Takoma Tech
Technology for Humans
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About

a theatre major
does tech

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keith@takomatech.net

(301) 200-2332

I have an unusual background for a tech guru. Before entering the technology field, I studied theatre and international relations. I have served as a nonprofit executive director, a writer and editor, and as a sales and marketing executive.

I think every technology initiative benefits from someone who gets tech, but not at the expense of getting people. My varied background enables me to bring a holistic understanding to organizational dynamics and the often-fraught human-tech interaction.

I was born and raised near Cleveland, OH. Since then, I have spent time in Boston, Chicago, and Stockholm, finally settling in the Washington, DC metro area in 1987. I live in Takoma Park, Maryland with my graphic designer wife, our dog and two cats. In my spare time, I dabble in political activism: see my blog, Left-Hand View.

Experience

  • Freedom House, IT Director

  • IREX, IT Projects Manager (2000s), Writer/Editor (1990s)

  • Community IT Innovators, Director of Marketing

  • Gartner (world’s largest IT think tank), Federal Account Manager

  • Potomac Area Council of Hostelling International, Executive Director

  • Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, Assistant Director for Programs

  • Congressional Research Service, Foreign Affairs Researcher

Education

  • University of Maryland/University College, MS in Technology Management

  • University of Stockholm, Sweden, Fulbright Scholar

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, MA in International Relations

  • Northwestern University, BS in Speech/Theatre