I started out in TV production in Washington D.C., designing and producing large-scale special events broadcast live via satellite. I moved to California and went to work for KPBS as the Telecommunications Producer/Writer, then Executive Producer and Director of Creative Services.

In 1995 I launched my own business. “Silvergate” comes from “The Silvergate City,” a vintage nickname for San Diego. One of my first projects was managing a federal grant that brought Internet access to nonprofit organizations in San Diego’s urban core, creating a community network. I developed expertise in technology for community development (the “digital divide”), leading to contracts with federal, state, and private funders.

Over the years I expanded my client base in philanthropy, doing strategic planning, managing collaborations, and evaluating results.