I am driven by the opportunity to help others realize the impact they can have in their local communities and around the world. My work focuses on helping individual philanthropists and companies create, refine, and execute philanthropic strategies unique to their core assets & beliefs. With over 12 years of experience working across the private, non-profit, and social enterprise sectors, I am able to bring a diversity of perspective, connections, and expertise to help my clients thrive.
I began my career in philanthropy nearly a decade ago when I decided to take a leap of faith, leaving behind a successful sales career to follow my passion for giving back. Hand-selected by Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL, I was charged with building the company's first Cause Marketing Department (now called the AOL Foundation). This included the development and launch of a free space on AOL.com where over 500 partners non-profits and social enterprises were able to promote their causes. This endeavor added over $80 million dollars in media value and $700,000 in donations to partners including the UN Foundation, Feeding America, and TOMS Shoes. I was also responsible for leading the roll-out of AOL's global volunteerism and matching grants policy, resulting in over 15,000 hours of employee service in just one year.
Through my work at AOL and beyond, I have had the privilege of working alongside influential leaders to strategize and execute a variety of philanthropic programs in-line with their core values and beliefs. A few highlights include spearheading alliances for a special projects team led by Tim Armstrong that was responsible for the creation of Action America, a 501-c3 non-profit dedicated to fostering civic engagement in honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Our work raised over $100,000 for key partners including The 9/11 Museum & Memorial, as well as celebrity endorsements from Heidi Klum, Katie Couric, and Donna Karan. I have also worked with Today Show Nutritionist, Joy Bauer, to develop the philanthropic strategy for her food company, Nourish Snacks. Driven by the belief that nutrition education should be accessible and free to all, I worked alongside Joy to create and execute the company's commitment to donate 1% of their profits, product, and time to Food Fight, an organization dedicated to providing nutrition education in schools.
My work has been recognized by the prestigious Aspen Institute, who named me a 'First Movers' fellow in 2012. I have spoken on the topic of philanthropy and social impact at venues across the country including NYU's Social Innovation Symposium, Columbia Business School, Social Media Weekend, and the Cause Marketing Forum. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, as well as a Certificate in Corporate Citizenship from Boston College.
When I'm not busy working with clients, you can find me in the kitchen whipping up homemade nut-based butters and milks, as well as other deliciously healthy treats. As a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I am passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and delighting others with how good whole, unprocessed food can taste. Learn more about the products I make and sell at www.wholisticnut.com.
I currently live in Los Angeles with my husband and our adorable Labradoodle, Buckley.