My Work

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Obsidian Writing & Consulting, LLC, Dearborn, MI
Freelance Writer & Owner, 2012 – present

Business Features & Local News

  • Wrote articles for the bi-monthly Corp! Magazine, an online and print business magazine covering Michigan and the surrounding region.
    • Topics include Dearborn’s burgeoning art scene, millennials in the skilled trades, cyber security, female entrepreneurs, and working remotely.
  • Wrote articles for the Press & Guide, a Digital First Media publication covering news in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights.
    • Topics included local elementary school events, art, city council meetings, human trafficking, and the Armenian Genocide.

Marketing

  • Redesigned client’s investment package brochure, transitioning it from an explanation of sponsorship levels to a compelling story and a call to action.
  • Assisted with the design of the client’s e-newsletter.
  • Wrote press releases and direct mail and website content, including designing a WordPress site to promote the Citizens for Dearborn Schools’ $76 million S.M.A.R.T. school bond proposal which passed with 68% of the vote.

Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, Wyandotte, MI
Director of Grants & Information Management, 2010 – 12
Director of Information Management, 2008 – 10

  • Designed and implemented a common set of data collection procedures, making program-level data transparent, streamlining client file documentation, and enhancing data analysis across like-programs.
  • Developed a tool to store data from all programs, allowing a wide array of reports to be drawn from a single source, thus resolving data inconsistencies.
  • Composed the agency’s annual narrative report, detailing accomplishments in all program areas, including after-school youth programs, homeless youth, early childhood education, tax preparation services, financial literacy, and many others.
  • Planned and executed Google Apps installation for +200 staff, resolving existing email system failures and adding key functionality, including common scheduling and file sharing.
  • Discovered IT billing errors worth +$25,000 annually.
  • Enhanced the grants management record keeping system, insuring the succession of institutional knowledge for 60 contracts totaling over $8,000,000.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT


Freedom House, Detroit, MI
Treasurer/Chair, Board of Directors’ Finance Committee, 2015 – present
Member, Board of Directors’ Finance Committee, 2013 – 15
Chair, Board of Directors’ Strategic Planning Committee, 2013

Haigh Footslogger Crew Walk to School Program, Dearborn, MI
Co-founder & Chief Crew Leader, 2013 – 16

Dearborn Education Foundation, Dearborn, MI
Parent Volunteer, 2012

EDUCATION


University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Master of Arts in International Relations, 1998

University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, MI
Bachelor of Arts in History & Political Science with Minor in Hispanic Studies, 1996


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