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.
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-edited and proofread works of fiction and nonfiction; oversaw printing of reprints and bound galleys; created spread sheets; assisted in organizing of sales conferences.
Microsoft Office; web content management systems Drupal and WordPress; Adobe Acrobat; OpenOffice; EndNote; Sakai; LexisNexis and other research databases.
- M.A., Liberal Studies 2015 (anticipated)
- B.A., English 1985