The most rewarding professional experiences I’ve had have been when people learn something new, are able to do their jobs better, or take more ownership of their work as the result of our interactions. I’ve led trainings across the country and digitally, worked with others on goal setting and skills development, and pushed organizations to align their communications work to achieve their strategic goals.
While in high school and college, I thought most of the world’s problems could be solved if we had more information, if people just understood things better. So, I was going to become an academic so I could research and write articles to make the world a better place. I wasn’t quite that naive, but that was basically my personal theory of change. Turns out, we have a lot of information. Getting people to pay attention to the information and motivating them to take positive action is a fun challenge. From writing a fundraising email to convincing a reporter to write a story to motivating coworkers, I have excellent communications experience.
I’m fortunate to have a varied and exciting work history, full of projects and organizations I value and believe in. I’d love to talk more about this experience and figure out how we can work together. A somewhat-more-traditional pdf resume is available here.
The National WIC Association
When? June 2015 – present
What is the org? The National WIC Association provides advocacy and education for the WIC program.
What did I do there? As the organization’s senior communications person, I oversee all of the association’s communications activities from email newsletters to our website, media outreach to fact sheet production. I manage a several million dollar, 3 year advertising campaign. Most recently, I developed and led half day workshops to train WIC staff across the country how to use social media to retain and engage WIC families.
My favorite thing? Seeing the impact my work has on WIC across the country is very motivating.
Digital Media Consultant
Where? Daughters of Wisdom, The Love Your Neighbor Coalition, Church Women United
When? Fall 2014 – Spring 2015
What did I do there? I worked with these orgs to think about online communications strategically. I also reviewed, critiqued and recommended changes to their websites and current social media use. I help the Love Your Neighbor Coalition plan and create their website.
My favorite thing? I enjoyed sharing my experience to talk about the community’s goals and present some new or slightly different ideas.
When? February 2012 – September 2013
What is the org? From their website: “350.org is building a global climate movement. Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries.”
What did I do there? I was the puppet master that oversaw the organization’s non-English online content from the website to email blasts to subtitling videos and translating infographics. This included recruiting, hiring, and managing translators working from as many as five continents. I identified holes in our multilingual work. I was the manager and coordinator for large translation projects that could include anywhere from 4 to 10 languages, using volunteer and paid translators. I also transitioned the organization to a web-based translation tool to improve accuracy, consistency and efficiency.
My favorite thing? I worked with people on at least four continents on a daily basis, the diversity of my colleagues taught me a lot about the world, organizing, and really challenged my perspective on many things.
The Global Feminisms Project at the University of Michigan
When? August 2011 – April 2012
What is it? The Global Feminisms Project is a super awesome project that conducted oral histories with women in China, Poland, India, the United States, and Nicaragua.
What did I do? I came on toward the end of the project. All of the countries were completed except Nicaragua. I joined to transcribe, translate, and annotate interviews with Nicaraguan feminist activists, many of whom had been combatants during the Revolution. I also reviewed transcripts and translations completed by others, and provided cultural and historic background to the staff.
My favorite thing? I had studied the Nicaraguan Revolution but not from a feminist perspective. The interviews were fascinating, from a woman who was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize to the first woman to serve on the supreme court, their lives are fascinating and gave me a different history of Nicaragua.
The Center for Health Communication and Social Marketing at the University of Iowa College of Public Health
When? September 2009 – May 2011
What is it? The Center for Health Communication and Social Marketing does a variety of research and communications campaigning for improved public health. I worked on two projects with the Center: The Iowa Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies, and Working to Implement Sexuality Education (WISE).
What did I do? I was initially brought on for a weekend of data collection and ended up staying on for a couple years. I recruited, trained, and managed a bilingual team of interviewers, transcribers, and translators. We complete data collections and outreach across the state of Iowa including structured and semi-structured interviews in person and by phone, and surveys. I organized the transcription, translation, and review of 150 hours of radio programming. Later, I participated in the coding of the interviews.
My favorite thing? This position taught me a lot about leadership and management. I learned how to motivate staff, set expectations, boundaries, and guidelines; plan medium-term projects; and, perhaps most importantly, be clear and direct when I knew I made mistakes.