My specialties: Organizational strategic planning, content and media strategy, strategic communications, project management,training, network and organizational development, writing, and editing. I am quoted extensively in both the national and progressive media and make appearances on TV and radio from time to time.
The Vox Impact Project and Fellow/The Opportunity Agenda
Engaged in a dynamic new research project studying the intersection of culture shifting, storytelling in the digital age and deeper opportunities to enhance community engagement to build the impact of the progressive organizing movement in the cultural sphere. Report to be released in 2014.
Providing strategic communications and organizational consulting for local and national organizations focused on gender, racial and economic justice.
Director, The New Bottom Line January 2011-August 2013
Responsible for the overall campaign, communications, and online strategies of The New Bottom Line, an alignment of local, state and national grassroots organizations focused on Wall Street accountability and building an economy that works for everyone. Have successfully advanced key messages to impact political and public debate on key economic issues, including leading the “Dump DeMarco” campaign. Communications work has resulted in thousands of press hits for New Bottom Line and our members around the key issues central to our work. Oversaw the narrative development, communications coordination, and online and social media planning for major national grassroots mobilizations such as the 2011 “Pay US Back” weeks of actions and the 2012 “99% Power” shareholder meetings. The Nation named New Bottom Line “the most valuable coalition of 2011.”
Director, The Media Consortium June 2007-January 2011
Responsible for overall strategic direction, project management, and fundraising for The Media Consortium (TMC), a network of over 45 of the country’s leading progressive, independent media outlets. The mission, “to amplify independent media’s voice, increase our collective clout, leverage our current audience and reach new ones.” Developed and launched TMC’s Incubation and Innovation Labs in 2010, a premier program to help TMC members evolve their editorial and business models for a 21st century media environment. Developed and managed editorial collaboration projects among multiple media organizations. Oversaw fundraising, development, and implementation of Live From Main Street, a 2008 special election program comprised of five cross-country town hall events featured on LinkTV and Free Speech TV, which reached 9 million viewers.
Publisher, In These Times Magazine, Chicago, IL July 2005-June 2007
Responsible for development of a new infrastructure, business development, staff management, strategic plan and public presence for a national publication focused on news, analysis, and politics. Raised overall profile of In These Times magazine in political and media landscape. Magazine was winner of the 2007 Utne Reader Independent Press Award for Best Political Coverage.
Associate Publisher, In These Times Magazine August, 2003 – July 2005
Communications Director, National People’s Action January 2001-August 2003
Responsible for editorial development, media strategy, and organizational development for organization dedicated to training and developing community organizations and their leadership. Implemented media strategy for national issue campaigns, managed three web sites. Provided technical assistance and conducted media trainings for grassroots organizations. Focused on issues including predatory lending, housing, immigration, and education
Reporter, Washington Bureau, Knight Ridder Newspapers, Washington, DC Fall 2000
Journalism fellowship through the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism. Covered national politics during the 2000 presidential election including Bush v. Gore Supreme Court litigation and Bush acceptance of presidency in Austin, Texas Reported on national events and legislation, including the Million Family March and the Violence Against Women Act. Researched and wrote major feature on the White House’s 200th anniversary.
Bachelor of Arts, University of Iowa / May 2000
Double Major—Journalism and Mass Communications and Literature, Science and the Arts
Honors include Alan Barron Scholarship through Washington Center for Politics and Journalism in Fall 2000; Frank L. Mott investigative journalism scholarship award, Spring 2000; Honors Program; Dean’s List (1998-2000) Honor Roll (1996-1997)