I'm a Bay Area native with an East Coast sensibility. I have bounced all around the country for both school and work but am truly happy to have settled back in Oakland. I think I have found a unique balance here between work and play, the city and the outdoors, old childhood friends and new ones.
I'm a fun, passionate, ambitious woman that likes to surround myself with intellectually curious and big hearted people who crack me up. I also appreciate a good dose of sarcasm.
Nothing brings me more joy than bringing people together around great food and wine. I love to cook and throw elaborate dinner parties or spontaneous bbqs. I guess I qualify as a foodie but not the pretentious kind, the kind who finds inspiration at farmers markets, hole in the walls, Sunset Magazine and Cook's Illustrated. Well, maybe a little pretentious.
Other things to note: I skim the New York Times every morning but am not above watching TMZ at night (don't judge!). I believe that elections matter. I was once a competitive gymnast so I start to freak out if I don't exercise regularly. And, I am extremely close to my loud, large family that is scattered from Pittsburgh to Paris. A trip to visit my niece and nephew is always in the works.