Associate State Director of Communications, St. Croix, VIJuly 2011-present
- Serve as a member of the state team and is responsible for the development and implementation of AARP’s
- presence in communities.
- Work in collaboration with community agencies, non-profit organizations and the business community.
- Develop and implement activities related to strategic priorities in communities, including education/learning
- activity opportunities, and various consumer, health, or economic security issues.Organizes and maintains visible and effective statewide coalitions and partnerships dealing with strategic issues.
- Work with national office staff to promote AARP’s strategic issues and priorities, programs, and activities.
- Facilitates interaction and communication with national office issue experts to provide technical assistance and
- ensure the proper resources are available for staff and volunteers, including issue material, talking points, updates and briefing material.
- Develop and implement AARP integrated community and communications strategies.
- Perform communications functions, including basic promotion of AARP, news releases, media advisories,
- assistance with advocacy campaigns, webplace and newsletter coordination.
- Make presentations at workshops and conferences as appropriate.
- Work with statewide volunteers on primary issues, community service concerns, as well as support for legislative efforts with education backing on other issues as needed.
- Coordinate and provide assistance in responding to the media on strategic issues; Serve as the media spokesperson, article writer, or technical expert (social media) to enhance media awareness in the state.
- Ensure AARP is seen as a visible force in community service and public policy development by educating staff, volunteers, members, government and elected officials, and the public.
- Work with national office staff to promote AARP’s strategic issues and priorities, programs, and activities, and position AARP with the media in the states; Demonstrate One AARP cultural attributes and behaviors in allinteractions.
Partners for Freedom & Democracy,
Director Youth & Volunteer Advocacy, Silver Spring, MD April 2006-August 2008
- Work closely with Executive Director and fellow Board Members to develop youth and volunteer advocacy programs in the areas of civic and environmental education, conservation, community-service and leadership.
- Identify local, national, and international youth development programs for collaboration consideration.
- Implement programs and initiatives to strengthen existing community-based programs.
- Engage youth leaders and professionals from around in the world in the study and discourse on the meaning of democratic governance throughout the world.
- Facilitate the youth leaders and professionals' development of programs and initiatives.
- Direct the e-Democracy Forum and identify other online modules of communication.
- Chair of the 2008 Partners "Youths, the Law, and Leadership: Empowering Youths to Achieve" Summit Planning Committee (to be held in Abuja, Nigeria)
Amnesty International USA (AIUSA),
Florida State Legislative Coordinator, Washington, D.C. July 2006-July 2007
- Worked in conjunction with Amnesty's professional legislative advocates in Washington, Florida area and student coordinators, regional staff, and Southern Region membership to achieve legislative goals in the United States.
- Researched human rights issues and plan human rights workshops for student and local Amnesty groups.
- Provided outreach to groups by educating and training state Amnesty activists and leaders and conducted quarterly trainings. Identified as well as devised legislative initiatives and presented such information to the legislative advocates for submission to the AIUSA Board of Directors.
- Mobilized Area Coordinators, Student Coordinators and Southern Region membership to take action on various Amnesty International campaigns in support of the human rights goals.
- Remained abreast of current Amnesty International's national legislative priority issues through e-mail, the internet and via phone conference calls.
- Organized meetings between activist and their Members of Congress and assist Amnesty activist with developing working relationships with elected officials.
- Worked in coalition with other organizations such as UNA-USA on Amnesty's priority issues when appropriate namely the Darfur Crisis and Guantanamo Bay.
Associate, Tampa/Gulfport, FL April 2005- May 2007
- Central point of contact for 1,000 student users and professors at Stetson.
- Provided group and individual trainings on LexisNexis' newest Total Practice Solutions applications as well as legal research in the subject matters to include but is not limited to International, Immigration, Environmental Law and Intellectual Property.
- Served as a LexisNexis liaison to Career Services, Law Review/Journals, Trial Team, Moot court and student organizations.
UNA-USA Young Professionals for Intl Cooperation (YPIC) Tampa Bay Program,
Chair, August 2005-2007
- Founding Chair of the UNA-USA YPIC Tampa Bay Program.
- Assisted Regional and Interest Area Committee Directors in meeting their yearly requirements.
- Planned and implement general YPIC programs, and generally ensure that YPIC meets its goals and targets.
- Built partnerships with other non-governmental organizations including Amnesty International in an attempt to increase outreach to new populations.
- Served as the primary liaison with Chapter leadership and with the National YPIC Advisory Board.
- Set the agenda and direct the advocacy & fundraising programs and initiatives for the UNA-YPIC Tampa Bay Program.
Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation (Holland & Knight, LLP),
Executive Assistant, Tampa, FL Nov.2002- Nov. 2003
- Assisted the Executive Director with various outreach programs of the foundation to include supportive materials for grant proposals.
- Assisted attorneys with implementation of various outreach programs.
- Maintained and updated databases for the various programs/organizations/initiatives.
- Reviewed billing reports for each office and entered the information into the database.
Intern, Tampa, FL June 2002-August 2002
- Maintained files for various brokers and the compliance files of the branch.
- Ordered company supplies.
- Wrote checks for bills and sent them in for approval by the Branch Manager.
Everlove & Associates, Tampa, FL
Information Associate, May 2001-November 2001
- Provided support for the Library Management Service
- Performed various legal librarian duties including but not limited to: opening mail, routing and the current awareness information, filing looseleaf supplements, stuffing pocket parts, and reshelving
- Performed librarian administrative duties to include cataloging, circulation, as well as space design tasks.