Science Writer August 2014 to present
The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Research and write engaging science articles and video scripts for national middle-school science curriculum; oversee editorial process for digital and print materials, shepherding articles from concept through writing, editing, art development, fact-checking, and into production; ensure alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards.
Communications & Education Coordinator April 2013 to August 2014
The Institute for Medical Quality, San Francisco, CA
Oversaw all marketing and communications for nonprofit organization: built and maintained a new website, including blog; launched online education platform; built relationships to market new and existing programs; wrote and managed distribution of all press and marketing materials.
Co-Editor-in-Chief September 2009 to November 2014
Austenacious.com (archives here)
Co-created and maintained a popular literary and pop-culture site: planned and executed a full editorial calendar, wrote hundreds of posts, built a large and engaged readership and social media presence, and attended live literary events.
Scriptwriter June 2011 to December 2012
Cerebellum Corporation, San Francisco, CA
Researched, wrote, and assisted with production of the Standard Deviants series of humor-based educational videos. Worked independently and with a team to produce accurate, entertaining, and educationally sound content and associated classroom materials. Copyedited all marketing and office communications.
Development Assistant October 2010 to June 2011
Pretty Pictures, Universal City, CA
Assisted two producers of A-list feature films in preparation for the Academy Award-nominated picture The Danish Girl. Wrote extensive coverage, gave script notes, performed research, offered tech support, covered phones, and oversaw other administrative tasks in a busy office.
Materials Writer November 2008 to December 2009
United States Department of State, Washington, DC
Department of Defense security clearance: SECRET
Wrote and edited materials and in-house documents for the Office of English Language Programs: provided writing and editorial support for all other materials published by the office, including In the Loop, a dictionary of American idioms; an anthology of excellent young adult literature for overseas youth; and a series of lessons on teaching EFL via photography. Also contributed to quarterly academic EFL journal, edited others’ journal submissions, and prepared remarks for public presentations.
Editor/Film Critic October 2006 to August 2009
Cinemahype.com - 451 Press
Ran daily film blog: reported entertainment news; attended industry events; wrote film reviews, personal essays, and film-related humor; and maintained online community. Featured on NPR’s The Takeaway.
Editorial Assistant I/II/III December 2003 to October 2008
Key Curriculum Press, Emeryville, CA
Oversaw editorial process for secondary-level textbooks for native English-speaking and ELL students. Copyedited and formatted manuscripts; coordinated editorial decisions with editors, authors, and in- house departments; organized classroom field tests; tested manuscripts for readability using Fry, Dale-Chall, and Flesch-Kincaid methods; and communicated testing and teacher feedback to editors. Supervised five other editorial assistants.
Assistant Editor/Reporter November 2002 to December 2003
Martinez News-Gazette, Martinez, CA
Pitched and wrote news and feature stories for triweekly regional newspaper and launched monthly lifestyle magazine, Diablo Currents. Took photographs, proofread both publications prior to printing, and assisted with layout for both publications.
Research/Production Intern September 2002 to December 2002
Heyday Books, Berkeley, CA
Obtained artwork permissions for At Work: The Art of California Labor. Researched works, contacted artists and curators, and negotiated reproduction rights.
Writing Advisor September 2000 to May 2002
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Taught college writing workshops to English-native and ELL students, including one-on-one tutoring sessions on organized thinking, sentence structure, grammar, and style.
Editorial Intern January 2002 to May 2002
Illumination Arts Publishing, Bellevue, WA
Edited children’s book manuscripts, wrote dust jacket copy, and coordinated trade show appearances, including BookExpo America.
B.A. in English, emphasis in Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture 2002 Minor in Psychology University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Introduction to Screenwriting 2010
Comedy Writing Basics course 2008
EditCetera ABCs of Copyediting 2007
Bookbuilders West Publishing Crash Course 2004
ADDITIONAL HONORS & SKILLS
Rosemary Van Arsdell Award
Conferred upon a single Puget Sound graduate for excellence in Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture.
Computer Skills: Advanced user of Microsoft Office Suite, Final Draft, FileMaker Pro, QuarkXPress, Adobe Photoshop, and BookMaster. Skilled in Web research, various CMSes, social media, and basic HTML.