Based in San Francisco, I work at Verily (formerly known as Google X or Google Life Sciences) as the community engagement lead for our clinical research platform. I also serve as a board member for the Community Living Campaign, a local nonprofit. Previously, I had the privilege of working with incredibly talented teams on numerous initiatives—from building a healthcare innovation program at Harvard Medical School and mentoring startups at MIT Hacking Medicine to growing the Canadian Positive Psychology Association from its inception.
After earning my degree in social science, 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 before falling in love with San Francisco and deciding to stay a while. I love exploring new places, meeting new people, and trying new things, leading me to have hobbies that span playing guitar, reading, creative writing, painting, acting, dancing, swimming, hiking, fencing, sailing, skiing, and playing softball. Ask me about the year I spent in the south of France as a teenager, the month I spent meditating with Buddhist monks in Nepal, the time I founded and led a women's skateboarding club with over 100 members, or why I handed out 50 balloons to strangers.