I am graduate of Princeton University, a Fulbright Scholarship winner, National Merit Scholarship winner (based on PSAT scores), Rhodes Scholarship semi-finalist, and widely published journalist.

My work has appeared in publications such as Variety Magazine (for which I was the Tokyo correspondent), the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Wine Enthusiast, Maui Magazine, the Bay Guardian, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Hollywood Reporter, Vietnam Airlines inflight magazine, Boy's Life and many more local and global publications. In addition, I worked at Edusoft, where I both wrote and edited test prep questions (across all genres).

I have served as the founding Director of High School Placement at the Millennium School and conducted admissions interviews for 20 years for Princeton University admissions. Currently, I teach high school prep classes and consult as the founding High School Placement Counselor for Presidio Knolls School while I also tutor and counsel private clients. I am a member of the Bay Area Secondary School Counselors.

Slightly off topic: I'm a former PADI scuba-diving instructor in the Philippines; a French cheese expert (blog at www.ayearinfromage.com) who has been featured on national French radio and in French media; and a hula dancer for 14 years who has performed at the Musee Quai Branley in Paris. I speak five languages including bilingual French (Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, and English) and have performed both in amateur and professional theatrical productions. Oddly, I have sung back up on rock albums in both the then-USSR and also Japan, although I've never claimed to be a great singer.