I’m a Nerd at Heart, Entrepreneur in Approach-Engineer-Scientist-Data Professional, volunteering as Initiator for the Central Valley Grow Better Initiative.
Large, flat expanses of corn and soybean dominate the landscape in the Great Lakes Midwest, where l grew up. I spent my adolescence in both rural and urban communities, gaining a deep appreciation for the food system and its importance to society. And I got a crash course on conflict theory as I saw different norms and values in different regions. Now these lessons forward help me think about how to develop and communicate big ideas.
With an analytical mindset, I trained as an engineer and scientist. I was always thinking about agriculture and climate and our urgent need to adopt sustainable food system methods. During an extended medical leave, I asked myself where I could most usefully spend my time. That led to an inflection point: I refocused from climate technology/science research to joining startups and volunteering in climate-driven communities. Now I work on projects ranging from material science innovations for carbon capture to pitching ideas for new communications platforms to promote regenerative agriculture.
My lightbulb moments
As a young, curious, information-hungry kid, I thought and learned about climate and sustainability long before I became actively engaged. I heard my physicist grandfather and my aerospace engineer father talk about the immediacy of climate’s effects. That spurred my interest and deep passion for climate-related science/technology. And that tied into my everyday experiences loving the ecosystems and communities of my Corn Belt Midwest. I also heard contrary perspectives from business-focused and lawyer family members. I came to appreciate not only robust science but also the importance of effective messaging and recognizing social sentiment.
Organizations I support
Early startup support projects
Green Quotient Ltd. as a Project Lead and now advisor for new material innovations for point-source carbon capture
Skyview Farming, Neuterra and others: science, engineering and leadership support
Slack Communities :
Climate Changemakers as a volunteer and nonpartisan policy activist
Climate Change in Northern California
Broad climate information and issues: