Professional  Summary

A highly skilled communications specialist, with a Master of Public Policy and proven community leadership skills; possessing a passion for local government, and an aptitude for strategic communications, community outreach, and education.  An experienced small business manager and photojournalist, with fifteen years of experience in public and media relations, and extensive experience in broadcast and social media.

Current position:

Web Content Specialist (Communications Consultant 3), Department of Ecology

Jan 2017 – Present

Public Policy, Community Advocacy, & Outreach Experience

Planner / Data Analyst, South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (SPIPA)         

Mar 2016 – Sept 2016

Managed federal and state grants for a five tribe consortium, performing complex analyses of a variety of program data.

  • Conducted research from a variety of federal and state data sources to provide accurate and up to date socioeconomic and demographic information for federal grant applications and for use by tribal staff.
  • Developed survey instruments, databases, and performed program evaluations for a wide variety of programs.
  • Worked closely with officials and board members from five tribal governments to coordinate programs and assure compliance with federal and state grant requirements.

Research Analyst, The Utah Foundation

Nov 2015 – Mar 2016

Conducted public policy research, collecting and analyzing data for state agencies and the Utah Foundation.

  • Drafted portions of the 2016 Economic Report to the Governor (Utah), researching and reporting economic and demographic data from state and federal sources in fair, non-partisan, and unbiased language.

Graduate Research Analyst, Utah Transit Authority

Aug 2014 – Dec 2014

Created, administered, and analyzed a detailed survey of mid-level managers and supervisors for the UTA.

  • Coordinated with COO and upper management to create a survey analyzing their Lean Management program.
  • Analyzed nearly 200 completed surveys for both qualitative and quantitative data trends.
  • Identified specific business units that were deficient, with actionable recommendations for improvement.
  • Designed and presented 100+ page report to UTA management board.

Graduate Research Analyst, Community Development Corporation of Utah

Aug 2014 – Dec 2014

Lead program evaluation of first-time home-buyer down-payment assistance program for non-profit housing agency.

  • Combined client and publicly available real estate and financial data, discovering a statistically significant 5% decrease in foreclosures among program participants.
  • Findings led to expansion of program, potentially saving millions in foreclosed property.

Campaign Manager, Brent Goodfellow for County Council

Apr 2012 – Nov 2012

Created and executed a coordinated communications and political campaign for a former state senator.

  • Designed communications plan and orchestrated a targeted mail and social media campaign utilizing extensive demographic data from various data sources, reaching a diverse audience of over 22,000 households.
  • Created campaign website, maintained web content, and designed and printed all campaign literature.
  • Scheduled campaign appearances, recruited and managed campaign volunteers, worked with party officials to deliver coordinated campaign materials, and conducted telephone polls to reach potential persuadable voters.
  • Compiled extensive opposition data, designed hypothetical election model based on new election boundaries utilizing past election data.

Other notable community advocacy: Organizer, Neighborhood Night Out Against Crime; Vice President, Solomon Farms Neighborhood Association; Policy Director Intern, Utah State Democratic Party; Communications Intern, Salt Lake City Corporation.

Communications Experience

Fifteen years’ combined experience in local, national, and international media; television, internet, and satellite broadcasting; video and still photography; social media; web design; video editing, photo editing, and graphic design; community relations, organizing, and outreach; event management and coordination.

Photojournalist / Video Editor, Fox13, KSTU
Jul 2013 – Aug 2015
Salt Lake City, UT

Lead Production Stage Technician, Corporation of the President
Sep 2009 – Dec 2013
Salt Lake City, UT

Freelance Photographer, Digitalis Inc.
Sep 2008 – Present
West Valley City, UT

Studio Manager / Photojournalist, CoverEDGE Television
Oct 2002 – Sep 2008
Salt Lake City, UT

Photojournalist, NBC 4, KFOR
Nov 2001 – Jan 2002
Oklahoma City, OK

News Photographer / Editor, NBC 5, KOBI
Apr 2000 – Aug 2001
Medford, OR

Notable Achievements:
National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) trained photojournalist; vetted by White House for Presidential and Vice Presidential events; HGTV Dream Home Production Assistant; photographer for Discovery Channel, BBC, CBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, MSNBC, CNN; Sports photographer, Utah Jazz; Game camera, ESPN football;


Master of Strategic Communications, Washington State University, Pullman, WA

May 2017 (anticipated)

Master of Public Policy, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Aug 2013 – May 2015

Bachelor of Science – Political Science, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Aug 2010 – May 2013

Bachelor of Arts – Music, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Aug 2010 – May 2013

Associate of Technology – Broadcasting, Bates Technical College, Tacoma, WA

Sep 1997 – Apr 2000

Notable Achievements: Pi Alpha Alpha Honor’s Society; 3.833 GPA, Master of Public Policy program; Program emphasis in Environmental and Sustainability Policy and Local Government Administration.  Completed double Bachelor’s Degree in three years with 3.49 GPA; Dean’s List; Dan E. Jones Future Leaders scholarship recipient.

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