Resume

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CURRENT:

THE GAZETTE, September 2013 – present

In my time at The Gazette — a 100 percent employee-owned, ever-evolving media company — I have been able to continuously learn through a number of community engagement- and innovation- focused projects:

Community engagement manager – Iowa Ideas: August 2016 – present
A major effort to connect Iowans and discover solutions to key issues. Responsibilities include: co-creating all programming for a series of symposiums and large conference, including topical research, communicating with speakers and session design; managing and editing all aspects of Iowa Ideas’ digital presence; and facilitating in-person community conversations.

Digital strategist and trainer, September 2015 – August 2016
Study trends in digital media and translate them into actionable policies for the Gazette’s staff of reporters and editors. Work with senior leaders to identify priorities. Closely monitor analytics to identify additional areas of opportunity.

Entrepreneurial journalist, We Create Here, September 2013 – September 2015
Founding member of an experimental team within a legacy media organization. Use in-depth reporting and digital presentation to tell forward-looking stories. Convene thought-provoking conversations among stakeholders.

Previous: 

1 MILLION CUPS Iowa City / Cedar Rapids
Co-organizer (volunteer), January 2015 – May 2017
1 Million Cups is a popular weekly program to educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs. I recruit entrepreneurs to present, help them practice their pitch, market the program and manage all details of the event itself.

Eastern Iowa Ambassador: The Technology Association of Iowa January 2016 – March 2017

Startup Weekend September 2012 – November 2016
Volunteer and help organize 54-hour marathons of business development, collaboration and creative innovation in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City

Vault Coworking and Collaboration Space September 2014 – June 2016
Help shape the culture and policies of the bustling coworking space by serving on the volunteer community council; produce community-building events

Outstanding Young Iowan 2015
One of three honored in a statewide award by the Iowa Junior Chamber

Creative Corridor Project, contributor May – December 2013

Corridor Business Journal, reporter August 2012 – May 2013

Silicon Prairie News, reporting intern May – August 2012

Midwest Living Magazine, apprentice September 2011 – May 2012

Dubuque Telegraph Herald, reporting intern May – August 2011

University Museums at Iowa State University, education intern May 2010 – May 2011

Iowa State Daily, editor and reporter September 2009 – May 2012

EDUCATION:

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Graduated Magna Cum Laude, May 2012
Journalism and Mass Communication: Top Greenlee School graduate of 2012
Art History and Theory: Full honors member of the College of Design

Honors: Focus Grant to support an anthropological photography project, University Honors Program Grant to research a community-driven arts project, Kappa Tau Alpha Honors Society for Journalism, Phi Beta Kappa National Honors Society, A.H. Sanders Scholarship in journalism

Leadership for Five Seasons Class of 2015
Highly selective, nine-month community and personal development program in Cedar Rapids, I continue to serve as advisory committee member

Dev/Iowa Class of 2015
Nine week bootcamp in HTML, CSS and JavaScript