I'm a trans journalist, historian, and urbanist, interested in pursuing projects that raise challenging questions and help lead to transformative social change. I live in Chicago, I'm a freelance writer, and an organizer fighting for Just Cause for Eviction with the Chicago Housing Justice League.
In this position, I am responsible for sustaining the Chicago Housing Justice League, a coalition of housing groups working on a Just Cause for Eviction ordinance. Work involves writing press materials, working with legislative sponsors, organizing rallies and other public engagement efforts, and partnering with other nonprofit housing organizations to support housing justice issues in Chicago.
As an independent journalist, I’ve published pieces in a number of publications. These include articles for the Guardian, Columbia Journalism Review, Chicago Reader, Lapham's Quarterly, Curbed, Metropolis, CityMetric Pacific Standard, and Slate, amongst other publications.
In my work in the Dean’s Office, I’m responsible for various communication related projects. Also responsible for writing and editing work related to the Urban Forum, an annual event hosted by CUPPA which draws in industry leading experts to discuss major contemporary planning issues.
Involved in crafting a number of policy proposals, including a pilot project to ensure legal representation in eviction court, a policy current under review in Chicago’s Department of Housing.
Responsible for assisting with numerous elements of web and print publication, such as factchecking, proofreading, and research. Also reported several original stories, mostly on housing campaigns in Chicago.
As an independent and contracted tutor, I’ve worked with students primarily around SAT and ACT prep, as well as English, History, and other Social Studies materials.
Worked full-time in Jacobin’s New York office for my Journalism Residency. Completed a wide range of tasks in the editorial process, including fact checking, copy editing, line editing, and research. Wrote a short piece for the quarterly print publication, as well as publishing on the magazine’s website. Also contributed to launching the publication’s nascent podcast series, editing a number of interviews using Adobe Audition.
Responsible for overseeing section meetings, helping writers develop stories, editing stories, and communicating with managing editors about section content. As managing and executive editor, responsible for editing submitted stories, helping section editors develop projects, and publishing content to our website. As executive editor, responsible for running newsroom one night a week, in addition to facilitating relations with activist communities on campus in an effort to be more inclusive as a student publication.
As a work-study student and later full-time employee, I assisted patrons in accessing library materials, as well as helping people in research projects, amongst other tasks.
Proofed and prepared the journal for publication, including copy editing. Responsible for researching 40 years of the journal’s archives to connect each article with related stories in the archives. Also responsible for producing a white paper considering the journal’s web presence in relation to its competitors.
Responsible for generating and pitching own story ideas, which resulted in numerous short features. Also assigned several review assignments, which resulted in continuing work with the Reader as a freelancer following my internship, including numerous book and film reviews, as well as author interviews.
Responsible for publishing stories written by other students in newsroom, writing on a deadline, and covering Congressional hearings, amongst other Washington events. Wrote several feature-length pieces on issues like gentrification and education, one of which was cited in the book City Power by Richard Schragger.
Responsible for contacting sources, researching data about prisoner recidivism, and poring over previous research on the story of Jenni Del Prete, falsely accused of shaking a baby to death and sentenced to prison.
GPA: 3.75. Relevant coursework includes Reporting In Diverse Communities, Features Writing, Chicago History and a graduate seminar on Narrative History.
GPA 4.0. Concentration in Community Development. Coursework includes Plan Making, Community Development, Comprehensive Planning, Global Urbanization, Solidarity Economy, and GIS for Planning.
Strong abilities in editing and shaping stories, as well as generating story ideas. Deep background in editing, including developmental editing, copy editing, proofreading, and fact-checking. Experienced in Adobe suite, especially InDesign, Premiere, Audition, and Photoshop. Proficiency in HTML and CSS, and well-versed in a number of CMS systems. Strong background in a number of topics, particularly housing justice and Chicago history. Interested in pursuing projects that challenge existing systemic abuses and compel readers to action.