San Diego, CA
January 1995 – Current

Project management, media relations, and community liaison for the Waitt Family Foundation. Helped design grantmaking strategy, guidelines, and application process. Recruited and vetted vendors and grantees; prepared agreements and negotiated deliverables. Wrote internal and external communications including website content, conference presentations, briefing papers, and op-ed pieces. Coordinated special events and represented my client in the community. Served as Team Leader on Tech Power, a complex collaboration involving twenty corporate and nonprofit partners, a bilingual marketing campaign, and the launch of five new programs. Resolved disputes, managed timeline and budget, and kept communication flowing.

Strategic planning and grantmaking guidelines for the Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board, a $1.5 billion state agency supplying connectivity and technical assistance to schools, libraries, higher education and healthcare. Developed project goals, community outreach and implementation plan, and evaluation rubric.

Strategic planning, process facilitation, and grantmaking guidelines for the Community Technology Foundation of California (now called ZeroDivide), a $50 million fund supporting nonprofit organizations throughout the state.

Strategic planning, membership surveys, and media relations for San Diego Grantmakers, a nonprofit association of individuals and organizations in charitable giving.

Strategic planning and program evaluation for AVID, “Advancement Via Individual Determination,” an elementary through postsecondary college readiness system. Conducted staff and board retreats, designed and implemented customer research, and worked with executive team to develop five-year plan.

Market assessment and business plan development for InfoTAP, the nonprofit technology arm of Nonprofit Management Solutions. Project involved committee management, goal identification, extensive community analysis using online and in-person tools, resource mapping, competitor analysis, and fundraising.

Project manager for a two-year federal grant awarded to the nonprofit agency MAAC Project, creating a regional collaboration through technology. Responsible for project design, recruiting and coordinating partners, fundraising, budgeting and grant compliance, executive training, vendor supervision, community presentations and promotion, and online content.

Grantwriting and program evaluation for San Diego State University’s City Heights Digital Bridge. Obtained $850,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Designed and implemented a comprehensive evaluation plan that engaged a multicultural audience through stakeholder interviews, onsite observation, and end-user surveys.

Process and impact evaluation for Missouri Express, a statewide telecommunications infrastructure system created by the Missouri legislature to promote economic development in low-income and rural areas. Conducted in-person interviews and worked with team to prepare recommendations.

Recipient of one of five national research grants issued by the Center for Civic Networking and the U.S. Department of Commerce to investigate sustainability strategies for community-oriented online content.

Other consulting projects included feasibility studies, workflow optimization, conference coordination, meeting facilitation, instructional design, curriculum development, employee training, grant review, fundraising, marketing, and program evaluation. Partial client list:

California Technology Investment Partnership
Clear Creek Independent School District
Community Technology Centers Network
High Tech High
Jostens Learning Corporation
KPBS Television
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Neighborhood National Bank
Ocean Institute
San Diego Hospice
San Diego Regional Center for the Developmentally Disabled
Taco Bell
Technology For All
TeleCommunity Resource Center
The Lightspan Partnership
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Education
University of California Berkeley, School of Public Health

San Diego, California
August 1994 – January 1995

Responsible for management and operations for start-up media production company. Established business plan and organizational structure, implemented systems for cost control and quality assurance, developed strategic relationships, negotiated and approved contracts. Supervised production, accounting, and operations departments.

San Diego, California
September 1990 – August 1994

Managed and marketed a revenue-generating department of San Diego’s public broadcasting station, providing distance education and video production services. Expanded the client base, initiated joint ventures and partnerships, and significantly increased the visibility of the department in the community. Wrote and produced television programs on a wide variety of social and technological issues. Managed budgets, developed art direction and graphic design, and oversaw all aspects of multi-camera live studio and field production. Raised both the quantity and quality of production, resulting in national and local awards.

San Diego, California
August 1988 – September 1990

Provided market analysis, business plan development, and promotion for the video and film production industry.

San Diego, California
February 1987 – August 1988

Handled marketing, sales, and distribution for a tourism-oriented retail video product. Developed and implemented the marketing strategy, established and serviced accounts, and supervised product fulfillment. Promoted to Operations Manager/Marketing Director for the parent company. Responsible for client relations, budgeting, bid preparation, project development, and facilities scheduling. Supervised the public relations firm, coordinated events, and wrote promotional materials.

Arlington, Virginia
January 1984 – March 1986

Produced live television shows and special events. Responsibilities included program design, budgeting, scripting, logistics, studio and field production, art direction, and crew management. Clients included Eastman-Kodak, Marriott Corporation, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Sierra Club, National Trust for Historic Preservation, National Association of Broadcasters, and many others.

Washington, DC
September 1982 – January 1984

Created onscreen graphics for live entertainment, sports, and news productions. Clients included ESPN, Home Team Sports, The Larry King Show, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and PBS.

Washington, DC
September 1980 – January 1983

Production Assistant for the Emmy Award-winning PBS Specials, “To Hear” and “To Bear Witness,” and for the feature film, “Silkwood.” Casting Director for over seventy public service announcements produced for the American Forces Radio and Television Service.