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Who I am

Community Maker
I've done community development work for a lot of years, both just the social piece in online spaces and the more placemaking type stuff as a volunteer/activist. I run r/CitizenPlanners and launched Eclogiselle in Fall 2020, a development resource for small communities.
  • I have a Certificate in GIS from UC-Riverside, one of the most respected GIS programs in the world.
  • I'm a few classes short of a BS in Environmental Resource Management with a concentration in Housing.
  • I'm interested in the built environment, environmental issues, tech stuff and things where those intersect.

I run a bunch of websites on a variety of topics and I have worked as a freelance writer for years. I also edit resumes.

Homelessness Subject Matter Expert
Most of what I know about homelessness comes from a college class from San Francisco State University called Homelessness and Public Policy, 5.7 years of sleeping in a tent myself and years of writing about the topic.

"Health Nut"
In May 2001, I was diagnosed with a serious genetic disorder. I was not quite 36 years old. Getting a correct diagnosis was very empowereing and I've been getting healthier ever since.
  • I'm currently drug free. (But I'm not anti drug. Instead, I'm pro health.)
  • My condition is managed with diet and lifestyle.
  • I'm interested in things like genetic research, gut microbiome and "bio hacking."
  • I have a multi-cultural background -- German/Irish/Cherokee -- and I never quite fit in anywhere.
  • I'm a former military wife and homeschooling mom of 2xE kids.
  • I spent a few years as a single mom with a corporate job at the insurance giant Alfac.
  • While homeschooling my kids, I was the Director of Community Life for The TAG Project during a time when they were trying to become an officially incorporated non-profit, an effort they later abandoned. I was the lead moderator and in charge of diversity initiatives, among other things.
  • In spite of being American, I have been car free for over a decade.

Last Updated August 26, 2021.

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