I am a San Francisco-based impact and engagement strategist, researcher, 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.
I come from a television production and development background. But 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. My training and focus on story-based impact and engagement began in 2008 at Active Voice, where I worked under the guidance of Ellen Schneider, a pioneer and visionary in the field, and later under the talented and equally powerful, Shaady Salehi.
When I'm not digging deep into a film's potential to have a lasting impact, I'm either teaching or doing research with this rad collective. 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 vagabond (no really, ask me how many cities I'd lived in by age 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.