Planning, Development, and Politics
Project Analysis: I tracked down details on affordable housing developments while working at the MA Association of CDCs by contacting and following up with member CDCs and state agencies. I synthesized this data into a benchmark report on MBE/WBE utilization.
Local politics: I ran for Amherst Town Meeting and canvassed every door in my precinct, something few candidates do. Because of this effort I received 164 votes, the second-highest vote total in my precinct, despite moving back to town that month.
Constituent services: At the Amherst BID, I used input from 400 constituents to direct my work toward the areas of the strategic plan that were most important to those I served. I gathered this input through regular emails and meetings with business and property owners.
Scheduling: At Hope and Feathers Framing, my responsibilities are cyclical and dispersed throughout the month. I organized my tasks by their time in the month, and since doing so have improved my self-directedness and efficiency while keeping track of more details.
Management: I run Instrument Check for the New England Folk Festival, which involves managing dozens of volunteers in a fast-paced environment. I keep the training manual updated, and every year efficiently train volunteers in basic customer service.
Press releases: I supplemented press releases for the Amherst BID inaugural block party with paid advertising, a social media campaign, and print flyers around the community, drawing 5000 attendees compared to 500 at other first-time events of a similar nature.
Grant writing: I wrote a grant which garnered $300 in support ¬¬¬¬for the Downtown Amherst Contradance. Without my awareness of the opportunity and swift action, the dance would have struggled to start. It is now the most popular weekly dance in New England.
Email newsletters: On average, my email newsletters for Hope and Feathers achieve an open rate of 48.8%, which is 1.99 times higher than the industry average. I achieve this through a succinct and personal style that recognizes the reader’s limited attention.
Data analysis: When I joined Amherst Town Meeting, I found the existing vote data analysis insufficient, so I used Excel and ArcGIS to produce a number of visualizations of coalitions and voting behavior.
Web design: I built a new responsive website for a client recently using WordPress and my knowledge of HTML, CSS, and PHP. The client was thrilled with the design process and resulting site, which fit her needs much better than her old Tumblr site.
- Microsoft Excel
- Adobe Creative Suite 5 (esp. inDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
- ArcGIS 10.x
- Census research: American Factfinder
- Social media: Facebook, Twitter, Google Places
- Email marketing: Mailchimp, TinyLetter, Constant Contact
- Statistics: STATA
- Web design: HTML, CSS, PHP
- Folk dancing
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Board Games
- traditional fusion music
- Connecticut College ’08 – BA in Philosophy – Magna cum laude, Dean’s High Honors
- Tufts University ’12 – MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
- Community Economic Development
- Land Use Planning
- Developing Sustainable Communities
- Transportation Planning
- Real Estate Development & Finance
- Thesis: “Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Developing Relationships in New England College Towns” (Spring 2012)
- “Growing Green Streets: Regionalizing Walk/Ride Day” (Spring 2011)