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About me

My experience is in communicating, writing, social media, video production, web design, and public relations. I studied international affairs and journalism.

My interests emerge from the intersection of technology, security, and surveillance and economics, society, politics, law, and philosophy.


Project Management Consultant

Independent Contractor

September 2019 – present | Chicago, Ill.
  • Work closely with senior leadership to understand business needs, develop project plans, and adapt to changing priorities.
  • Engage stakeholders to communicate project plan, report progress and gather requirements.
  • Manage agile web development projects, translating business needs into technical requirements, scheduling sprint cycles and tracking progress.
  • Develop strategy to meet international web content accessibility guidelines, identifying issues, researching solutions, managing agile sprints and training non-technical staff on best practices.

Senior Communications Associate

Libraries and Academic Innovation
The George Washington University

July 2018 – September 2019 | Washington, D.C. & Chicago, Ill.
  • 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 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.


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


Bringing creativity, exacting detail, and exceptional execution, I have worked on and led several projects.


Vision 2019

I wrote four articles for Vision, GW Libraries and Academic Innovation’s annual magazine for alumni, parents, and donors. Making Space for Active Learning From Freshman to Fulbright with the Center for Undergraduate Fellowships and Research [...]


Academic Commons

Based on the university president's strategic initiative of the student experience, I worked with partners and the web team to develop a "one-stop shop" website for academic services and resources at the university. I engaged [...]


Study Spaces

As part of our Academic Commons initiative, the web team at Libraries & Academic Innovation built a website to catalog all of the study spaces on campus and allow users to search for their favorite [...]


Vision 2018

I wrote four articles for Vision, GW Libraries and Academic Innovation's annual magazine for alumni, parents, and donors. Workshops Prepare Students for Career Success Building Community and Understanding Through Film Engaging Students with Primary Sources [...]


Intelligent Water

As part of the AlignedWorks venture talent, I created the logo and designed and developed the website Intelligent Water, a company that helps NGOs maintain handpumps. Built on WordPress and using the Avada theme, I [...]


SPIN Global

I was contracted by the CEO of SPIN Global, a disaster preparedness consultancy, to develop a website to coincide with the launch of the company. Built on WordPress and using the Avada theme, I built [...]


GW Online Programs

In order to make the website for GW's online programs more user-friendly and mobile-ready, the communications team migrated the website to GW's newest theme in the Drupal content management system. I drafted content for the [...]


How to Use Web Conferencing

I led a team in conceptualizing, storyboarding, filming, and editing an instructional video to match our written documentation. This video covers our Web Conferencing service in the classroom, through which an instructor can invite guest lecturers [...]


Touch Panel documentation

Providing written documentation on using the classroom technology at the George Washington University is an important service provided by Academic Technologies. I was part of the team that developed a digital system to deliver the [...]

Honors and Awards

SIGUCCS Communication Award Best of Category

November 2016

Collection of Electronic How-To Guides

A team of Academic Technologies staff developed a digital delivery method of our classroom tech guides. The project was awarded Best-of Category in “Collection of Electronic How-To Guides” by Special Interest Group on University and College Computing Services for Association for Computing Machinery.

Technical Skills

Adobe Photoshop 95%
Adobe Illustrator 90%
Adobe InDesign 85%
Adobe Premiere Pro 80%
Adobe After Effects 70%
Final Cut Pro 55%
Motion 50%
Twitter: TweetDeck, Hootsuite 95%
Microsoft Excel 85%
CSS 65%
HTML 65%
Drupal CMS (GW) 80%
WordPress 75%
SharePoint 65%


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