Our Contributors

Victoria Thorp

Victoria Thorp

Victoria is the founder and editor of Palo Alto Pulse and has lived in Palo Alto since 2007. Victoria's diverse professional background includes working as the editor of GreatSchools.org , as a senior writer for KIPP and Teach for America, and as a radio producer for City Visions on KALW (91.7FM San Francisco). She is a graduate of Leadership Palo Alto and a member of the Palo Alto Partners in Education Advisory Board.

She has a BA in English from Tufts University and Masters in Education and Secondary Teaching Credential in English from UCLA.

Lisa Wang

Lisa Wang

Lisa Wang is a local high school student in Palo Alto. She enjoys journalism and looks forward to writing more regularly for Palo Alto Pulse!

Jim Migdal

Jim Migdal

Jim Migdal lives in Palo Alto and has spent most of his career in technology, helping consumer internet companies to grow through partnerships and product innovation. He has worked with several different Valley companies, including WebTV, Ingenio, eBay and Facebook.

Jim is the Chair of the Palo Alto Public Art Commission and has a deep interest in art that stems from growing up in Chicago as the son of a local sculptor. Jim is the father of two girls and can often be seen zipping around town on his electric bicycle and walking his dog Abby.

Aisha Piracha

Aisha Piracha

Aisha has a passion for hunting down and sharing stories which stir the hearts and minds of her readers. She was born in Pakistan and grew up in East Asia and Connecticut, and received her BA from Smith College in Massachusetts. Aisha worked on Wall Street for many years before turning to her creative calling - content design and writing! She is a marketing and media design professional, and has been living and raising her family in Palo Alto since 2005.

Ian Sears

Ian Sears

Ian is a graduate of Gunn High School who is studying creative writing and international relations at Carnegie Mellon University.

Jake van Zyll

Jake van Zyll

Jake recently graduated from Palo Alto High School, where he studied Advanced Journalism for two years. He will study Film at Chapman University this fall.

Soumya Jhaveri

Tracy Wu

Tracy Wu

Journalist and violin teacher, I especially love writing about food. At the moment I'm obsessed with my Waring Quik Stik immersion blender and making all sorts of pureed soups and sauces.

Joan Semeria

Joan Semeria is a freelance writer living in Palo Alto.

Sandra Slater

Sandra Slater

Sandra Slater has lived in Palo Alto for the last 26 years. Her current position is Northern California Director of the Cool City Challenge, a project to achieve deep carbon reduction, create resilient neighborhoods, promote green economic development and reinvent our cities from the bottom up. Sandra has served as a consultant to the Golden Gate National Recreational Parks Conservancy, to Zeta Communities (a net-zero energy, LEED Platinum start-up), has led her own design firm, Sandra Slater Environments. Sandra lives in downtown Palo Alto in a home she designed to showcase green design principles.

Pooja Goel

Pooja Goel

Pooja Goel is a recent graduate of Castilleja School. She will be studying political science at USC this fall.