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Aug 2008May 2012

B.S. Economics / B.A. Public Communication

American University

Summa Cum Laude. Phi Beta Kappa. 

The Economics program is grounded theory, with particular emphasis on policy analysis and fundamental mathematical modeling, including fundamental econometric regression.  Electives include topics like economic history, industrial organization, and game theory. 

The Public Communications program focuses on professional skills for media relations and strategic communication professions.  Coursework focuses on applied writing, audience-centered planning, and working on deadlines.

Work experience

Jun 2012Present

Telecommunications and Public Policy Analyst

Penn Schoen Berland

Assisted global quantitative research firm with full life-cycle of client relationship as part of a four-person research team on behalf of non-profit, government, corporate, and political clients.  The majority of the survey research is conducted in the United States but a significant portion is international.  The research team provides services including message development, product positioning, reputation tracking, copy testing, customer feedback research, market projections, visual testing, and audience segmentation.  

Involvement along the entire process includes the following: 

  • Development of new business proposals, including design of research tools, pricing, and sales copy
  • Drafting quantitative questionnaires, and qualitative interview protocols for clients and programmers
  • Overseeing fielding of quantitative surveys, including audience screeners, quotas and demographics
  • Writing client-facing key findings, memos, reports, and presentations
  • Managed and trained interns to assist with larger projects
May 2011Jun 2012

Strategic Research Intern

Penn Schoen Berland
  • Background client research, including situation analysis for perspective and on-going clients
  • Writing proposals, questionnaires and briefing memos for message-research consulting team
  • Supporting a team by creating presentation materials, proposals and administrative tasks
Dec 2010May 2011

School Operations Associate

DC Public Schools
  • Under Chancellor Rhee, researched best practices for school principals in urban school districts
  • Created nation-wide Facebook advertising campaign to recruit summer interns for education reform
Jun 2010Aug 2010

Communications Intern

The Reading Center
  • Designed web-content and print publications for dyslexia tutoring non-profit
  • Drafted director’s letter for annual report and fundraising appeals 
Jul 2009Sep 2009

Congressional Intern

Office of Senator Al Franken

  • Performed administrative tasks, recording committee markup and constituent service
Dec 2008May 2009

Private Wealth Management Intern

Smith Barney LLC

  • Wrote weekly research memo on green technology M+A as part of virtual team
  • Conducted Internet research to discover prospective clients for database
Jul 2006Nov 2008

Field Intern

Tim Walz for Congress
  • Trained volunteers to participate in canvasses for successful challenger campaign
  • Talked with over 5,500 voters across southern Minnesota
  • Part of winning campaign that defeated a six-term incumbent


Final Cut
Filmed, produced and edited film short film projects and documentaries.  Took two graduate courses on film editing.  Working with interview splicing and motion graphics as American University College Democrats video director.  Some work using AfterEffects. 
Microsoft Office
Professional office experience working with Microsoft Excel, Access, and Powerpoint.  Recently built slide templates for multi-layered presentation deliverables and styling macros.  
Academic training on layout and publishing software, including a full-scale production pamphlet.  I have a taste for bold color palettes that strike strong contrast. 
Analyzing cross-tabs, banners and aggregates as part of data analysis at polling and market research firm.  Work on intricate corporate market segmentation analysis.



Best Strategic Research Paper

American University School of Communications

Battle of Beltway Consulting Competition

Deliotte Federal Consulting

Best Strategic Communications Plan

American University School of Communications


American Association for Public Opinion Research

Survey Research

Strategic Messaging

Graphic Design