I have a background in editing and writing, a penchant for photography and design, and a passion for food and travel. I’m unbelievably lucky because my day job lets me pursue all these things.


Most of what you’ll find on this site is what the kids call “a side hustle”—a freelance hobby that has stemmed from my love of storytelling. But below you can see my professional work experience and education background. 



Vice President, Creative Development 

Compass Group | July, 2017 - Present

  • Launched and lead Compass Creative Studio, a diverse content creation team that supports Compass North America's sales efforts and showcases our brands

  • Developed and implement internal marketing strategy designed to educate and connect

  • Led strategic shift from print to digital with a focus on innovative technology 

Content Studio Director | Executive Editor

The Charlotte Observer  | 2012 - 2017

  • Led multi-media content creation for daily, weekly, monthly and     annual print publications, websites, digital newsletters, and podcasts

  • Managed a team of full-time editors, designers, social media managers, and freelance writers and photographers, as well as budgets for each media channel

  • Aided in development and implementation of national company-wide projects including content marketing for national accounts, digital revenue strategy, and millennial audience development

Senior Editor

DC Magazine | 2011-2012

Associate Editor

Morris Media Network | 2008-2011

Associate Editor

Modern Luxury | 2006- 2008

Boston University |​ 2004-2005


  • Masters in Communication 

  • Participated in the Washington, DC Journalism Program, reporting on Congress for a New England news outlet



Wake Forest University​ | 2000-2004


  • ​Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Political Science and English

  • Semester in London, England with photography focus

  • Semester in Montpellier, France with French language focus

Additional Experience

  • Author of books including Food Lovers' Guide to Charlotte, 100 Things to Do in Charlotte Before You Die, and Secret Charlotte

  • Writer for national publications including American Way,  Forbes Travel Guide, The Hollywood Reporter, and Travel + Leisure

  • Frequent speaker, panelist, and television guest

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