Organizational, Communications Strategist & Event Producer
Austin, TX (October 2011 – Present)
Communications and fundraising campaign design, strategy, and outreach; event production and management; messaging and content development; and community management. Clients include:
- Net Victories – Internal organizational strategy, messaging and content development, community management, client relations, and team management
- RISE Conference Presenter in 2013, 2012 – Build Your Brand Workshop
- GivingCity Austin – Strategic planning, marketing, and event management
- Brisa Communications – Messaging and content development
- The Mulholland Group – Event management
- SAHELI – Event management & emcee; communications strategy development
- Boris Speaks: The AIDS Fundraising Campaign – Fundraising and outreach strategy
Giving Program Manager at BuildASign.com
Austin, TX (May 2012 – December 2012)
Identified and implemented organizational design to restructure roles and responsibilities for team and build infrastructure (eg: CRM, policies, procedure); developed strategic plan for long-term revenue growth and expansion of corporate social responsibility activities (such as staff engagement with NPOs, donations nationally, NPO fast pitch).
External Communications Manager at Southwest Key Programs
Austin, TX (September 2010 – September 2011)
Developed and managed all external marketing and messaging for three separate organizations (national headquarters, East Austin programs, and public-charter school); media spokesperson; and managed staff of graphic designer, interns, contractors, and volunteers.
Director of Communications at SafePlace
Austin, TX (August 2006 – September 2010)
Conducted re-branding of agency identity and messaging; developed information architecture and content for new website; represented agency on statewide policy task forces and two-year national advocacy training; responsible for public relations, awareness campaigns, branding, electronic communications, publications and public affairs strategy and execution; and managed staff, outside vendors, and Board committee relationships.
Client Development Executive at Federal Sources, Inc.
McLean, VA (February 2005 – January 2006)
Cultivated and maintained relationships with 40 diverse client accounts, responsible for business development; successfully garnered an 86% customer retention rate of “lost accounts”; and developed new promotions and products to expand product offerings.
Channel Marketing Program Manager at Infodata Systems, Inc.
McLean, VA (January 2004 – February 2005)
Managed marketing for channel partners and sales team; created first program for reseller partners, raising company and product awareness and sales; developed marketing tools to support sales team including trade show applications, events and website content.
Project Manager at Gupton & Associates (Contract)
Alexandria, VA (June – December 2003)
Secured a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) contract enabling the company to market and sell to the Federal Government and organizational design development.
Front of House Manager at Bob Kincaid’s Colvin Run Tavern & Bertucci’s Pizzeria
Washington, DC Area (July 2001 – June 2003)
Built performance and productivity improvement through hiring, firing, training, team building and managing service staff in fine and casual dining environment. Member of the corporate management training team for the region.
Director, Outreach Programs at Highway 1
Washington, DC (June 1998 – July 2001)
Led team of partners in pro-bono IT projects for Federal Government; developed and managed outreach programs; responsible for marketing and communications; and identified and secured funders.
Leadership Austin, Emerge Program Graduate
Communications Leadership Institute SPIN Academy
California State University, San Marcos, CA, Literature & Writing
Board Experience: KarmaBadgers, Founder (2011-Present); GivingCity Austin, Board of Directors/Advisors (2011-Present); HelpAttack!, Board of Advisors (2010 – 2012); SAHELI, Board Member & Board Development Committee Chair (2008 – 2011); and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Board Member (2007-2009)
Committee Leadership: Planned Parenthood, Cocktails for a Cause Co-host (2011); Brewster McCracken for Mayor, Progressive Women’s Outreach Coordinator (2008); Green Doors, Glen Oaks Corner Opening (2008); Circle C Ranch HOA, Communications Committee (2007-2008); Austin/Travis County Family Violence Task Force Awareness Committee (2006-2009); Texas Advocacy Project, Committee Chair (2012, 2008, 2007 Black & White Ball and 2006 Love, Love, Love Gala) & Women’s Committee of the National Symphony Orchestra (2003-2004)
Membership & Volunteerism: KOOP Radio Volunteer & “Writing on the Air” co-host (2013-Present); Women Communicators of Austin, Member; Social Media Club Austin & Social Media Breakfast Austin, Member; Literacy Austin, Literacy Tutor (2007-2008); Texas Advocacy Project, Teen Justice Initiative marketing and strategic plan support (2006-2008); In2Books, Literacy Mentor (2004-2005)