Politically-astute governmental relations specialist offers successful record in fundraising, relationship-building and public-private partnership initiatives. Outstanding knowledge of campaign finance regulatory procedures and political issues relevant to Georgia and the Southeast.
Budgeting and finance
Strong verbal communication skills
Client assessment and analysis
Bachelor of Arts: Political ScienceUniversity of South Alabama - Mobile, AL
05/2013 to 11/2014
President/CEOClick- McGhee, LLC – Birmingham, AL
Worked directly with public officials to facilitate local and statewide initiatives incorporating the public and private sectors.
Initiated 10 key partnerships which resulted in 50% revenue growth.
Leveraged professional relationships to develop new business opportunities.
Represented the organization to clients, the public, government officials and other external sources.
Created messages, position statements and other corporate communications based on company's objectives.
Assigned tasks to associates, staffed projects, tracked progress and updated managers, partners and clients as necessary.
05/2012 to 12/2012
Economic Development Committee AssistantBirmingham City Council – Birmingham, AL
Worked with Economic Development City Council Chairwoman and Committee to recruit and retain businesses including Publix, Wal-Mart, and Starbucks for the city of Birmingham.
Drafted policy initiatives for presentation to Committee and Council for review.
Developed and cultivated public-private partnerships on behalf of the city including Regions Field, Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Lyric Fine Arts Theatre restoration.
Served as a liaison between Council and Mayor on economic development issues.
Built partnerships with community organizations such as Operation New Birmingham and Main Street Birmingham, entities that work to help promote growth for the city and region to ensure maximum success for all parties involved.
Acted as spokesperson for City Council Economic Development Committee to all press inquiries.
Represented city at local, state, and national conferences.
01/2012 to 05/2012
Mental Health Case ManagerJefferson Blount St. Clair Mental Health Authority – Birmingham, AL
Directed individual case assessment and evaluation of 17 mentally ill clients
Implemented MOM (Medication, Observation, and Meals) Model
Oversaw transition of clients from mental health facility to independent living
Initiated crisis management plan for all emergency situations on a 24/7 basis
Served as management point of contact for State of Alabama Department of Mental Health
12/2010 to 09/2011
Community ManagerLawler-Wood Housing, LLC – Birmingham, AL
Developed and managed $2.2 million annual budget.
Assessed compliance with all state and federal laws, including Fair Housing and EEOC.
Operated as on-site management of resident relations.
Supervised 10 employees, directing personnel decisions including recruiting, hiring, terminations.
Managed distressed 251-unit Section 8 and Tax Credit property.
Served as management point of contact for Contract Administrator and HUD.
01/2010 to 11/2010
Regional Portfolio ManagerSummit Housing Partners, LLC – Montgomery, AL
Developed and monitored $7 million annual budget.
Performed audits and assessment reports of each property.
Initiated conflict resolution between on-site management and residents, ensuring resident retention.
Directed and oversaw 10-property portfolio and 40 employees, including all personnel decisions including recruiting, hiring, terminations.
Monitored compliance with all state and federal laws, including Fair Housing and EEOC.
Served as media and press relations representative.
01/2007 to 01/2010
Relationship ManagerJefferson County Assisted Housing Corporation – Birmingham, AL
Served as primary point of contact for owners, management agents, and residents.
Conducted annual management and occupancy reviews in four-state territory.
Compiled all appropriate data ensuring regulatory compliance, and prepared reports as needed.
Verified and authorized payment for valid Section 8 Special Claims for unpaid rent, damages, and vacancy losses.
Monitored federally mandated physical inspections to ensure funding for subsequent fiscal year and facilitated appropriate administrative action.
07/2005 to 12/2006
Public Relations/Marketing CoordinatorRetirement Systems of Alabama/Ross Bridge Resort – Birmingham, AL
Promoted marketing campaigns that increased RSA Resort exposure to draw local, state, and national clientele.
Represented the resort at all public events and to VIP guests.
Collaborated with media to yield company coverage and promote the company brand.
Achieved company objectives by leveraging internal resources and collaborating with colleagues.
01/2004 to 11/2004
Compliance ResearcherDemocratic National Committee – Washington, DC
Processed contributions and performed data entry and analysis using DNC database.
Utilized NEXIS/LEXIS for individual donor and respective property holdings, liens, and other judgments.
Worked with Contribution Review Committee (CRC) to determine legal acceptability of political contributions.
Prepared statements and reports for FEC filing.
Participated in periodic DNC compliance test audits ensuring proper solicitation of contributions.
01/2003 to 05/2004
ConsultantFreelance – Birmingham, AL
Solicited funds for public, private, and public-private partnerships.
Conceptualized and implemented marketing plans and strategies for municipal races.
Managed public relations efforts municipal candidates.
09/2001 to 11/2002
Finance DirectorAlabama Senate Democratic Caucus – Montgomery, AL
Built and maintained computer database for fundraising contacts.
Coached candidates on best practices for achieving targeted fundraising goals.
Organized and managed all financial records pertaining to campaign contributions.
Planned and executed statewide political fundraisers and related PR plans.
05/2000 to 11/2000
Deputy Finance DirectorSharon Yates – Montgomery, AL
Assisted Finance Director with record keeping and database management.
Created financial goals for candidate.
Planned political fundraisers and related PR plans.
06/1999 to 10/1999
Deputy Finance DirectorAlabama Education Lottery Foundation – Montgomery, AL
Worked to raise funding for the Alabama Education Lottery Foundation to support the state education lottery referendum.
Strengthened public awareness of foundation's goals and objectives.
Birmingham Police Department Citizen's Academy, Graduate, 2011
Leadership Jefferson County, 2010-11, Graduate & Board Member
Birmingham View Television, Political Analyst/Co-Host