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I’m a product and services designer, researcher, leader, community collaborator, and worker. I’m also a maker, a snowsports enthusiast, and an endlessly curious human. I love to observe; to listen, to ask; to sketch, to build, to iterate.* I’ve been working in web, mobile, enterprise, and open source product development since 2004, with a recent focus on public interest and internet freedom projects. She/her pronouns. I’m glad you’re here!

Talk to me about: art, architecture, design, ethics, culture, anarchism, metalworking, inclusion, infosec, usability in security, open source, enabling whistleblowers & journalists, accessibility, small farming, hockey, robotics, Arduino, govtech. Maybe a just few other things, too.

ninavizz is my universal handle as well as my gmail. My public PGP key is advised for sensitive matters.

* Acknowledged serial abuser of semicolons and oxford commas.


I live with my partner and three mischievous cats on a tree farm outside Portland, Oregon, which has been a delightful midlife change after 20+ years in the San Francisco Bay Area. I enjoy snowboarding, travel, crossfit, farm-to-table living, and taking-in the Milky Way on clear nights from home.  I also co-lead Portland’s IxDA chapter, and am still gunning for that elusive gig driving a snowcat groomer at 2am on the slopes of Mt. Hood.