Portfolio

Below are some examples of my empathetic approach to designing human-centered research projects.

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Formation: Rebranding a Machine Learning Platform

Oversaw the rebranding of Formation (formally known as Takt).

Created and edited new content for Formation's website. Co-wrote the press release and newsletter, which introduced the Customer Goal Management Platform (CGM) to the Machine Learning industry.

Skills:

  • Content audit
  • Comparative analysis
  • Content creation
  • Editing
  • Branding
 

 

Skills:

  • Qualitative research
  • Spanish proficiency
  • Human-centered design
  • Grant writing
  • Diary studies
  • Photojournalism
  • Publishing articles
  • Openness to learn
  • Empathy

Peru: DIet, urbanization, and the rise of Noncommunicable diseases

Designed, proposed, and secured funding for research project: How have dietary changes in Trujillo, Peru contributed to the rise of noncommunicable diseases in Trujillo?

I traveled in Peru for 15 weeks to build relationships with local communities to better understand the food landscape and conduct qualitative interviews in Spanish.


     
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    Skills:

    • Qualitative research
    • Human-centered design
    • Empathy
    • Cross functional collaboration
    • Leadership
    • Product Design
    • Zendesk

    INSTACART: MAKING AN ACCESSIBLE MOBILE AND ONLINE PLATFORM

    Championed accessible product development for special needs customers.

    I conducted needs based research by interacting with 120 users per day. In my research, I discovered the need to design an interface that would allow special needs customers to use the Instacart app and website. I collaborated with engineering, operations, and legal teams, to create an interface that allowed these customers to begin using the service. 

    Click here to read more about Instacart's commitment to making its electronic and information technologies accessible. 


     

    Oakland unified school district: CREATING A TOOLKIT FOR HEALTHIER SCHOOL FUNDRAISERS

    Co-authored and published guidelines to implement fundraising programs that promote wellness and form healthy eating habits in Oakland's public schools. 

    Conducted literature review and wrote section on "The Oakland Unified School District Population" in the Summary Statement. Additional sections I designed and wrote include the description of staffing, the budget and budget justification, the goals, and the SMART objectives. Researched and identified potential funders to send our Letter of Intent to fund our program.

     

    Skills: 

    • Program planning
    • Gantt chart design
    • Planning budgets
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Literature review synthesis
    • Logic Model design
    • Childhood obesity expert
    • SMART objectives

     


     

    Pamphlets produced by the WHO.

    Skills

    • Scientific writing
    • United Nations team member
    • International researcher
    • Qualitative research design
    • Photojournalism
    • Interviewing

    World Health Organization: United Nations City in Copenhagen

    1. Designed an original qualitative research project to assess the healthfulness of biomedical scientific professional conferences by examining the participants’ levels of physical activity and nutritionally profiling the food served.


    2. Represented the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Life-Course at the International Childhood Obesity Conference in Lisbon, Portugal as a communications and scientific writing expert. Published article on the 3-day conference in the WHO’s internal news channels.


     

    Skills

    • Entrepreneurial 
    • Team management
    • User-testing
    • Prototyping & Iterating
    • Videography
    • Photography
    • Storytelling
    • Human centered design
    • Journalism
    • Empathy 
    • International research

    Give Your gap: designing a portal to profile credible 501(c)3 orgs to volunteer at during a gap year

    Co-founder and Creative Director of GiveYourGap, an online portal designed to help young adults identify volunteer opportunities during their gap year. Traveled to 12 countries in Asia to develop content for the portal using different mediums including videography, photography, and short essays. 

    GYG was acquired in 2015 by The NGS movement, who also adopted the content.

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    Skills:

    • Quantitative Analysis
    • STATA
    • Literature Review
    • Nutritional Epidemiology expert
    • Directed Acyclic Graph creation 

    Nutritional epidemiology: using stata to look at the correlation between 2 variables from NHANES Survey

    Used STATA to quantitatively look at the relationship between the perception of dietary practices and dietary behaviors in an average sample of the US adult population. Past research has found that even considerable knowledge of healthy eating habits does not always translate into healthy food choices, but no study to date had looked at the association between these two variables. 

     Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) showing covariates in analysis.

    Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) showing covariates in analysis.


     

    UC San Francisco & the blum center for Developing economies @ UC Berkeley: keynote speaker - "Documenting your global health work"

    Delivered 50 minute lectures on documenting global health projects, with an emphasis on how to demonstrate cultural sensitivity, ask subjects for permission, and be aware of ethical and safety issues. The presentation drew from my own experience as a photojournalist on both domestic and international projects.

     

    Skills: 

    • Public Speaking (+500 persons)
    • Cultural sensitivity
    • Willingness to change assumptions
    • Communicating insights
    • Storytelling
    • Extremely organized
    • PowerPoint presentation design
    • International journalism

     

    Skills:

    • Randomized control trial study design
    • Passion for improving healthcare
    • NIH grant writing
    • Collaboration
    • Team member
    • Literature review synthesis
    • Public speaking
    • Prototyping & iteration

    UC San Francisco: using empathy to improve treatment for adolescents with eating disorders.

    Discovered gap in literature and hypothesized a new and empathetic way of improving the current standard of care for adolescents suffering from severe eating disorders.  I designed a randomized controlled trial and wrote a NIH R21 grant on behalf of UCSF to apply for funding.
     

    Contact me if you are interesting in learning more about my NIH R21 academic research grant.

     


     
     Photo courtesy of Harpo Inc.

    Photo courtesy of Harpo Inc.

    Oprah winfrey's Belief series: A Grief-Stricken Father and Daughter Search For Peace - Video
     

    Part of Oprah's seven-night event, Belief, "a groundbreaking television event exploring humankind's ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves". My father and I traveled with Harpo's production crew for one week to create Episode 4: "A Change is Gonna Come". Promoted the series with Oprah as a guest on the Dr. Phil show. Featured on Tim McGraw's music video "Humble and Kind".

    Skills:

    • Documentary film making
    • Talk show guest
    • Media production
    • Storyboarding
    • Videography

     

    UC Berkeley: Designing a case study to teach undergraduates participatory approaches to poverty alleviation

    Led 19 undergraduates in 2 weekly discussion sections for a course called “Global Poverty and Practice” and designed a case study to build student knowledge of poverty alleviation policies, programs, and social movements by using different levels of participatory approaches. *The pdf shows the student produced responses from the class exercise on pages 3-7.

     

    Skills: 

    • Leadership
    • Group manangement
    • Case study design
    • Group instruction
    • Knowledge of participatory approaches
    • Cultural competency
    • Public speaking
    • Knowledge of poverty alleviation methodologies

     

    THe Foodbank of Santa Barbara County (SBC) Food Bank: Designing an impact evaluation for a program called Healthy Eating for Diabetes.

    Designed and published an evaluation to understand the impact of the Healthy Eating for Diabetes program on Type II Diabetes (T2DM) outcomes among food insecure clients at the Foodbank of SBC.

    Components of the impact evaluation that I take ownership of include designing the evaluation question, causal chain, and Gantt Chart.

     

    Skills:

    • Impact Evaluation
    • STATA
    • Program planning
    • Gantt chart design
    • Causal chain synthesis
    • Group collaboration
    • Human-centered design
    • Empathy

     

    Skills:

    • Group instruction
    • Communication
    • Empathy
    • Proactive
    • Observational analysis
    • Human centered design
    • Extremely organized

    UC Berkeley: VISUALIZING THE STUDENT ESSAY

    As a graduate Student Instructor for a course called “Global Poverty and Practice”, I taught scholarly approaches to understanding poverty, wealth, and inequality in historical and global contexts. The final project of the semester was to conduct secondary research on the region and sector of the student's own "practice experience", i.e. an organization focused on some aspect of poverty and inequality alleviation that they would volunteer at.

    For all of the undergraduates in this course, this was their first time synthesizing an annotated bibliography and literature review. Recognizing that the students struggled with understanding how to structure their final literature review, I transformed this abstract idea into a structure by creating a diagram, that would allow the students to "visualize" the flow of their written essay.  


     

    UC Berkeley: A critical look at oxfam's food insecurity and poverty alleviation program

    Oxfam is an international confederation whose mission is to work with local partners and local communities to design program interventions to alleviate poverty in developing countries. This report is a critical review of Oxfam's intervention in Nepal, and proposes new solutions on how to combat food insecurity change within the context of the pervasive caste system in Nepal.

     

    Skills:

    • Critical analysis
    • Program planning
    • Poverty alleviation methodologies
    • Knowledge of Nepalese politics
    • Knowledge of poverty in Nepal
    • Research paper synthesis

    Center of Latin American studies @ UC Berkeley: presenter at research symposium

    Designed and delivered a 20 minute presentation to 100(+) academics at UC Berkeley as a Tinker Grant recipient.  My presentation, “Dietary Changes, Non-Communicable Diseases, and Policy Implications in Trujillo, Peru", showcased my photos and research findings from my 15 week qualitative research project in Peru.

     

    Skills:

    • Public speaking
    • Grant writing
    • PowerPoint
    • Public health expert
    • Research design
    • Communication
    • Storytelling
    • Spanish proficiency
    • Qualitative research

     

    UC Berkeley: A policy brief on CHILDhood obesity in Richmond, California

    Created policy brief provides a brief analysis on the childhood obesity epidemic in Richmond, California. It discusses challenges to eradicating childhood obesity, and lists a 3-fold action plan to improving health outcomes for children in the Richmond community.

     

     

    Skills:

    • Policy brief synthesis
    • Literature review synthesis
    • Public health research
    • Public health advocacy
    • Working with at-risk youth
    • Knowledge of childhood obesity
    • Knowledge of noncommunicable diseases

     

    UC Berkeley: Poster on leptospirosis control and surveillance in the slums of Jakarta, indonesia  

    Leptospirosis is a bacteria disease of humans and animals that is found worldwide, but most commonly seen in urban slums. This is due to inadequate sewage disposal and water treatment, which allows the deadly bacteria to spread rapidly. This poster, presented to a panel of Masters in Development Practice professors and graduate students, showcased a new intervention to control the spread of this fatal infection in the slums of Jakarta.

    Components of this poster that I take ownership of include designing the community outreach programs and the 5-year program budget.

     

    Skills:

    • Public health research
    • Academic poster synthesis
    • Public speaking
    • Budget synthesis
    • Infectious diseases prevention advocacy
    • Communication
    • Group work