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Management Executive Grassroots Advocacy

Campaign Development & Leadership ~ Pac Contact Management

Project Management ~ Event Coordination ~ Media & Public Relations




         Strategic and mission-driven leader offering exceptional talents in organizing and executing legislative communication including phone calls, letter writing, and community engagement to support critical programs and services.

         Well-versed in public and private sectors with advocacy experience spanning seniors services (i.e. housing, health care), at-risk youth, families, and retail organizations.

         Adept at political analysis, consensus-building, collaboration, campaign management, lobbying, and project/program development & management.

         Possess an extensive network of long-term relationships in government, political, and non-profit sectors.

         Passionate about advocating for society's most vulnerable populations.

         Solid ability to seamlessly align and mobilize interdisciplinary teams to advance organizational strategy.


Professional Experience


LeadingAge, 2015 to Present

Director of Grassroots and Member Engagement

         Actively support organization s legislative agenda through visits to members of Congress and other strategic events which facilitate direct access to key decision-makers.

         Collaboratively develop and implement effective grassroots strategies to meet priorities of nursing homes, affordable senior housing communities, and related community and long-term services.

         Govern advocacy campaigns which incorporate earned, paid and social media, ally development, and coalition-building to build public awareness and support for client issues.

         Spearhead annual Lobby Day which unites 600+ providers of services to older adults to Washington, D.C. with lobby Congressional offices, and offers four days of strategic learning and professional development.

         Pioneered Seniors Action Network comprising 15,000+ advocates to positively influence legislation for aging services.

         Coordinated Save HUD 202 campaign to preserve Section 202 homes nationwide and bring affordable housing to all seniors in need.


Self-employed, 2014 to 2015


         Provided consultative guidance to clients requiring support with grassroots strategy and campaign management.

         Orchestrated legislative fly-ins and lobby days on Capitol Hill, oversaw Political Action Committee fundraising efforts, and monitored FEC compliance.


Alexandria Policy Management Committee, City of Alexandria, 2012 to 2014

Member Representative

         Appointed to serve two-year term on Alexandria Community Policy Management Team (ACPMT) with accountability for standardizing policies to improve service delivery for local children and families.

         Secured funding for Parent Caf and Youth Voice projects and led successful implementation.

         Directly supported nationwide Comprehensive Services Act in addressing broad-scope needs of troubled at-risk youth and their families.


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National Retail Federation, 1998 to 2011

Senior Director, Grassroots and Industry Relations

         Led all federal and state grassroots campaigns for world s largest retail trade association representing big box, brick and mortar, online, and mom n pop retail stores.

         Recruited and continually expanded network of activists through town hall meetings, facility tours, and annual legislative fly-ins.

         Designed and implemented key contact program, Retail Action Network (RAN) which grew to over 20,000 advocates comprising large big box retailers such as Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and mom n pop main street businesses.

         Proactively introduced retail industry education events nationwide to bring members of Congress directly to retail community.

         Steadily fueled participation in Political Action Committee from $100K per election cycle to achieving a $500K election year portfolio.

         Used Vocus database to match key contacts with federal district representatives and senators by zip codes, and leveraged Capwiz government relations software to enable key contacts to send emails and letters directly to representatives and senators.


Prior roles:


Director, Grassroots and Industry Relations, 2005 to 2009


Manager, Grassroots and Industry Relations, 2002 to 2005


Coordinator, Grassroots and Political Affairs, 2000 to 2002


Administrative Assistant, Government Relations, 1998 to 2000


Education & Training


George Mason University: School of Policy, Government and International Relations

Master of Public Administration (in progress)

Bachelor of Science, Public Administration


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: Center for Legal Studies

Advanced Paralegal Certification


Capitol.Net Certifications:

Using Grassroots, Coalitions and The Media to Get Your Message Heard

Advanced Media Relations Workshop

Writing for Government and Business

Capitol Hill Day/National Advocacy Day Training




Microsoft Office, SPSS, Vocus Government Relations, Phone2Action, CQ Knowledgis,

Nimble AMS, KnowWho, Capwiz, Minitab, Cision PR, Westlaw





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I am seeking a challenging [ Insert Job Title ] role, and am submitting my resume for your review.


I am excited to build a rewarding career with your organization, and can offer cross-functional leadership experience in grassroots advocacy, campaign management, outreach, networking, and legislative research. I am also well-versed in government relations, project management, negotiations, and public speaking among other areas.


To complement my professional background, my academic achievements include an MPA degree to be competed this year and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration.


Currently, as Director of Grassroots and Member Engagement at LeadingAge, I devise and maintain an ongoing plan to support our legislative agenda aimed at improving the lives of aging Americans. In this role, I advocate for policies which enhance access to health care, improve community services, and ensure availability of affordable and suitable housing for the aging population.


As this is just a sampling of my job history, please refer to my attached resume for additional experience. I look forward to speaking with you personally, as I believe the sum of these aforementioned reasons will prove me to be an asset to your organization. Thank you for your consideration.






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