I grew up in Centralia, Illinois, a small former railroad town in corn country. I graduated from Stanford in 2002 with honors in Architecture and Urban Design.
I lived in Malaysia from 2002 to 2003, courtesy of a Fulbright Scholarship. It was a memorable year during which I met a lot of inspiring people and made a short film. The highlight of the film remains my somewhat sadistic staging of a durian eating contest.
I lived in New York City from 2003 to 2010, and have the Strand tote bag to prove it.
Beginning in 2012, I taught myself to code. I design and develop software systems for the EdTech NGO Worldreader.
I live in San Francisco.