With roots deep in publishing, I’ve worked on both the visual design and the narrative sides of storytelling. The publications I’ve designed, written for, edited, and produced run the gamut from business books to books on Buddhism, and from political news to punk rock magazines. These diverse experiences have refined my capacity to adopt others’ voices, as well as clarifying my own as a nonfiction author.
My stories are evocative, grounded in truth, and full of humor, and wit. I develop my storytelling skills onstage in front of live audiences at events such as The Moth, ROAR Voices, Pants on Fire, and others.
I am also the founder of Allied Independent, a digital strategy and creative services studio. With over 20 years as a sole proprietor, I know first-hand the challenges women entrepreneurs face—and why now the need is greater than ever before for more stories about and advice from women in leadership.
Social justice, equity, and humanist issues drive me. Mountain biking and hiking the Pacific Northwest sustains me. Poetry feeds me. Making a difference in this crazy world of ours is what gets me out of bed in the morning.
MY NAME IS ÜMA. THE UMLAUT IS SILENT.