Resume

SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  • Communications: Writing, editing, copy-editing, and proofreading; impeccable command of grammar, syntax, spelling, and punctuation; proficiency in a variety of styles, including Chicago, MLA, APA, and Words Into Type; experience in creating grant proposals, grant reports, press releases, case studies, blog posts, and conference reports; experience in creating multimedia and oral presentations on deadline.
  • Project management: Publications management including both print editorial production and digital editorial production; website development and content management; hiring and supervising independent contractors; event and conference planning; ability to meet multiple deadlines while multitasking.
  • Development: Grant writing and reporting to philanthropic foundations and government agencies; donor relations; major gifts; networking with nonprofits.

 

EXPERIENCE

DUKE UNIVERSITY, Durham, NC

Director, Teaching Case Writing Program, 2006-2013

Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, Sanford School of Public Policy

  • Researched and wrote teaching case studies of philanthropic foundations for use in undergraduate and graduate-level courses in philanthropy and public policy.
  • Created strategic communications plan for the Center.
  • Conceived of and designed the architecture of the Center’s website.
  • Hired and managed contract designers and programmers for the creation of the Center’s website.
  • Created web-based databases of more than 600 philanthropy case studies and 70 philanthropy syllabuses.
  • Researched, wrote, and edited papers and monographs on philanthropy; publications include Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sector, with Lucy Bernholz and Edward Skloot.
  • Wrote grant proposals and reports to major philanthropic foundations including Ford, Hewlett, and Packard; grants totaled more than $3 million.
  • Helped plan and coordinate programming for Center-hosted conferences and events; represented Center at national philanthropy, nonprofit, and social entrepreneurship conferences.
  • Helped craft syllabus for and teach 500-level (mix of undergraduates and masters students) course in philanthropy.

 

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill

Project Editor, 2003-2006

Early Intervention Training Center for Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments,

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute

  • Researched, wrote, and edited graduate-level curricular materials for teachers of young children with visual impairments.
  • Prepared reports on a five-year, $5 million grant to the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Coordinated production of curricular materials including books, interactive multimedia CDs, student packets, and a website.

 

VARELA EDITORIAL, New York, New Orleans, and Durham

Freelance Editor and Writer, 1991-2003

  • 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.
  • Wrote promotional materials for books including press releases and catalogue, flap, and advertising copy.
  • Wrote indexes for trade nonfiction books including history, travel, and cookbooks.
  • Wrote music, book, and movie reviews for local New Orleans publications.

 

HENRY HOLT AND COMPANY, New York

Managing Editor and Associate Acquisitions Editor, 1988-1991

  • Coordinated the editorial, art, and production departments; copy-edited and proofread all stages of book production; produced press releases and other promotional materials.
  • Purchased, edited, and saw through to bound book numerous original works of fiction and nonfiction.
  • Managed the three-person production editorial department; created spread sheets, schedules, and budgets for the production editorial department.
  • Presented new titles at thrice-yearly sales conferences.

 

RANDOM HOUSE, INC., New York

Senior Copy-Editor, 1987-1988

  • Copy-edited and proofread works of fiction and nonfiction; assisted in coordination of art, editorial, and production departments; maintained spreadsheets and schedules.

 

HARPER & ROW, PUBLISHERS, New York

Copy-Editor, 1985-1987

  • Copy-edited and proofread works of fiction and nonfiction; oversaw printing of reprints and bound galleys; created spread sheets; assisted in organizing of sales conferences.

 

TOOLS

Microsoft Office; web content management systems Drupal and WordPress; Adobe Acrobat; OpenOffice; EndNote; Sakai; LexisNexis and other research databases.

 

EDUCATION

Duke University

  • M.A., Liberal Studies 2015 (anticipated)

Grinnell College

  • B.A., English 1985