Curriculum Vitae

EXPERIENCE

What Works Cities | New York, NY | May 2016 – present
Senior Communications Manager (06/2017 – present)
Communications Associate (05/2016 – 06/2017)
What Works Cities, a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative, is the largest philanthropic effort to make government more effective and improve residents’ lives by enhancing cities’ use of data.

  • Working directly alongside the Director of Communications, develop and execute a strategy for communications, storytelling, and building a movement of cities committed to data-driven governance
  • Onboard participating cities and work with them throughout their engagements to identify opportunities to amplify achievements, including through owned and earned media, social media, speaking engagements, and more
  • Execute public announcements of new participating cities, including writing press releases, developing social media content, overseeing media outreach strategies, commissioning graphic assets, etc.
  • Oversee the initiative’s social media accounts, website, and digital newsletters
  • Manage expert consultants, including graphic designers, PR firm affiliates, and video producers
  • Coauthored How Local Governments Are Changing Lives report

UNICEF USA | New York, NY | October 2015 – March 2016
Program Officer, Global Citizenship Fellowship
The Global Citizenship Fellowship is a highly competitive, full-time program that prepares young professionals for leadership in public service.

  • Managed a remote team of five Fellows (based in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami, and Nashville) charged with carrying out grassroots advocacy, fundraising, and awareness-raising initiatives in their respective cities
  • Mentored a sixth Fellow (based in New York City) responsible for production of communications assets, by sharing best practices in writing newsletters and email blasts, teaching technical writing skills, and collaborating on the creation of how-to documents for current and future Fellows
  • Developed and delivered workshops for the Fellows’ professional development curriculum
  • Collaborated with the Director to recruit eighteen qualified candidates for the 2017 Fellowship class

UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) | New York, NY | October 2011 – October 2015
Features Writer

  • Wrote features for the web and social media to mobilize support for campaigns, fundraising efforts, and awareness-raising initiatives
  • Launched and produced content for Photography and social change publication within UNICEF’s Medium account
  • Covered thrice-annual meetings of UNICEF’s Executive Board (which comprises Member States to the United Nations), translating complex policy and program material into engaging features geared toward general readers
  • Edited content for unicef.org, serving as chief editor on a backup basis
  • Wrote posts for UNICEF Connect, the organization’s blog
  • Acted as interim manager of UNICEF’s YouTube channel for ten-month period, contributing to the team winning a Webby award
  • Oversaw the work of a marketing firm during a project to prepare the YouTube channel for a major campaign launch

ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes, and Reviews | Columbus, GA | February 2009 – April 2010
Editorial Assistant

  • Managed projects throughout production, including screening manuscripts, reviewing copy, and coordinating peer-review processes for print journal published by Taylor & Francis Group

Columbus State University Writing Center | Columbus, GA | August 2007 – December 2010
Writing Consultant

  • Facilitated writing workshops and one-to-one, group, and online tutoring sessions for writers of all skill levels across various disciplines
  • Mentored tutors-in-training
  • Obtained master-level tutor certification, the highest possible, from the College Reading and Learning Association

VOLUNTEER WORK

Activist Alliance, National Organization for Women-New York City | 01/2015 – 12/2015
The Activist Alliance is a competitive, yearlong volunteer program.

  • Co-organized and co-moderated “‘No’ Never Means ‘Yes’: Ending Campus Sexual Assault” panel discussion with survivor-activists, experts, and advocates about the state of campus sexual assault and what can be done to end it
    • Co-created promotional materials, social media strategy and content, and communications assets for event (viewable here)
  • Represented NOW-NYC in the 2015 NYC Anti-Street Harassment Rally through a spoken word performance with two fellow Alliance members
  • Travelled with NOW-NYC and other anti-trafficking advocates to Albany in support of the New York State Legislature’s passing of the Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act
  • Provided logistical support at a variety of events, including the Susan B. Anthony Awards ceremony, Female Hysteria (a comedy show and health fair), and the 2015 NOW New York Annual State Convention

EDUCATION
Columbus State University, University System of Georgia | Columbus, GA | 2005 – 2009

  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, summa cum laude; Honors Program graduate
  • Thesis:  “Ain’t you heard”? The Jazz Poetry of Langston Hughes explores the Harlem Renaissance poet’s continuous return to the idioms of jazz in his poetry and analyzes his translation of those musical idioms to the written word.
  • Winner of the Faculty Cup, the highest student honor
  • Named Alum of the Year for the Humanities in 2013

Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford; Oxford, England | Fall 2008

  • Completed a visiting student course of study in English literature

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