Engaging in strategic nonprofit communications work has been a rewarding experience, one that connects communities and funders with the causes I care about. I have specific expertise in developing and guiding organizational messaging through transitions and change.

I have passion for equity and justice, and my method of achieving it is through journalism. Since 2006, I’ve worked as a journalist with an eye toward impact, and my work has helped spur positive change for communities facing oppression.

The thread that connects much of my work is a passion for storytelling. Whether it’s a complex video project, a simple promotional poster, or a broad-based fundraising appeal, the better the story, the more successful the project.

SKILLS AND TOOLS

CMS: Wordpress, Drupal
Audio/Visual: Adobe Creative Cloud Suite, Final Cut Pro, GIMP, Blendr, Inkscape, VLC, Audacity
Fundraising: NGPVAN’s EveryAction, Frontstream Artez
Web: Working knowledge of CSS, HTML and PHP
Ecology: iNaturalist

Strategic Communications

Most recently, I served as Director of Communications for the Minnesota AIDS Project which has now become JustUs Health. In this role, I directed all aspects of the organization's communications through a move to a new city, a merger, a rebranding and renaming process, and major transitions in leadership. In this role, I gained a strong knowledge of and appreciation for metrics, benchmarks, and projections for development and communications success. I also gained invaluable experience in transformational communications, and crisis communications management.

Journalism

My work over the last two decades has focused on investigative journalism, photography, and videography. In 2002, I founded Eleventh Avenue South, a popular local news blog that ran from 2002-2011. In 2006, I joined the team at the Minnesota Independent, a nonprofit public interest news website and part of the American Independent News Network. In 2011, I joined the Washington, DC-based American Independent until it closed in 2013. In 2014, I joined the radio team at KFAI’s Fresh Fruit. In 2015, I participated in the The UpTake Institute’s Fall 2015 Conflict-Sensitive Video Journalism Fellowship.Since 2009, I’ve served as the editor of The Column, a Minnesota-based news service by and for the LGBTQ community.

My freelance and syndicated work includes: The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and more.

View some of that work here.

AWARDS



  • Best News Writing by National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (First Place, 2016)

  • Best News Writing by National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (Third Place, 2015)

  • Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (First, 2010)

  • In 2008, I was selected by DIVA MN as one of “ten twenty to thirty-something activists making positive impacts in the community.”

  • Best Opinion Writing by Dan Savage’s Sex-Positive Journalism awards (2nd place, 2008)

  • Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association (Finalist, 2007)


Ecology

I have 20 years of experience in ecology. At Illinois Central College, I participated in invasive species removal (buckthorn, garlic mustard) and controlled burns at Forest Park Nature Center.At the University of Minnesota, I participated in the Chequamegon Ecosystem-Atmosphere Study with a specialization in sap flow measurements and leaf area index studies. I spent three years on the project doing research at the University of Minnesota Forest Research Center (now the Cloquet Forestry Center), and the Sylvania Wilderness in the  Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Contact me

I'd love to help with your next communications project. From long term interim work to quick collateral development, I can help make your project a success. I offer competitive rates and special nonprofit discounts.