How did you get started with Catchafire?
A mutual friend introduced Rachael and me a couple of years ago when Catchafire was still just a great idea.
What exactly is your role for them?
I collaborate with the Catchafire team on communications strategy and anything else I can help with.
Just before kicking off my collaboration with Catchafire this October, I returned to NYC following a five month thruhike of the Pacific Crest Trail
— a 2663 mile walk from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada via California, Oregon, and Washington.
How was your journey across the country?
My fiancée and I started walking north from Campo, CA the morning of 24 April 2010. For the next 144 days we walked across the Mojave desert, San Jacinto mountains, the High Sierra and the Cascade range until we reached the border of Canada near Manning Park, British Columbia. Walked about a marathon a day. Didn’t rain once in the three months it took to walk the entire state of California. Rained pretty much every day in Washington. An incredible experience.
How do you spend your time when you’re not working?
I’m an anagram enthusiast, an amateur Scrabble competitor and a Wallyball
player. I’m going to bike every street in Manhattan in 2011.
What do you like most about NYC?
Best part about the city is that I’ve been exploring it for more than a decade and I still feel like I’ve just scratched the surface.
What are some volunteer experiences you’ve had?
I started volunteering my time to various community organizations in high school. It wasn’t until I was introduced to Catchafire that I had the opportunity to use my professional skill set to serve.
Where did you receive your degree?
I studied at a small college at NYU called the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Everyone designed their own course of study. I charted a degree in Semiotics
. There is no department of Semiotics at the university, so I drew from coursework across Linguistics, Philosophy of Language, Media Studies, Communications and several independent studies in Semiotics.