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!
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
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.
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
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