I left for college, I was conflicted between a future career in the sciences or writing the great American novel. Upon graduation, I bounced around, not making much head way on either goal, and eventually retreated to the Jersey Shore where I found a job in fundraising for the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Lucky for me, my position allowed me to combine my interests, and since then, I have worked for a number of important organizations including the March of Dimes – New Jersey Chapter, WNET New York, the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and American Rivers headquartered in Washington, DC.

Based in Washington, DC, I enjoy spending time with my partner visiting the museums, frequenting the Dupont Circle Farmer’s Market, and taking long walks in Rock Creek Park. When on the West Coast, you can find me in Petaluma, searching out good food and hiking with friends.