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As an experienced writer, editor, and author, I'm deeply at home in the publishing environment, and am enthusiastic about where the industry is headed. In nearly a decade on staff at the Santa Barbara Independent, my responsibilities included planning special issues and regular weekly content; managing staff and freelancers; representing the publication at community and industry events; assigning, packaging, and editing stories for print and online; and writing columns, features, essays, in-depth, reported pieces, and briefs. I'm interested in the big picture as well as the details: I directed a major section redesign (delivered ahead of deadline) and rarely have met a piece I was too busy to line-edit. Additionally, my writing has appeared in Elle, The Washington Post, Aeon, The New Republic, and elsewhere. In 2011, my first book Undecided (Seal Press) was published; in it, I explore feminism's unfinished work and what living in a half-changed world means for women today. Writing about these themes allowed me to develop a solid online presence and led to speaking engagements; outreach from my readers inspired me to get certified as a coach (incidentally, this training has proven as helpful in managing staff and freelancers as it in my work with private clients). An essay I contributed to the 2009 anthology Submerged, about driving across the country to work with Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A reporting trip to Africa in 2012 was a personal career highlight, and ignited my passion for gender equality in terms of education and opportunity, particularly in the developing world. But my most important and inspiring work is being a mom, which has also made me more patient, flexible, and efficient than I ever imagined I could be.