Education

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs                                                                                                      2010 – 2012 
Master of Public Policy (MPP), with a specialization in Nonprofit Law & Management               Cum Laude               

The University of Southern California                                                                                                    2004 – 2005
Bachelor of Art in Psychology                                                                                                      Summa Cum Laude                                                                                                                          

 

Experience

Marketing

Marketing Coordinator
Optimist Inc., Los Angeles CA         

  • Develop and implement well-coordinated and innovative promotional strategies to elevate top global brands 
  • Plan and execute specialty events, social media campaigns, and produce content 
  • Recruit and manage event staff, vendors and film crews and oversee individual project budgets

Social Action Campaign Manager, INTO THE NIGER DELTA                                                                                        
Wells & Jeta Entertainment, Los Angeles CA

  • Oversee all aspects of post-production and marketing of Into the Niger Delta, a 50 minute documentary on the environmental devastation resulting from ongoing catastrophic oil spills in Nigeria
  • Design a comprehensive call to action campaign and solicit support from members of Congress, celebrities, thought leaders, and diplomats. Culminating in a Congressional resolution and screenings at the United Nations General Assembly and The Library of Congress.  
  • Develop and produce original content designed to raise awareness and mobilize a social movement
  • Plan and execute a tour of college campuses in 10 major US cities to screen Into the Niger Delta, engage students and faculty
  • Manage a team of 8 people in the field and on the road


Media & Entertainment

Line Producer's Assistant, STITCHERS
Prodco / ABC Family, Los Angeles CA                                                                                                                                                       Assist the line producer in every capacity including communications, scheduling, and all facets of production on "Stitchers,"  a new scripted science fiction series for ABC Family.

Freelance Consultant
Snowflake Media, Venice CA                                                                                                                                                       
Consulting on media platforms and providing a full range of media services, including treatment writing, production management, location scouting, field and story coordinating, social media strategy design, blogging, documentary production, and language translation services.  Clients include:

  • Infidea Studios (Malibu, CA) -- Support the branding of several of Larry Ellison's properties, including the island of Lanai and Nikita Malibu. Forge partnerships with philanthropic organizations, corporations, brands, and individuals whose values align with the Infidea Studios ethos and the Love Lanai brand. Serve as a field producer on shoots designed to support marketing and branding goals
  • MTV International & Pulse Films (Los Angeles, CA / London, England) -- Assist in the management of the Southern California production of an international television series, ranging from budgets and permitting to location scouting and talent wrangling
  • Landia, (Los Angeles, CA / Buenos Aires, Argentina) – Utilize high proficiency Spanish language skills to consult Latin directors and translate storyboards, commercial treatments, and various other advertising materials into English. Projects include ads for Toyota, Snickers, Corona, and Chevy
  • Indian Nation Productions (Burbank CA) – Research and coordinate investment opportunities in film and television and devise marketing plan and communications strategy 

Production Manager and Field Producer, THE SPEED PROJECT 
Optimist Inc., Los Angeles CA         

  • Manage all aspects of production including budgeting, permitting, insurance, releases, transportation, accommodations, catering, equipment rentals, and staff 
  • Conduct cast and crew interviews 
  • Work closely with director to create story arch 
  • Scout locations and manage production in the field

Global Ambassador & Cast Member, OPERATION CHANGE                                                                                
Articulus Entertainment & The Starkey Hearing Foundation, Beverly Hills CA

  • Lead cast member in a 10 episode documentary series about international philanthropy
  • Travel to 13 of the most impoverished nations around the world, learn about the social and cultural dynamics of each region, and increase awareness of global issues through on-camera discussion of regional struggles
  • Partner with local nonprofit organizations to complete the most pressing projects in each region in partnership with The Clinton Global Initiative
  • Interface with philanthropic leaders including Bill Clinton, Richard Branson, Barbara Bush, Manny Pacquiao, Maria Bello, and Elton John on various world relief efforts


Government & Policy

Consultant, Disaster Preparedness
Homeland Security Advisory Council, Los Angeles CA

  • Examine disaster preparedness and emergency planning within the various Los Angeles City departments, with a particular focus on their human resources
  • Provide recommendations for improving disaster preparedness and devise metrics to track improvements

Press Secretary, Scheduler, and Policy Analyst                                                                                                                            
Mike Williams for Congress, 5th District CT

  • Compose advisories and press releases and distribute to the appropriate media outlets
  • Develop relationships with local and national press to promote candidate and increase visibility 
  • Implement innovative marketing and PR strategies to increase candidate’s visibility, present his policy platform, and strengthen relationships with voters
  • Manage candidate’s schedule and coordinate public appearances
  • Research political issues and work with policy experts to create the candidate’s policy platform
  • Organize donor events ranging from dinner salons to webinars


Nonprofit

Grant Administrator                                                                                                                                                                                              
Working Wardrobes for a New Start, Fountain Valley CA

  • Hired as an Executive Assistant: provide a high level of administrative support to the CEO: keep diligent financial records; process all communications; manage schedule and make travel arrangements; serve as liaison to Board of Directors; steward donors; and assist in the planning of board meetings and fundraising events including the annual gala
  • Promoted to Grant Administrator: write, edit, and submit grant proposals and follow-up reports; research and solicit potential new corporate partnerships and philanthropic donors

Intern, Program Development and Grant Writing
Daniel Pearl Foundation, Los Angeles CA

  • Revise curriculum for PEARL World Youth News high school journalism program
  • Research new sources of funding and write grant proposals

Member, Board of Directors 
National Association of Veteran-Serving Organization, Washington D.C.

Mission: Improve outcomes for veterans and military families by connecting and enabling service providers to deliver more effective and efficient results

  • Assist with start up including creating a business plan, advising on legal compliance, identify communities to serve, soliciting donors, and consulting high ranking military officials on nonprofit and media strategy.

Member, Board of Directors                                                                                                                                                                         
True Connection, Los Angeles

Mission: Rehabilitate youth through healing arts therapy, trauma education, and holistic healing techniques

  • Support fundraising and volunteer training efforts, steward donors, and support the overall mission of the organization.

Languages

  • Bulgarian
  • Spanish
  • Basic American Sign Language