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MS Office/Adobe/CMS/Social Media
  Used advanced knowledge and experience in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Excel, Publisher, Outlook), Adobe Creative (InDesign, Dreamweaver), Social Media (WordPress, Facebook, Twitter) to develop campaigns, presentations, video and social media projects.  
Materials development and management
Drafted clear and concise materials and resources to equip staff with accurate/appropriate information for meetings, stakeholder events and responses to inquiries. 
Cross collaboration on contentious and complex issues
Skilled in collaborating with the marketing/communications teams and government departments to develop and execute integrated communication campaigns and agreed messaging on contentious/complex issues.
Critical issue and crisis management
Analyzed and evaluated programs and critical information issues in order to develop recommendations for anticipating and addressing potential issues.   Handled highly contentious environmental issues, floods, outbreaks and incidents.
Counsel senior management
Provided counsel and support to senior leaders for all external and internal communications opportunities and issues using knowledge of the principles, methods, practices and techniques of communication. 
Translate government policy and decisions
  Translated government policy, decisions and technical information into effective communications materials and outreach activities.   
Communications Planning
Managed all aspects of communications including planning and delivery through internal/external channels and media.      

Work experience

Guest Contributor

British Broadcasting Corporation - Wales

Enhanced broadcast news and events as a guest contributor for BBC Wales on relevant issues, politics and current affairs including extended coverage of 9/11, US Presidential Elections, UK General Elections and American Culture. 

Communications Manager

Forestry Commission Wales

Planned, developed and implemented a comprehensive communications/public affairs program designed to enhance community relationships between the $1.5 billion Forestry Commission Wales Wind Energy Program, local Forest District stakeholders, industry representatives and community groups. Initiated, established and maintained relationships with the general public and specific constituency groups including the broadcast and print media, key officials, agency stakeholders, industry representatives and community groups. 

Sep 2008Oct 2009

Communications Officer

Environment Agency Wales

Expertly communicated Environment Agency Wales positions and policies relating to emergency and non-emergency incidents. Specialized in highly visible, crisis and contentious issues. Developed and delivered launches for public policy documents and strategies. Managed all aspects of launches including negotiating contracts for suppliers and event management.

Aug 2001Sep 2008

Freelance Public Relations Consultant

Communications Solutions

Contractor for the Welsh Government, National Public Health Service Wales, South Wales Police and nonprofits including Action on Hearing Loss, National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Millennium Commission  and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

Planned and implemented effective events, campaigns. Developed identity branding and online presence. Drafted press releases and articles. Drafted grant proposals and applications. Provided media training to senior managers and selected staff. 

Sep 1993Mar 1996

Freelance Producer

Produced informative current affairs segments for “GMTV”, KSAZ-TV, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and Reuters TV. Traveled and worked freelance with a range of local and national broadcasters. 

Mar 1989Sep 1993

Associate Producer

American Broadcasting Company

Dynamic and creative Associate Producer for “ABC Sports” and “Good Morning America” television shows. 

Researched and developed effective and memorable scripts, conducted pre-interviews, directed shooting on location, drafted schedules, hired crews, booked travel and edited material for air. 


Sian Howell

Hiring manager and supervising manager for work undertaken with Environment Agency Wales.

Sally Tansey

Hiring manager and supervising manager for forest district work undertaken for Forestry Commission Wales.

Derek Stephen

Supervising manager and program executive of the Forestry Commission Wales Wind Energy Program.


Oct 2001Mar 2004

Certificate of Higher Education

University of Glamorgan

Was part of the first class to formally study post-devolution UK policy models of community regeneration. Developed a theoretical understanding of the politics and ideologies underpinning welfare provision and social justice. Specialized in community engagement and consultation.

Sep 1982Nov 1983

Associate Degree

Tobe Coburn School

Studied public relations and marketing within the fashion industry. Apprenticed for fashion houses including Gucci, Armani, Adam Beall and Bob Mackie. Specialized in developing fashion events including fashion shows, in-house modeling and displays.

Sep 1981Jun 1982

Emerson College

Studied mass communications with a focus on radio production.


Apr 2013Present


Public Relations Society of America
Sep 2008Present


Chartered Institute of Public Relations

Portfolio May 2013


To secure a senior position in Public Relations that utilizes my creativity, energy and domestic/international experience in working with renewable energy, environment and contentious issues.


Active blogger – various articles on Wordpress and Hubpages

Film, food, family, walking, photography

What my colleagues say about me ...

“Monica was a talented, well-respected and driven member of the team.” Lee Dawson Woodland Officer Forestry Commission Wales

“Monica is a smart, organized, creative and dedicated professional.” Sian Howell Communication Manager Environment Agency Wales

“This woman is one mean communicator. She has excellent writing and editing skills. I recommend Monica without hesitation.” Angela Elniff Larsen Director Angles Consulting

“Heartfelt thanks for your contribution to Radio Wales programming. We are very grateful for your professionalism during a very testing time” Michelle Bower Producer Good Morning Wales


Forestry Commission Wales