After five years of graphic design and communications work with nonprofit organizations, I decided to pursue my masters degree in Nonprofit Management at The New School. Over the course of my studies, I have taken an interest in strategic design and change management–specifically in applying a creative, cross-disciplinary design lens to organizational challenges. I will graduate in May of 2017 and am currently seeking opportunities where I can meld my strategic and creative perspectives effectively, building upon my skills in human-centered design, community engagement, and facilitation.

 

Traditional Work Experience

March 2016 – Present
Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant, The New School
Conducting research on philanthropy and social movements with professor Erica Kohl-Arenas; developing materials for and facilitating lab sessions for the fall 2016 Economics for Management and Public Policy course
June 2014 – July 2015
Communications Manager, Pillsbury House + Theatre
Strategizing a comprehensive marketing and communications plan; designing print and digital marketing collateral; writing content for various audiences; press outreach; budget management; social media marketing; innovating and implementing new outreach, evaluation, and engagement methods
September 2013 – June 2014
Communications Coordinator, Pillsbury United Communities
Designing outreach materials for diverse audiences; strengthening Pillsbury United Community’s visual identity across programs; web site updates; social media marketing
February 2011 – September 2013
Marketing Associate, Pillsbury House + Theatre
Brainstorming creative approaches to marketing; rebranding Pillsbury House + Theatre; designing print and digital materials; maintaining PHT’s online presence (web site edits and social media posts); Arts on Chicago brand and web site design
July 2010 – March 2011
Usher, Guthrie Theater
Welcoming and directing patrons; scanning tickets; seating patrons and solving seating problems; assisting patrons with special needs; monitoring audiences
July 2009 – May 2010
Graphic Artist, Student Center of Activities, St. Catherine University
Designing unique and eye-catching publicity for the Activities Team and school clubs; creating logos for student organizations
September 2006 – August 2010
Administrative Assistant, House Manager, and Construction Crew, St. Catherine University Theater Department
Updating the website, designing publicity, and providing staff support; welcoming patrons, selling tickets, and tracking audience size; building scenery and props

Freelance

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Internships

Service Design Intern, Design for Financial Empowerment: Citizenship Project (2016)
Innovation Design Intern, Community Resource Exchange (2016)
Communications Intern, Minnesota Fringe Festival (2009)
Marketing Intern, Theatre de la Jeune Lune (2008)

Education

Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
The New School, New York, New York
Master of Science in Nonprofit Management with a focus in Transdisciplinary Design
Post-Masters Certificate in Organizational Development
Expected graduation: May 2017

St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts in Theatre-Business and French
GPA: 3.987, Ninth graduating Senior
Study Abroad: India (summer 2008) and France (summer 2007)

Additional Trainings: AIGA’s Facilitation: By Design (2014)

Computer Skills

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat)
  • HTML and CSS
  • Web site design and management (WordPress, Squarespace, Weebly)
  • Custom HTML emails (ConstantContact, Mail Chimp, Vertical Response, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook, OneNote)

Volunteer Activities

  • Ski For Light of the Black Hills, (adaptive skiing guide and volunteer, 2006 – present)
  • Black Hills Playhouse Alumni Association (mailings, web site updates, event planning, 2010 – present)
  • St. Catherine University Alumnae Reunion (event planning, 2014 – 2015)

Awards

  • Outstanding Senior Honors Project Award, St. Catherine University
  • St. Thomas More Award (in recognition of leadership and service to St. Catherine University)
  • Recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting