Dependable Government Executive bringing management experience and a willingness to take on added responsibility to meet tight deadlines. Enthusiastic team player with a strong work ethic and advanced complex problem solving skills.
Exceptional interpersonal communication
Consistently meet goals
Alderman/City Council Member - 7th Ward, 05/2007 to 01/2013 City of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
Served as legislative manager on matters representing a community of 63,000 constituents on all matters before the Chicago City Council relating but not limited to legislation regarding zoning, housing, crime, traffic, education and the city's annual budget.
Planned, managed and directed the 7th wards field operations by establishing goals, objectives, short and long range plans and major developments which included hosting global meetings between city commissioners representing transportation, legal, zoning, finance and budget departments, project developers, architects, and tax increment financing (TIF) specialists to win approval of the largest lakefront development project in the region.
Created 7th Ward Community Advisory Committees to advise professional staff on all matters relating to education, community safety and crime prevention, transitional housing for section 8 families, real estate, business development and senior issues.
Member of the Economic, Capital and Technology Development Committee and the Committees on Education and Child development, Human Rights and Traffic Control.
Deputy Director of Training, 01/2005 to 02/2007 Democratic National Committee – Washington, DC
Responsible for development of training material used in 50 State Strategy program.
Hosted national candidate recruitment and grassroots training seminars.
Trained over 300 statewide DNC staff on 50 State Strategy for Voter Election program.
Coordinated training efforts between the Democratic Governors Association, the National Lawyers Convention and national state party operations.
Director of Scheduling (Super Surrogates), 06/2004 to 11/2004 John Kerry for President – Washington, DC
Oversaw scheduling operations for "Super Surrogates" and their staffs on behalf of the Kerry/Edwards campaign.
Coordinated all media requests including television, radio and print requests.
Campaign Manager, 06/2002 to 11/2002 Meeks for Illinois State Senate – Chicago, Illinois
Managed all aspects of the State Senate Campaign including but not limited to the hiring and supervision of all vendors and campaign staff.
Responsible for preparing and implementing campaign plans, media strategy, field and fundraising plans.
Vice President, Congressional & External Affairs, 02/1999 to 04/2001 Export-Import Bank of the United States – Washington, DC
Responsible for devising and implementing an overall plan to obtain support for the Bank in the Clinton Administration, the Congress, national and international government agencies, the export community, community groups and labor.
Tracked matters that relate to and may tangentially impact the Bank with other agencies such as the Department of Commerce, GAO, OPICand TDA.
Called on the Congress as necessary or at the request of the Bank Chairman.
Developed and implemented a strategic legislative program for the Bank to insure it had adequate authority, funding and independence to fulfill its mission.
Responsible for a full range of supervisory responsibilities including assigning, directing and reviewing the work of subordinates, planning and executing the training and development of staff, evaluating employees\' performance, acting to select, promote, reward and discipline employees.
Senior Coordinator for Public Diplomacy Programs, 06/1997 to 06/1998 United States Information Agency - State Department – Washington, DC
Act as Senior Advisor to the Associate Director on issues concerning intergovernmental public diplomacy programs.
Coordinated White House and Intergovernmental requests for the following programs: digital video conferences, video presentations, interviews and editorials, speaker programming and additional requests for USIA posts abroad.
Assisted the Director of Thematic Programs in defining and implementing thematic programs consistent with USG policies and initiatives, including requests from posts and Ambassadors for specific high-level White House and Intergovernmental speakers.
Director, VIP Relations, 11/1996 to 01/1997 Presidential Inaugural Committee – Washington, DC
Provided administrative and managerial support to Presidential Inaugural Committee Vice Chairs, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Military Leaders.
Supervised office of VIP Relations staff and volunteers.
Served as liaison to Finance Department, the Office of National Outreach and the Inaugural committee's Government, Business and Community Outreach Office.
Ensured Vice Chairs, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Military Leaders maintained an integral role in all inaugural activities.
National Outreach Coordinator, 07/1996 to 11/1996 Clinton/Gore' 96 Presidential Campaign – Washington, DC
Worked with both White House and Democratic National Committee staff in ensuring African American involvement in Presidential and Vice Presidential travel and campaign activities.
Served as liaison for Clinton/Gore' 96 with the following groups nationwide: women business leaders, entertainers, athletic community and veterans groups.
Worked directly with political & scheduling departments to achieve maximum exposure in regions critical to the campaign's success.
Coordinated the development of the African American database and Midwest Steering Committees.
Supervised the composition of targeting lists for phone banking, mass communications and for use by the political department.
Legal Consultant, 07/1992 to 11/1993 Citizenship Education Fund/National Rainbow Coalition – Washington, DC
Provided comprehensive review of effectiveness of previous voter registration programs.
Developed fundraising plan targeting 501(c)(3) donors.
Provided updates to the Board of Directors on the fund\'s compliance with IRS regulations.
Designed communications mechanism which monitored the contribution tracking of the company.
Planned and coordinated the company's 1992 annual conference.
Interim Chief of Staff, 01/1992 to 04/1992 Congressman Cleo Fields – Washington, DC
Responsibilities included: Oversight of office budget and hiring, training and supervision of office personnel in daily office administration.
Oversaw development of legislative agenda including the supervision of legislative assistants.
Directed acquisition and implementation of computer systems for the Washington office and four district offices.
Deputy Press Secretary, 10/1987 to 03/1989 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee – Washington, DC
Developed and implemented press and public relations programs for U.S. senatorial races.
Provided advice and guidance in public relations, public affairs and communications strategies.
Conducted training seminars on media buying/media placement.
Press Secretary, 10/1987 to 03/1989 Congressman Mickey Leland – Washington, DC
Responsibilities included: Preparing press releases, scheduling interviews with local and national media.
Monitored congressional hearings, tracked legislation through the Telecommunications & Finance Subcommittee and the Select Committee on Hunger.
Produced a weekly public affairs program that aired on Houston cable access channel featuring the Congressman's legislative concerns and achievements.
Regional Press Secretary for the State of Texas, 07/1988 to 11/1988 Dukakis/Bentsen Presidential Campaign – Austin, TX
Coordinated candidate access for travelling press corp for throughout the State of Texas.
Coordinated press conferences, coverage for debates, fundraisers, public appearances for Governor Dukakis, Senator Bentsen and campaign surrogates.
General Assignment Reporter/Public Affairs Assistant, 09/1984 to 10/1986 WTVG-TV13 (NBC Affiliate) – Toledo, Ohio
Researched, edited and drafted human interest stories for weekend news programs.
Produced weekly public affairs show. Scheduled guests. Researched topical issues.
Bachelor of Arts: Communications, 1985 Bowling Green State University -
J.D.: Law, 1st Year Georgetown University Law Center - Washington, DC
J.D.: Law, 1992 University of Illinois College of Law -
Admitted to Pennsylvania Bar- June 1994
Admitted to District of Columbia Bar- December 1994