Currently I'm working for the Arctic Council Secretariat in Tromsø, Norway, where I am responsible for communications. This includes things like helping out with our website (www.arctic-council.org), managing the @ArcticCouncil Twitter account, and running the Arctic Council Facebook page. As of 15 May 2017, the team at the Secretariat is cooling down after the 10th Arctic Council Ministerial meeting, which took place in Fairbanks, Alaska on 11 May 2017. There's a great deal to talk about as we mark the conclusion of the U.S. Chairmanship (2015-2017) and the beginning of the Finnish Chairmanship (2017-2019). You can learn about the Arctic Council via our basic backgrounder, and you can find many of our reports and other documents in our searchable online archive.
Tromsø is a beautiful city 300km above the Arctic Circle - well worth a visit either during our two months of endless day or our two months of endless night. Here I'm doing what I can to help the eight Arctic States, our six Permanent Participants (who represent many of the Arctic's Indigenous peoples), our six Working Groups and our expert groups, Task Forces and Observers to stay prominently at the fore in Arctic policy.
Before joining up with the Arctic Council in September of 2013, I worked with the team at The Arctic Institute, where I produced weekly briefings on current events in the Arctic. When I handed over "The Arctic This Week", we had a base of nearly 1,500 subscribers in 45 countries, including representatives of the foreign ministries of every Arctic State, most oil majors, and countless other government and civil-society organizations. I also managed The Arctic Institute's Twitter identity, which was a great experience and a lot of fun. The team at TAI is truly fantastic and a pleasure to work with, so if you're considering reaching out to them, I can promise you won't regret it. I'd also suggest you take a look at Arctic Summer College, an initiative of Ecologic Institute.
Feel free to e-mail me with questions about Arctic policy, social media, or anything else. I live to serve.
I also worked for two years in Washington, DC and two years in Germany for the Bertelsmann Foundation / Bertelsmann Stiftung. For them, I managed the worldwide network of writers (up to 120 authors, 9 editors, 60 countries) that underlies www.futurechallenges.org. This was great experience working across borders and guiding a wonderful team of young, politically-engaged and capable authors from around the globe.
Prior to joining the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2009, I worked on global business development for the AARP Global Network, which was a lot of fun and put me in touch with representatives of organizations serving the over-50 population in many different countries like Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Chile, and Denmark.
I received an MBA from Georgetown University, where I graduated from the IBD program. At the University of Virginia, I was an Echols Scholar and a participant in the Interdisciplinary Major program, through which I got my BA in neuroscience.
I was born in Maine, but grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. I attended high school at T.C. Williams and at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA.