Freelance Writer and Editor
Current

  • Write, edit and coordinate grants for institutes of higher learning and non-profits
  • Contract grant writer for The University of California at Santa Cruz
    • Successfully procured a six-figure commitment from The Baskin Foundation

Associate Director of Foundation Relations
University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
2014- 2016

  • Wrote and coordinated the preparation of letters of inquiry, proposals, and reports to foundation prospects
  • Wrote and edited various documents according to foundation requirements
  • Managed ongoing relationships and served as primary liaison between foundations and principal faculty and other stakeholders
  • Maintained a portfolio emphasizing commitments of +$100,000
  • Worked with the following foundations: W.M. Keck, Sloan, Packard, Simons, Blavatnik Foundation, and the Dan David Foundation -successfully procured the $1 million dollar prize

Senior Grant Writer
The Trevor Project, Los Angeles, CA
2012- 2014

  • Wrote and edited government, private and foundation grants
  • Composed, edited, designed and produced persuasive copy for all donor communications
  • Coordinated projects with offices in LA, NYC and Washington DC
  • Worked with a number of family foundations and successfully secured over $800,000 in program support including a partnership with unite4good

Grant Writer
The Friendship Circle, West Bloomfield, MI
2012-2013

  • Composed, researched, and coordinated grant proposals
  • Composed internal and external communication copy for the organization
  • Coordinated organizational data for grant and donor communications
  • Worked with family foundations to bring in over $500,000 in grants

Music Teacher
Community Music Teacher at Third Street Music Settlement, NY, NY
Music and Movement Teacher at Brownsville Ascend Charter School
2009-2011

  • Taught music and movement classes, Pre-Kindergarten- 2nd grade
  • Coordinated, rehearsed and directed holiday and end of year concerts

Writer
Center for Science in the Public Interest, Washington, DC
2006- 2008

  • Composed and edited content for online publication Integrity in Science Watch
  • Created and ghost wrote copy for blogs and speeches
  • Conducted in-depth research to support publication

Science Reporter
WBUR, National Public Radio, Boston, MA and Providence, RI
2003-2004

  • Recipient of National Metcalf Marine and Environmental Reporting Fellowship
  • Functioned as the environmental science reporter at WRNI, now RIPR.
  • Received hands-on science and technical writing training at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography

EDUCATION

Brown University                                                                                                                        Providence, RI;
M.A., Environmental Studies,                                                                                                         Master’s thesis focused on threatened sustainability of regional fresh water and urban development.
August 2004 – May 2007

Ithaca College
Ithaca NY;
B.A. Music, Piano Performance; Minor in Writing,
August 1997 – May 2001

SKILLS

Proficient in: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, WordPress, SEO including social media strategy and content management, Adobe, Raiser’s Edge, and various telecommuting and teleconferencing programs

Familiar with: HTML, Quark, Banner, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, as well as other photo and audio editing programs

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