Social justice, coding, photography, music composition, non-profit-guy, story-teller, eastern chant, native New Yorker.
I believe that technology and the arts are powerful tools when applied to causes and projects that are of service to mankind. I also believe that the tools are only powerful, when they're in the hands of the right people. In my many roles and in the different hats I that wear, my mission is to not only apply technology and the arts to solve important problems, but to rally and coordinate the right people in order to accomplish these goals.
I have spent the last 4+ years building the foundations for the most powerful people-discovery engine on the web. As Lead Applications Engineer at Traackr in San Francisco, I am currently working on apps that help users harness the power of this technology. I came to this position after growing my skills over a period of 10 years in professional services as a technical consultant both independent and with various firms, namely Viant in NYC, and Optaros in Boston.
I am also a Co-Founder of Seeds For Hope, a non-profit that strives to bring long-term change to families through initiatives focusing on education, economic development, cultural exchange, and targeted aid. My work with Seeds For Hope for the past 10 years has inspired me to leverage and technology and the arts to support organizations I believe in. I ardently believe that programs and initiatives that responsibly and effectively impact society can make the world we live in a better place, from the neighborhoods we live in to a global level.
With any remaining hours of the day, I'm making music and using my camera to capture the essence of life, through images of people and places.
Coding and Hacking
In my earliest memories, I was writing code. My first programs involved printing "Hello", about 1000 times on a blue screen with 8-bit resolution. I'd like to say I've come a long way since then. Professional services and product development are where I've cultivated a set of skills over the last 15 years, working on projects within education, health care, e-commerce, and now social analytics and big data.
Advocate for Social Justice
Bringing it all together for a common goal. Since fate would have me temporarily relocate to Nairobi Kenya in 2006, I've spent almost 10 years supporting efforts that involve sustainable development via education. I believe technology and the arts can be used to find creative solutions to some of the issues facing people, on a local or larger scale. I continue to use these skills to suppport and enable projects, organizations, and movements, to accomplish their goals.