Based in San Francisco, I spend my days at Verily
(formerly known as Google X or Google Life Sciences) working toward precision medicine as the community engagement lead for our health research platform. I also serve as a board member for the Community Living Campaign
, a local nonprofit addressing loneliness and other challenges associated with aging and disability. Previously, I've collaborated with some incredibly talented teams on numerous initiatives—from building a healthcare innovation program at Harvard Medical School to mentoring health technology startups.
After earning my degree in social sciences, I conducted research on positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, mental health at Queen's University, and empathy at Harvard University. My first foray into social impact, I won a competition at Stanford University to launch a technology campaign aimed at spreading compassion. As a result of this and other work, I've been lucky to get invited to the White House during Obama's presidency, be named a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a Hive Global Leader, and meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Dalai Lama.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, I lived in seven cities and three countries before falling in love with San Francisco and deciding to stay a while. Ask me about the month I spent meditating with Buddhist monks in Nepal or the time I gave free hugs to hundreds of strangers.