Me at Dogfish Head with owner Sam Calagione
I founded Beer for Babes, New Jersey’s original state-wide women’s group for beer appreciation and education, and I volunteer as the historian for the Pink Boots Society, an international non-profit organization for females in the beer industry. I’m also a Cicerone Certified Beer Server and co-founder of The Beer Pair/Ferment Your Event, a company that hosts tutored beer tastings and events. In the spring of 2013, I obtained a professional Core Wine Certificate through The National Wine School.
Meanwhile, I continue to write about complex matters of policy and legislation in New Jersey, and I occasionally contribute production skills to documentaries about social justice. I’ve run various large-scale marketing campaigns and still write press and stakeholder materials for major metropolitan tourism and development corporations. My proudest moment as a freelance marketing professional came when I unexpectedly took over as media manager for the annual U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce conference – a job that had me coordinating logistics with the White House and securing credentials for the international press corps in advance of a significant policy speech given by President Obama.
I’ve earned a master’s degree from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism, speak Spanish and French and have lived in Paris and nine U.S. states, including New York, California and Tennessee. I now reside on the Camden, NJ, waterfront, where I watch fireworks explode over the Philadelphia skyline every Friday night in the summer, thanks to the minor-league baseball stadium a block from my “double-wide” brick rowhouse.
Please download my resume for further details about my education and professional background.