My day jobs are many. I’m the managing principal for N.W. Moore & Associates, a consulting firm serving nonprofit organizations, primarily in the arts. Clients include many museums and we focus on management challenges and organizational development matters such as strategic planning, board development and program evaluation. I’m also a managing partner of the Conservation Consulting Group, a firm that tackles similar issues with land trusts and other environmental organizations. I’m an expedition leader (guide) for Natural Habitat Adventures, leading small group travel around the world. I also teach kayaking and have just been elected alder (City Council member) for the City of Monona.
My most memorable caffeine is in Portugal, just before I lead an expedition. There are two Portuguese men who work with me—I call them “my brothers from a different mother”—and we all arrive a day before our guests to get things set up. It’s a ritual upon arrival to immediately order an espresso, which they call “bullets.” We look at each other and declare, “Time for a bullet.”
My current caffeine of choice is a regular coffee with cream or a skim latte.
My favorite place for caffeine is Java Cat on Monona Drive. They’re a community- and neighborhood-oriented shop, which I greatly appreciate. They’re also a big favorite of neighborhood dogs: the staff routinely hand out dog treats at the drive-up and I know people who only order their coffee through the drive-up just to get the treat.
The person I’d love to share a cup of caffeine with is Michelle Obama. I had the opportunity to meet her professionally a time or two (N.W. Moore & Associates started in Chicago) when she was the Director of AmeriCorps, before she became the First Lady. I respect her greatly and would love to sit down and have a cup of coffee with her.
I’d also enjoy the chance to meet Alicia Keys. I love live music and I’m a big admirer of her as a musician. Plus, the more I learn about her as a person, the more I’m impressed by how grounded and soulful she is.
World problem that could be solved with the right amount of caffeine: Although I feel very strongly about the importance of addressing climate change, the top problem I’d like to solve is voting rights.
I’m discouraged by gerrymandering, voter suppression via voter ID laws and the influence big money has had on politics. At the bottom of many of these problems is the fact that every state has different systems and laws, many states now discouraging voting. And we’re also dealing with the tendency for the party that’s currently in control, whether Democratic or Republican, to only push through their agenda. There used to be compromise before big money got involved.
I’m encouraged by what I’m seeing in Oregon, a state that’s run by four women. For example, they have automatic voter registration. If you have any reason to cross paths with the state government—to pay your taxes, get a driver’s license, etc.—you’re automatically registered to vote. That makes a lot of sense to me and I’d like to see that implemented elsewhere.