Freelance Copywriter & Graphic Designer

Location:Jacksonville, Florida, United States
2 Skills
Christina Marie Swanson
904/707-9256 (c) n 904/781-7382 (h) n email:

WORK EXPERIENCE n Graphic Design Specialist – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 03/99 to 10/13 award-winning designs grab national attention Plan, develop and create visual materials in a variety of formats (flyers, newsletters, pamphlets,
presentations, maps, exhibits, invitations, posters, magazines, ads and reports to Congress)
that communicated information regarding Corps’ missions, projects and events within deadline
which were used in such venues as conferences, public meetings, campaigns, publications and
websites for internal and external audiences.

n Public Affairs Specialist – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 08/96 to 03/99 marketing mediums promote Corps’ good work and earn special achievement Coordinated with management and external agencies, including the media, to originate products to promote Corps projects and arrange special events which involved writing news releases, fact sheets and speeches, designing programs, presentations and exhibits, and conducting in-house and field tours and activities.

n Writer/Editorial Assistant – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 11/91 to 7/96 people-oriented magazine/brochures highlight achievement and increase morale Principal writer, planner, editor and design artist for District’s award-winning monthly magazine and other communication vehicles such as brochures, flyers, event programs and project fact sheets. Duties involved research, interviewing, writing/design/managing publications, photography and coordination of special events.

n Beneficial Suggestion Program Manager – Naval Aviation Depot -Jax 02/87 to 09/91 promotional activities increase submitted ideas and improve productivity/cost savings Coordinated the investigation of suggestions received (700+ case files) by instructing division reps, preparing statistics on processing/award/savings status, creating promotional campaigns, initiating funding actions, presenting briefs to upper management and advising many of the 3,500 employees.
B.A., Communications major, summa *** laude (4.0 GPA), University of North Florida, 1980
AWARDS Exceptional performance ratings entire 27 year career; numerous special act/achievement awards, Ten Army and Corps (world-wide) competition awards in writing and design to include:
n Department of the Army’s Keith L. Ware Journalism Award (second place) (3 writing samples judged) n Chief of Engineers Quill Award (first place) Writer Category (3 articles judged) n Chief of Engineers Quill Award (first place) Best Tabloid Magazine Reflections (Editor, Graphic Artist) n Herbert A. Kassner Journalism Competition – Special Achievement in Print for Hurricane Floyd Report n Equal Employment Opportunity Award of the Year - 2013 (for promoting EEO initiatives)
SKILLS Advanced experience with Microsoft/Adobe software including PowerPoint, InDesign, Photoshop Positive people person/motivated public speaker: Advanced Communicator Bronze Toastmaster
Strong interpersonal/photography/social media skills
Skills (2) Rating
Graphic Design