The comment I hear most from my colleagues is that I ask a lot of questions. They will tell you that the questions I ask are thoughtful and tend to uncover underlying needs or obstacles early in the process. But that I always have questions.
They’re right. I ask a lot of questions because I am relentlessly curious about the world and believe it’s the best way to learn. If I don't know, I ask. Users, colleagues, customers, or stakeholders, I am comfortable having conversations across populations and positions to find shared goals and common ground. I know that looking at the individual experience as well as studying data is as important as understanding community and environmental needs. I approach problems and needs with a healthy mix of analytical thinking and commitment to human-centered design.
I have the ability to switch between seeing the big picture to focusing on the smallest details of an output. I create opportunities for research and product refinement, while adapting to each situations unique needs and constraints.
I flourish when I am part of a team of life-long learners who approach problems and conflict with curiosity and open minds. But I'm also skilled at bringing people together in a process and finding ways to collaborate to solve user problems and business needs. I am adaptable, speak truth with respect, and often do the hardest task first.
In my free time, I love to hike with my husband and rescue dog Ruby, cook, bake, rearrange my office, make mood boards of spaces I want to live in, discover Oregon trails and mountains, and to experiment with textiles to support my weaving and macramé obsession.
Currently reading: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Leads by Brené Brown.
Just finished studying Digital Accessibility: Enabling Participation in the Information Society , a course through FutureLearn.