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Passionate communications professional with experience in PR, copywriting, and public speaking.

Work experience

Apr 2004Mar 2008

Director of Communications

Communitech Inc.
  • Currently manage 8 person media relations team.
  • Responsible for entire media relations strategy, including media training the physicians, designing public affairs campaigns and strategic planning for desired press coverage.
  • Press coverage of AMA in major publications has increased 35% from April 2004 – August 2007.
  • Generated and placed 18 opinion editorials and letters to the editor from allies in various major publications, including New York Times and Washington Post.
  • Produced and directed Domestic Violence Awareness public education campaign and implemented the media strategy around the campaign.
  • Recent public affairs campaign (Anti-smoking campaign aimed at youth) won an ADDY award.
Oct 2001Mar 2004

Press Secretary

US Government
  • Handled press inquiries on behalf of the Secretary and managed 4 person U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) media relations team.
  • Set up over 150 television, radio and print interviews for the Secretary, including multiple appearances on:
    • Larry King Live
    • The Today Show
    • Good Morning America
  • Responsible for the media related to the Secretary’s War on Drugs, developing and implementing aggressive media relations strategy which helped make this a well-known national campaign.
  • Press coverage about “War on Drugs” increased by 280% from March 2002 – January 2004.
  • Awarded "Young PR Professional of the Year" of 2003 by PRWeek.
Jan 2000Sep 2001

Deputy Press Secretary

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
  • Handled press inquiries on all issues for the Senator.
  • Scheduled interviews with major national networks, local networks, and talk radio shows.
  • Senator’s quotes in major daily newspapers increased 24% from February 2000 – July 2001.
  • Produced public affairs program with Senator and guests for local Alabama networks to understand policy formation.
  • Hosted radio show with Senator to discuss relevant issues.
  • Wrote over 100 press releases on relevant issues in 18 months. 
Jan 1998Jan 2000

Press Assistant

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) Office
  • Compiled and organized media coverage of Senator.
  • Handled selected press inquiries.
  • Wrote press releases.
  • Scheduled interviews.

Education

Sep 1994May 1998

B.S.

University of Texas
  • GPA: 3.78
  • Dean’s List all four years
  • Served as President of Communications Club 1996-1997
  • Awarded "Outstanding Achievement Award in Communications," 1998

Certifications

Jan 2002Present

APR

PRSA
Certified APR professional.

Results

Skills

Writing

Guest blogging, writing for national publications.

Crisis Management

Solving PR crises.

Press Releases

Writing business press releases.

Public Speaking

Speaking at conferences, universities, and businesses.