About me

I work as a social documentary photographer, shooting visual narrative for non-profit storytelling and advocacy, and traveling extensively.

In 2009 I founded PhotoPhilanthropy to reward and promote excellence in visual advocacy storytelling, and currently serve as Executive Director for the organization that grew out of that, which works to harness the power of creative thought leaders to further our understanding of the power of art to change the world. I teach and write on the use of photography as a social tool and the role of visual storytelling.  I am a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  I am from Georgia and the mother of five kids, and currently live in both Boston and San Francisco.


About CatchLight- Our mission is to accelerate the social impact of modern visual storytelling.

While the impulse for visual storytelling is as old as humanity itself, the tools and the storytellers are now dramatically different. Photography is one of the most powerful communications tools we have today, with unique reach, transcending language, geography and age. Modern day storytellers are culturally diverse and uniquely talented, pushing our understanding of the use of the medium to reach new audiences, address chronic issues, and help us see and understand each other through a more nuanced and familiar lens.

At Catchlight, we believe in the power of art to change the world. We are a photography organization that celebrates and amplifies excellence and innovation in visual storytelling. Born out of PhotoPhilanthropy, CatchLight promotes bold, artistic ideas in visual media that matters, and builds a community of like-minded thought leaders from the arts, social advocacy, public media and the general public. CatchLight is a San Francisco based 501c3, led by a visionary Board and Advisory Council comprised of entrepreneurs, journalists and photographers, and philanthropists dedicated to the public interest.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.

Because what the world needs is people who have come alive”
-Howard Thurman