Communication & Media

  • Extensive writing experience. Adept at clearly communicating with diverse audiences, both technical (e.g. my dissertation) and general (action alerts; planning guides; web and email copy). I’ve also written for specialized audiences: research reports and policy memos for administrators; grants for funders; briefs for congressional staffers; and press releases for the media.
  • More than 100 public speaking engagements. Addressed audiences as diverse as the 2004 World Social Forum; the American Medical Student Association (2005-2007 national conferences); and universities like MIT and Johns Hopkins.
  • Experience with print, radio, and television interviews. Also collaborated with the History Channel to produce a short documentary about Bhopal for their Modern Marvels: Engineering Disasters series in 2004, and with the Yes Men on their 2009 feature film The Yes Men Fix The World.
  • Specific interpersonal skill sets include years of experience in facilitation; conflict resolution; coalition-building; negotiation; and recruiting, motivating and inspiring volunteers.

 

Management & Organizational Development

  • Founding member of the Dow Accountability Network Steering Committee (2004-2007). Collectively, Steering Committee members were responsible for overseeing an annual budget of $150,000; developing the vision and strategic direction for the Network; and hiring, training, and supervising a full-time Coordinator.
  • Steering Committee member of the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, the international umbrella for all Bhopal-related efforts (2004-2007). Collectively, ICJB Steering Committee members were responsible for grantwriting and fundraising; program and campaign evaluation; strategic planning; budget oversight; and organizational and campaign development.
  • As the Executive Director of Students for Bhopal, I successfully managed SfB’s organizational growth by adding an elected Advisory Board, additional staff in India, and volunteer-led workgroups. Designed and managed corporate, shareholder, and international campaigns; trained and supervised paid staff, interns, and a network of several hundred active volunteers.
  • Managed a residential community while serving as the property manager for a 12-unit building in Seattle. Fostered a warm and friendly atmosphere while also maintaining discipline.
  • Gained familiarity with Lean, logic models, the balanced scorecard, and other program evaluation tools while serving two years as the Teaching Assistant for “Managing Organizational Performance,” a graduate-level course at the Evans School of Public Affairs.

 

Research & Analysis

  • Statistical programs: Stata (four years) and SPSS (three years). As a Teaching Assistant, I taught three graduate classes using Stata and one using SPSS; I used both programs to conduct the statistical analyses in my dissertation. I have a passing familiarity with R.
  • Statistical techniques: In my research, I utilized OLS, cluster analysis, hierarchical linear modeling, negative binomial regression, logit, and poisson. As a Teaching Assistant, I also taught fixed effects, time series models, and zero-inflated poisson. Via my coursework, I’ve also been exposed to propensity score matching, regression discontinuity, and instrumental variable methods.
  • Cost-benefit analysis: Assessed the quality of 300 cost-benefit analysis studies for a meta-analysis, using four dozen criteria. I also conducted an independent cost benefit analysis study, contracted by Multnomah County, regarding their use of geographic information systems.
  • Survey Design: My dissertation relied on data from a survey I designed and sent to 1000 local governments; my innovative sampling and survey design contributed to a 61% municipal response rate. I also contributed to the design of four surveys (of teachers, principals, superintendents, and administrators) for a state-contracted project that evaluates Washington’s new Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP).
  • Research Design: My study of municipal mitigation is a departure from the existing literature, which often uses a single dependent variable to test a single potential motive. Instead, I present results from six dependent variables, which demonstrate how motivations vary according to the specific form of mitigation. Three of these measures are entirely new, and the first to reflect mitigation's financial and political cost. I test all four theoretical motivations simultaneously, which allows for the possibility that multiple motivations are at work. Finally, I cluster municipalities by the costs they incur, which allows me to distinguish municipal leaders and laggards, and explore how their motivations differ.
  • Years of experience cleaning and managing data, and conducting literature reviews.

 

Logistical & Organizational

  • Coordinated five national conferences, including three for Students for Bhopal (2005-2007), a conference on the chemical industry at the University of Michigan (2002) and a symposium at the Rhode Island School of Design (2005). Responsibilities included developing the content and schedule; publicity; inviting speakers and arranging travel; and coordinating housing, food, and transit for as many as 70 attendees.
  • Coordinated month-long nationwide tours by two Bhopal survivors in 2003, and again in 2004.
  • Collected and maintained the first complete archive of the ~50 films made about Bhopal. Collected and organized a similar archive of nearly 25,000 Bhopal-related photographs.

 

Computer Skills

  • Analytical programs: Stata, SPSS, R, ATLAS.ti.
  • Productivity programs: Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Experience with WordPress, MySQL, Java, PHP, CSS, HTML, and XML. I’ve custom-built web-to-fax systems, automated email campaigns, online petitions, and other interactive applications, and my professional web design portfolio includes spartacusx.com and utatransit.net.
  • Online organizing includes extensive listserve management experience, and the use of online tools to mobilize volunteers and achieve campaign goals. In June 2004, more than 2500 people sent the Indian government a customizable fax via our website; this won their support for a cleanup lawsuit in the US. In 2006, the Indian government agreed to provide poison-free drinking water to 15,000 people in Bhopal after it received 3500 faxes and 6000 emails from online actions we designed and hosted.

 

Political

  • Lobbying and legislative advocacy contributed to an 88-20 bipartisan vote in the Michigan House of Representatives in favor of a bill to restrict Lindane use.
  • Successfully lobbied 55 members of the US Congress to support more than $5 billion in funding for diesel emissions reduction as part of the 2009 transportation reauthorization bill.
  • Won the support of 20 members of the US Congress for a letter to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2006, and for Amicus briefs to support Bhopal survivors in their lawsuit against Union Carbide in 2003 (9 representatives) and 2006 (11 representatives).
  • Worked with city councils in Seattle; San Francisco; and Cambridge, Massachusetts to pass resolutions calling for justice in Bhopal.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Basic Spanish. Formerly proficient, but without regular practice for the last 10 years.
  • Developed a 50-page legal guide for direct actions; an online “skills toolbox” for volunteers; and fact sheets, briefing memos, brochures, and other resources.
  • Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound; find lost items with uncanny accuracy.