Professional Experience

I am an adaptive servant leader with the skills, knowledge, and network to work in a variety of fields. I am ambitious, creative, and self-motivated.

I enjoy developing and launching initiatives as well as streamlining current processes. I believe perpetual improvement generates success and I incorporate this philosophy into all aspects of my work and personal lives.

My core competencies include:

  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Event Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Grant Writing
  • Program Development & Management
  • Talent Development

Below is an account of my professional experiences.

Director of Development
Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey
Kansas City, MO
July 2016 – April 2018

  • Raised $275,000 in un-budgeted revenue to reduce projected budget deficit to -$75,000 for FY2017
  • Led and managed organizational fundraising, including grants, major gifts, event fundraisers, and individual donors.

Grant Writing & Fundraising CoordinatorRightfully Sewn Logo
Rightfully Sewn
Kansas City, MO
November 2015 – Present

  • Develop and manage donor database
  • Research prospective foundation and corporate donors
  • Write grant proposals
  • Create fundraising strategy for general operation support

Development Manager
ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council
Kansas City, MO
March 2014 – June 2016

  • Secure and report on $780,000+ in grants annually
  • Plan annual Inspiration Breakfast fundraiser for 800+ guests
    • 2015 Event Goal: $170,000. 2015 Actual Revenue: $229,000
  • Cultivated $165,000 for Move to the Crossroads capital campaign
  • Plan and manage ArtsKC Aperitif party series, $30,800 in revenue in 2015
  • Created and manage the First Friday Showcase program
  • Manage Board & Committee Matchmaking program which connects candidates from diverse backgrounds to board and committee service opportunities with arts nonprofits
  • Developed and manage Arts Leadership Series which trains diverse leaders for arts nonprofit board and committee service
  • Led creation of and manage ArtsKC Resource Center, a capacity building tool for artists and arts organizations
  • Manage part-time development intern
  • Utilize Benevon fundraising model
  • Led content creation of 2013 – 2014 ArtsKC Bi-Annual Report, first since 2011 Annual Report
  • Organizational liaison for Mid-America Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
  • Experience with program development and management
  • Experience with budget development and management
  • Establish and manage relationships with corporate sponsors, individual donors, and foundations
  • Other duties as assigned

Legislative Intern
Kansas State Legislature
Topeka, KS

January 2014 – February 2014

  • Wrote weekly legislative update newsletter to constituents
  • Researched and reported on pending legislation
  • Managed State Representative Wilson’s campaign website and Facebook page
  • Communicated with constituents via phone and writing
  • Attended sub-committee and Democratic caucus meetings
  • Served State Representative John Wilson, representing Kansas’ 10th District

Graduate Certificate Coordinator   
Center for Civic and Social Responsibility
Lawrence, KS
August 2013 – February 2014

  • Conducted outreach about Certification in Service Learning to campus community
  • Coordinated Certification in Service Learning, certifying 500 students annually
  • Recruited candidates for and wrote monthly Student Spotlight article
  • Program and partnership development
  • Managed social media content
  • Provided staff support
  • Facilitated small group reflection sessions
  • Special projects as assigned

Arts Administration & Grants Intern
ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council
Kansas City, MO
August 2013 – December 2013

  • Grant-writing experience and training
  • Assisted with event planning and management
  • Conducted organizational research and program development
  • Introduced to Benevon fundraising model
  • Salesforce donor record management
  • Introduced to arts administration and grant-making
  • Special projects as assigned

Public Affairs Intern
Coro Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
June 2013-August 2013

  • Exposed to community issues, civic leaders, and organizations
  • Leadership development
  • Public affairs skill development
  • Completed week-long placements at the Mid-America Regional Council, PlanetReuse, the Westside Community Action Network Center, and the Kansas City Federation of Teachers and School-Related Personnel

Coro Kansas City is a 10-week intensive, educational, and experiential internship in public affairs. The program is co-directed by former Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Kay Barnes. Coro was named one of the top ten internships in the nation by the Princeton Review.

Student Employee
KU Info
Lawrence, KS
January 2013 – June 2013

  • Utilize research talents to immediately respond to information inquiries
  • Assist with maintaining KU Info Question Database
  • Maintain daily inquiry statistics

KU Info is an information service dedicated to helping the extended KU community with information about KU life and beyond.

Student Programs Intern
People to People International World Headquarters
Kansas City, MO
November 2012 – June 2013

  • Planned and implemented strategic global communication plan to mobilize approximately 5,000 students for Global Youth Service Day
  • Organized and led World Headquarters Global Youth Service Day community service project
  • Responded to Student Chapter program inquires
  • Collected student chapter reports and provided feedback
  • Assisted with event planning and program development

Founded in 1956 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, People to People International promotes international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities.

Volunteer Programs Coordinator – AmeriCorps VISTA Member
Neighborhood Services Director’s Office & City Manager’s Volunteer Office
City of Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ
October 2011-November 2012

  • Established Service Learning agreement between City of Phoenix and Arizona State University
  • Mobilized 2,793 volunteers for Graffiti Free Phoenix: Wipe It OUT event. Volunteers contributed 8,882 hours and used 2,340 gallons of paint to remove 108 linear miles of graffiti. Equated to $193,538 in value to the city.
  • Worked with city departments to implement web-based volunteer management software program to more efficiently manage and track volunteers citywide
  • Researched and compiled grant application on behalf of the city for 2012 Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund, awarded $100,000.
  • Created policies and procedures for new NSD Internship Program
  • Refined, implemented, and managed department volunteer programs aimed at assisting low-to-moderate income residents
  • Networked in community to develop partnerships on behalf of the City of Phoenix
  • Strategic and communication planning
  • Experience making hiring decisions
  • Completed public speaking engagements

Student Assistant
Center for Service Learning
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
September 2010-August 2011

  • Created streamlined “Alternative Breaks Certification” process for students
  • Developed faculty resource website for service learning course creation
  • Spoke publicly about engaged learning certification programs
  • Maintained student records for Service Learning Certification Program
  • Supported Women’s Leadership Institute international work group

Student Technician
Information Technology Customer Service Center
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
August 2008-September 2010

  • Facilitated training of incoming staff members
  • Orchestrated office projects with team members
  • Strengthened office management skills
  • Assisted customers via phone and in-person with technological problems

Peer Adviser
University Advising Center
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
May 2008-August 2010

  • Streamlined online I.D. problem resolution service delivery
  • Facilitated enrollment process as academic adviser to incoming first-year and transfer students
  • Worked collaboratively to problem solve in fast-paced, high-stress environment