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Why not— take all of me?

I have a confession: I'm creative. Wait, there's more. I'm an artist. Sorry. As a kid, being creative was all well and good, but as an adult I've found that being someone who is 'creative' is both a blessing and a curse. I've tried (rather unsuccessfully) to compartmentalize my creative and artistic self to fit into the professional world. But point blank— I can't do that anymore. This is who I am. Sometimes, I earn money making art. Sometimes, I earn money doing other things. I prefer to lay it all on the table from the start.


little pitter patter giggles, cheer and chatter— looking to the sky everyday i'm growing, wondering and knowing— i'm always going to question WHY i want to be walking magic yes, walking magic 'til death come and take me away


-noun 1.the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university. enlightening experience.

LIFE 1984-present RUTGERS UNIVERSITY M.P.A./2016 Department of Public Policy and Administration Public Management (preceded by 2 years of graduate studies in Social Work) RUTGERS UNIVERSITY B.F.A/2010 Mason Gross School of the Arts: Acting


Youth ALIVE!

is an Oakland based nonprofit that breaks the cycle of violence through prevention, intervention and healing.


Individual Giving Program Directed the annual fund program, including mailings and events to raise over $400,000 in cash/pledges with the support of the Executive Director and Board/Staff “Community Building Team”  Maintained gift recognition programs and donor renewal cycle data Donor Cultivation & Administration  Established & maintained relationships with a portfolio of 350+ donors and prospects & ensured that all data was captured in appropriate tracking system With coaching and support from Benevon consultant, I assumed personal responsibility for and/or delegated all tasks needed to fulfill each element of the sustainable giving plan  Scheduled and served as tour guide at “Point of Entry” and follow-up events for prospective donors Oversight of Grants & Communications  Supervised the Grants/Communications Associate and consulted on creation of publications to support fundraising activities in addition to general communications, website and newsletter  Oversaw tracking systems for grants and contract proposals/ reporting


Common Interests

is a NJ based certified BCorp that promotes financial wellness and global stewardship through financial education, planning and money management utilizing sustainable, responsible and impact investments.

Outreach & Community Education Based on feedback from leadership, I identified and initiated new B2B relationships, including : The State Theater (NJ), The New School(NYC),CPA Journal (NYC) and Financial Services Talent Network/New Jersey Department of Labor (FTSN/NJDOL) Provided coordination and support to amplify messaging around the FTSN/NJDOL pilot training/apprenticeship (a 1.5 million grant) resulting in the state recognition of Common Interests Served as the point person on BCorp Inclusive Economy Challenge and Principles for Responsible Investing communications/related actionitemsProvided support, outreach, and leadership at financial wellness workshops Client Service Support Provided recordkeeping in client meetings as well as offering industry specific expertise  Co-designed/executed timely client communications, social media posts and website content  Other responsibilities as assigned re: data entry and client support, especially as needed by Office Manager

DECEMBER 2016| JULY 2017


ART New York

is an arts service organization dedicated to supporting New York City's vibrant community of nonprofit theatres.

Executive Support Provided scheduling/travel and calendar management assistance Drafted communications and provided feedback on prepared speeches, position statements & advocacy language   Under the supervision of the E.D. and Development Manager, I provided assistance re: Board meeting preparations/minutes Member Service & Community Engagement Supported E.D. at meetings w/New York City Officials and various stakeholders throughout all 5 boroughs to engage in advocacy work and community specific theater arts initiatives Responsibilities as assigned, re: member communications and annual gala event


Know My World Project based virtual learning

EDUCATION COORDINATOR Logistics Prepared teaching partners for the virtual exchange experience by providing timely project communications/virtual support before, during and after exchange term Offered technical preparedness assessments/troubleshooting and collected pre/post exchange surveys Facilitation & Design  Facilitated dialogue between teachers to identify shared goals and project ideas; coordinated the project calendar  Synthesized ideas to design project based learning experiences to meet the needs/capacities of both educators (and provided alternative resources if/when necessary)



American International School of Mozambique

As the subject of observation for my Capstone project, AISM provided an opportunity to study “service learning” pedagogy and investigate the short & long term impacts of such programming in a secondary education setting. While focused on my own academic requirements my general responsibilities to the school were as follows: Offered daily administrative and site specific support to the Service Learning Director Identified and engaged current and prospective service learning partners for the 9-12th grade programming Conducted qualitative research through informal interviews with community participants and students

Theatre (Summary) King Lear, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival Role: Cordelia & The Fool Directed By: Elizabeth Carter White Guy On The Bus, B8 Theater Company Role: Shatique Directed By: Max Minton Othello, The Brick Role: Iago Directed By: Temar Underwood

Independent Film Dear Gender (in production) Short Lead Directed &Produced By: Diana L. Jones Dance Bitch Dance Feature Supporting Directed & Produced By: Maureen Catbagan

Julius Caesar, Public Theater's Shakespeare In The Park Role: Ensemble Directed By: Oskar Eustis

Khafada Short Supporting Directed& Produced By: Tow Road Films

Voiceover & Commercials Six Minutes, Podcast Role: Angelica Graves Produced By: Benjamin Strouse

Broken Vows Short Lead Directed & Produced By: Shelise Roberts

One Touch Ultra, Commercial Lead Talent Produced By: NBC Universal Genuine Origin Coffee, Voiceover Lead Talent Produced By:Hyperbolic Audio Medullan, Voiceover Lead Talent Produced By: Medullan

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-noun the ability to do something well; expertise. Business Development: Market research, cross-functional team project management, volunteer recruitment/management, creative development, event planning, interviewing/mission-driven storytelling, acting/directing**Â Technical:MSWord, Excel, Data systems analysis/change management, Salesforce, Wealthscape, Redtail, GoogleDrive, Dropbox, Virtual ConferencingCommunications: Powerpoint, issuu, publisher, wordpress, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram


Zara Aina (Arts Education) B.E.A.T Global (Brand Messaging) Music In Africa (Online Research & Content Curation)


NJ Transit (Workshop Facilitator)Â International School Services (Keynote Speaker)

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Why not take all of me...  

My personal and professional life has been a helluva journey. And I'm only 35. This resume obviously sheds some light on what I've studied,...

Why not take all of me...  

My personal and professional life has been a helluva journey. And I'm only 35. This resume obviously sheds some light on what I've studied,...


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