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I'm a Los Angeles-based consultant specializing in communications strategy and social media. I've worked as both an award-winning journalist for outlets such as Deadline.com, Variety, Red Herring and newspapers in Los Angeles, Texas and Tennessee; and as a communications executive for MGM Inc., the USC Marshall School of Business and the city of Los Angeles Redevelopment Agency, along with a broad array of clients. My areas of specialty include tech, entertainment, social media and online media. Since leaving Deadline, I've been working as a strategist for Fabric Media, a brand-building consortium based in Santa Monica, CA, working with companies such as ShortsHD, Epoxy.TV, VoxGov.com, ScholarshipOwl.com and others.
I've hosted more than 200 audio and video podcasts, and moderated or spoken at dozens of panels at tech, advertising and entertainment, including Digital Hollywood, Produced By, OMMA, Ad Tech, Film in California, IDEAS LA and many more. I'm hosting a series of one-on-one conversations with technology leaders as part of the Digital Family Conversations series.
I spent two decades as a staff writer for big newspapers and magazines covering politics, entertainment and technology. Later, I was VP of corporate communications at MGM, then Associate Dean and Chief Communications Officer at the USC Marshall School of Business. Since leaving USC, my clients have included the Los Angeles community redevelopment agency, Herbalife, Greenlots and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator among many others.
I'm a big fan of modern and contemporary art (was on the board of a small arts group for several years), as a creator, collector and consumer, and also indulge in photography and related creative arts. I'm a heavy reader, though typically more of non-fiction than fiction, and regularly enjoy movies, music and sports events. I'm frequently at tech- and entertainment-related conferences, where I regularly moderate or participate in panels.