Hi! I'm a writer, photographer and open culture advocate based in Sonoma, California. I also serve as Research Director and partner of Bischoff Performance Improvement Consulting. I also am a bartender at the Sonoma Speakeasy.
I am a contributor to Sonoma Magazine, Sonoma Index-Tribune, Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, North Bay Woman, NorthBay Biz, Huffington Post, KQED, North Bay Business Journal, Nuvo Newsweekly, Sonoma Valley Sun, and the Bohemian. I reported extensively during the 2017 North Bay Fires. My work, which was featured on KQED, is credited with changing the way media outlets report on natural disasters in our region. I continue to report on natural disasters and local emergencies as an independent journalist utilizing social media as my main communication tool.
As a photographer, I shoot historic sites, auto racing, and food/beverage. My photography has been published by WAMU, California State Parks, ROAR, Washington Post, Utne Reader, NBA, Motorburn, Red Bull, Nature World News, Buzzfeed, Christian Post, KNPR, Thrillist, Frommers, Lonely Planet, Financial Observer, Hilton, PETA, Joie de Vivre Hotels, the National Park Service, Country Queer and more. I am a passionate advocate for Creative Commons and all of my photography is released under a CC license.
I have been editing Wikipedia for over 14 years. I am the former Wikipedian in Residence at the Smithsonian Institution and Library of Congress and former Susan B. Miller Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley. My efforts to encourage more women to edit Wikipedia and cultural institutions to partner with Wikimedia has been featured in Smithsonian, Slate, the Atlantic, East Bay Express, the Daily Dot, The Mary Sue, Tech Republic, Linux Magazine and on KCRW, National Public Radio, Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. I have been named an Ada Lovelace Day Hero by the Ada Initiative for my efforts.
I earned my bachelor's degree in Native American Studies from Indiana University and my master's degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University. I am a former fellow at the Berkeley Center for New Media, Wikimedia, and Smithsonian Foundation.