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Expert Product Manager (DC area)

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education completed: masters

Expert product manager/project manager, writer, researcher--yes, I wear all those hats effectively--with over 15 years of experience for leading consumer, internet, and nonprofit companies and organizations. I excel in product management, product marketing, project management, and writing/research/content creation roles, especially in support of "lifestyle-related" and social mission products. Superb problem-solving capabilities, strong team-building skills, and the ability to see clearly from the user's perspective. I am data driven, with proven ability to use data and metrics to support hypotheses and conclusions for developing business cases and roadmap priorities and clearly communicate data insights to colleagues and partners. And I am an empathetic, door-is-always-open mentor and manager with the ability to bring people together, collaborating using clear communication and strong structured thinking


How I can help you:

* Pulling together or managing a big cross-functional campaign or project
* Lead your Agile team (12+ years experience), with user story and backlog grooming expertise
* Creating or fine-tuning your website user experience
* Take ownership of your project management tools (Jira, Confluence, many others)
* Honing your marketing strategy or tactical plan
* Understanding your audience or membership
* Writing clear, sharp user stories, marcom, business, educational, or technical copy--BRDs/MRDs/PRDs/FRDs
* Finding or producing great content
* Facilitating more effective team collaboration, or streamlining processes
* Researching and documenting. . .anything

Whether you have clearly defined requirements or aren't sure what your next step should be, I can help. I work well independently, collaboratively and cross-functionally, and I bring a broad, very valuable skill set to the table. I'd love to talk with you to figure out how we can take your project/business to the next level.
Keywords: optimization of user/customer experience; online community building; PRD, MRD and product roadmaps; new product ideation, research, and development; cross-functional team management; competitive research and product-differentiation strategies; customer advocacy and evangelism...

Tools expertise: Confluence/Jira, Google Analytics, SiteCatalyst, Balsamiq, Aha!, Optimizely, SQL, and many others


FIG (Washington, DC)
Director of Product
July 2018-Present

Product conception and project management for a startup e-learning platform aimed at creating interactive, rich experience online opportunities by defining, building, and launching best-in-class products in the short-course educational space.
--Articulate the digital product vision and translate this into an executable strategy and product roadmap to drive product commercialization
--Using research, market insights, and analytics, shape and define the product requirements and inform decision making for the new business
--Provide leadership around the core system and functionality of the product – from conception through to product requirements, product development, and commercialization
--Identify opportunities for product differentiation based on customer/user needs and requirements
--Work closely with development teams on both the content/curriculum and technology side (internal and external) to build functionality and oversee development of digital products

Director of Product
April 2017-November 2018
Golfstream is a state-of-the-art venue utilizing AR/VR (augmented and virtual reality) components and laser guidance to create a thoroughly unique entertainment and sports experience. In this role, I wear product management, product marketing, project management, and operations "hats" while owning the product roadmap, user experience, and planning for future venues.

Principal Contractor
July 2014-March 2017
Contract Writing, Product, and Project Management assignments for a variety of both e-commerce and nonprofit organizations, typically in cross-functional, Agile/Scrum environments. Recent assignments: 3-month contract as Product Manager at Reflex Media to redesign a niche internet travel site that innovatively blended travel with online dating; 6-month assignment as Product Manager for the redesign of the National Council on Aging's (NCOA) signature product, BenefitsCheckUp®. The project included web redesign, content restructuring, and optimization of a complex, decision-based questionnaire tool.

AARP (Washington, DC)
Director, Product Management (New Value Creation)
Created new member value and benefits for AARP, the world's largest membership organization. New products conceived, researched, tested in-market, and launched include innovative lifelong learning programs, health apps and services, technology aids, personal development resources, family offerings, and more.

--Developed and launched an auto buying service as a new member benefit that will conservatively generate $1M annually for the AARP Foundation. In partnership with, the program was developed to bring rationality to the car buying process, save Member's money, and generate revenue for the association.

--Developed numerous concepts for new AARP member benefits in a wide variety of verticals: aging in place products and services, health, personal technology, personal development, education/lifelong learning, online security, real estate, and more. Concepts were developed through a rigorous process of formal and informal ideation, qualitative and quantitative research, and in-market testing. Developed a state-of-the-art personal finance website, an AARP start-up project focused on "Millennials" (the 20-40 age range) as an earlier introduction to AARP: This community website brought money experts and users together to help improve their financial lives and futures. Strategic and tactical responsibility for the conceptualization and development of all website features, a full suite of Web 2.0 functionality and content including the ability to ask questions of personal finance experts.

YouthNoise (San Francisco, CA)
Vice President, Product Management
Established and managed the unique YouthNoise social networking website (, a social change platform for youths (14-24) which enabled and empowered them to become informed and engaged citizens taking action on issues they care about.

--Developed roadmaps and specs, then implemented Web 2.0 tools--blogs, wikis, collaboration tools--aimed at making one of the most advanced social networking sites on the Internet for its time, building time on site from 4 to 12 minutes.

E-LOAN (Pleasanton, CA)
Director of Product Management
Operated and continuously refined E-LOAN's ( state-of-the-art consumer lending ecommerce website, a pioneering effort to bring consumer advocacy to the lending/mortgage industries.

--Presided over tripling of website conversion (unique visitors-to-loan applications, with funding increase from 5,000 to 15,000 loans per year from 2002-2006) during 4+ years. These significant gains were achieved by means of website redesign, upgraded tools and content, and restructuring of the website functional processes (loan rate searches and loan applications).

--Defined product planning (new loan products) and website feature development--including design and UI--in order to maximize functionality and loan revenue generation. Managed all collaborative team members in this process, from business units to product managers and web designers to developers to marketers. (San Francisco, CA)
Director of Product/Channels
Created the world's first family-focused website portal (, a division of, an effort to merge information/learning and ecommerce around a wide set of products and services of particular interest to families: health, travel/recreation, technology, school, relationships, and more. In this highly cross-functional position, worked with development, content, product marketing, business development, ad sales, marketing, and creative teams to launch the company's revenue-generating vertical content channels initiative as the primary means of monetizing the site--with profit-and-lost accountability.

--Created website content, features, and tools which helped to increase online family registration from zero to 70,000 families in the first year of site operation.

--Directed the development of rich and compelling content channels by creating and acquiring content, tools, and special user features. Individual channels featured content focusing on health, personal finance, travel, family heritage, food and wine, education, family computing, with others vertical channels planned.

Wilderness Travel (Berkeley, CA)
Director of Marketing & New Product Development
Managed one of the world's first and leading adventure travel companies, where I achieved a consistent 15-20% annual growth rate in corporate revenues and total customers in a niche lifestyle industry (adventure travel) during a recessionary era. Wrote the Catalog Age award-winning Wilderness Travel Catalog of Adventures for ten years, the company's primary marketing vehicle, an industry-renowned showpiece. Established the company's inaugural internet and ecommerce presence.


M.A., Urban Planning
UCLA School of Architecture & Planning (Los Angeles, CA)

B.A., Architecture & Urban Studies
Rice University (Houston, TX)
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