Professional Experience

National Endowment for the Arts
Director in the Office of the Chairman
September 2016 - Present
Washington, D.C.

  • 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
Washington, D.C. 

  • 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)
Washington, D.C.

  • 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.

Volunteer Experience

Deputy Communications Director and Member of the Board of Directors
Minnesota State Society
March 2016 - Present
Washington, D.C. 

  • 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.

Education

The George Washington University
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Public Affairs
2005 - 2009
Washington, D.C.