Exceptionally articulate community relations and outreach professional with more than 20 years of professional and community service experience. Highly developed oral and written communications skills and an entrepreneurial background. Extensive public speaking and presentation experience. Educational background in government, law, and public policy. Outstanding analytical skills with ability to interpret and process factual and statistical data into a meaningful and actionable form. Effective organizer with ability to plan and implement programs and events. Well-equipped to act as representative, promoter, and advocate for your organization.
Recruiter, trainer, and manager of teams of volunteers for legislative lobbying activities
Eloquent and articulate writer and public speaker
Effective fundraiser and event planner
Multilingual (conversant in Spanish and French)
Outstanding oral and written communications skills (speeches, reports, presentations, correspondence)
Strong research and analytical skills
Highly developed community outreach/public relations skills
Knowledge of federal legislative process, regulations, and grants
Expanded and reinvigorated the community profile of Congressman J. Randy Forbes by attending and participating in an increased number of community, civic, and social events, especially in the small business and minority communities.
Designed and directed a program of outreach efforts toward small businesses in the Fourth Congressional District by conducting workshops and presentations for small business groups, and connecting entrepreneurs with Small Business Administration and Dept. of the Census resources and programs designed to foster their growth.
Conducted and managed a review of a critical Voice of America news programming survey for the USIA. My analysis identified and corrected a number of serious flaws that threatened to invalidate the entire project. My recommendations salvaged the data and enabled the VOA to obtain usable information, thereby averting a waste of the $100,000 survey cost. My actions led the agency to reprioritize its outreach for a more effective news broadcasting plan for English, French and Spanish speaking countries.
Appeared before many corporate and business audiences as the representative of EDMARC Hospice for Children in the annual fundraising campaign conducted by The United Way, resulting in notable increases in designated donations for the hospice.
Spearheaded for two years a state-wide program on behalf of the Medical Society of Virginia that recruited, organized, and supervised more than 100 volunteers from across the Commonwealth to render a day of volunteer service in the offices of Virginia delegates and senators at the state capitol.
Community Outreach Coordinator08/2005 to 01/2017U.S. House of Representatives (Rep. J. Randy Forbes, VA-4th District)Chesapeake, VA
Designed and implemented Congressman Forbes' community outreach program, expanding his depth of connection, especially in the small business and minority communities.
Responsible for keeping the Congressman connected to key constituent groups and individuals in the 4th District. Kept the Congressman informed regarding events and developments related to his legislative duties.
Represented the Congressman at local events, writing and giving remarks and correspondence on his behalf.
Maintained a database of community contacts in the eastern 4th District.
Conducted workshops regarding legislative updates, and the federal legislative process. Disseminated information and materials regarding federal resources to constituent groups and individuals.
Composed and provided special congressional letters of greeting/acknowledgement to constituents for special events or achievements.
Wrote official entries for publication in The Congressional Record.
Interim Executive Director05/1999 to 12/1999EDMARC Hospice for ChildrenPortsmouth, VA
Provided leadership and focus and managed operations at a time of sudden transition for the organization.
Managed budget and fundraising activities, supervised clinical and administrative personnel.
Led organization to successful completion of audit/recertification by Commonwealth of Virginia.
Franchise Co-Owner01/1995 to 06/2001The Connaught Group (Carlisle Collection)Portsmouth, VA
Direct retail sales of upscale women's clothing. Best new agency sales award, 1995.
Attorney, Office of the General Counsel (Office of Contracts and Property)08/1977 to 07/1979United States Postal ServiceWashington, DC
Interpreted federal contracts, giving the department expert advice to maximize benefit for the agency, and ensure that they prevail in federal contract disputes.
Reviewed contracts for the acquisition of real estate for use or construction of postal facilities.
Recommended approval or denial of construction bid protests (appeals).
Resolved disputes regarding use of Postal Service property.
Intern06/1975 to 09/1976United States Information Agency (USIA)Washington, DC
Desk Officer, monitored and reported on the Portuguese colonies in West Africa and for Media Relations.
Bachelor of Arts: Government, Concentration in International Relations1974Harvard UniversityCambridge, MA, USA
Juris Doctor1977Georgetown University Law CenterWashington, DC, USA
Master of Arts: Public Policy (Thesis pending)Regent UniversityVirginia Beach, VA, USA