Work experience

Work experience
Jan 2009 - Present

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 2009 - Present

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 2009 - May 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 2008 - Dec 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 2009 - Aug 2009


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 2007 - Jan 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 2007 - Jun 2008


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 2006 - Jun 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


Jan 2006 - May 2006

International Relations


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


  • 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


US Department of State