My road in life took a while to figure out.
Knew I liked being a part of something bigger than myself and traveling, but no clue otherwise.
Took some time to figure it out, and saved a ton of money, by going to community college first.
Chose to study international relations, thinking I could combine my interests by working for the UN.
Learned through college, grad school, living in DC that I didn't want to work for a big bureaucracy.
Fell into a job in space policy, working for a small cause-oriented foundation.
Loved traveling the world, evangelizing the foundation's mission and fostering cooperation.
Wanted to move back to the West Coast, had to choose between space sector or something cause-related
Decided to support a cause I believed in & use my relationship-management skills at Roadtrip Nation.
Keep following my journey


Director, New Partnerships

I help build partnerships that support the career exploration mission of Roadtrip Nation.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

Half the time, I get to travel around the country attending conferences, evangelizing the Roadtrip Nation mission, building new relationships, and visiting potential partners. The rest of the time, I work with a broader team to architect new partnerships, discussing what the projects could include, and coordinating them with our active projects/partnerships. I also oversee the creation of concept and proposal materials, and stay in touch via phone calls with our potential new partners.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

On the job exposure to grant- or proposal-writing is very helpful just to understand the process. Basic administrative experience, such as how to schedule calendar meetings, participate in team meetings, manage time, and prioritize a variety of tasks, as well as prepare written communications (proposals or emails), is definitely necessary.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for professionals

The work I do requires skills that can be developed in a lot of different, seemingly unrelated places. The ability to article and advocate for a cause, forging and maintaining relationships, persuading people to work together on a common project, facilitating team buy-in - these skills are all necessary for business development and strategic partnership work, but can be acquired and honed in a variety of ways. The key is translating your prior experience into a business development role.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Myself:

"Business development is basically sales, and sales is for pushy/greedy/skeezy people."