Summary

I am a communication professional with experience in policy, advocacy and strategic planning. Dedicated and driven, I have a proven record of engaging regional legislative and city leaders and reaching a mass audience through multiple communication platforms.

Work History

Work History
Mar 2014 - Present

Director of Public Policy

Dallas Regional Chamber
  • Advocate for legislative agenda focused on state economic policies, healthcare issues, transportation and other business-related priorities while maintaining close communications with elected officials and staff.
  • Monitor and research all relevant state and federal legislation in order to recommend advocacy positions.
  • Manage five policy-related councils and committees, schedule quarterly meetings and secure issues experts on relevant committee topics.
  • Author detailed briefings on vital pieces of legislation, summarizing complex bills into clear memorandums for committee and board members to review and consider.
Jan 2012 - Mar 2014

Communications Manager

Dallas Regional Chamber
  • Administrator for the Dallas Regional Chamber and Leadership Dallas Alumni accounts. Manage content on all social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and YouTube.
  • Produce and post content for the news and blog sections of the Chamber’s website.
  • Enterprise, produce, shoot and edit video content.
  • Manage and develop marketing plans for Chamber events.
  • Manage external Chamber email communication pieces via Emma database.
  • Photograph Chamber events and edit images for professional marketing purposes.
Aug 2010 - Dec 2012

Fill-in Weekend / Morning Producer / Associate Producer

Fox 4 KDFW TV
  • Writing and researching news stories.
  • Creating graphics and other visual elements to incorporate into each newscast.
  • Contributing news story ideas.
  • Voice over for daily news spot.
  • Maintaining the station's website in the absence of the web producer.  This includes posting breaking news, reporter stories and links mentioned in each newscast.
  • Updating the station's social networking sites.
May 2008 - Jul 2010

Anchor / Video Journalist

KELOLAND TV
  • Anchor weekend newscasts and fill-in anchor for morning newscasts.
  • Shoot video, write stories, and edit video.
  • Enterprise stories, research leads and develop news content.
  • Provide and write online news content.
  • Update company website daily.
  • Produce weekend newscasts.

During my time at KELO, I was responsible for covering important issues like Honor Flight.  I was sent to Washington D.C. to follow veterans as they made a trip to the nation’s capital to see the memorial built in their honor.  My work helped Honor Flight raise thousands of dollars to send more veterans on the trip in the future. 

I spent a week in north central South Dakota reporting on power outages that left 50,000 people without electricity for weeks. 

The 2010 South Dakota Legislative Session included controversial bills and major slashes to the state’s budget.  I spent several days in Pierre covering these topics and working to keep the state informed.I am passionate about getting the story to our viewers and I work hard to develop stories that matter.

Oct 2007 - May 2008

Video Journalist

KDLT TV
  • Shoot video, write stories, and edit video.
  • Enterprise story ideas, research leads and develop news content.
  • Anchor cut-ins.
  • Fill-in anchor.

Received Eric Sevareid Award in Broadcast Writing.

Sep 2006 - Oct 2007

Production Assistant

KDLT TV
  • Direct cut-in news spots.
  • Create graphics for newscasts.
  • Control audio board during broadcast.
  • Edit video for newscasts.
  • Camera operator for broadcasts.
  • Train new employees.

Skills

Skills

Video Editing

Experienced in both linear and non-linear editing systems having used both Adobe and Final Cut Pro.

Computer

Microsoft Outlook, Word, Access, Excel, and Powerpoint.  Adobe Photoshop, InDesign.

Awards & Honors

International AVA Digital Award

  • February 2014 Project Manager for Motion Graphic Film Produced by Dallas HD Films.
  • 2 Gold Designations: Motion Graphics & Video Production/Nonprofit Category

Pegasus Award of Honor

  • October 2013 Pegasus Award of Honor for Social Media Marketing


Eric Sevareid Award for Broadcast Writing

Interest

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management

  • West Institute 2014 - 2018

Volunteer for Girls On The Run 

  • Program designed to promote self-esteem and healthy habits in elementary school-aged girls.

Education

Education