As a strategic systems-thinker, I am an interdisciplinary photo editor, art director, and entrepreneur with 10+ years of experience leveraging photography, illustration, animation, collage, audio, and video to build a more equitable and empathetic world by empowering the visual journalists and artists who connect us all through storytelling.
Currently, I do that as a visuals editor at ProPublica, a nonprofit digital-first investigative newsroom, where I collaborate across the organization to drive real world impact by synthesizing complex and often abstract information into clearly digestible and emotionally resonant storytelling experiences for our readers with an emphasis on documentary photography and editorial illustration. I also lead the visual strategy for our joint investigative unit with the Texas Tribune. As a photo editor, I have also worked for National Geographic, Newsweek, The Intercept, among others.
Additionally, as co-founder of Diversify Photo, I have built a company that is transforming the visual media landscape through free resources for equitable hiring of BIPOC and nonwestern photographers and visual creators around the world. Through long term partnerships with Google, Fujifilm, Leica, Photoville, Getty Images, the Pulitzer Center, and more, our high six figures of annual revenue funds project grants and paid opportunities, as well as free professional development, community-building, mentorship, and more to enable not just our thousands of members but underrepresented photographers and visual creators at all levels to grow in their careers.
I have spoken at and coached workshops at Syracuse University, The University of Oregon, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Western Kentucky University. I have juried competitions for the Overseas Press Club, Getty Images, The Connecticut Art Directors Club, American Illustration - American Photography, and the Society of Professional Journalists.
My work has been recognized by the National Press Photographers Association, Society for News Design, American Photography, American Illustration, and The Telly Awards.
I earned my M.S. in Photography from Syracuse University and my B.A. in Studio Arts from Trinity College. I was selected to attend the Eddie Adams Photography Workshop, am an alum of The Kalish Visual Editing Workshop and Western Kentucky University’s Multimedia Mountain Workshop, and completed a visual design course with General Assembly.
Open Society Foundations/Photoville, Contract Project Manager, 2019 The Intercept, Contract Photo Editor, 2019 Handshake, Contract Art Director, 2019 AARP, Contract Photo Editor, 2018 - 2019 Alexia Foundation, Acting Director of Communications, 2018
Newsweek, Contract Photo Editor, 2017 Lead Photo Editor, ViewFind, 2015 - 2016 Independent Photojournalist, 2011 - 2015 Multimedia Intern, The Victoria Advocate, 2012 Photo Intern, The Hartford Courant, 2012 Assistant, Shana Sureck Photography, 2011-2012 Intern, Jill Wachter Photography, 2010
Research Assistant, Coffey Consulting, LLC, 2008
2022 1st Place, Digital General News, NPPA Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing Division, "The Liberty Way": How Liberty University Discourages and Dismisses Students' Reports of Sexual Assaults" 2022 Award of Excellence, Use of Photography, SND Best of Digital Design, "The Broken Front Line" 2022 Award of Excellence, Use of Animation, SND Best of Digital Design, "St. Jude Hoards Billions While Many of Its Families Drain Their Savings" 2022 Award of Excellence, Portfolio: Art Direction, SND Best of Digital Design, ProPublica Visuals Team Portfolio 2022 Award of Excellence, Use of Commissioned Illustration (Single), SND Best of Digital Design, "America's Food Safety System Failed to Stop a Salmonella Epidemic. It's Still Making People Sick." 2021 2nd Place, Digital Picture Editor of the Year - Team, NPPA Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing Division, National Geographic
2021 Honorable Mention, Digital Feature Story, NPPA Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing Division, "In America's oldest active retirement community, joy endures through the pandemic" 2019 Gold, Telly Awards, Branded Content - General, Budget Under $100,000, "A Love Letter: Back to the Mara" 2018 Open Show NYC #26, “Hysteria,” Brooklyn, NY 2017 Honorable Mention, Visura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project, “Hysteria” 2017 New York Portfolio Review, New York, NY 2016 Semi-Finalist, Student Academy Awards, "55 Days" 2016 Best New App in News, iTunes, "ViewFind" 2016 American Web Design Award, Graphic Design USA, "Family. Life." 2016 1st Place, Mini-Site/Special Section, SSND, "Family. Life." 2013 Bronze, Interpretative Project, 71st CPOY, "RETURNED" 2013 Eddie Adams Barnstorm XXVI 2012 1st Place, General News, NPPA Clip Contest, "There She Is"
2019 "Covering a Crisis: Media Representation of Overdose in America" exhibition Photoville, Brooklyn, NY 2018 "A New Gaze: Decolonizing American Photography" exhibition PDN PhotoPlus Expo, New York, NY 2018 "IN/VISIBLE" exhibition Photoville, Brooklyn, NY 2015 "Family. Life.” limited run photo book, interactive website, social media 2014 "Violent Times” e-book by Andrew Renneisen
JUDGING & REVIEWING
2023 New York Portfolio Review
2023 American Photography
2022 New York Portfolio Review
2022 Women Photojournalists of Washington Portfolio Review 2022 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop Portfolio Review
2021 Women Photojournalists of Washington Portfolio Review
2021 New York Portfolio Review
2020 Women Photojournalists of Washington Portfolio Review 2019 ASMP Portfolio Reviews, Photoville, New York, NY 2019 American Photography Open 2019 The New School Portfolio Reviews, New York, NY 2019 The FENCE, United Photo Industries 2018 Getty Images Creative Bursary 2018 Northern Short Course Portfolio Reviews, Fairfax, VA 2017 Getty Images Creative Bursary 2017 Northern Short Course Portfolio Reviews, Fairfax, VA 2017 AI-AP, Latin American Fotografía 6 2016 SPJ of Western Washington, Passion Projects Grant 2016 NPPA Northern Short Course Portfolio Reviews, Iselin, NJ
2022 Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
2019 Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 2018 Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 2018 Women Focus, The Newseum, Washington, DC 2017 Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 2016 Mountain Workshops, Western Kentucky University, Paducah, KY 2016 Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY 2016 StoryArc Cinematic Journalism Workshop, University of Oregon, Portland, OR 2015 Fall Workshop, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY
2020 Photo Bill of Rights, co-author 2019 "Photographing the Overdose Crisis," panel presented by United Photo Industries and Open Society Foundations, Photoville, Brooklyn, NY 2018 "A New Gaze: Decolonizing American Photography,” panel PDN PhotoPlus Expo, New York, NY 2018 "Up Your Insta Game,” workshop Syracuse University, Fall Workshop, Syracuse, NY 2018 "Connecting with Culture,” panel presented by Leica, PhotoVille, Brooklyn, NY 2018 "A Celebration of Black Women in Photojournalism,” panel Adorama, New York, NY 2018 "How Should Legacy Media Confront Their Racist Past?" publication News Photographer Magazine 2018 "These Photographers Are Ensuring That Diversity Becomes More Than an Industry Trend,” press, Artsy 2017 "Photographers, Men in Authority, and Sexual Harassment,” press Photo District News 2017 "The Lit List is Recognizing the Photographers the Industry Overlooks.” press Format Magazine 2017 "Playing God in Post,” presentation NPPA Northern Short Course, Fairfax, VA 2016 "Strategies for Sensitive Visual Storytelling,” panel presented by The Photo Brigade, Adorama, New York, NY 2016 "You Do You: Charting Your Course in Photojournalism and Beyond,” presentation Western Kentucky University, Mountain Workshops, Paducah, KY 2015 "RETURNED: Portraits of People Deported to Brava, Cape Verde,” publication University of Oxford, Faculty of Law, Border Criminologies 2015 "The Wretched Face of Forced Immobility,” press University of Oslo, Department of Social Anthropology
M.S. in Photography, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York B.A. with Honors in Studio Arts, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut