I am a documentary director, creative producer and podcast host passionate about sharing contemporary stories that widen the spectrum of representation and help us all see our own possibilities.
My favorite feelings are a tie between sun on skin and warm mud oozing between bare toes. I am grateful for the life changing knowledge of literary grandmothers such as Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Cade Bambara and many more. I treasure the great privilege to have listened at the feet of giants in social justice and theory around Black lives such as Cathleen Cleaver, Elizabeth Alexander and Jafari Allen. I wouldn’t be the same without the guidance of James McBride writing on a paper napkin in McSorley’s Old Alehouse, “The work of your life is your life!”
I completed my undergraduate studies at Yale University where I pursued a double major in Film Studies and African American Studies. I then earned my Masters in Documentary Journalism at the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. I joined the Discovery Channel and focusing on environmental documentary programming. It was here that my interest in environmental advocacy for the protection of at risk communities was honed.
I now work at the intersection of race, environment, history and culture. I have become a sharer of stories through serving lattes, sitting in cubicles, learning from children, riding public transportation, and talking to strangers. My feet have brought me - running and trekking and fishing and riding - to bustling streets, breathtaking vistas, and powerful rivers around the world. Like James Baldwin, I “love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. I aspires to truly be a plant mama, I loves dancing in open air under the moonlight at kid-friendly parties, and my heart lives on a Brooklyn rooftop.
My previous work includes Brotherhood of Skiing (REI, 2018), This Land (Merrell, 2019), Camp Yoshi (REI, 2021), and Who Is A Runner: Prolyfyck Run Crew (Brooks, 2021.) She is the co-host of The Trail Ahead podcast, a 2021 Grist 50! Fixer, a Jackson Wild Media Lab Fellow, and a Western Conservation Hub William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Grant Recipient.