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Community leader and visionary strategist stewarding global nonprofit, business, and public sector relationships through communications, advocacy, and development expertise

RefillWise - Plano, TX

Social enterprise offering pharmacy discounts and adherence rewards helping people afford prescriptions

Director of Partnerships
October 2016 - April 2018
  • Lead business development, corporate affairs and communications
  • Developed >100 nonprofit partnerships empowering millions of people to save money and stay healthy

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Communities Foundation of Texas - Dallas, TX

60+ year old nonprofit managing more than $1 Billion & granting $100 Million annually

Entrepreneurs For North Texas Director
July 2015 - July 2016
  • Recruited dozens of new member companies and sponsors to program serving 100 businesses
  • Increased silent auction revenue more than 40% at 15th annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship awards
  • Successfully executed strategic planning, merging business units to guarantee sustainability

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Dallas Arts District - Dallas, TX

20 square blocks/70+ urban acres of museums, performance halls, parks, dining, homes and offices

April 2013 — July 2015

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Oncor - Dallas, TX

Sixth-largest U.S. electric transmission and distribution utility, delivering power to 10 million Texans

Communications Manager
leading crisis and employee communications and social media
2008 to 2013
  • Earned Greentech Media recognition among Top 10 North American Utilities in 2012 and 2013
  • Manage external affairs team handling media relations and crisis communications
  • Develop and implement social media strategies engaging and influencing 10 million customers
  • Lead employee communications reaching 4,000 team members and dedicated contractors
  • Write speeches and prepare presentations for executive leaders
  • Support government affairs advocacy teams at the municipal, county and state level
  • Sponsored first mobile-friendly design and launch of with customer self-service tools

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Pegasus News - Dallas, TX (acquired by DMNmedia)

Premier hyperlocal news site in the U.S., honored as Best Website by Press Club of Dallas in 2008

Managing Editor
September 2007 — August 2008
  • Doubled original content, managing dozens of content partners from across North Texas
  • Established credit internships with public and private universities across North Texas

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KERA - Dallas, TX

North Texas Public Broadcasting, serving the fifth-largest media market in the U.S.

August 2003 — September 2007
  • Quickly understood and explained local issues ranging from education and health care to city and county government, filing daily spot news and in-depth reports on general assignments
  • Earned Texas Medical Association Anson Jones, M.D. Citation of Merit in 2007 and 2008
  • Named "Best New Media Star...for explaining how your city works" by D Magazine, 2007
  • Freelance contributor to National Public Radio and Canadian CBC Radio

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KCRW - Santa Monica, CA

National Public Radio’s top-rated affiliate in southern California and top U.S. station online

May 2001 — April 2003
Associate Producer
  • Won a 2003 Southern California Journalism Award from the Los Angeles Press Club
  • Cultivated sources, researched topics, and wrote interview questions for live daily Public Radio International news program To the Point with host Warren Olney
Pledge Drive Manager
  • Planned and executed four consecutive record-breaking pledge drives, increasing pledges from $1.4 million in August 2001 to $2.2 million in February 2003
  • Recruited, trained and supervised more than 1,000 volunteers during each semi-annual 11-day subscription campaign

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BELO - Dallas, TX Founding - Editor/Producer
June 1998 to August 1999
  • Pioneered the first digital newsroom uniting ABC affiliate WFAA-TV, The Dallas Morning News and CitySearch, creating original multimedia content as a reporter and producer and recruiting and editing freelancers
  • Launched north Texas’ first and most comprehensive online arts guide, earning a 1999 Press Club of Dallas Katie nomination for best news website

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The Dallas Morning News - Staff Writer
June 1996 to May 1998
  • Covered multicultural literary, visual and performing arts in a weekly column
  • Wrote feature stories and reviews about travel, fashion, religion, art, music and media.

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B.A. English (Creative Writing), Rhodes College

May 1996

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