As a Social Worker witnessing entrenched social problems and hard personal struggles, I have become passionate about constructive responses to conflict as key to improving individual quality of life and to advancing more just, sustainable social systems.
I received my MSW from San Francisco State University in 2001 and earned my clinical license (LCSW) in 2009. For the past 13 years, I have worked in a variety of clinical, organizational, and social justice capacities.
I have been a mediator for 7 years and currently serve on the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Panel for Alameda Superior Court.
Practicing therapy for 10 years, I’ve worked within and outside of clinics with a broad range of people, including: youth on probation, women with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, LGBTQQI community members, couples, and other self-referring adults.
My organizational development work includes 10 years of conducting trainings, conflict facilitation, and assessment/evaluation consulting for start-up businesses, unions, non-profits, cooperatives, and community groups. I was a founding member of the Looking Glass Worker Owned Collective, and I currently coordinate the Conflict Resolution Team for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives.
I am a white, queer woman, born and raised in the Bay Area. Some of my favorite activities include: dancing, hang gliding, backpacking, quilting and playing harmonica. I love traveling around the world, as well as staying close to home and growing things with my partner and family.
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