Communications Manager & Grant Writer  Leake & Watts

2015-PRESENT  BRONX, NY
PUBLICATIONS WEB PR SOCIAL MEDIA FUNDRAISING GRANTWRITING
Coordinated and wrote grant applications securing more than $2 million in government funding and $600,000 from private foundations. 
Oversaw institutional rebranding and new website development for this growing $110 million+ social service nonprofit.
Developed strategic communications plan to align external relations with strategic vision of the continually growing organization amid shifting and often difficult nonprofit landscape.
Organized, wrote and designed press releases, donor appeals, electronic and print communications, annual reports, brochures, and press kits to support all external relations, including foundation contacts, public officials, and area and nonprofit-focused media.

 

Communications Officer  French-American Foundation
2010-2015  NEW YORK, NY
PUBLICATIONS • WEB  PR  FUNDRAISING  EVENTS & CONFERENCES
Moved all creative in-house, reducing budget by $25k annually, serving as lead content manager, writer, designer for 50+ print and web communication pieces annually, developing and streamlining a cohesive brand for this transatlantic exchange organization in support of all external relations.  
Maintained relationships with local, national and international press, resulting in coverage in specialized and major media, such as Le Monde, Le Figaro, and The Washington Post.
Planned, arranged, and promoted 20+ events annually from receptions to lectures to special performances with diverse participants, from four-star generals and foreign ministers to Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, Nobel laureates, acclaimed artists and performers, and entrepreneurs.
Conceptualized agendas, produced materials, and organized logistical details for various conferences and exchanges, securing high-level participation including leading experts and influencers, corporate leaders, prominent journalists, and government officials in various fields (cyber security, media, urban planning, immigration and education policy, government, among others).

 

Communications Associate • New York University
2008-2010  NEW YORK, NY
EMAILS NEWSLETTERS  PROFILES DONOR & ALUMNI OUTREACH
Wrote and edited copy for online and print alumni publications and university correspondence, including features of prominent and accomplished members of the alumni network and promotional pieces on university-led alumni initiatives.

 

Web Content Manager & Writer • Baker University
2007-2008  BALDWIN CITY, KS
WEB MANAGEMENT  PUBLICATIONS  RESEARCH  SPECIAL EVENTS
Oversaw the development of a new website and all content aligning with a rebranding effort, serving as head liaison between an external branding firm and various internal stakeholders.
wrote and edited copy for electronic and print advertisements, targeted outreach, alumni publications and mailings, and multimedia presentations.
contributed to yearlong series of special events, presentations, and publications commemorating of the university’s 150th year.

NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

2010  New York, NY & Paris, France
MA  Journalism & French Studies

 

BAKER UNIVERSITY

2007  Baldwin City, KS
BA & BS  Summa Cum Laude

Majors: Journalism French Theatre
Minors: German
English Political Science

education

ENGLISH TEACHING ASSISTANT

2004-2005  Lycée Jean de Pange
Sarreguemines, France

GROUP LEADER

2007  Experiment in International Living

Paris & St. Dié des Vosges, France Heidelberg, Germany

international

Languages French, fluent  German, conversational
Marketing, Writing & Editing AP Style  Journalism from news to narrative  promotional marketing  branding • PR • social media  strategic communications

Design & Computers Adobe (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop)  Microsoft Office 

HTML CMS (Wordpress, Joomla!, Drupal)

Volunteerism viBe Theater Experience, Board of Directors, communications & fundraiser lead (2013-2016)  New Alternatives for LGBTQ Youth, communications volunteer (2013-2014)

miscellany

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