Dynamic professional. Out-of-the-box thinker. Go-getter. Collaborator extraordinaire. Excels at fundraising, project management, public relations and communications. Adept with the written word, especially in grant writing, feature stories and copy writing. Fluent in written and spoken Spanish. Well connected in the Milwaukee community. Tech-savvy. Well-versed in social media, Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and iLife suite. 

Experience – Milwaukee, WI 
Freelance writer (Jan. 2008-Present)
•	Published in Milwaukee Magazine, M Magazine, Shepherd Express, and more 
•	Photograph and produce multimedia stories specializing in arts and entertainment, lifestyle, people, fashion and dining
Blog weekly about city life under alter ego “Girl About Town” for

Milwaukee Film – Milwaukee, WI
Development Events Coordinator – seasonal staff (July 2013-Oct. 2013)
•	Planned and threw the Film Festival’s signature Opening Night Party for over 1,000 guests
•	Created and managed four new private events to recognize sponsors, engage donors and honor guests

88Nine RadioMilwaukee – Milwaukee, WI
Foundation and Corporate Sponsorship Manager (Sept. 2012-June 2013)
•	Sought out and secured major grants from local and national foundations 
•	Creatively crafted sponsorship opportunities for corporate sponsors to fit their marketing objectives
•	Supported leadership and volunteers in a $2.8M capital campaign through research, proposal writing and communication with donors 

Kangaroo Brands, Inc. – Milwaukee, WI 
Communications Manager (Oct. 2009-Sept. 2010)	 
•	Coordinated all internal and external communications including creation of employee newsletter, promotional materials, website content, sales collateral and media relations strategy and content 
•	Planned and created a vibrant presence at events and trade shows as well as online through social media 

Pfister Hotel – Milwaukee, WI
Pfister Narrator (Nov. 2012-May 2013)
•	As the writer-in-residence, I approached guests, conversed, photographed and crafted two stories a week for the Pfister Blog 

Notre Dame Middle School – Milwaukee, WI
Director of Development (Oct. 2010-Aug. 2012) / Development Associate (Aug. 2004-Sept. 2006)
•	Planned and executed all aspects of $1.2M fundraising program including grant writing, special events, individual major gifts, donor cultivation, solicitation and stewardship
•	Coordinated marketing, public relations, social media and all external communications   
•	As Development Associate, assisted in a $2.5M capital campaign to construct a gym 

Kangaroo Brands, Inc. – Milwaukee, WI 
Communications Manager (Oct. 2009-Sept. 2010)	 
•	Coordinated all internal and external communications including creation of all promotional/marketing materials, website and sales collateral
•	Planned and executed community events, sponsorships, trade shows, PR and social media 

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra – Milwaukee, WI
Corporate Relations Manager  (Sept. 2006-Sept. 2009)      
•	Secured nearly $1M in corporate support towards the $5M Annual Fund 
•	Led the Summer Concert Series and launched a small business initiative
•	Sought out and secured major corporate partnerships like Target and General Mills

Edelman Worldwide Public Relations – Chicago, IL
Consumer Brands Intern (March-June 2004) 
•	Drafted press releases, promotional materials and media lists 
Pitched 90-100 different media outlets and arranged interviews for spokespeople

•Marquette University – Milwaukee, WI – Certificate in Digital Storytelling (Aug. 2008-May 2009) 
•The University of Seville – Seville, Spain – CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts Program (Jan.-June 2003)
•The University of Iowa – Iowa City, IA – Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Spanish/Journalism minor (Aug. 2000-Dec. 2003)