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CEO, Dallas Arts District – 2013 to present

  • Provide vision, advocacy and leadership to ensure that the Dallas Arts District stimulates economic and cultural life regionally, nationally and internationally through development and promotion of the District
  • Secure the necessary resources to ensure the organization is sustainable
  • Foster and maintain positive collaborative working relationships with all Arts District stakeholders
  • Maintain relationships with elected and appointed officials in city, state and federal government
  • Serve as the public face and voice of the Dallas Arts District

Communications Manager, Oncor – 2008 to 2013

  • Earned Greentech Media recognition among Top 10 North American Utilities in 2012 and 2013
  • Manage external affairs team handling media relations and crisis communications
  • Develop and implement social media strategies engaging and influencing 10 million customers
  • Lead employee communications reaching 4,000 team members and dedicated contractors
  • Write speeches and prepare presentations for executive leaders
  • Support government affairs advocacy teams at the municipal, county and state level
  • Sponsored first mobile-friendly design and launch of Oncor.com with customer self-service tools

Managing Editor, Pegasus News – 2007 to 2008

  • Earned the 2008 Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas for Best Website
  • Supervise more than six multimedia editor/producer/reporters creating content for Dallas' premier hyper-local news site
  • Produce original content throughout each week
  • Establish relationships with North Texas colleges and universities to create a credit internship program
  • Managed and doubled the number of content partners
  • Host and produce Pegasus News on the Tube, a monthly cable access program on the Dallas iMedia Network
  • Represent Pegasus News in the community

Reporter, KERA 90.1 – 2003 to 2007

  • Earned the 2008 and 2007 Anson Jones, M.D. Citation of Merit from the Texas Medical Association
  • Named "Best New Media Star...to explain how your city works" by D Magazine, 2007
  • Cover general assignments for National Public Radio affiliate
  • Contribute to National Public Radio and CBC Radio Canada
  • Produce, engineer, edit, and mix all stories
  • Use Pro Tools, Adobe Audition, RCS, and Public Interactive

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Freelance journalist – 1995 to present

  • Host The Writers Studio scheduled for broadcast beginning in Fall 2009
  • Earned a 2008 Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas for Best Column (Third Place)
  • Arts and entertainment, lifestyles and general features contributor to Expedia, CitySearch, Women's E-News, All Music Guide, Yahoo! Movies, AOL Digital City, E! Online, Clear Channel Internet Group, The Dallas Morning News, and Sojourners, Latina, D, ICE, MCO and HUES magazines
  • Write artist biographies for major recording labels
  • Profile donors in Rhodes College's quarterly alumni magazine

KCRW, 2001 to 2003

Production Assistant

  • Won a 2003 Southern California Journalism Award from the Los Angeles Press Club
  • Cultivated sources, researched topics, and wrote interview questions for live daily Public Radio International news program To The Point with host Warren Olney
  • Coordinated an on-air and online campaign of editorial public service announcements regarding the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel
  • Edited and uploaded local programs to KCRW.com using SoundForge and Real Producer
  • Supervised volunteer staff for the standing room only "KCRW Presents Unsigned Indies at The Getty" concert
  • Authorized backstage clearance and monitored artist transportation for annual "Sounds Eclectic Evening" benefit concerts
  • Tracked on-air playlists, assisted in-studio guests, and recorded listener feedback for live daily local music program "Morning Becomes Eclectic"

Pledge Drive Manager

  • Planned and oversaw four consecutive record-breaking pledge drives for the top-rated National Public Radio affiliate in southern California, increasing pledges from $1.4 million in August 2001 to $2.2 million in February 2003
  • Supervised more than 1000 volunteers during each 11-day pledge drive
  • Used FileMaker Pro to track all donations and send all drive-related correspondence

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Founding Editor/Producer, GuideLive.com – 1998 to 1999

  • 1999 Katie Award nominee for best news-related website
  • Launched Dallas' first comprehensive arts and entertainment guide online with CitySearch, WFAA-TV and The Dallas Morning News
  • Coordinated front page, music, bars, theater and dance coverage
  • Wrote hundreds of location and event profiles and features
  • Supervised and edited freelance writers
  • Trained employees in DynaBase, HomeSite and HTML

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Arts staff writer, The Dallas Morning News – 1996 to 1998

  • Wrote a weekly column on literary, visual, and performing artists
  • Featured multicultural, local, national, and international arts

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Director, Producer and Editor, SKRED – 1999

  • Selected for the 2000 Dallas Video Festival
  • Conceived and created a five-minute micro-documentary on Dallas stained glass artist and Elvis impersonator Skred
  • Completed the 1999 Summer Film and Video Institute offered by the Video Association of Dallas and Dallas Community Television

Prosperity Productions – 1999 to 2002

  • Video Director and Sound Designer for Lori Hamilton's one-woman show Fairy Godmothers, Psychic Friends and Other Myth Information
  • 2000 participant in the Prop THTR's New Play Festival, Chicago
  • 2002 showcase at Second City in Los Angeles

Chair, Rhodes Activities Board – 1993 to 1996

  • Managed an annual budget of more than $50,000
  • Booked, produced and promoted all campus-wide cultural, intellectual and social programs, including concerts, films, coffeehouses and guest speakers
  • Recruited, trained and supervised hundreds of volunteer staffers for campus events
  • Presented the Old 97's, Davíd Garza, Reverend Horton Heat, Poi Dog Pondering, Man... or Astroman?, The Grifters, David Wilcox, Garrison Starr, Deep Blue Something, Cowboy Mouth, June, Jackopierce, the Freddy Jones Band and others before many had major label recording contracts.

B.A. English (Creative Writing), Rhodes College – May 1996

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