Profile
I am a conscientious, flexible, and dependable writer and editor with over twelve years of experience in technical communications, public affairs, and marketing for a variety of organizations, including nonprofits, businesses, and the federal government. Recent communications experience and training also includes journalism and medical writing.In my current role, I provide primary communications support to government project managers and IT engineers by comprehending, organizing, and translating complex information in a concise manner. I operate in a fast-paced environment and deliver quick responses while effectively anticipating organizational, program, and leadership needs. I have demonstrated a record of success in servicing the communications portions of large-scale projects in the federal market, and I continuously obtain positive results by forging constructive relationships with stakeholders at all levels.

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Professional Experience
Creative Computing Solutions, Inc., Arlington, VA
Communications Specialist, 11/10 - present

  • * Providing strategic communications analysis and planning to federal project managers and IT engineers
  • * Translating IT information for non-technical audience in writing end-user notifications and user guides
  • * Writing weekly status reports for senior-level federal executives
  • * Training IT engineers on the communications process of an infrastructure change and control board

American Intellectual Property Law Association, Arlington, VA
Manager of Marketing and Communications, 9/09 - 11/10

  • * Served as editor of the associationís quarterly magazine and provided proofreading services for the associationís academic journal and event collateral
  • * Managed the production, content, and design of all marketing collateral and publications including:
    • - AIPLA website www.aipla.org (supervised major website revision in 2010)
    • - AIPLA eBulletin (click here for an example)
    • - AIPLA Quarterly Journal
    • - AIPLA print and electronic advertisements
  • * Wrote press releases and synopses of press interview for association executives

Women's Foreign Policy Group , Washington, DC
Director of Communications and Development, 9/07 - 8/09

  • * Wrote and disseminated press releases
  • * Wrote, edited, and designed content for the following publications:
  • * Designed, wrote, and edited letters of inquiry, grant proposals and grant reports
McKinsey & Company, New York, NY
Freelance Editor, 3/06 - 1/09
  • * Annotated McKinsey internal knowledge objects by analyzing transcripts of interviews with subject-matter experts
Vintage Filings., New York, NY
EDGAR Operator (through Decorum Group), 3/06 - present
  • * Converted documents to EDGAR-compliant format (HTML/ASCII), edited documents per client markup, and submitted completed files to the SEC for numerous companies and firms
Oddcast, Inc., New York, NY
Freelance Technical Writer, 4/05 - 6/06
  • * Created "Getting Started with SitePal" guide (see Portfolio)
  • * Created "Using SitePal's AI Capability" chapter for SitePal User Manual (see Portfolio)

Peter Axelrod & Associates., New York, NY
Paralegal (part-time), 8/05 - 12/05

Altria, New York, NY
Contractor: Executive Assistant to VP of External Communications, 12/04 - 7/05

  • * Proofread speeches
  • * Managed executive expense reports
  • * Provided software troubleshooting assistance
Altria, Washington, DC
Contractor: Administrative Assistant, 7/03 - 12/04

  • * Assisted with various projects in the Government Affairs Office
  • * Provided software assitance and troubleshooting to administrative staff

Fannie Mae, Washington, DC
Contractor: Technical Writer, 9/00 - 10/02
Programming Intern, 6/00 - 9/00

  • * Analyzed technical documents and wrote synopses of documentation for econometricians.
  • * Created, indexed and maintained documentation library on the Fannie Mae Intranet
  • * Documented weekly research meetings

College Connections Inc., McLean, VA
Executive Associate, 8/99 - 6/00

  • * Planned events for area alumni associations
  • * Maintained database and performed accounting tasks in MS Access
  • * Formatted and edited alumni association newsletters
  • * Assisted with local student recruitment for Virginia university
Cato Institute, Washington, DC
Public Affairs Assistant, 1/99 - 8/99
Receptionist, 8/98 - 1/99
  • * Formatted and edited editorial articles and press releases
  • * Proofed analyses and papers
Touchstones Project, Annapolis, MD
Teacher (part-time), 10/96 - 5/97
  • * Held weekly discussion-based classes in a public middle school
  • * Taught middle school children ideas from philosophy and literature classics
Law Office of David A. Simison, Annapolis, MD
Clerk (part-time), 11/95 - 5/96
  • * Assisted in preparing and filing legal documents
 
Education

Professional Certificate, Technical Communications
The American University of Paris, France, 11/02 - 6/03
  • Completed an 8-month program including courses in:
    • Telecommunications
    • Graphics
    • Web Design
    • Online Help Documentation
    • Documentation Writing
Bachelor of the Arts, St. John's College, 9/94 - 5/98
  • Completed interdisciplinary curriculum based on the great books of the Western tradition
    • Considered classic texts of philosophy, mathematics, literature, science, and music analytically and critically
    • Explored and defended ideas in seminar-style classes
    • Wrote extensively and passed rigorous oral examinations

Professional Affiliations
Member, American Medical Writers Association


Volunteer Activities
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Washington, DC (8/09 - 8/11)
Director of Grants

  • Responsibilities included forging and maintaining relationships with YPFP sponsors; researching potential grant-makers and developing and maintaining a spreadsheet of sponsorship opportunities. Specific successes include:
    • W.P. Carey Foundation grant for the 2011 YPFP Distinguished Speakers Series
    • US Mission to the EU funding for YPFPís participation in the 2010 Transatlantic Partnership Initiative (TPI)
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, Washington, DC (8/08 - 8/09)
Chair, Gender in Foreign Policy Discussion Group

  • Moderated monthly meetings and organized speaker events. Successes include moderating and coordinating speakers for the Microfinance breakout session of YPFPís "The Future of Global Engagement" conference held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in March 2009.


Software

Document Development Online Help Word Processing 
FrameMaker RoboHelp Word
Adobe Acrobat HTML Help WordPerfect

Internet

Graphics

Miscellaneous
Dreamweaver Adobe Photoshop Excel
Cascading Style Sheets Paint Shop Pro PowerPoint 
HTML, XML Quickbooks