My academic background probably summarizes my skills best - I have an Electrical and Computer Engineering Undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, and a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. The majority of my career has been spent in the social sector - most recently leading the Technology department of a 600 person non-profit organization, where I've learned what it's like to be on the side of hiring the technology consultants.
My career has touched on many areas - from being a public radio producer on the Takeaway, On Being, and the Splendid Table, to working on large corporate software projects for Limited Brands and the city of New York. Social justice has been a thread through everything I've done - from trying to single-handedly host a bake sale at 10 years old for the Humane Society, to my current volunteer work managing a team of people who help young people get special immigration juvenile status to obtain a green card. My approach and style to social justice has certainly evolved over time, but my fundamental values to collectively empower others has never changed.
My technology work has been a thread through everything I've done. My first corporate tech job out of school I quickly found myself managing a team of developers for our largest grossing client. My main task was to understand complex, changing requirements, and find solutions. Simultaneously I was a founding member of Engineers Without Borders Canada, developing their program to send engineering students to developing countries. There we collectively learned, first hand, how little technology's role is in creating meaningful change as compared to communication and relationships.
I am also an artist with a specific passion for helping others share their voice. While my own art ranges as much as my career has, I'm most proud of the magazine I started for women of color writers - Kalyani Magazine - and my time as a co-director for YKR (aka Yoni Ki Raat), an annual performance where South Asian artists, and non-artists, come together to share their stories on stage.