High energy leader with exceptional interpersonal and diplomatic skills, able to communicate a vision and encourage support. Creative problem-solving and anticipatory planning abilities producing effective results in challenging circumstances. Skilled in public relations and alliance building in the broader community, and confident public speaker.
Elected representative leading organization with a budget over $70 million and responsibility for more than 5,200 K-12 students in a university town. Initiate or contribute to education policy creation, fiscal, and strategic planning, as well as decision-making for staffing, confidential student issues, and district-wide policy, protocols, and initiatives. Constituent service in a highly educated and involved community, including outreach to engage stakeholders and create support, garner community resources, build partnerships, and communicate policies and issues clearly.
Manage top level staff, including the Superintendent, and work collaboratively on 5 member Board of Education for a high-achieving, public school district. Accountable for bargaining group negotiations strategy, and liaison to Davis Teachers Association certificated union, Davis Joint Unified-City of Davis 2x2 subcommittee, Board of Education Real Estate Subcommittee. Act as member of appeals board for sensitive student matters and formal complaints from staff and community. Provide public face of organization in a community with high expectations.
Act as second-in-command to elected Yolo County Supervisor for District 4, representing majority of population in Davis, CA. Chief spokesperson and representative of County Supervisor at multiple standing advisory committee meetings and public forums. Direct public relations, media relations, and crisis communications campaigns. Supervise communications and scheduling, prioritize contacts and public relations, including relationships with local elected and community leaders. Compose and edit memos and press releases. Prioritize appointments and monitor projects. Advise elected County Supervisor on issues and communicate activity and progress on projects and strategic partnerships.
Spearhead the Family Justice Center project from District 4 and serve as member of the Executive Board, attending meetings, contributing policy and public relations advice, securing funding, and voting on founding protocols and principles.
Chief of Staff for constituent service, effectively identifying and managing constituent needs, quickly gaining trust, and approaching complex situations and resolving problems with conveyance of support and care.
Representation at County committees, including the Justice Cabinet collaborative of law enforcement, justice, education, mental health partners, the Yolo Community Corrections Partnership, and Community Services Advisory Committees for District 4 geographical regions.
Accountable for tracking and advising on multiple policy issues covering health, education, law and justice, and land issues for the County. Sensitivity to political impacts and experienced with high pressure, time sensitive situations. Staff elected County Supervisor at meetings, including those of the Governing Board, press conferences, and multi-jurisdictional collaborations.
Managed very active elected Supervisor's daily schedule and special travel, met with constituents and local leaders, lead specific projects for District 2 and served as liaison to County committees, including responsibility for representation at Yolo County's Maternal, Child, Adolescent Health Advisory Committee and the Health Council. Planned, organized, and manged Youth Substance Abuse Summit along with City of Davis leaders and Yolo County justice, education, and law enforcement professionals. Wrote and edited press releases and speaking points for Supervisor, and acted as spokesperson when designated. Staffed Supervisor in regular bi-monthly meetings of the Governing Board.
Recruited, trained, and organized volunteers for non-profit organization with mission to advance cultural understanding and awareness, celebrating world languages and international connections. Managed fundraising and cultural events, including larger community dinners with international themes, an annual Oktoberfest, and the signature Auction and Wine Tasting event. Initiated educational programs, including Italian language and cooking courses for children. Managed press contacts and relationships with the Board of Directors. Collaborated with international exchange programs and Humphrey Fellowship program at University of California, Davis, and worked with professors and City of Davis personnel to host official international visitors.
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