I’m a digital communications manager and writer specializing in political organizing, non-profit fundraising, and medical/science writing. In my current position, I help women find their power and work together to win better pay, benefits and respect.

Because I have a restless nature and an inveterate curiosity about the world, my former jobs include stints as a human resources officer at an investment bank, a reporter at The Oregonian, a recruiter at Christie’s auction house and a writer at Caltech. My fiction has been featured in The Berkeley Fiction Review and IRIS magazine. I live in Los Angeles with my husband, who is the kindest man I know, and my 11-year-old son who loves to read and constantly makes me laugh.

My full job history is below.

 

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Experience
SEIU Local 2015
2015-Present
Communications Manager

Manage team of communications professionals to drive innovative communications strategies to grow our union. Key accomplishments include:

Launched an innovative Facebook community aimed at organizing long term care workers into union membership. The community is growing at a rate of 400 new members each week and 20% of our members visit our community daily, which is an exceptionally high rate of engagement. Community content is guided by digital tools such as ActionSprout and data analysis in order to maximize reach and move members to take real world action.

Expanded our SMS (text messaging program) to include platforms such as Mobile Commons and peer-to-peer texting via Relay. Since the launch of our SMS program, our union election win rate increased from 50% to 89%. In addition, we have had exceptionally high response rates of up to 50% on peer-to-peer messages to non-member workers.

Launched a digital organizer training program to train staff and member leaders on using digital tools such as Facebook and direct messaging to organize more workers more effectively.

SEIU Local 721
2014-2015
Communications Specialist

Provided broad communications support to field and campaign staff on the Los Angeles city bargaining team, including website management, press outreach, social media, email outreach, and the design and production of printed materials.

Caltech
2013-2014
Donor Communications Specialist

Wrote and designed reports, proposals and other content for top 50 donors at university ranked 10th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

 

Interviewed leading scientists in fields such as quantum mechanics, bioengineering, environmental chemistry, and other disciplines and wrote about their research in language that was clear, compelling, and persuasive.

 

Key accomplishment: Designed and wrote commemorative magazine for the 20th anniversary celebration of the Richard P. Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching, named in honor of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist and educator.

Health Services Advisory Group
2010-2012
Communications Project Specialist

Collaborated with senior managers to create and implement content strategy for statewide rollout of key provisions of Obamacare in California. Channels included print, email marketing, webinars, and video.

 

Conducted audience analysis of state public health officials, hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare stakeholders to identify preferred methods of communication, influencers (secondary audiences), and key messages. The goals: to generate support for Obamacare initiatives and influence behavior change to improve the quality and safety of healthcare statewide.

 

Prepared quarterly communications reports for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with detailed analyses of messaging, content, audience, metrics, and progress against goals.

Education
Syracuse University
MA in Journalism
University of Pennsylvania
BA in Communications