Welcome to my e-portfolio! As a collaborative and strategic leader and consultant, my aim is to empower people and organizations to reach their goals. With a deep commitment to inclusion, my work centers on co-creating customized approaches that catalyze positive change.
My path as a creative and collaborative problem solver
As the subsequent pages illustrate, I have a diverse background, and I have worn many professional hats. The underlying constant in my life, aside from my values, has been my work as a professional musician. Music has taught me (almost) everything: From disciplined and methodical hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit, to collaborative, presentation, problem-solving, and leadership skills, being a classical flutist has provided me with many tools demanded in today's workplace.
Acquiring solid musical skills requires dedication and perseverance. Musicians are natural conceptual thinkers: We recognize patterns, distill complex ideas, and make decisions, be it in the practice room, while teaching, or on stage.
Music is our tool for communication, and our effectiveness depends on how well we listen, react to, and collaborate with others, and how well we present ourselves on stage.
Musicians work well alone as well as in teams: Ideally, we practice on our own, and come together in rehearsals and performances. In the latter two settings, we collaborate, lead, and follow one another, depending on what the musical moment demands.
Music keeps me humble: As a musician, I am but a conduit in a long tradition, passing on the art form to the next generation to the best of my abilities. Music has been the constant companion in my life, even if it is sometimes not as visible as my other activities. What remains visible are the skills honed in music that I use every day in my other professional endeavors:
As a leader, manager, and designer, I work with individuals and teams to co-create effective strategies and programs, optimize communication, enable continuous improvement, and streamline operations. I am guided by Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), human-centered design (HCD) and Agile approaches.
As a supervisor, trainer, facilitator and coach, I recruit, develop, and lead professionals, deploying adult learning theories, As an educator, I accompany students on their intellectual and personal journeys, empowering them along the way, ensuring they are served equitably and with a social justice orientation.
Strategy, leadership, management, human-centered design, training
Service delivery management: Work with corporate clients and internal staff to design and deploy customized tech solutions using agile/scrum.
Structural transformation of community colleges: Strategic support for eight community colleges to improve student outcomes. Outcomes have included the creation and implementation of a Sustainable, Equitable Student Engagement model at scale that gathers robust student input to inform strategic decisions.
Shared leadership/middle management: Leading an academic division of 100+ professionals, co-create and deploy strategic direction of organizational unit with cross-functional team members.
Community-engaged learning: program vision and strategic plan development, budget forecasting, program expansion, faculty training
Professional development for professionals
California community college civic stewardship initiative
College curriculum management: oversight of all transferable courses at a college, data system redesign, campus-wide curriculum-related professional development design and deployment, redesign of public communication channels; co-development of programs such as music entrepreneurship; development and deployment of course curricula
Management consulting: nonprofit arts, tech, and healthcare
Lean Six Sigma and project management
Research, publications, instruction
Scalable Equitable Student Engagement (NCORE pres.)
Internationally published article (music education)
Poster presentation (music education)
Doctoral dissertation (music education)
Program notes (chamber music concerts)
College course readers (music)
Manage and design programs, make decisions
Empower and supervise others
Provide direction, model commitment
Facilitate group work, delegate tasks
Work as part of a team
Teach and share knowledge
Advise, train, facilitate, mentor, coach
Projects: Program design and oversight, strategy
Connect ideas and people
Distill complex issues
Design data-informed processes
Teach and share knowledge
Projects: Research, strategy, program design and development, teaching
Consulting: tech, project mgmt, change
Training and facilitation
Pure and applied research
Projects: Research and publications
Strategize and identify alternatives
Develop and implement programs
Turn thoughts into action
Projects: Strategy, program design, coaching
...when my work and beliefs are in harmony.
...in flexible settings where I have autonomy.
...when I learn and grow personally.
...to work with creative and reliable people,
...when I act for social justice and equity.
Manager, Consulting and Onboarding
Oversee the design and deployment of customized, AI-driven document data extraction that unlocks financial insights, enabling clients to make strategic decisions.
McKinsey & Company
Develop strategy using business analytics in nonprofit arts, healthcare, tech.
Workforce Transformation Fellow,
Workforce Development Board
Assess organizational capacity and opportunities to embed inclusive and equitable practices in programs, services, and processes. Design and deliver training, collaborate on sprints and other projects. Monitor and report project milestones to stakeholders.
Foundation for California Community Colleges
Lead Regional Coordinator
Lead a team of five, manage budget, work as part of the management team. Collaborate with a teammate to serve eight colleges in their transformational efforts to serve students equitable and to realize the goals of the Vision for Success.
Chancellor's Office, California Community Colleges
Guide colleges to achieve fundamental transformation of mindset and operations to reach the Vision for Success using the Guided Pathways framework.
Fellow: Projects with Stanford Live, the Haas Center for Public Service, Civic Stewardship Initiative for Community Colleges, Stanford CARTA
Faciliate development of strategic plan, forecast and manage budget and grant awards. Deploy human-centered design elements in projects, redesign curriculum, complete research projects using qualitative and mixed methods, action research.
Oversee of the Division of English, ESL, Communication, Math, Computer Science, Learning Resources. Develop of values-based vision and strategy, deploy of student-centered operations; manage $4.5 million budget, revitalize operations for optimal efficiency in the service of students.
Pasadena City College
Oversee all transferable courses, review and developm curriculum. Design and deploy professional development programs for faculty, participate in college governance as senator, teach classes and studio flute, mentor students and junior faculty
Master of Business Administration
Master of Arts, Education--Policy, Organization, Leadership
Higher education policy, administration, and leadership, community colleges, nonprofit leadership and management
University of California, Irvine
Master of Fine Arts, Music Performance
Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Labor and international economics, industrial organization, strategic management
Lean Six Sigma (IASSC, CSSC)
Certified Green Belt Professional
Data-driven performance improvement, problem solving
Agile Philosophy, Scrum Master
Agile principles and their applications
Scrum team, events, artifacts, progress tracking
Wharton Executive Education
Descriptive, predictive, prescriptive analytics:
Data collection methods, A/B testing, correlation and causation, forecasting, regression analysis, simulations, data visualization and interpretation, optimization, decision trees
Project Management Institute
Certified Associate in Project Management
Principles, practices, and ethics of project management
Assess the issue, initiate action, plan the change, execute the plan, make lasting change.
Association of California Community College Administrators
American Federation of Musicians, local 47
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
College Music Society
National Association for Music Education
International Society for Music Education
Omicron Delta Kappa--honor society in leadership and service
Omicron Delta Epsilon--honor society in economics
Mu Phi Epsilon--honor society in music
Board member, Channel Islands Rowing Club
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