I have a background in creative writing; writing features on individuals; newsletters; personal essays, etc.
Strong verbal communication
Director of Communications10/1987
to Current UCLA Athletics – Los Angeles,
Serve as Director of Communications and Donor Relations.
Coordinate and manage Athletics Development Stewardship Program; includes development and coordination of "Forever Champions" Endowment Stewardship Program.
Manage Athletics Donor Acknowledgment Process, ensuring timely acknowledgment of gifts; includes weekly annual fund gifts as well as monthly sport-specific restricted gifts.
Manage all communications originating from Athletics Development Office (including but not limited to: letters, brochures, advertising, invitations, proposals, web copy, annual reports) ensuring that UCLA Athletics' interaction with donor constituency base is consistent with its brand.
Coordinate donor meetings and events with Head Coaches and development staff.
Research, compile and create narratives for 200+ endowments for annual impact reports.
Previous highlights: Researched and assisted in writing brochure detailing the history and current needs for renovation of Pauley Pavilion.
Researched, wrote and prepared major gift proposal packages, resulting in $2.25 million in gifts to begin renovation of Pauley Pavilion.
Created direct mail marketing piece to reinstate UCLA Men's Water Polo Program; coordinated mailing and authored scripts for phone-a-thon, resulting in its reinstatement.
Created Student-Athlete Thank You Letter project and Donor Birthday Recognition program.
to Current UCLA Athletics Development
Identify, research and write donor profiles for publication in UCLA periodicals, including UCLA Bruin Blue Newspaper, UCLA Bruins Football Magazine, UCLA Bruins Basketball Magazine, as well as online for Wooden Athletic Fund website.
Write feature-length and Q&A articles for monthly UCLA Bruin Blue Newspaper.
Includes identifying stories to promote UCLA Athletics, researching, contacting interview subjects, investigation and fact-checking, shooting complementary photos, as well as conducting interviews, writing, proofreading and editing articles.
to 07/2011 UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Identify, cultivate, and solicit gifts in the $5K-25K and assist with solicitation of gifts in the $100K+ range for both annual fund and major gifts programs.
Work with major donors to the University, as well as with senior administration and staff.
Work with Fund Manager on proper acknowledgments for major gift and capital gift donors.
Serve as liaison with University Research to target new prospects.
Manage Donor Recognition and Promotion.
Oversee UCLA Men's and Women's Water Polo development initiatives.
Coordinate special events.
Includes obtaining bids, vendor selection; venue selection; catering arrangements; assisting with invitation design and working with printers to ensure timely mailing; coordinate program; write, edit and proofread invitation and program copy; engage in post-event analysis; coordinate staff and volunteers to meet needs of event.
Introduction to Creative Writing
& Creative Writing, Part II: 12 2005Everest College-
Created and taught eight-week introductory in-class writing course at Everest College. Course syllabus included fundamentals of creative writing: writing about places, writing interviews, dialogue, scene set-up, leads and endings, writing in first and third person, humor, etc. Additionally created and taught eight-week Creative Writing Part II class for students with intermediate writing abilities.
Both above-mentioned courses were taught online as distance education classes concurrently with regular classroom classes from July 2000 through December 2005.
None: LawSouthwestern University School of Law-
Bachelor of Arts: History1980University of California-
Emphasis in c
I have written over 100 stories on individuals who have donated to the UCLA Athletics program; these are stories about their lives, how they got to where they are now, and why they are philanthropically driven.