My work supports those who are focused on making the economy stronger and communities better. As a journalist in Washington, D.C., 20 years ago, I covered politics, dug into policy and deciphered the impact of regulatory agencies, including the U.S. Federal Reserve Board and the U.S. Treasury and Labor Departments.

In the mid 1990s, Dow Jones Newswires transferred me from the nation’s capital to Sydney, Australia, where I was based for seven years. There I wrote about bonds, currencies and corporate news before working for an investment bank.

I soon scratched the itch to return to journalism and became a freelance foreign correspondent. While I was overseas, my work ran in The New York Times, Business Week magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Far Eastern Economic Review, and Barron’s.

My roots are in the Midwest, and they beckoned. So my Australian husband and I packed up and moved to Cleveland in 2002. I began covering economic development and high-tech business for The Plain Dealer. After a few years in the Business and Metro sections writing investigative and explanatory stories, I joined the paper’s Editorial Board. There, I honed the ability to advocate and influence as well as explain and illuminate, and won awards for doing so.

These are my tools: persistence, curiosity, compassion and the talent to describe complex things in ways that let folks see and feel them.

Let’s make your ideas come to life.