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To promote free and open communication across borders and cultures utilizing my language and technology skills
2013 –present: OpenITP (www.openitp.org)
Advising on the implementation of OpenITP's Localization Management Service and Technical Advisory Committee.
2013—present: Internews (www.internews.org)
Senior Technology Advisor
Directing technical research on monitoring equipment deployed in specific countries for the purpose of policy recommendations. Funded by US Department of State and the MacArthur Foundation.
2008—present: New Systems Associates (www.tribe.net)
Chief Technology Officer
I direct the planning and implementation of a complete rewrite of the Java code base for Tribe, one of the first social networking sites, into Elgg, a PHP-based, open-source social network platform. New features focus on security, anonymity, and self-service reporting to improve privacy and user experience, while lowering operating and management overhead. I manage a distributed team of four people who work on the software development, system administration and data center maintenance, as well as respond to end-user help desk issues, manage subscription billing, and monitor the advertising revenue generated by the site.
2011—February 2013: Information Security Coalition (ISC,
Chief Technology Officer
The ISC is a USAID-funded project with Counterpart, International. As CTO, I directed research and collaboration with circumvention, privacy, and other security-focused technologies and international developers to provide resources and training to human rights activists, journalists, and civil society groups in vulnerable locations. I oversaw and managed the first sub-grant round of approximately $150,000 granted to six projects that dealt with circumvention and anti-censorship. I also actively participated in the project's field work in Zimbabwe and Russia, providing technical training and support to USAID's local NGO partners. I supervised two direct reports: one who coordinated work with our technology partners, and one who managed our project-specific technology resources.
2009—October 2011: Strategic Social (www.strategicsocial.com)
Director of Technology
As Director of Technology, I managed Strategic Social’s technology contracts and infrastructure. I developed customized applications for secure media collection, organizational social networking, collaborative analysis, education, and publishing, using primarily open source software such as Joomla, Elgg, Drupal, and WordPress. I managed the provision of hosting services from our data center located in San Francisco, as well as the design and implementation of customer self-hosted solutions. Managed teams of software developers and systems administrators for each project. Significant projects include:
2009—September 2010: The Tor Project (www.torproject.org)
Translation Community Manager
Recruited and managed volunteer and paid translators of Tor’s software, website, and documentation into several languages, most notably Russian, Arabic, Persian, Spanish, Chinese, and Burmese. Assisted with implementation and management of Pootle translation software, and migration to Transifex online translation system.
2004—October 2009: Cisco Systems, Inc. (www.cisco.com),
Voice Technology Group, Unified Communications Business Unit, Cisco
Managed Solutions, Professional Services
March 2000—January 2004: Latitude Communications (www.latitude.com), Santa Clara & San Francisco, CA
(Acquired by Cisco, Jan 2004)
1996—March 2000: Latitude Communications, Santa Clara, CA
Network & Systems Administrator; Webmaster
Managed all aspects of the data & telecom network for a rapidly growing startup company. Responsible for firewall, routers, file servers, SQL databases, Novell and NT networks, PBX/Voice mail, infrastructure maintenance, end-user support, and web site development. Planned and implemented large-scale projects such as Exchange/Outlook, overall network/subnet design, sales force automation packages, accounting applications, server/client OS upgrades, and remote access.
1993—Aug. 1996: Clifford Chance, Moscow
Information Technology Manager/Head Translator
Responsible for designing, assembling, securing, and managing the technology infrastructure at the Moscow office of Europe's largest law firm. Translated legal documents (legislation, contracts, correspondence, articles, news reports, etc.) from Russian into English. Managed a small group of IT staff and the translation group.
1993: The Moscow Business Monitor, Moscow
Translated news stories from Russian into English and wrote business news articles and commentary.
1992—Aug. 1993: Interperiodica Joint Venture, Moscow
English Language Editor
Team translator for the Russian Academy of Sciences' journals Soviet Plant Physiology and Glass Physics and Chemistry.
2003—Dec 2005: The Academy, Berkeley, CA (www.academyk-8.com)
Computer Science Teacher for grades K-8
2005—Nov 2008: Family Paths, Oakland, CA (www.familypaths.org)
Vice President Board of Directors, Personnel Committee Chair, Technology Consultant
1991: University of California, Berkeley
BA, Comparative Literature in French, Russian, and Welsh