i won't say i'm against self-summaries, but they're fairly
reminiscent of resumes, which i tend to avoid unless they're
hand-written in crayon. i'm passionate about education, affordable
housing, equality, grassroots movements, local innovation, human
beings, technology, creativity, socially-conscious approaches
business, castellano, cafe con leche, soul music, soul food.
i'm a polish, formerly undocumented immigrant, who grew up in
Chicago. i speak porteno spanish. i deeply believe that borders
constrain basic human freedoms.
i love people who can draw unlikely parallels; they usually tend to
blow me away.
What I’m doing with my life
i work for a semi-contagious nonprofit - we do social innovation
and a bunch of crazy-ass high-level thinking. i think? i'm enjoying
the freedom it gives me in both the physical and creative sense. i
photograph. i edit videos. i'm fighting to save a house in the
mount pleasant community, so it can remain an affordable space for
artists and activity. don't all people deserve to live in nice,
i'm at a point in my life where liberally exploring various
skill-sets is hella exciting, and a refreshing change from the
somewhat boxed-in education system i had grown frustrated with. i'd
love to travel more, packing light.
I’m really good at
from an existential perspective? flexibility and resilience.
overall? first dates.
The first things people usually notice about me
eyes in the fall (depends on the backdrop, right?). freckles in the
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
lately, motown, r&b, funk, neo-soul -- prince, lauryn hill,
tlc, aaliyah, salt-n-pepa, erykah badu, ciara, alicia keys,
beyonce. i know, i know - everyone is obsessed with b's new album.
i'm a sucker for smooth female vocals.
i read anything i can get my hands on. huge believer in the power
of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction -- russian lit,
borges, ee cummings, gloria anzaldua, stuart dybek, the little
prince, hemingway (the man and the myth). i go on frequent natgeo
and fastco binges - who said print was dead?
i try to stay up on news, current events, politics -- i'm
completely disillusioned with 90% of western media outlets.
food-wise? comida mexicana, anything spicy, pad thai, curries,
peanut butter, beans, cilantro, basil, falafal, cheese, white wine,
red wine, all wine really. a bottle of argentine malbec goes a long
The six things I could never do without
good beer or wine (clearly i haven't said that enough)
rhythm in music and images
I spend a lot of time thinking about
approaching immigration issues from an apolitical standpoint,
empathy, apathy, how in the world oil painting works, what i'd like
to eat for brunch (perhaps the best meal of the day)
On a typical Friday night I am
out and about dancing. or in, spending time with friends, family,
housemates, books, housemate's cat (in DC), my cat (in Chicago).
The most private thing I’m willing to admit
i think i'm actually more intense and sensitive than i'd like to
believe, but not in an intense way...if that makes sense? i try to
play it cool though.
i also have a big crush on sheryl sandberg.
You should message me if
you want to do some spontaneous, creative adventuring; you are a
dance machine; you think empowered female entrepreneurs are sexy;
you're one in a million