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When did you start working with Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF)?

2015

Briefly describe what you do in your role with GTCF

Working with my teammates, we develop stories, strategy, content, tools, and implementation to connect Pierce County community voice to GTCF's philanthropic investments and supports. We use communications to forge trusted partnerships for a thriving future.

What is the most exciting part of your role with GTCF?

Creative collaboration with the people, ideas, and creative approaches that truly bring people's positive vision into reality.

What other jobs or positions have you held?

I produced and shared stories of life in the Pacific Northwest as an Executive Producer and Host on KUOW-NPR Seattle for 12 years. I also work as an independent story consultant helping individuals and organizations tell their stories to motivate and inspire community building. I share my own stories on-stage and online as a writer, performer, MC, and co-founder of the stage show, Drunken Telegraph.

Outside of GTCF, what enjoyable activity do you engage in? What brings you joy?

Walking, gardening, cooking, hosting illuminating conversations, and generally making magic wherever possible brings me joy.

What activity, place, or event do you recommend other people check out in Pierce County?

I love walking at Dune Park. The significance of Frank Herbert's ecological vision and the transformation of a superfund site into a natural delight inspire me to keep working with others to build a thriving future. Also, I often see eagles along the path into Point Defiance, and I always make sure to take all the slides down to the waterfront walk.

What is the most inspiring book that you have read and why?

The Tao Te Ching. I'm a huge Star Wars nerd, and this ancient book of brief commentaries was an inspiration for The Force. I find the book's often paradoxical ideas help me unlock new approaches to everyday problems as well as long-range vision.