I am a San Francisco-based scholar, media strategist, and educator. I believe change is possible, but I also believe we have a lot of careful and deliberate work to do to get there. Art, in my opinion --with its capacity to move people-- is a powerful force for change... especially story. This is why I do what I do.
My career in media began in 2002 when I worked in television production and development in Los Angeles. I turned my attention to the intersection of media and social change in 2006 when a colleague and I began producing independent shows for SF Community Access TV to uncover issues that were getting buried in mainstream news. But my training and focus surrounding story-based impact and engagement began in 2008 when I launched my career with Active Voice under the guidance of Ellen Schneider, a pioneer and visionary in the field, and later under the talented and equally powerful, Shaady Salehi.
I have a PhD in Anthropology and Social Change, which is probably the most predictable thing I could have done as a half-Tehranian, half-Tennessean who had lived in a dozen cities throughout the US and abroad by the time I was 25. This one fact explains most things about me. I hope to meet you one day, and if we ever do, you'll understand why.