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Erica Pitts

Freelance Ghostwriter & Editor

Location:Astoria, Washington, United States
2 Skills

• Communications professional with substantial editorial and public relations experience
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Writing and editing expertise
• Creating and executing strategic communications plans
• Developing and conveying messages to the media and other constituencies
• Crafting and producing printed and online materials.


Staff Writer, Communications Assistant
Temporary Position via Nonprofit Staffing Solutions, Washington, DC
May 2011 – Present

• Write daily news articles for company website
• Write feature stories for member magazine and other various publications
• Conduct interviews with IAFF leadership and membership for news stories
• Manage web content on various departmental pages
• Manage the communications requests of local leadership
• Assist in maintaining membership database
• Other communications duties as assigned

Communications Manager
Higher Achievement, Washington, DC
September 2008-February 2011
• Responsible for establishing and accomplishing overall strategic communications objectives while fulfilling day-to-day communications functions.
• Developed comprehensive organizational strategic communications plan.
• Spearheaded an alumni outreach campaign to approximately 1,000 alumni.
• Established unique brand identity and developed protocol for its use on national and affiliate levels.
• Lead public relations efforts to position organization in emerging markets with local and national media, funders, and peer institutions.
• Edited all outgoing correspondence on behalf of the organization to ensure highest quality and consistency in all communications vehicles.
• Wrote and distributed press releases and correspondence to relevant potential organizational partners. One interaction resulted in a first-time earmark with the DC government City Council.
• Created and managed website content.
• Authored and managed development of various print and electronic publications, including brochures, press packets, event invitations, and the quarterly electronic newsletter circulated to over 2500 readers.
• Facilitated communications orientations for new staff, and refresher trainings for current staff.
Key Achievements
• Streamlined communications processes and protocols for an expanding national organization.
• Took the lead on a first-time event purposed to yield considerable recruitment gains and boost alumni outreach efforts.

Communications and Development Associate
Higher Achievement, Washington, DC
February 2007-September 2008
• Managed communications consultants, volunteers, and other supplemental part-time staff.
• Composed written communication materials for the CEO, including letters, speeches, and Congressional testimony; assisted with the writing and editing of grants
• Pitched story ideas to the media, served as a spokesperson for the organization, and hosted media reporters who visited centers or attend signature events.
• Provided communications support for all major events, including taking the lead on a first-time event expected to yield considerable recruitment gains and boost alumni outreach efforts.
• Wrote and edited the Annual Report and assisted with the writing and editing for other projects like the Holiday Appeal, the General Information Brochure and other key collateral pieces.
• Coordinated mailings of various publications, including the authoring and mailing of contribution acknowledgements, where timely production is necessary.
Key Achievements
• Promoted to Communications Manager
• Created the organization’s first ever quarterly e-newsletter


February 2011-Present

Interim Center Director
Higher Achievement
January 2007-February 2007

Temp Associate
Nonprofit Staffing Solutions
September 2006-December 2006

Staff Writer
The Common Denominator, Washington, DC
May 2006-August 2006

Assistant Center Director
Higher Achievement, Washington, DC
July 2004-May 2006


Master of Science, Communications Studies, THE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE, New Rochelle, NY
August 2003

Bachelor of Arts, (Honors) Communication Arts, THE COLLEGE OF NEW ROCHELLE, New Rochelle, NY May 2002


• Proficient in FrontPage
• Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher
• Proficient in use of Constant Contact
• Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge Database
• Functional knowledge of In Design and other graphic design software
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