I'm Alexandra, USBG's Communications Coordinator.
I bring you PreShift, manage the USBG blog, serve as the Staff Liaison on the Joint Health & Wellness Committee, and do other website tech-y kinds of geekery.
A high-energy, enthusiastic, free-spirited extrovert who loves to travel, meet people, build community, and attempt to unpuzzle the puzzles of words, this dynamic role is perfect for my personality.
My professional life has taken me to many corners of the earth, and my experiences and adaptability are as varied as the wind. After my college-years career as an athletic scholarship-earning swimmer at the University of Georgia ended in 2004, I found myself back in California working with at-risk teens as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). Once that year of service closed, I made my living at popular & historic pub/restaurant as a server, host, and busser in Sacramento, CA, while also pulling espresso shots at a nearby cafe, and slinging books at a Barnes & Noble sister store, all while completing my application to join the US Peace Corps. Those two years overseas helping build a computer lab and teaching tech courses, Spanish, and swim lessons to students in an elementary school, as well as working on island-wide HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness campaigns & writing PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) grants, opened my privileged American eyes to a much bigger world than the one in which I had resided 'til then. The island isolation and romantic life of an expat led me on my next overseas journey: working as an English teacher at private kindergarten & elementary schools in Seoul, South Korea, for the next 18 months. While teaching long hours followed by consuming mountains of Korean barbecue and copious amounts of somak (soju + beer/maekju) or maggkeoli (unfiltered rice wine...because When in Korea...) was certainly an entertaining lifestyle, I quickly tired of it and its toll on my body, and went back to California at the end of my contracts. My next chapter included renovating and managing an artist & garden co-op house, and working as an independently-contracted personal trainer at a nearby no-mirrors no-machines hipster gym in Sacramento. In the middle of that, I earned a counseling certificate, tried my hand at counseling/life coaching, and found a contract to work on the May is Bike Month campaign with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. I also designed and executed a two-part bicycle workshop series for women that included bike maintenance and navigating the streets & trails more safely. Then, I discovered the USBG, and haven't looked back since!
Other interests include: making art, movement, rock climbing, guiding whitewater rafting trips on the South Fork of the American River, cooking, zymurgy (the science of fermentation), reading, feminism, coffee, nature, drinking coffee in nature, wandering the earth, and listening to excellent music.