I currently work at Seattle Foundation as a program officer on the Community Programs team. My work entails being a strong community liaison for non-profits seeking funding from our foundation. My goal is to help steer financial resources to local non-profits to help deliver high impact, life-changing results within King County. I also serve as a Seattle Arts Commissioner.
Community partnerships expert
Grant application review and research
Program development with a strategic racial equity focus.
Comfortable communicating with diverse populations
Extensive knowledge working with disenfranchised families
MS Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, Tessitura, iMovie, Wordpress
Strong racial equity framework
Excellent program management
Deep knowledge of underserved communities
Budget oversight, tracking of expenses and programmatic assessments
to Current Seattle Foundation – Seattle,
Serves as a program officer leading several unique grant programs and funder collaboratives on behalf of the foundation
Broker strategic, cross-sector partnerships between, city, county and philanthropic organizations across the region.
Maintain a portfolio of over 100 grantee organizations and directly overseeing grants distribution of roughly $15 million.
Help Seattle Foundation maintain its commitment to Racial Equity and incorporating that into the design and implementation of new grant programs
Manager, Youth Programs + Community Outreach04/2012
to 02/2017 Museum of Popular Culture (MoPOP) – Seattle,
Directly managed and coordinated all MoPOP youth programs, summer camps, Black History Month programming and facilitated the museum's Youth Advisory Board.
Created and co-designed the Hip-Hop Artist Residency program for underserved youth in partnership with Arts Corps and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Co-lead our racial equity change team internally and help coordinate a racial equity cohort across the Seattle Center campus.
Ability to research and evaluate gaps in our current community outreach efforts and create successful, need-based programming that delivers immediate impact.
Working cross-departmentally on a $10 million endowment campaign leveraging the innovative arts programs I created and managed.
Responsible for establishing and managing strategic partnerships with arts organizations broadly across all disciplines in the Greater Seattle area including large institutions to smaller cultural-specific non-profits.
Successfully re-strategized our audience development approach of attracting non-traditional museum-goers to begin regularly engaging at MoPOP via my consistent focus on deep listening and creating relevant programs for communities with the highest needs.
Managed budgets, drafted detailed contracts with over 25 community partners annually and worked on grant reporting for external funders.
to Current SEATTLE ARTS COMMISSION – Seattle,
Directly advise the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture on Mayoral initiatives related to arts education.
Recommend and approve grants spending for over 100 organizations annually.
Program City of Music Career Day which has served over 1,500 high school and college-aged job seekers looking for careers in the music and arts field.
Work behind the scenes developing and implementing strategic arts partnerships between city, school, non-profit and private interests groups to deliver high impact programming for youth and families in the Greater Seattle area.
Coordinate and administer the City of Music Internship Program, a unique student fellowship allowing youth to intern at Seattle Theater Group, Napster, Sub Pop Records and MoPOP.
Music and Arts Reporter11/2014
to Current CITY ARTS MAGAZINE – Seattle,
Leverage my deep contacts throughout the arts community to write engaging editorials, profiles and cover stories for the print and online edition of the magazine.
Write with a specific focus covering the emerging artists and change-makers creating a positive impact in their communities throughout Seattle.
Authentically highlight Seattle's top arts leaders of color who are traditionally underrepresented in local media coverage with time-relevant stories which create new opportunities for City Arts to establish greater relevance across the region.
Music Editor/Columnist/Arts and Music Reporter01/2003
to 01/2012 Multiple print and online publications – Detroit, South Florida,
METRO TIMES DETROIT
Wrote breaking news and in depth stories covering the arts and culture field of Metro Detroit as a trusted reporter for the city's largest weekly newspaper.
NEW TIMES BROWARD-PALM BEACH
Launched and oversaw the music and entertainment blog for the region's largest
Wrote an award-winning weekly music column in print and traveled
internationally for reporting as the staff Music Editor.
Established deep relationships in the Seattle music
and arts community serving as the paper's Music Editor which are still relevant in my work today.
Worked as part of a transition team for a start-up
news blog and largely expanded its arts coverage via in-depth
reporting throughout the city.
Bachelor of Arts: 2003UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-
Coursework in community development and international studies.
Extensive service learning throughout Central and South America.
Masters of Communication in Digital Media: Anticipated in 2018UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON-
Coursework in community-centric storytelling.
Focus on communications, analytics and global digital media trends including travel in Kampala, Uganda.