Detail and goal-oriented communications professional with a strong background in media relations, strategic messaging, State government and public policy.
Served in public relations roles for prominent and highly-publicized Arizona elected officials, including former State Senate President Russell Pearce and Governor Janice K. Brewer.
Well-equipped to work effectively under pressure, adapt to unforeseen situations and meet tight deadlines.
Graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona in 3.5 years. Following an exhaustive interview process, was offered a competitive internship position with the Arizona State Senate.
Served as Senate Majority communications intern for the 50th Legislative Session and subsequently interviewed with the Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Janice K. Brewer.
Was offered an extended internship under the Governor's Director of Communications who, within weeks, crafted a new position for me based on my writing skills, strategic messaging abilities and work ethic.
Quickly ascended to the role of the Governor's Deputy Press Secretary, reporting directly to the chief spokesperson. Involved in the crafting and editing of major speeches -- including two State of the State addresses.
Have written op-eds, statements and articles on behalf of the Governor, lawmakers and agencies. With strong writing and messaging skills, have helped to accurately and effectively communicate complex and controversial issues to the media and public.
Draft, edit and approve written communications for the Executive office and state agencies, including: press releases, statements, proclamations, speeches, Op-Eds, newspaper/magazine and articles; facilitate media inquiries and interviews; advance and oversee public events; manage and update the Governor's website; handle all public records requests submitted to the Governor's Office; assist in the messaging of the Governor's key agenda items and priorities, including health care, education, sales tax simplification, border security, child safety issues and more; ensure the story of this Administration is told well and understood by all.
Reported to the Governor's Communications Director; drafted and edited internal and external press releases and statements; handled public records requests; advanced and oversaw public events; facilitated local and national media interviews.
Handled dual roles in the communications office and the Office of Boards & Commissions; helped facilitate applications, background checks and appointments to various boards, councils, committees and task forces overseen by the Governor.
Reported to the Director of Communications for the Arizona State Senate majority staff; drafted press releases and op-eds for state lawmakers; tracked, summarized and reported legislation to the Senate President and staff; facilitated the scheduling of press conferences, interviews and public events for state senators; assisted in constituent service requests submitted to Senate staff.
Selected for an Independent Study by an Associate Professor to assist in the completion of a PhD dissertation. Crafted and formatted questions and measures for an extensive market survey; researched and summarized clinical articles relevant to the study; recruited participants to complete the study.
Graduated magna cum laude.
Completed rigorous, advanced 6-week Spanish course for college credit.
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