I am currently the Senior Writer at Coursera. I began this role in April of 2020. It is a genuine thrill to be part of an organization with such a clear-eyed and future-facing sense of why education matters, what education means in the new landscape of our global economy, and how essential it is that everyone has access to the opportunities education affords. In my role, I have the honor of working to establish, maintain, and refine our brand voice and verbal identity. I work cross-functionally to help ensure consistency of voice and tone, and I am both a strategic and creative partner to teams across the company. I led the copy component of a company-wide rebrand, created our new writing guide, and lead workshops and host office hours focused on writing inspiring, actionable copy.
I was previously the Senior Creative Writer for DataVisor. In this role, I functioned as a storyteller, editor, wordsmith, content marketer, strategist, analyst, researcher, and publisher. I was responsible for establishing and maintaining brand voice, connecting and communicating with community, and publishing compelling content that prioritized actionable value for audiences. I helped lead a full rebrand for the company, working cross-functionally to ensure consistency and quality across all channels and platforms. DataVisor delivers the world’s most sophisticated AI-powered solutions to keep companies and their customers safe from fraud and abuse.
Prior to DataVisor, I was the Senior Writer and Chief Words Officer for Udacity, a career-focused online learning provider connecting learning to jobs for the modern, digital economy. I joined the company to lead the copy component of a company-wide rebrand, and continued to work cross-functionally throughout my tenure to ensure the highest standards for content across channels and platforms. During my tenure, Udacity grew its student base by 5x; increased revenue over 100% year over year; built partnerships with 60+ leading companies including Amazon.com, IBM, and Lyft; launched multiple Nanodegree programs—including the pioneering “Self-Driving Car” program—earned places on CNBC Disruptor 50 and MIT 50 Smartest Companies lists, and attained unicorn status.
I am a poet. My poems have appeared, or are appearing in, The Massachusetts Review, Redivider, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Harpur Palate, and more. My debut poetry volume “Short Houses With Wide Porches” was published by Shady Lane Press. My poem “Emigrant Song” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in December of 2018. My second collection is forthcoming in 2021. I received my MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from The Stonecoast MFA Program at The University of Southern Maine. I have been awarded residency grants to attend the Vermont Studio Center, and the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project.
I am a songwriter. I have released 12 albums under the name Preacher Boy. I have also co-written songs with artists including Eagle-Eye Cherry, Colin Brooks, Will Scott, Dusty Wright, Mulebone, The Blisstones, The Hungry Dog Brand, Miller’s Farm, Kreg Viesselman, and many more. My songs have additionally appeared on dozens of albums by other artists, as well as in films, TV shows, and commercials.
I have additionally written about wine and music for Grape Collective; about cryptocurrency and financial inclusion for Uphold; and about human resources and content marketing strategy for Advos.