Spearheaded development of action plan for student access to STEM program that led to low-income students' inclusion in $350,000 program at local university.
Developed multiple beneficial partnerships with external organizations and companies that resulted in significant benefit to the Village of Hempstead's residents.
Served as media liaison and spokesperson for two mayors, several campaigns and several prominent nonprofits.
Contributed successful communications strategies to campaigns of four elected officials.
Contributed to delivery of several hundred thousand dollars in media coverage for National Urban League.
Contributed to delivery of $100,000 of media exposure for Village of Hempstead, New York.
Developed winning voter registration and GOTV strategy for key district offices in 2008 presidential race; directed campaign office and mobilized community, resulting in significant increase in district's voter registration and turnout.
Wrote post-grant report for $1 million grant from Federal Highway Administration and Department of Transportation for workforce development pilot program.
Accomplished Communications and Community Relations Specialist with extensive event planning and management experience, including ten-plus years' serving as senior advisor to political and nonprofit leadership. Superior at written and oral communications. Demonstrated ability to build public and media awareness of events, organizations and individuals; develop communications plans and create strategic alliances between community organizations and political leadership. Outstanding record of cultivating relationships with external partners and stakeholders resulting in access to programs and resources and the development of mutually beneficial partnerships. Extensive experience as media liaison, developing diverse array of communications materials and directing community outreach for mayors, legislators, successful campaigns and nonprofits. Substantial experience as Independent Communications Consultant. Skilled at constituent relations and resource development. Proficient at managing people and multiple high-priority projects simultaneously. Adept at organizing. Meticulous attention to detail. Dedicated to creating growth that empowers organizations and communities. Extensive experience working independently, planning strategically and managing efficiently
Strategic Planning and Development
Outreach to Mainstream and Diverse Communities
Partnership Development and Team Building
Written and Oral Communications
Strategic Communications/Media Relations
Community Relations/Partnership Building
Senior Advisor/Special Assistant to Mayor12/2010 to 05/2020 Village of Hempstead, Office of the Mayor – Hempstead, NY
To mayor of one of Long Island's most ethnically diverse communities
Advocated for key policies and initiatives that benefited some 70K-plus residents
Mayor's primary liaison with community's senior leadership and dozens of external stakeholders, including legislators, media, business, education, civic and faith leaders
Outreached to stakeholders and engaged in partnerships
Managed constituent inquiries and complaints and ensured departmental responsiveness across ten departments; helped resolve average of 5K complaints annually
Developed pipeline with Adelphi University that led to creation of My Brother's Keeper STEP (Science and Technology Entry) Program for low-income boys at university in conjunction with President's My Brother's Keeper Challenge
Director of Publicity/Special Assistant to Mayor12/2010 to 05/2015 Village of Hempstead – Hempstead, NY
Promoted programs and initiatives
Built public, stakeholder and media awareness of village programs and initiatives
Implemented accountability measures that quadrupled mayoral office and external departments' responsiveness
Developed and organized My Brother's Keeper Call to Action Summit
Summit engaged all essential community stakeholders, including Attorney General's Office, award-winning educators, law enforcement, civic organizations and workforce development agencies to address working together to advance youth success
Organized initiatives in response to community need, including the Cleanup Hempstead Initiative engaging the entire community and the Excellence in Entrepreneurship Workshop targeted to women and minority small business owners
Spearheaded development of website video tour book that highlighted village's economic, cultural and real estate development
Video served as economic development and PR tool; had a production cost of $35K but cost village zero
Wrote and developed media materials targeted to 70K-plus residents
Wrote and edited mayoral column distributed to 4 newspapers 50 weeks a year; reached 200K readers
Directed mayoral calendar
Managed website; improved navigability and appearance
Organized State of the Village Address, Stop-the-Violence Rallies, forums and cultural events
Communications Consultant06/2004 to 12/2010 EthnicWriter.com – Brooklyn, NY
Communications and Community Relations Consultant with successful record of providing services to broad cross- section of organizations, including Learn NY (education advocacy group); National Urban League; Black Equity Alliance (nonprofit advocating for African American economic development); and CACCI (Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry)
Provided media and community outreach for successful Mayoral Control of NYC Schools' Campaign underwritten by Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Engaged parents in five boroughs and built support for centralized control of 3 million- student school system
Developed messaging and successfully organized historically under-counted North Brooklyn's Census 2010 community registration, concentrating on African American, Latino and Caribbean residents
Census targeted 300K residents; resulted in higher count and greater federal funding
Outreached to local communities and media; built support for initiatives beneficial to vulnerable communities; wrote reports on workforce-training and initiatives promoting collaboration between police and communities of color
Sr. Writer/Communications Manager12/2000 to 05/2004 National Urban League – New York, NY
Acted as interim media relations director for national office of one of nation's most highly respected civil rights organizations, with 95 affiliates in 35 states
Advisor to two National Urban League presidents and other senior executives
Served as spokesperson and secured media interviews with local and national media
Cultivated partnerships with Fortune 500 companies in support of academic achievement, Read and Rise and other education initiatives
Managed numerous communications projects and project partners
Pitched and placed stories in dozens of print and broadcast media outlets, ensuring consistent delivery of National Urban League message to 2-million constituents and nation-at-large
Developed long-term strategic communications' plans for organization's development and annual conference targeting 10,000 attendees; oversaw communications' projects that strengthened corporate partnerships
Wrote report securing $1 million grant from Federal Highway Administration and Department of Transportation for pilot workforce development project
Master of Science: JournalismColumbia University, Graduate School of Journalism-
New York, NY
Bachelor of Science: PsychologySUNY at Stony Brook, NY-
Long Island, NY