Senior Policy Advisor resume example with 19+ years of experience

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Professional Summary

Congressional Black Caucus Fellow and Senior Policy Advisor with background in international affairs, Capitol Hill experience and five years managing programs including civil society strengthening, political affairs, developing public/private partnerships, and communications.
Proven experience advising excutive leadership on United States foreign policy in Caribbean region with emphasis on Haiti.
Proven experience developing strategic plans for advocacy and research on humanitarian issues; Analysis of international political and economic environment; prepare policy papers and moderate policy panels on international humanitarian affairs.
Extensive training in International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law in humanitarian actions.
Developed understanding United Nations Protection Systems.

Key qualifications include: Writing talking points, tracking federal legislation and bills, constituent services and correspondence. Knowledge of UN Systems, NGO Development and Human Rights Advocacy and Humanitarian Relief.

Understanding of the United States Congress                      
Convening and facilitating high level meetings with Prime Ministers and Ambassadors.
Speak Fluent French

Exceptional interpersonal communication
Strategic thinking and planning
Diplomacy and Negotiation
Knowledge of Foreign Affairs  and US role in International Relations

International Institute of Human Rights Strasbourg France, Expected in 2012 : Human Rights Law and Policy - GPA :
University of Bradford Bradford England, Expected in 2006 Master of Arts : Conflict Resolution - GPA : With Merit
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Belgium, Expected in 2005 Master of Arts : Peace Studies - GPA :


  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude
California State University Dominguez Hills , Expected in 2005 Master of Arts : MPA Public Administration - GPA :

Graduated Magna Cum Laude

University of the West Indies St. Augustine Trinidad, Expected in 1993 : International Relations - GPA :
Lincoln University Pennsylvania USA, Expected in 1986 Bachelor of Arts : Political Science - GPA :
Work History
Department Of Labor - Senior Policy Advisor
Whitehall, , 07/2010 - Current

Oxfam America is a non-governmental international relief and development organization creating lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice.

  • Advise Oxfam President, Vice Presidents and executives on developments in Caribbean with emphasis on Haiti.
  • Meet with Congressional Members and Staff on developments in Haiti; track federal legislative developments on Haiti.
  • Prepare policy papers and briefing materials including speeches for the President and other senior officers on Haiti and on regional and international issues, both for bilateral consultations as well as in regional and international meetings, and co-ordinates and integrates the contributions from other teams into briefing documents;
  • Lead the Haiti team; develop internal and external communications on Haiti for organization.
  • Support meetings of the Oxfam President and Senior executives with Heads of Government, ministers, high level officials, and senior representatives of international and non- governmental organisations.
  • Act as an Oxfam America spokesperson on Haiti policy issues before the US Congress, Executive Branch and the media.
  • Develop and maintain key relationships within U.S government, United Nations and international institutions relevant to humanitarian assistance, conflict, peacekeeping, protection, reconstruction policies, and disaster risk reduction.
  • Organize high profile advocacy and policy events on Haiti on Capitol Hill.


Key Accomplishments

  •  Organized and directed first policy roundtable with Prime Minister of Haiti and NGO Community in Washington DC.


Legislative Branch - Chief Executive Officer /President
Atlanta, GA, 07/2007 - 07/2009

Junior Achievement of Sacramento is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy; non-profit organization serving in over fifty countries.

  • As CEO, directed financial and business operations aimed at providing educational programs to 10,000 area students.
  • Managed relationship with 15-member Board of Directors and had oversight for Board development.
  • Proven experience developing budgets including a $500,000 budget, managed 4 employees, 500 volunteers and stakeholder relations.
  • Led the organization's fundraising strategies and special initiatives, and monitored and reported on results.
  • Communicated and advocated for the organization locally and nationally through public presentations, TV/radio media interviews and events and appeals.


Key Accomplishments

  • Reduced financial deficit by 30% within first year by implementing aggressive cost-cutting measures, streamlining operations and improving processes. Launched a five‑year strategic plan to ensure sustainability through future economic challenges



Department Of Health And Human Services - Congressional Fellow
Newark, , 04/2006 - 07/2007

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation is a non-profit, nonpartisan public policy, research and educational institute that aim to improve the socio-economic circumstances of African Americans and other underserved communities.

  • Supported United States Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick in the analysis, documentation and reporting on foreign operations and appropriations topics.
  • Developed policy statements and reports on human trafficking, human rights, the Darfur conflict and Haiti development issues.
  • Policy advocate on topics related to international conflict resolution, analysis, prevention and policies.
  • Fostered relationships with Capitol Hill legislators to advance the priorities of the Congresswoman.
  • Attended Congressional hearings and meetings with lobbyists and foreign affairs groups to facilitate political process discuss issues and solutions.


City, , 04/2006 - 07/2006

CARICOM is a Regional Economic Integration Scheme consisting of 15 member nations.


  • Wrote letters of protocol for high-level distribution within the internationalcommunity, including diplomatic consular officials.
  • Managed external communications on CARICOM policies and positions.
  • Cultivated relationships with high-ranking officials, including the Secretary General, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, and Ambassadors.
  • Researched and wrote dissertation thesis for the University of Bradford.- Integrate or Perish, Regional Integration, Development and Small States. The case of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM)

Key Accomplishments:

  • Conducted in-depth research into concept of integrated states and globalization.
  • Traveled to member states to analyze and identify viability of unified states particularly CSME meetings in Barbados.
  •  Wrote analysis of the CARICOM relations with  Pacific Rim nations.

City, STATE, 2000 - 07/2005

Head Start Child Development Council, a nationally funded, non-profit child development organization providing educational and social services to low-income families.


  • Head of team of 125 staff people; coached, trained, hired, evaluated and terminated employees.
  • Annually recruited 1000 families each school year to provide nationally funded educational and social services a spart of comprehensive aid to families.
  • Supervised daily program operations, budget development, and reporting for a team of 125 teachers, nurses, aides, and social service caseworkers.
  • Managed program performance standards, implementation, procedures, and strategic direction, deliverables, and advocacy efforts.
  • Ensured compliance with government rules and regulations.
  • Led community needs assessments, recruited program members, and educated families on value and importance of social services.
  • Partnered with state and county officials to communicate program results, impact and benefits. Lobbied
    federal government officials on Head Start public policy initiatives.


Key Accomplishmnents
Developed new education program onglobalization for students. Designed to teach about the world and the importance of diversity.


Training and Professional Development

Certificate in Comparative Human Rights Law -Institute of Human
Rights,  Strasbourg France, July 2012.
Course work emphasized the development and process of the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission on Human rights; and the understanding of the context of Human Rights in a political and legal framework. Foundation courses focus on the United Nations Protection Systems.

Core Professional Training on Humanitarian Law and Policy Professionals in Humanitarian Protection (PHAP)
Harvard University, Cambridge MA, June 2012.
Coursework focused on customary law, armed conflict and international humanitarian law within the context of the NGO in humanitarian actions.

Geographic Experiences: Strong regional knowledge and background in the Caribbean particularly working and living in Haiti, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.

French, English 

Awards and Fellowships:
United States Congressional Black Caucus Fellowship: Selected in nationwide competition by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for a one year public policy fellowship on Capitol Hill. 2006

Rotary International World Peace Fellowship: Selected in a global competition by Rotary Internation graduate studies at the University of Bradford in England. Received fully funded
fellowship and obtained Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution with merit. 2006

Rotary International Ambassadorial
Scholarship: Selected in a national competition by Rotary to pursue graduate studies at the Katholiek Universiteit in Belgium receiving a Master of Arts Degree in International Conflict and Sustainable Peace. 2005

Publications:Blogger: Politics of Poverty

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School Attended

  • International Institute of Human Rights
  • University of Bradford
  • Katholieke Universiteit
  • California State University
  • University of the West Indies
  • Lincoln University

Job Titles Held:

  • Senior Policy Advisor
  • Chief Executive Officer /President
  • Congressional Fellow
  • Foreign Relations Intern
  • Program Manager


  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts

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