As a storyteller and strategic technologist, I have drawn on my background as a designer, actor, director, writer, and teacher to help drive the work I’ve done on behalf companies large and small.
My recent work in education centric product development has had an impact on the lives of millions of students. The Teach For America ProgramTracker was used to track the performance and impact of over 10,000 teachers per school year. ProgramTracker helps TFA managers identify and share best classroom practices throughout the corps, leading to substantial gains for millions of students. At EducationSuperHighway my work on the redesign of Compare and Connect K-12 has helped public school districts around the country find and purchase affordable high speed broadband. With over 40% market penetration, CCK12 helps districts upgrade and make digital learning possible for over 40 million students, up from about 5 million when we started our work in 2013.
I have also worked as a product designer and marketer for several technology companies (e.g., Netscape, Intel, and Adobe), in the healthcare industry for Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, and as a reporter and producer at KFRC radio.
My first love, though, is the theatre. I attended American Conservatory Theatre’s advanced actor training program and with a group of fellow graduates started a theatre company and collective in Los Angeles called Pacific Theatre Ensemble (since renamed Pacific Resident Theatre). I served as the founding general director of PTE and was the chief fundraiser and producer for our inaugural season of the west coast premiere of Jim McClure’s Thanksgiving and Bertolt Brecht’s Happy End. In the following years I have performed professionally in leading roles in theatre, appeared on a trio of soap operas, and directed several well reviewed productions of much loved plays and musicals.
I am currently writing a novel that fills the gaps in the lost story of my great-great-grandfather — a fugitive who fled Sweden in the middle of the night, traveling to America, marrying his mistress, surviving the great 1900 hurricane and flood of Galveston, Texas, and giving life to a family of teachers and preachers who settled in the west.
The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. — Ellen Parr