Our Democracy’s Other Pillars: Cultural Institutions

July 4, 2018 Cultural Institutions

Independence Day #242. On this day, our nation celebrates the founding of our democratic experiment — the United States of America — with fireworks, parades, and barbecues. It’s meant to be a festive occasion, yet I can’t help but feel a sense of deep concern. As imperfect as our nation has been, it still serves as a model democracy for many throughout the world. Yet, it appears that our democracy, and the important public institutions that support it, are currently threatened and facing profoundRead More

Act Two: Arts Consulting

June 1, 2018 Work

Today marks my first day working as a senior consultant with the DeVos Institute of Arts Management. I’m very excited to begin this new chapter supporting arts institutions nationwide. Time to get to work!

Time To Begin A New Chapter

April 4, 2018 Work

After 13 years of helping to establish and grow the Arab American National Museum, I’ve decided now is the time to pursue new opportunities and experiences. I will forever cherish my time with the Museum, which includes four years as deputy director and five years as director, and I am immensely proud of what our team and community have been able to achieve. I know the Museum will continue to flourish and I look forward to supporting the institution farRead More

Los Angeles Marathon

March 20, 2018 Fitness

On Sunday, March 18, I successfully completed the 2018 Los Angeles Marathon. From “Stadium to Sea,” this was a really well organized event along a very scenic route; from Dodgers Stadium to Santa Monica Pier! What a great way to see LA: car free! This marathon served as training for the upcoming Coast to Coast Gravel Grinder on May 12 in Michigan (210 miles across the state from Lake Huron to Lake Michigan). My marathon goal was simple: just finishRead More

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

January 27, 2018 Art & Design, Travel

Photographs captured on January 26, 2018 along the seven-mile Black Point Wildlife Drive at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Featured on LeaderStories

January 26, 2018 Media, Work

Proud to see my journey and work profiled by American Express Leadership Academy in the new LeaderStories video. This video was created as part of my NGen Fellowship with Independent Sector.

Pictures from a Quick Trip to Northern Michigan

January 21, 2018 Art & Design, Travel

Here are a few photographs from our quick trip to northern Michigan this weekend.

The 2018 Bigfoot Snowshoe Race

January 20, 2018 Fitness, Running

Despite the unseasonably warm weather, we were fortunate enough to have enough quality snow on the trails in Traverse City for the annual Bigfoot Snowshoe Race presented by Running Fit. This race is among the biggest snowshoe races in the nation and it serves as a qualifier for the U.S. Snowshoe Association’s championship race. I ran the race once before in 2007. That was my first time on snowshoes. I ended up winning my age group, but I didn’t realizeRead More

Exploring the Ring Road in Iceland

January 18, 2018 Travel

I’ve been remiss in sharing an update on our exploration of Iceland’s Ring Road. In fact, it’s been over seven months since our trip to the island of fire and ice. Looking back, this ranks among my favorite trips abroad. There is so much to see and experience in this small, remote nation. For one, there is an abundance of wildlife! The joke is that there are twice as many sheep in Iceland as people (total human population is underRead More

Reflections on Leadership

December 18, 2017 Leadership

As part of our capstone for the 2016-17 American Express NGen Fellows program with Independent Sector, our crew created a series of podcasts and blogs on emerging issues in the nonprofit sector. The first blog post, which I had the privilege to write, and the corresponding podcast by three of my talented colleagues, are now live. The views expressed do not necessarily represent those of American Express or Independent Sector. As I reflect on the insightful commentary expressed in myRead More