hello!

and welcome. I've been wearing many hats these days: writer, consultant, designer, advocate, plus the many more noted below.

Feel free to peruse this site and explore what I've been up to. 

writing

At my final portfolio review at art school, my teacher suggested I go back to school for writing. I was crushed. Turns out, he was on the right track. Design is a method of communication and words have always been my go-to means of expression. While additional classroom time wasn’t on the agenda, 11 books later I comfortably, and gratefully, call myself a writer. I've gotten to work on some remarkable projects.
Click here to check them out. And click here to read what I've been putting out into the world lately.

consulting

My latest venture. When I was looking at high schools with my older child, I was lucky enough to be part of a parent-driven collective that shared info and experiences as the admissions process evolved. The collaboration was such a boon I decided to spearhead a similar group when my younger son got to that point. From that, High School 411 was born - it's a unique resource for support and information that makes a difference to both NYC families. Click here for more info.

Plus, this timely piece was just published with outtakes from a couple

interviews: Extended interview with menstruation historian and author

Elissa Stein

 

And check out my quote on the back cover of the amazing book,

Periods Gone Public.

moved 10.12.18

My not-so-new-anymore hat is activist. 

These days I'm figuring out the most effective ways to keep the fight going. I'm now an elected official - a NYC Democratic Party County Committee Member and was just elected to the Executive Board of the Village Independent Democrats. You can watch me on Real Politics: the TV Show, with Ben Yee, talking about local politics in NYC.

And there's that time your photo was featured in W magazine in their online piece

about activists at Pride in NYC. Oh, and when you were quoted in the Wall Street Journal.

design

When embarking on a new project I start with a color, a feeling, a concept and work through until it feels right. I’ve been fortunate
to work with people who are open to new ideas and formats, who are willing to have design challenges solved in different ways. 
Click here for some of the projects I’ve designed/art directed/illustrated.

Dumbing it Down in NYC - my latest at Huffington Post, about changes to NYC's specialized high schools admissions test.

 

And this is a terrific piece: Open Houses and Closed Doors at Chalkbeat NY, about the challenges of navigating NYC's complicated high school admissions system. My company HS411 is mentioned several times, which is super cool.

more

I’m also a graphic designerKidney donor. Somewhat recent PTA co president at the largest high school not only in NYC but in the country.
Street singer. Coat collector. Scarf addict. Yogi.  Mother (my best gig ever).  Creator of great ideas that never made it past the idea phase 
(links in pink will lead you to more). 

writing

In many ways, FLOW is a breakthrough.Daily Beast

 

Its contents, I found, are plainspoken—perhaps it will start chipping away at the taboo. . . . the style is important and groundbreaking.The New Yorker (yes, The New Yorker!)

 

FLOW was my dream project. The impossible to publish book that made it out into the world and is still starting conversations. I am nothing but delighted to still be a part of them.  Click here to read more. 

When FLOW was the mere  inkling of an idea, and I was nervously sitting for my final design portfolio review at School of Visual Arts, my teacher suggested I go back to school for writing. I was crushed. Turns out, he was on the right track. Design is a method of communication and words have always been my go-to means of expression. While additional classroom time wasn’t on the agenda, 11 books later I comfortably, and gratefully, call myself a writer. I've gotten to work on some remarkable projects. Click here to check them out. And click here to read what I've been putting out into the world lately.

consulting

My latest venture. When I was looking at high schools with my older child, I was lucky enough to be part of a parent-driven collective that shared info and experiences as the admissions process evolved. The collaboration was such a boon I decided to spearhead a similar group when my younger son got to that point. From that, High School 411 was born - it's a unique resource for support and information that makes a difference to both NYC families. Click here for more info.

more

I’m also a graphic designerKidney donor. Somewhat recent PTA co president at the largest high school not only in NYC but in the country.
Street singer. Coat collector. Scarf addict. Yogi.  Mother (my best gig ever).  Creator of great ideas that never made it past the idea phase 
(links in pink will lead you to more).