Woodworking, papermaking, sculpture, DIY culture.
Customer service, database management, university admissions processing for the department of Educational Leadership and Policy, a unit of Portland State University's Graduate School of Education. The department offers several master's degrees, graduate certificates, and professional licensure credentials for school administrators. I interact with several complex database systems to safeguard and analyze the department's student data and deliver customer service to a large number of students and potential students, often acting as a de facto admissions and advising officer.
I founded UpCycle Studios in 2011 with the mission of "transforming waste into abundance" by working with salvaged and recycled materials to make small gift items, furniture, and functional art. UpCycle Studios has sold in craft fairs and via the Trillium Artisans collective. Etsy is my current primary sales channel. UpCycle Studios develops its brand, markets products, and expands and engages with its audience on Facebook and Twitter. All inventory is photographed and digitally enhanced before being posted to the web for sale.
Trillium Artisans was a collective of small business owners, each of whom specialized in handmade and recycled goods. The organization operated a member-run retail store at 318 SW Taylor in downtown Portland. During the Summer of 2012 I was the store's lead volunteer.
The Center for Public Service is a self funded unit within Portland State University's Hatfield School of Government.
As Program Coordinator of the Executive MPA program, I managed a $400K+ budget and provided extensive administrative, academic, and logistical support to students and faculty. I developed successful marketing initiatives that recruited new students from throughout the Portland-metropolitan area, thereby expanding the size and budget of the program.
Assistant Manager of the hardware department at Hippo Hardware, a home fixtures store.
Updated and modernized displays, created standardized price lists, and put in place organizational systems for stock. I also managed freight, mail and phone order fulfillment, and purchased used stock for the department from individual sellers.