Social justice advocate offering over 20 years of experience in client services, public policy analysis, and legislative advocacy. Motivated to help all individuals have access to services, support, resources, and income to achieve independence and healthy, active living.
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Featured in Seattle Times Cool Jobs column, January 2015
Co-recipient of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, Ally in Advocacy Award 2016
Public Policy ManagerCompany Name - City, State05/2011 - Current
Advocate with state and federal law makers on issues related to nutrition assistance, housing, and access to affordable health care.
Responsible for determining and implementing mobilization and communications strategies for a statewide network of advocates.
Supervise regular and contract staff.
Research and manage the gathering of quantitative and qualitative data for production of an annual "Focus on Food Security" report as well as position papers, advocacy alerts, and fact sheets.
Chair the Washington State Anti-Hunger & Nutrition Coalition (since 2012).
Senior Program AssociateCompany Name - City, State09/2009 - 01/2010
Responsible for managing regional campaign for comprehensive immigration reform, including coordination with national and local campaigns; participation in committees that helped shape federal legislation sponsored by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D. IL)
Developed electronic communications to mobilize 200 community organizers, media alerts, fact sheets, curricula, and activity tool kits.
As a 2007 summer intern, collected personal stories for annual Job Gap Report and drafted report on immigrant access to health care.
Legal AdvocateCompany Name - City, State09/2002 - 06/2006
Investigated issues of abuse and neglect in private long-term care, correctional and juvenile detention settings.
Researched applicable regulations and resolved systemic problems through negotiation of private institutional and public policies.
Developed and facilitated the Utah Multidisciplinary Task Force which was recognized nationwide as a "Best Practice" in 2005 by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities.
Led investigation and drafted report in response to allegations of parental custody relinquishment in order to obtain mental health treatment for children.
Drafted fact sheets, bill analysis and legislative testimony.
Wrote successful grant proposals to fund statewide training for family advocates in nursing facilities and to develop curriculum to train domestic violence shelters and rape crisis centers in serving survivors with disabilities.
AdvocateCompany Name - City, State01/2001 - 05/2002
Managed and facilitated meetings for the Coordinated Community Response Program in seven municipal jurisdictions in Northeastern Ohio to ensure seamless assistance between police, prosecutors, and victim service agencies to victims of sexual assault.
Provided emotional support to survivors through all states of criminal prosecution of their perpetrators.
Provided trainings for volunteers, police officers, hospital workers, and criminal grand jury members in victim sensitivity.
Wrote successful grant proposals, acquiring funds for counseling and art therapy services provided by the Center.
Volunteer CoordinatorCompany Name - City, State08/2000 - 12/2000
Developed and implemented volunteer training curriculum, including section in cultural competency.
Recruited, trained, and supervised over 100 volunteer hospital and crisis hotline advocates.
Provided emotional support to rape survivors at Akron hospitals during forensic evidence collection process.
Juris Doctor: Public Interest LawUniversity of Washington School of Law - City, StateJune 2009
Co-founded Disability Law Students Association
Co-Chair, Public Interest Law Association
Helped create Public Interest Law studies track
Master of Arts: Social Service Administration Social PolicyUniversity of Chicago School of Social Service Administration - City, StateJune 2000
Editorial Board for The Advocate, an academic journal
Research Assistant for Westside Healthy Start Evaluation, studying outcomes of improved access to prenatal care in racially and economically diverse Chicago neighborhoods.
Interned with the Illinois Attorney General's Office, Violence Against Women Unit and The Women's Treatment Center, a substance abuse treatment center for women living with their children.
Bachelor of Arts: English Language and LiteratureUniversity of Chicago - City, StateJune 1998
Graduated with Academic and Departmental Honors
President of college chapter of Feminist Majority
Co-Chair of student crisis intervention phone line
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