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Clemson University, 2002-2006                                                                                                       Columbia College Chicago, 2007-2010

B.A. English and Economics                                                                                                             M.F.A. Creative Writing, Poetry




SCENARIOS, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                                      2013-Present

Events & Marketing Associate

  • Work with Director of Development and programming team to plan, coordinate and implement all organizational events, including donor cultivation events, film screenings, VIP receptions, board stewardship events and annual Spring Gala 

  • Assist in developing new events and sponsorship opportunities 

  • Manage event flow, presentation/program portion and attendee movement 

  • Participate in ongoing cultivation and stewardship of corporate, foundation and individual prospects and existing partners 

  • Prepare briefing materials for events, including cultivation/stewardship meetings 

  • Assist in managing solicitation mailings and follow-up to invitees and attendees 

  • Ensure proper acknowledgement to all events-related constituents 

  • Track constituents and prospects in database and ensure data integrity, including actively updating key constituents’ records 

  • Create and manage events-related marketing, including creation of collateral, to raise the organization’s visibility and leverage corporate, foundation and individual partnerships 

  • Assist with creative asset development, including creating effective marketing materials 

  • Assist with creation of promotional and marketing activities which meet the organization’s needs while enhancing fundraising, marketing awareness and growth of partners 

  • Be an ambassador for Scenarios USA; promote events on social media sites; assist in updating website with events marketing content; participate in writing e-newsletter  

  • Work with Gala leadership, including honorees, co-chairs, committee members and board of directors to maximize participation 

  • Help to develop a substantive program for the Gala 

  • Manage Gala table, ticket and event Journal sales; track all Gala pledges and donations and monitor responses, including reporting on income/attendance 


CAVE CANEM FOUNDATION, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                              2011-2013

Programs & Communications Coordinator

Program Promotion/Social Media

  • Create, manage, and grow organization’s brand and visibility through YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and other strategically relevant online platforms. Post daily to increase and cultivate audience engagement.

  • Establish best practices for each social networking account with respect to the tone, subject matter, frequency, and timing of posts. Monitor trends via real-time reporting and identify ways for Cave Canem to leverage current topics of interest to the highest degree.

  • Manage and track print anthologies, archives, write and edit press releases, announcements and copy for print, website, and social media.

  • Manage incoming media requests to build relationships with other literary organizations and media outlets; create, execute and measure media campaigns.

  • Provide administrative support to Executive Director, answer phones, track office supplies, and organize travel.

Program Development, Delivery & Evaluation

  • Set timetables and develop agendas for discussion of programs with Executive Director, founders, consultants and designated advisors, as appropriate. Schedule and maintain internal and public calendars.

  • Identify and initiate discussion of new programming opportunities and prospective collaborations.

  • Serve as program-related spokesperson at public events.

  • Manage logistics of site-specific programs. Arrange and schedule coverage; supervise Special Events Coordinator, interns and program volunteers; coordinate book vending.

  • Track attendance and other outcomes according to pre-established metrics. Report challenges and successes on an ongoing basis.

  • Administer contracts to and correspond with instructors, guest speakers, prizewinners, vendors, volunteers and others. Ensure timely fulfillment of contractual responsibilities.


  • Write grant applications and reports for New York City-based programs.

  • Prepare reports for grants and other institutional needs.

  • Coordinate and manage volunteer fundraising team.

  • Leverage social media outlets for fundraising campaigns.

  • Support cultivation efforts and stay abreast of industry trends and constituency concerns.


COLUMBIA COLLEGE CHICAGO, Chicago, IL                                                                                                                   2009-2011

Adjunct Instructor, English Department

  • Independently designed, taught, and evaluated First Year Writing courses, utilizing my ability to conceptualize, pitch, and implement creative techniques. Designed and created innovative print and digital content for the classroom through extensive research, utilizing Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite CS5, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.

  • Simultaneously supervised and managed several groups of 18 students in each class through four-month projects and daily activities, while offering individualized support.

  • Proofread and edited written work on a daily basis. Offered grammatical, mechanical, and stylistic writing instruction to students at varying skill levels.

Co-Founder & Curator, Faculty Reading Series & The 33 Graduate Reading Series

  • Co-founded, curated, and emceed for both the Faculty and 33 reading series.

  • Visited and worked with local bars/vendors to secure event space for both reading series. Successfully negotiated and obtained event spaces at no cost to either reading series.

  • Scheduled readers for the series and served as point of contact.

  • Wrote, copy edited, proofread, designed, and distributed all printed and digital promotional materials.

  • Marketed both series via digital medias such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. Reached out to various websites in order to attract press and ensure that all events are well attended. Quadrupled attendance and increased book sales by 500% in one year.

Assistant to the Vice President of Development, Office of Institutional Advancement

  • Wrote fundraising and acknowledgement letters, assisted with large-scale special events, including fundraising galas.

  • Assisted with the mailing of promotional, fundraising, and donor acknowledgement letters and materials.

  • Maintained databases for fundraising and donor acknowledgement letters.

  • Proofread and edited documents for staff members. Assisted with general office duties as needed.




BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL, Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                               2012-Present

Poetry Committe Member

  • Work with the Brooklyn Borough Hall to help plan, organize, and curate poetry panels.

  • Serve as a liaison between Brooklyn Book Festival and nationally recognized authors.


PHANTOM LIMB PRESS,  New York City, Chicago, Washington D. C.                                                               2011-Present

Poetry Editor

  • Solicit submissions from poets and assist with content selection of journal.

  • Assist with design and construction of print publications and marketing materials.

  • Identify opportunities for marketing journal and public events.