Mercedes Cooper

Work History

Work History
Aug 2007 - Aug 2009

Communications Coordinator

Columbia College Chicago - Portfolio Center

+ Managed marketing of 50-60 events each year via e-newsletters, website, and print products.+ Developed and implemented brand identity for the center with the Director.+ Point of contact to external departments for information and media.+ Maintained office calendar with an average schedule of 100 presentations per year.+ Maintained four websites, approximately 60 pages, using a content management system.+ Tracked expenses, reconciled purchase cards, and prepared monthly reports.+ Wrote copy for print and digital materials such as blogs, event descriptions, and e-newsletters.+ Oversaw production of nine student produced spec commercials.

Sep 2006 - Jun 2009

Volunteer Logistics Lead - Fundraising Committee

Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League

+ Coordinated logistical aspects of annual fundraisers; which included a cocktail gala with casino entertainment (MetroBoard Royale), an honorary brunch and concert (25th Anniversary Celebration), and Mardi Gras style soiree which raised funds in support of Hurricane Katrina relief efforts (Revival: From State Street to Bourbon Street) + Committee co-chair from October 2008 to June 2009

Nov 2005 - Aug 2007

Creative Industry Liaison

Columbia College Chicago - Portfolio Center

+ Assisted with research of contacts, program topics, and moderation of panel discussions.+ Coordinated hotel accommodations, travel arrangements, and itineraries for visiting guests.+ Set up rooms for events and arranged for audio-visual equipment and catering.+ Tracked event progress and prepared monthly reports.+ Conducted 20 audio interviews with media professionals and edited content for podcast.

Mar 2000 - Mar 2002

Project Coordinator

Radio and Television News Directors Foundation

+ Coordinated venue selection, contract negotiation, focus groups and catering for workshops.  + Arranged travel and hotel accommodations for staff.+ Shipped materials to workshop sites.+ Promoted workshops in 14 markets and registered attendees.+ Prepared presentation materials including video material, handouts, workbook and brochures.+ Administrative support: scheduling meetings, filing, photocopying, and maintaining mailing lists


+Creative approach to implementing marketing initiatives that increase brand visibility.

+Resourceful print and production coordination while developing vendor relations.

+ Detail oriented while managing multiple projects on tight deadlines and budgets.

+ Proactive and productive while working independently and as part of a team.

+ Energetic presenter to groups and individuals.



M.F.A. Film and Video Production, Columbia College Chicago, May 2009

B.A. Economics, University of Maryland College Park, May 2001

Study Abroad: Brazil's Business and Economy Institute at University of São Paulo, Brazil, Summer 1999


Proficient in Mac and PC systems, Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator / Familiar with PeopleSoft and Bacons / Beginning Portuguese and Spanish language skills