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Work experience

Jan 2009Present

Senior Editor

PD Magazine
  • Identified and solicited professionals, academics and diplomats to write articles for magazine
  • Interviewed diplomats for magazine pieces
  • Point person for contributors, edited copy, gave suggestions to improve writing style
  • Interacted with diplomatic corps, academic and professional community to promote magazine visibility
  • Helped conceptualize rebranding of magazine and web layout, proposed interactive strategy
  • Managed web design team of nine
May 2009Present

Research and Programming Intern

Foreign Policy Roundtable
  • Aggregate international foreign policy media in 73 countries for publication on Huffington Post
  • Manage a team of 2 interns, gather and present research to Director
  • Assist in interviewing foreign policy makers such as Ambassador Milan Verveer
Aug 2009May 2010

Virtual Student Foreign Service Intern

US Department of State, Mission to NATO
  • Develop public affairs/public diplomacy, new media campaign for 28 NATO member countries
  • Identify organizational partners and target audiences for program
  • Implement public diplomacy strategy
Jun 2008Dec 2009

Events Coordinator

USC Center on Public Diplomacy
  • Developing, planning, and executing high profile events, conferences, meetings for up to 400 people
  • Developed and online marketing strategy via Twitter and Facebook, drafted press releases
Jun 2009Aug 2009

Intern

US Department of State, Foreign Press Center
  • Developed media tours, proposed themes, scheduled meetings for foreign journalists
  • Organized meetings with State Department, think tank, Pentagon and Congressional representatives
  • Monitored foreign media; tracked results from tours
  • Managed online marketing; Managed Twitter and Facebook accounts
  • Secret Security Clearance
Jan 2007Jan 2009

Co-founder, student organizer

The Olive Tree Initiative
  • Co-founded a student program to engage Jewish, Muslim, Christian students in dialogue
  • Chaired weekly meetings, facilitated discussions between community religious groups
  • Drafted proposal, itinerary for travel to Israel and Palestine in September 2008
  • Organized fundraising event, met with individual potential donors, raised $80,000 for cause
  • Created and maintained online chat forum, Facebook group and travel blog
Jan 2007Jun 2008

Treasurer

The Middle East Studies Student Initiative
  • Establish and develop a comprehensive curriculum for a Middle East Studies Program at UCI
  • Implement events engaging students in dialogue about political, economic and social issues of the region
  • Raised $145,000 in funds for the program and recruited new student participation
Sep 2006Jun 2008

Program Manager

The Center for Citizen Peacebuilding
  • Managed office, accounting, fundraising activities; managed database
  • Organized board presentations and meetings, presented progress reports and financial summaries
  • Planned, marketed, executed luncheons, special events, lectures for such guest speakers as President Jimmy Carter for an audience of 3400
  • Introduced online event marketing strategy, managed website and Facebook page

Education

Jan 2006May 2006

International Relations

Intercollege

Studied abroad in Cyprus. This program included travel to 12 European countries including visiting the European Union Court of Justice in Luxembourg and Brussels.

Portfolio

Awards

  • 2007 Summer Undergraduate Research Program Grant
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Grant
  • Sigma Iota Rho: Gamma Gamma Chapter
  • International Studies Honors Society
  • 2009 Award of Service, Awarded by City of Irvine Mayor, Beth Krom
  • 2009 Orange County Human Relations Council Award for Service
  • 2009 Living Our Values Award, University of Southern California

Secret

US Department of State