Work

My areas of interest are journalism, human rights, the future of media, press freedom, Russia, digital security, and solving problems. Below are some things I’ve been doing with that.

Official jobs:

Project Officer @ Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

In this role, I work on special projects – including communications, strategy, and digital security. Some highlights include:

— Drafting corporate communications including strategy and budget documents, as well as weekly highlights to showcase the best reporting across the company
— Representing RFE/RL at public events
— Leading a new media group in order to explore with RFE/RL journalists how innovative tools may be implemented within their work
— Developing a digital security awareness program, and conducting training across the organization
— Participating in strategy development and content evaluation of RFE/RL reporting
— Organizing internal events, including a yearly conference which brings together staff from each of RFE/RL’s regional news bureaus. Work on this involves managing logistics, planning the schedule and training curriculum, and working with senior staff on group presentations.
— Working on budgetary issues for RFE/RL
— Coordinating with USG counterparts to address requests for information

Public Affairs Specialist @ Broadcasting Board of Governors

In my role I was responsible for a full range of public affairs activities (press releases, talking points, media outreach, event planning and management, speech writing, social media), as well as producing multimedia content (design projects using Adobe Creative Suite, photography for major events). I also did daily media clips for the agency, tracked threats to our journalists worldwide, and coordinated outreach events on the BBG’s research data.

In addition, I worked on internal communications and engagement, including participating on the Health & Wellness Committee (successfully got new bike racks approved, planned Bike to Work Week activities, ran a Movember campaign, distributed the newsletter) and deploying tech tools for better internal communications (an ideation forum, a livestreaming/conferencing tool, helping with internal social media).

I also took on projects that were not very public affairs-y (independent research and data analysis on Iran broadcasting, writing research briefs on media data, project management and training on technology implementations).

Communications Associate @ Pew Center on Global Climate Change

In this role I served as web lead for all Make an Impact websites — maintaining existing sites and leading website development projects, social media outreach and digital strategy. I worked on communications campaigns to promote energy efficiency for corporate clients and youth in target communities.

Assistante d’Anglais @ French National Department of Education

I lived in Lyon, France for 9 months, taught English (and American culture) to French students (except when they were on strike — I’m not even joking).

IT Support Staff @ University of Kansas

Fixed things. Helped people. Told lost students where the printers were. Once I got a $10 tip for spending 30 minutes helping an older student transition her thesis from 30 individual Word documents (one for each page) into one.

+ assorted technology-related internships and research assistantships at the U.S. Department of State (CO.NX, eDiplomacy), Syracuse University, and the University of Maryland.

Professional degrees:

Syracuse University:
MA International Relations (Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs)
MS Public Relations (S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications)
Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Technology, Policy, and Management

University of Kansas:
BA Slavic Languages & Literatures

I am also involved with:

Bike stuff — I planned and executed an all-women’s alleycat race in DC, in which 109 women participated. More than 40 people volunteered for the race, and 16 sponsors backed it. I did everything from organizing logistics to conducting promotional outreach and gaining sponsorships to day-of management to make sure everyone had an awesome time. I also organized or co-organized coffee bike tours, brewery rides, and other generally fun stuff.

Voice of America — I assisted with Learning English programming including acting for English in a Minute and hosting News Words. I also conducted English-language voiceover work for Parallels, Events, People, a documentary series about Soviet dissidents.

DC Shorts — I did venue management for the film festival, including overseeing volunteers for 2013 and 2014. I also judged submissions for the festival.

Knowledge Commons DC — I both taught and facilitated classes. I have taught courses on fermentation, lesser known monuments in Washington, DC, and more!

Brightest Young Things — I wrote some funny things about dogs, Taylor Swift, 50 Shades of Grey, and being sad in December.

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