I’m a UX writer, researcher, and strategist. My natural curiosity and empathy has been refined during more than 10 years as an actor and writer in Chicago, New York, London, Berlin, and Buenos Aires. I love to travel and believe living and working abroad has been more important than my formal education.
Burnt out from decades working several jobs to support my artistic career, I spent a couple years looking for work that would be creative, challenging, strategic, and meaningful. In the beginning of 2018, a close friend sent me a job description for a UX researcher with a note saying, "I think you would be really good at this" and I knew instantly it was everything I'd been looking for. I love that UX is a natural career transition for so many professions, and acting is no different. We’re trained in empathy in every class, rehearsal, and performance. In addition, my background as a writer has taught me to distill complex ideas into insights and narratives that move people. As a program director and brand coordinator, I learned creative problem-solving in a constantly changing environment. I’ve been honing my skills as a UX professional long before I knew what it was.
Other people describe me as authentic, collaborative, and resourceful. I’m passionate about accessibility, inclusion, and ethical design. Above all, I desire to create meaningful experiences that make all people feel seen and heard.
I love to read books on strategy and inclusion and my current UX heroes are Indy Young and Sarah Wachter-Boettcher. When not blissfully immersed in all things UX, I enjoy writing essays and producing my podcast, planning travel to new places, and drinking coffee with my husband and two very fuzzy cats.