I'm glad to be part of the MIT team that's building ClimateX. I help connect ClimateX to the MIT academic and research community, and advise on content and messaging as a climate change subject expert. I've gotten to know MIT well through working at OpenCourseWare (OCW) since 2004. At OCW, I'm site curator and a publication manager, improving user experience on the OCW site, identifying and highlighting featured content through blogs and social media. Bill McKibben's 2012 Rolling Stone article "Global Warming's Terrifying New Math" was my climate wakeup call. I started learning everything I could about the topic, and became active with Fossil Free MIT. I find that tackling climate change is firmly and permanently in my thoughts and actions. Coming from a Midwestern farm family, I feel particularly close to food and agriculture, and how climate change plays out in the US heartland. Prior to MIT, I worked for 10 years at AT&T/Lucent Bell Labs (systems engineer, optical networking) and was co-founder/director of product marketing at VPN router startup Crescent Networks. Outside these professional and climate activities, I'm proud parent of two young adults, a busy drummer with various jazz and improvised music groups, and an avid hiker, runner, and bike commuter.