I am an experienced and innovative professional with years of diverse experience in integrated marketing communications, graphic design, and digital outreach. My passionate work on political and issue campaigns of all levels has given me the ability to thrive in busy, fast-moving situations where personal initiative, hard work, organization, and the ability to manage multiple projects allows for success even in high stress environments.
My extensive experience across multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, allows me to have impactful and meaningful interactions online, which I enjoy on every level. Through hard work and hands-on experience, I have developed strong writing skills, expertise in creating marketing and branding strategies, and valuable marketingresearch and data analytics abilities.
My time in various positions and fields has shaped me to value interpersonal relationships as well as robust personal, political, and professional ethical standards. My diverse experience, along with my strong editorial and organizational skills, unique writing voice, and experience with the new media landscape, makes me an invaluable asset to any organization.
July 2017-June 2020
Director of Marketing
Golden Gate University School of Law
Work focused on creating an integrated and cohesive marketing and communications strategy that included advertising, print materials, social media, specialized outreach campaigns, and media interaction that significantly increased student & alumni engagement.
- Worked closely with a communications support team for the university and its separate specialized schools, programs, and centers
Successfully worked on a complete rebranding of the school of law, which included a creative redesign and implementation of new collateral, a new website, and a fully integrated marketing communications plan to help further the school's goals and mission. This included the creation of an organized creative design vault of images, video, and other easily searchable content for use across the university, which had never existed previously.
Created a university-wide style guide and enforced its adherence.
Organized and supervised web developers, designers, photographers, videographers, graphic designers, and other creative teams for various projects for the university.
Worked directly with the Senior Leadership Team to develop new creative work around strategic planning and new programming, including building new branding, logo, creative imagery, taglines, and advertising copy for a completely new online law degree program.
Political & Media Consultant
Marketing Communications specialist with experience in creative web-based action, digital and print advertising, multimedia content creation, graphic design, targeted audience outreach, and data analytics.
Skills include social media outreach and creative multimedia content creation, campaign management, volunteer management, media relations, website creation, direct mail campaign creation, video content creation, and youth outreach.
Campaign work includes:
Florida Red & Blue: Vote No on Florida Gay Marriage Ban (Amendment 2, 2008): Head of statewide media outreach, media relations, online action, and social media. Led large, multilingual team of media experts.
Anthony Niedwiecki for Oakland Park City Commission/Mayor (2009): Campaign manager and media relations
Retention of Broward County Circuit Court Judge Kenneth Gillespie (2009): Web page creation, online outreach, and creative multimedia content creation.
Justin Flippen for Wilton Manors City Commission (2008): Web page creation, online outreach, and creative multimedia content creation.
Julie Carson for Wilton Manors City Commission (2008): Web page creation, online outreach, and creative multimedia content creation.
John Adornato for Oakland Park City Commission (2010): Web page creation, online outreach, and creative multimedia content creation.
Fight OUT Loud
President and co-founder of Fight OUT Loud, a national non-profit organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ individuals and their allies fight discrimination and hate.
Skills include community organizing, online & event organizing, press outreach and public relations, and social media outreach and education. www.FightOUTLoud.org
The Huffington Post
Contributing columnist on LGBTQ issues, state & national politics, and pop culture.
Skills include creating content, researching issues, scheduling & conducting interviews, building & maintaining media lists and relationships, and pushing news & content on social media.www.HuffingtonPost.com
Columnist and op-ed contributor for the Chicago RedEye, a division of the Chicago Tribune, specializing in LGBTQ issues, politics, and pop culture.
Skills include creating content researching issues, scheduling &conducting interviews, building & maintaining media lists and relationships, and pushing news & content on social media. http://www.RedeyeChicago.com
Gay TV on The Go
Host and producer of the political discussion show Critical Thinking, a show focused on in-depth discussions with newsmakers & opinion shapers on all things relevant to the LGBT community.
Skills include creating scripts, scheduling & conducting interviews, and organizing & creating video content.
Put together and supervised diverse team of videographers, film editors, sound teams, technology experts, and more for each episode as executive producer. www.GayTVOnTheGo.com
Featured columnist and op-ed contributor specializing in LGBTQ issues, politics, and pop culture. Author of the political column.
Skills as Political Editor included creating content, writing website copy, organizing content, editing peer articles, and overseeing the content of the website.
Recruited, supervised, and mentored large diverse team of creative writers and journalists as Political Editor. http://www.ChicagoPride.com
The Bilerico Project
Contributing columnist on LGBTQ issues and politics. Member of the Editorial Advisory Board, which oversaw content and website quality.
Skills included creating content, writing website copy, organizing content, editing peer articles, and helping with editorial oversight of the website.
Recruited, supervised, and mentored large diverse team of creative writers and journalists as Editorial Board Member. www.Bilerico.com
Midwest Regional Co-Chair
The Trevor Project
Co-chair of the Chicago Ambassadors Council, created for Chicago-based supporters of The Trevor Project, the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among LGBTQ youth.
Skills included large-scale fundraising, event planning, community organizing, and“safe space” training in public schools & universities.
Inflight Crew Trainer
Inflight Crew Member and trainer for new flight attendants.
Skills included providing friendly & effective passenger service and safety, providing high-level interpersonal communication & problem resolution for both passengers and coworkers, leading a team of inflight crewmembers, training new flight attendants, and coordinating and organizing complex logistics & concerns.
Walt Disney World
Singer & Dancer for shows & parades and trainer for new cast members.
Skills included providing enthusiastic entertainment with both optimism and a sense of humor, using strong interpersonal skills to provide superior experience for guests, and working both independently and on a team.
Politcal & Cultural Trends
PR & Media Relations
American Sign Language
B.A in Business Management with a Marketing Concentration
Golden Gate University
B.A in Business Management with a Marketing Concentration. Dean’s List throughout program, with 4.0 GPA throughout entire program. Graduated Summa Cum Laude.
B.S. in Business Administration
B.A. of Arts with a Music Concentration.
Stetson University, Deland, Florida
Worked towards a B.S. in Business Administration and a B.A. of Arts with a Music Concentration. Achieved 4.0 GPA throughout both programs. Left due to terminal family illness.
B.S. in Business and Political Economy
B.A. in Performance Studies.
New York University
Worked towards a B.S. in Business and Political Economy and a B.A. in Performance Studies. Both programs included rigorous writing skills, interpersonal relationship skills, and research ability. Achieved 4.0 GPA throughout both programs. Transferred due to terminal family illness.
I have had extensive experience covering national politics, from hot-button cultural issues to presidential campaigns, for a variety of news outlets and educational organizations.
Elections: Voter ID Laws, Suppression & Equality - The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law, 2012
National Coming Out Day: Fighting the Everyday “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” - Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011
The War on Intellectualism - Bilerico Project, 2008
Trayvon Martin Should Open Our Eyes: White Privilege and Racial Profiling - Huffington Post, 2012
EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Obama's Deputy Campaign Manager Steve Hildebrand- Bilerico Project, 2008
Election: Rhetoric, the Record, and the Reality of Equality - Huffington Post, 2012
I covered international news for multiple outlets, including social and political issues.
Seeing Gun Violence Through International Eyes - Huffington Post, 2012
TheCall Uganda: Anti-Gay American Evangelical Going to Inflame Hate in Uganda - Huffington Post, 2010
Ugandan “Kill The Gays” Pastor Martin Ssempa Reads and Responds - Bilerico Project, 2010
American Evangelical Lou Engle Promotes 'Kill the Gays' Bill at Sunday's Rally in Uganda - Huffington Post, 2010
My television content comes from my political talk show Critical Thinking, which I wrote and produced. The show covered LGBTQ issues, both political and social.
A Conversation About Intersections of Race & LGBT Issues (VIDEO) - Huffington Post, 2013
Critical Thinking TV Tackles Bisexuality, Biphobia, & Bi Erasure (VIDEO) - Huffington Post, 2012
From Anita Bryant to Today: 'Critical Thinking' Debunks the 'Save Our Children' Argument (VIDEO) - Huffington Post, 2013
My work on state politics comes from a deep passion for social issues such as LGBTQ rights and adoption equality.
Separating Church & State: When Faith-Based Orgs Trump Civil Rights - Huffington Post, 2011
Illinois Looking Toward Marriage Equality - Huffington Post, 2012
Florida’s Karate/Sissy Ad: A Teachable Moment in Stereotypes, Gender Roles, & Shaming - Bilerico Project, 2010
I have often drawn on my personal experiences to explain complex or emotional issues to readers.
Looking Back at 9-11: A Flight Attendant's Story - Bilerico Project, 2011
Generation Gaps: A Story of Love - ChicagoPride.com, 2012
I Am A Sexual Assault Survivor Trying To Survive This Election - Huffington Post, 2016