National Endowment for the Arts
Director in the Office of the Chairman
September 2016 - Present
- Oversee political strategy on over 50 site visits with elected officials to promote the NEA’s work.
- Contribute to the social media accounts when staffing the Chairman.
- Staff the Chairman at site visits, events, and domestic travel.
- Represent the Chairman with the White House, Congress, important members of the arts community and the general public.
- Author a variety of memoranda and correspondence involving a wide range of matters.
- Serve in a liaison capacity between the Chairman and other Agency staff.
- Supervise the Staff Assistant in the Office of the Chairman.
- Serve as a team member on ad hoc teams convened to work on special projects and studies.
U.S. House of Representatives
Special Assistant (Jan. 2013 - Sept. 2016)
Legislative Aide / Press Assistant (Nov. 2010 - Dec. 2012)
Staff Assistant / Legislative Correspondent (Nov. 2009 - Nov. 2010)
November 2009 - September 2016
- Anticipate and analyze issues impacting a ranking member of the Appropriations Committee.
- Counsel the congresswoman in crisis management, public decisions, courses of action and communications.
- Organize press conferences, interviews, events, and meetings.
- Develop advance materials including remarks, talking points, statements, and correspondence on behalf of the congresswoman.
- Proofread and edit briefing memos for junior staff.
- Serve as a liaison for the congresswoman with members of Congress, Capitol Hill staff, Administration officials, the White House and the public.
- Act as a representative at meetings and events.
- Transformed the legacy scheduling system to an online platform, which has significantly decreased turnaround time and improved record-keeping.
- Supervise, recruit and train interns and junior staff.
- Built the congresswoman’s web presence by launching and developing the social media pages for Facebook and Twitter.
- Introduced legislation and partnered with stakeholders to generate media coverage and public support.
- Successfully increased open rates for all outgoing correspondence by creating engaging graphics, highlighting the message and analyzing trends.
- Directed the correspondence operation and led a project that cleared backlog by 1000 percent in six months with an improved rate of letter production and quality.
- Acted as systems administrator and staff trainer for the customer relationship management (CRM) system.
- Drafted press releases, media advisories, and e-newsletters distributed to 50,000+ individuals and targeted interest groups.
- Pitched local press, bloggers, and online journalists on the congresswoman’s work and activities.
- Legislative portfolio included: Agriculture, Animal Rights, Campaign Reform, Civil Rights, Energy, Legislative Branch and Telecommunications.
- Assisted senior staff with legislation, letters, meetings, reports and research for Appropriations issues of Health, Human Services, Education, Labor, and Interior & Environment.
- Advanced public understanding of the congresswoman’s legislative priorities by increasing use of e-newsletters and digital communications.
- Collaborated with senior staff to ensure consistent messaging across all public interaction.
- Launched a new system for e-newsletters to allow for integration with the website and improve tracking abilities.
- Developed content, videos and graphics published to website and social media platforms.
- Coordinated and disseminated over 450 outgoing communications responses on behalf of the congresswoman.
- Created a procedure for personalized responses to targeted individuals.
- Maintained press contact lists and compiled daily news clips of relevance.
- Planned and led over 800 tours for constituents.
PR by MR
Public Relations Consultant
January 2012 – Present
Washington D.C. Metro Area
- Clients include nonprofits, media professionals, and small businesses.
- Passionate about storytelling-focused news presentation especially regarding politics and policy.
- Perfectionist in content creation, which includes graphics and video design, with an innately astute sense of creativity.
- Build and create long-term strategic communications plans for clients.
- Develop content, improve design and revamp websites using constituent management software.
- Knowledgeable in a diversity of digital platforms with mastery of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
- Analyze data and generate reports using Google Analytics, Facebook Insights, and other web integration software.
- Successfully craft campaigns producing measurable results including winning contests and increasing following substantially.
Tutor and Assistant Director
George Washington University Writing Center
September 2005 – June 2009 (3 years 10 months)
- Tutored students on writing papers, essays, theses.
- Trained new tutors to effectively work with students on their writing.
- Researched writing resources for students.
- Presented at national conferences.
- Coordinated writing workshops for on‐campus organizations.
- Successfully learned and implemented an online scheduling system.
Deputy Communications Director and Member of the Board of Directors
Minnesota State Society
March 2016 - Present
- Member of two working groups: The Forum (Corporate Sponsorship) Group and the Website Improvement Group
Pro-Bono Consultant for Animal Rescues
Rural Dog Rescue, DC Paws, Capitol Canines and more
August 2015 - Present
Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Coordinated dozens of successful fundraisers online and at local establishments raising thousands of dollars for animal rescue.
Provide guidance on social media platforms and analyze existing infrastructure.
Created an online community for hound owners to promote adoption and awareness for this neglected breed.
Partner with local and national individuals and organizations on fundraising projects.
Communications Director and Member of the Board of Directors
City Dogs Rescue
February 2012 – August 2015
Washington, D.C. Metro Area
- Served as one of three voting Board Members for the Washington City Paper's 2015 Readers' Poll Winner for Best Non-Profit.
- Story placement includes the Washington Post, Washingtonian, Good Morning America and dozens of local publications.
- Built a successful communications brand for fundraising, event planning, and community engagement through the creation of high-quality social media accounts (including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), an outstanding website, and engaging e-newsletters.
- Increased City Dogs Rescue’s Facebook following by 34,500 “likes” since taking over the responsibility in 2012.