My nonprofit

Miracle Messages are short video messages from homeless people to their long-lost loved ones, recorded and delivered by volunteers. To date, 40% of reunions have lead to stable housing. Miracle Messages has been featured in the New York TimesNPRPeople, and NowThis, whose video reached 22M views and 300K shares. I started Miracle Messages in honor of my Uncle Mark, who lived on-and-off the streets for 30 years. Our goal is to reunite 1 million people by 2021. Join the movement.


My first book

Natural Disasters as a Catalyst for Social Capital: A Study of the 500-Year Flood in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is my ground-breaking first book.

It explores the vastly under-explored link between natural disasters and our collective sense of togetherness ("social capital"), drawing on extensive field research and in-depth interviews from the unprecedented 500-Year Flood in Eastern Iowa in 2008.

This book, in highlighting the enormous impact of one disaster in a mid-sized Midwestern city, offers the framework for a new theory on why social capital shifts in society from one generation to another: the transformative impact of shared traumas.

Order the book on Amazon with the link to the left, or email me for a limited signed copy.