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About me

My experience is in project management, communications, writing, social media, web design, video production. I’m interested in making things run efficiently, designing strategies, and engaging workforces.

Experience

Project Management Consultant

Independent Consultant

September 2019 – present | Chicago, Ill.
  • Provided project management capacities to universities in Washington, D.C. and Boston, Mass.
  • Developed and executed strategy to meet international web content accessibility guidelines, identifying issues, researching solutions, managing agile sprints and training non-technical staff on best practices.
  • Managed the launch of The ISIS Files repository, coordinating a cross-functional team to develop a workflow, ensure initial tranche of documents met all requirements, and communicate shared expectations.
  • Managed agile web development projects, translating business needs into technical requirements, scheduling sprint cycles and tracking progress.
  • Led learning designers, media producers, librarians, and 27 faculty members to design and develop 31 online courses simultaneously.

Senior Communications Associate

Libraries and Academic Innovation
The George Washington University

July 2018 – September 2019 | Washington, D.C.
  • Leveraged strategies for developing collateral, marketing materials, website copy and design, social media campaigns, email blasts, op-eds, and media responses to increase awareness of services and resources among varied constituencies.
  • Equipped staff with talking points and other materials to represent our organization at events.
  • Led and facilitated communication between web architects, designers, and non-technical staff to redesign current sites and, through the content management system, maintained and updated content to keep sites dynamic.
  • Developed strategies for improving technology products, crafting and conducting usability testing scenarios and providing implementation recommendations.
  • Engage workforces with internal communication on behalf of dean and senior leadership team, including weekly newsletter to 150+ staff members.
  • Provided editorial support and developed stories for annual print publication sent to 15,000+ alumni and donors.
  • Built strategic partnerships to launch Academic Common and Study Spaces, 2 all-inclusive research platforms through stakeholder engagement and streamlining bureaucratic processes
  • Developed and executed change management plans to inform and train target audiences of major upgrade to library catalog system.

Communications Consultant

AlignedWorks | May 2017 – August 2018

Incubator linking social good ventures with investors of time, skill, and capital.

  • Counsel executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and subject matter experts regarding product development, communication plans, and messaging priorities.

Breadcoin | November 2017 – July 2018

Non-profit providing start-up capital to food vendors in exchange for tokens redeemed by food-insecure populations.

  • Form strategic partnerships and manage influencers to drive engagement.

Intelligent Water | June 2017 – September 2017

Development start-up providing remote monitoring of water pump performance.

  • Ideated and delivered branding, including logo design for venture.
  • Designed and built WordPress website, allowing executives to attract investment.

SPIN Global | October 2015 – June 2017

Disaster management and emergency preparedness consultancy.

  • Designed, built, and maintained WordPress website to win new work and launch proprietary tool in industry.

Web & Multimedia Specialist

The George Washington University

Libraries & Academic Innovation | March 2017 – June 2018
  • Co-led “Tools to Protect Your Privacy and Security” workshop for ~50 participants on using secure communication tools during 2017 Privacy Week and provided additional strategic insight around cyber security subject matter for planning team.
  • Created training materials and conducted tutorials for 100+ staff to self manage and independently update web content.
  • Managed 50+ communications team projects through project lifecycle: assessing project risks, devising plans and timelines, tracking tasks and progress, facilitating regular communication and check-ins for 3-6 person teams, and interfacing with clients.
Academic Technologies | July 2014 – March 2017
  • Managed 50+ communications team projects through project lifecycle: assessing project risks, devising plans and timelines, tracking tasks and progress, facilitating regular communication and check-ins for 3-6 person teams, and interfacing with clients.
  • Led concept and production of a cyber security orientation video for staff, including proposal, budget, timeline, videographer, and client communication.
  • Developed system to support non-technical AV users in 200+ classrooms through graphic user interfaces on control panels and written step-by-step instruction guides; recognized by Association for Computing Machinery for digital method of delivering guides.
  • Independently won and renewed contract, expanding department activities to include website migration and management for executive office.
  • Managed Twitter accounts for department and senior leader, increasing followers by nearly 300% over 3 years.
  • Managed part-time graphic designer, web developer, programmer, and communications assistant after departure of director of communication; finalized fiscal year 2017 communications budget, identifying cost-savings measures to align with budget reductions.

Web Designer

Office of the President
The George Washington University

October 2014 – December 2014 | Washington, D.C.

Developed website for president.gwu.edu in university’s Drupal content management system: gathering requirements, liaising with internal departments, developing online strategy, and creating content.

Research Intern

North Head

May 2013 – July 2014 | Beijing, China
  • Developed press releases and targeted client assessments for high-level audiences.

Office Assistant

Olson Memorial Clinic

August 2007 – August 20011 | Lake Oswego, OR
  • Conducted computer systems transfer and staff training.
  • Assisted customer relations.
  • Managed confidential records.

Education

The George Washington University

Washington, DC

May 2014

Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, Concentration in East Asia; Minor in Journalism.

University Honors Program
Thesis: Mapping a technological revolution: How social media impacts social disturbances

Peking University

Beijing, China

Spring 2013

China Studies Institute