Experience

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER
Communications Associate
June 2011 – Present

Manage the writing, design, production, distribution and monitoring of content for a variety of print and online media, including:


DELTA INSTITUTE
Communications & Development Associate
August 2010 – June 2011

  • Developed, wrote and produced articles, newsletters, case studies, web content, white papers and other informational products
  • Helped expand, update and maintain Delta’s website
  • Developed press materials and coordinated media and partner outreach
  • Conducted research, compiled data and provided analysis of marketing and fundraising results

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CENTER
Development Associate
July 2007 – August 2010

  • Composed persuasive grant proposals and reports by working with program staff to translate legal, policy and economic work into language accessible to both the casual philanthropist and the sophisticated program officer
  • Helped secure organization’s budget ($4.5 million in FY2008; $6 million in FY2009; and $6.6 million in FY2010)
  • Designed, wrote, and produced organization literature, eblasts, web content, and event materials
  • Coordinated special projects between development and communications teams
  • Managed Access-based databases with creativity and good humor

MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
Communications Assistant
January – June 2007

  • Assisted with writing and editing all organization content, including press releases, editorial board memos, annual report, quarterly newsletters, and web content
  • Revamped all online content to streamline navigation, include new content on program-specific accomplishments and goals, and launch an online press room

MICHIGAN DEPT. OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
Press Intern
January – May 2006

  • Assisted the press secretary in developing a communications initiative about the department’s “good news” in preparation for the upcoming gubernatorial election

KNIGHT CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM
Editor, EJ Magazine
August 2005 – May 2007

Served as editor-in-chief of EJ, a biannual publication about environmental issues and the reporters who cover them, when the magazine won more than a dozen reporting and design awards. Editorial duties included:

  • Content – Exercised complete editorial discretion and mentored diverse writing staff
  • Design – Created the “dummy” for 40+ page magazine and managed artistic staff
  • Production – Obtained printer bids, chose paper specifications, and coordinated bulk-mailing
  • Marketing – Wrote, designed, and implemented
    EJ’s first website and media kit

VANCE PUBLISHING CORP.
Associate Editor & Online Editor
August 2004 – 2005 (full-time)
August 2005 – February 2007 (freelance)

  • Wrote and edited features and news for three monthly trade publications about the woodworking industry
  • Managed web content for three magazines and two industry groups

COUNTRY INSURANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES
Web Publishing Analyst
January – May 2004

  • Developed, posted and maintained internal website content about technical and legal insurance guidelines and employee benefits
  • Provided support and served as editor for authors throughout the company 

COUNTRY INSURANCE & FINANCIAL SERVICES
Media Relations Intern
May – December 2003

  • Created awareness of the value of insurance, farm safety, and other issues via nationwide print, radio and television media
  • Wrote news releases, piloted an all-electronic distribution system for releases and photos, and created articles for internal and external publications

IWU CAREER CENTER 
Communications Peer & SEARCH Assistant
August 2001 – May 2004

  • Coordinated a 17-member student and professional staff in developing creative student programming, including campus-wide open houses and several panels of field-specific alums and local professionals
  • Composed, designed and edited Career Connections and Volunteerism, two monthly newsletters distributed to the campus and local community

The Argus, IWU STUDENT NEWSPAPER 
Editor-in-Chief
August 2002 – February 2003

  • Weekly duties included editing all copy, leading the editorial board, aiding section editors with layout and AP Style, interfacing with business personnel, managing a diverse 30-member student staff, and interacting with campus leaders, university officials and the community at large
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