Experience

Multnomah County Department of County Human Services / Digital Strategies Coordinator

DECEMBER 2019 - PRESENT,  PORTLAND, OR

  • Create written and multimedia content for DCHS administration and programs.

  • Coordinate social media strategy including advertising and live-streaming virtual events. 

  • Assist in emergency response communications and strategy.

  • Manage special projects and culturally specific communications initiatives.

Multnomah County Communications Office / Multimedia Producer

JULY 2019 - DECEMBER 2019,  PORTLAND, OR

  • Photographed and wrote about Multnomah County events for public-facing digital platforms.

  • Produced video content showcasing County programs and helped craft multimedia communications strategy.

ProPublica / Electionland Reporter (part time)

OCTOBER 2018 - NOVEMBER 2018,  NEW YORK, NY

  • Acted as a liaison between reporters, lawyers, election officials and voters facing problems with early voting nationally.

  • Assisted local reporters and editors in key regions with their Election Day coverage of the 2018 midterms.

Startup Guide / Freelance Writer

APRIL 2018 - NOVEMBER 2018,  REMOTE/GLOBAL

  • Interview key players in various entrepreneurial hubs around the world.

  • Write short articles about each city's relevant startup companies, founders, CEOs, incubator programs and co-working spaces.

 

University of Oxford, Faculty of Law / Research Assistant

APRIL 2018 - JUNE 2018,  OXFORD, UK and BERLIN, GERMANY

  • Researched the origins, creation and expansion of the European Border and Coast Guard (Frontex).

  • Interviewed a diverse range of refugees and asylum seekers in Germany.

  • Helped map relationships between EU legislators and major arms companies.

 

WNYC Data News Team / Assistant Producer

AUGUST 2016 - NOVEMBER 2016,  NEW YORK, NY

  • Investigated and explained New York’s judicial election process for online and on-air coverage.

  • Researched hundreds of judicial candidates running in the 2016 election, featured in WNYC’s annual voter guide.

  • Covered Uptown Manhattan and The Bronx for Electionland collaborative reporting project.

The Lo-Down / Reporter

MAY 2016 - AUGUST 2016,  NEW YORK, NY

  • Covered breaking news on the Lower East Side.

  • Reported on affordable housing on the Lower East Side and citywide.

  • Analyzed and mapped Department of Finance data to identify buildings at risk of landlord harassment.

 

Multnomah County Communications Office / Intern

JUNE 2014 - AUGUST 2014,  PORTLAND, OR

  • Wrote and photographed news stories relevant to Multnomah County residents. 

  • Worked with and documented an anti-violence initiative by photographing events, interviewing participants and building a website for the program.

 

Grant Magazine / Editor-in-Chief

JUNE 2012 - JUNE 2014,  PORTLAND, OR

  • Managed a staff of 25 student journalists and designers. 

  • Edited news, features, photos and layouts for monthly print and online publication.

  • Won Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s highest award (Gold Crown) for our work online and in print during my tenure.

Education

 

The New School / BA Journalism+Design

AUGUST 2014 - AUGUST 2017,  NEW YORK, NY

  • Awarded Jeff Gural Academic Achievement and Opportunity Scholarship, a selective four-year program focusing on social justice issues in the U.S. and Latin America.

  • Selected by Journalism+Design faculty to attend and cover SXSW 2015.

  • Selected to participate in Judge Your Judges reporting project with the Daily News’ Sarah Ryley and WNYC’s John Keefe.

  • Attended 2016 Nation Student Journalism Conference.

  • Attended 2016 IRE conference in New Orleans, LA.

  • Attended 2017 IRE ‘Watchdog Workshop’ in New York, NY.

  • Study Abroad Spring 2017: Afro-Colombians and the Peace Process, Colombia.

  • Study Abroad Summer 2017: Citizenship and Globalization, Argentina.

Continued Education / Film & Journalism

AUGUST 2017 - PRESENT, UNITED STATES

  • Filmmaker at 2018 Hip Hop Film Festival in New York, NY.

  • Attended 2018 Society for News Design conference in New York, NY.

  • Attended 2019 IRE Conference in Houston, TX.

  • Workshop Facilitator at 2019 Northwest Public Employees Diversity

  • Conference.

  • Filmmaker at 2019 New Orleans Film Festival in New Orleans, LA.

  • Attended 2020 NICAR Conference in New Orleans, LA.

  • Panel Facilitator at 2020 Online News Association conference (virtual).

Skills

Technical Skills:

Shooting, stitching and editing with various 360-degree video and virtual reality tools including Ricoh Theta and Samsung Gear VR.

Shooting and editing with DSLR camera equipment and Adobe editing software such as Photoshop and Premiere.

 

Data analysis and visualization with various languages including SQL and Python, and with tools such as Carto and Adobe Illustrator.

Audio recording and editing with various recorders and software, including Zoom products and Avid Pro Tools.

Interactive prototyping both on paper and with digital tools such as Adobe Xd.

 

Languages:

English: fluent                        Spanish: advanced                        Arabic: beginner

 

References

 

Scott Klein / Deputy Managing Editor at ProPublica

Heather Chaplin / Founding Director of Journalism + Design at The New School

John Keefe / Bot Developer and Product Manager at Quartz

Dave Austin / Communications Director at University of Oregon

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