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Allative Communications, Principal (Champaign, IL) (2017–Present)
Develop and enact communications strategies and effective messaging materials to advance mission-driven work
Provide executive communications, writing, and editing services for nonprofit, foundation, political, and advocacy clients
Consult on institutional strategy, approach, framing, staff capacity, and implementation of communications elements
Get Her Elected, Speechwriter and Messaging Consultant (National/Remote) (2018–Present)
Advise progressive women candidates and campaigns on messaging, speeches, digital content, and debate preparation
Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), Communications Director (Cambridge, MA) (2018–2019)
Build Communications Department and manage a part-time, remote staff of writers, digital strategists, and web developers
Establish and implement ETI’s first communications strategy and tactical plan, including online and fundraising campaigns
Support ETI’s founder and CEO as a public speaker and thought leader, including messaging and presentation training
Hilltop Public Solutions, Communications Associate (Boston, MA) (2014–2016)
Work closely with high-level clients and principals to develop messaging, presentation, and debate and media strategies
Craft speeches, op-eds, and collateral materials for political, private-sector, and nonprofit clients
Serve as Press Secretary and media contact for clients, including speaking to press on the record
WRITING AND COMMUNICATIONS EXPERIENCE
Accion, Executive Communications Specialist (Boston, MA) (2012–2014)
Write and edit speeches, op-eds, internal communications, and correspondence for the President/CEO and other principals
Manage and provide writing support for 45 speakers at the Financial Inclusion 2020 Global Forum in London
Compile, update, and disseminate in-house English-language style and writing guide for more than 200 global employees
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Speechwriter (Washington, D.C.) (2011–2012)
Write and edit speeches, op-eds, and letters for the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs and others
Conceive, plan, and lead training workshops on writing speeches, official Department blog entries, and other materials
Creigh Deeds for Virginia, Gubernatorial Campaign, Campaign Speechwriter (Alexandria, VA) (2009)
Draft and research speeches, talking points, letters, and other communications for the candidate and various surrogates
West Wing Writers, Intern (Washington, D.C.) (2007)
Research, draft, and edit speeches for clients including elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and media personalities
POLITICAL AND PRESS EXPERIENCE
Office of Governor Gina Raimondo, Deputy Communications Director (Providence, RI) (2017)
Manage non-press communications functions, including remarks, messaging, strategic planning, and special events
Supervise, train, and mentor the Staff Writer, Creative Manager, Communications Assistant, and Interns
Hillary for America and the Democratic National Convention, Various (Philadelphia, PA) (2016)
Write speeches, op-eds, scripts, and talking points for the Presidential campaign’s senior staff and surrogates
Pen “Keep the Party Going,” the lead feature story for the Official 2016 Democratic National Convention Program
Serve as Media Booker with Studio 2016, the in-house media production center at the Democratic National Convention
Office of Senator Barbara Boxer, Press Assistant (Washington, D.C.) (2010–2011)
Prepare, research, and edit op-eds, talking points, press releases, and media advisories
Friends of Mark Warner, Senate Campaign, Intern for the General Consultant and Research Staff (Alexandria, VA) (2008)
Center for American Progress, Communications Intern (Washington, D.C.) (2006)
Brown University, B.A., Political Science (magna cum laude, honors in concentration) (Providence, RI) (Class of 2009)
Related Courses: Persuasive Communication, Strategic Communication, Congress and Public Policy, Women & Social Activism
Harvard Extension School (Cambridge, MA) (2016)
Graduate Course: Principles of Editing (covered copyediting, style, tone, fact-checking, proposals, and the publishing industry)
Strategic communications planning and development, editorial guidance and training, message development
Writing and editing opinion pieces, outreach materials, collateral, online content, talking points, letters to the editor
Speechwriting, speaker and event management, debate preparation, presentation coaching
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