Freelance editing and writing, 2006-present
Independently hired for a number of freelance editing and writing jobs, including:
-- editor, "Mergers & Acquisitions 101" by Scott Tietz
-- associate editor "LakeHOM Magazine," 2006-2007
-- freelance PR consultant for Insurance Insights Group
Public Affairs Specialist, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture - 2005-present
Developed and manage a strategic media relations program that showcases NIFA as a leader in
agricultural science and research. Advise agency leadership on media strategy and message
development; serve as agency spokesperson and cultivate relationships with the media; write news releases, talking points, speeches, fact sheets, social media posts, and op-eds; work closely with the agency director and USDA senior leadership to plan press conferences with universities across the nation to make grant announcements to the media and stakeholders; prepare message points and prepare staff for interviews; and manage online newsroom, listserv, and social media tools (Twitter, blogs).
Program Specialist, Iowa State University 4-H Program - 2004-2005
Lead and managed the Iowa 4-H Youth Technology Team, including facilitating science and technology educational experiences for a group of 15 high school students and coordinating team meeting agenda and logistics.
Developed communications materials for the science, engineering and technology 4-H programs,
including writing and designing the quarterly newsletter and contributing to the program’s website.
Communications Intern, Iowa State University Extension - 2003-2004
Wrote news releases and byline magazine and newspaper articles to increase the visibility of extension programs across the state of Iowa.
Helped create the theme and communications materials for extension’s exhibit at the Iowa State Fair and interacted with the public when staffing the exhibit.
Georgetown University — Master’s of Public Relations and Corporate Communications, 2009
Iowa State University — Bachelor’s of Journalism, 2004
Achievements and Honors
Public Relations Society of America member
Best Presentation Award for Georgetown University capstone project
Association for Communication Excellence Gold Award for strategic communication planning
Three USDA Spot Awards for media relations planning and production of targeted marketing materials
Phi Eta Sigma/Alpha Gamma Delta National Honor Society
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
National Scholars Honor Society