Resume

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS

My past and present clients used to struggle with the time-consuming challenges of marketing and communications. They were falling behind the rest of the world as time marched on.

We all want to be seen and heard. That is why I combined my passion for Graphic Design and Community Planning to give non-profits, small businesses, and entrepreneurs a voice in our ever-changing society!

 

TOOLKIT

            ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE: Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, After Effects         

           MARKETING: Word Press, WiX, Constant Contact, Event Brite, Every Action, Google Ads

           SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 

           MICROSOFT OFFICE SUITE: Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher

           APPS: Windows, Mac

 

CAREER EXPERIENCE

GRAPHIC DESIGN CONSULTANT                                                                                            January 2016 – present

BJB Multimedia – Pittsburg, CA

Creates marketing and graphic design services for single and group clients. Provides posters, brochures, and videos for event and exhibition planning. Improves promotional advertising for small businesses and non-profit organizations.

 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE                                                                                                                 April 2013 – present

Restore Our Community Coalition - Buffalo, NY 

Designs visual branding for award-winning community development program. Assists Executive Director and Chairperson with the administration of case studies, press releases, event planning, and social media content. Engaged membership with twenty new partnerships and 4,000 new individual supporters.

 

GRAPHIC DESIGNER                                                                                                      February 2019 – August 2020

The Salvation Army Kroc Community Center – Suisun City, CA

Collaborated with manager on branding strategy for year-round programs and events. Designed new Branding Book to re-establish the center’s visual identity. Improved the public profile for one of twenty-six Salvation Army Kroc Centers nationwide.

 

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER                                                                                              May 2017 – August 2018

Preservation Buffalo Niagara - Buffalo, NY

Redesigned website and relaunched the newsletter for an architectural preservation organization. Revived marketing outreach through new partnerships and community events. Secured three local landmark designations through twelve new partnerships and over 100 individual new members.

 

FINANCIAL EDUCATION SPECIALIST                                                                                October 2016 – March 2017

The Service Collaborative of Western New York – Buffalo, NY

Collaborated through an AmeriCorps assignment with the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. Provided Power Point presentations about financial literacy for the Creating Assets, Savings, and Hope (CASH) Coalition. Earned certificate by serving low and middle-class clients during the 2016-2017 tax season.

 

 

VOLUNTARY EXPERIENCE

BOARD SECRETARY                                                                                                                March 2017 – June 2018

Locust Street Neighborhood Art Classes, Inc. - Buffalo, NY

Collaborated with a revitalization team for a non-profit art institute during a period of transition. Recorded monthly board meetings, signed checks, and approved payroll. Established a long-range plan that improved personnel and community outreach relationships.

 

PARTICIPATORY BUDGET DELEGATE                                                                            September 2015 – April 2016

Clean Air Coalition, Buffalo, NY

Served as liaison for an under-represented community for Buffalo’s inaugural Participatory Budget program. Introduced the “Little Free Libraries” program, which brought five little libraries to Buffalo’s Masten Council District on an $8,000 budget.

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN                                                                                            October 2014 – January 2015

Abbey Mecca & Company - Buffalo, NY

Designed logos, posters, and brochures using Adobe Creative Suite. Assisted on branding and advertising material for a comprehensive advertisement agency.

 

GUEST AUTHOR                                                                                                                         August 2013 - present

Buffalo Rising - Buffalo, NY

Publishes educational articles for a blog promoting arts, culture, history, and community planning in the Buffalo-Niagara region.

 

AWARDS & HONORS

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION for the concentration of CRAFTING COMMUNITY NARRATIVES                  2020

Congress for New Urbanism – Washington, DC

 

PRESERVATION AWARD for EDUCATION, OUTREACH, and PLANNING                                                            2019

Preservation Buffalo Niagara – Buffalo, NY

 

CERTIFICATE OF NATIONAL SERVICE                                                                                                                   2017

The Service Collaborative of Western New York - Buffalo, NY

 

WILLIAM DORSHEIMER COMMUNITY PARTNER AWARD                                                                                     2016

Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy - Buffalo, NY

 

EDUCATION

Continuing Education Diploma, Entrepreneurship in Creative Arts

Buffalo State College - Buffalo, NY

 

Master of Fine Arts Degree, Visual Communications

Rochester Institute of Technology - Rochester, NY

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree, Environmental Design

State University of New York at Buffalo - Buffalo, NY

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