Skills and Experience

Communications

I’m a facile, adaptable writer with impeccable command of proper usage, grammar, syntax, punctuation, and style. I can craft messages for any audience and tailor them to suit both the medium and the recipient. My communications work has involved extensive research and interviews. I am adept at communicating complex concepts to nonacademic and nonspecialist audiences.

I devised the communications strategy for the Center for Strategic Philanthropy, designed the architecture of the<a href” http://cspcs.sanford.duke.edu/”> Center’s website</a>, created all of the content, and managed all communications for the Center. I have written press releases, blog posts, grant applications, grant reports, and promotional materials of all kinds. I collaborated with faculty members on the development of numerous teaching case studies centering on the activities of philanthropic foundations. I also solicited and edited original blog posts and essays by prominent figures in the field.

I am proficient with CMS systems WordPress and Drupal. I have worked with various forms of multimedia and social media.

I have also edited innumerable works of fiction and nonfiction for major trade book publishing houses, including W.H. Freeman/Scientific American, National Geographic Press, William Morrow, HarperCollins, Disney/Hyperion, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, and Random House.

Development

In the course of my work, I have become intimately familiar with the landscape of philanthropic foundations and their grant-making areas and developed an informed understanding of why and how individuals and organizations choose to donate money. I have contacts at numerous philanthropic organizations.

I know how to talk to donors, sponsors, and other key players. I helped to raise the Center’s funding, including $1.5 million from the Packard Foundation, $900 thousand from the Hewlett Foundation, and $57 thousand from the Rockefeller Foundation. As part of my communications responsibilities, I helped to write and edit grant reports to those foundations and others, including Ford, Kresge, and Kellogg.

Project Management

I’m highly organized, I know how to do short- and long-term planning, and I’m able to focus on details and keep track of them without losing sight of the big picture. I can dive deeply and quickly into research on special topics to collect the most pertinent facts and absorb best practices.

Beginning in 2009, the Center partnered with Fuqua’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship and the Growth Philanthropy Network, a New York-based nonprofit, to host an annual national conference called the Social Impact Exchange (http://www.socialimpactexchange.org/). As a member of the organizing team, I worked on program development, event planning, and communications. Launching the Social Impact Exchange gave me experience in coordinating with colleagues at Duke and elsewhere.

I planned and coordinated programming for Center-hosted conferences and events, and I represented the Center at numerous national conferences.

I began my career as a book editor, working at Harper & Row, Random House, and Henry Holt. As managing editor of a division of Henry Holt, I coordinated the editorial, art, and production editorial departments to ensure that schedules were met and books were produced on time, within budget, and without error.