Experience

For the past twenty years, I have worked in positions of increasing responsibility in the fields of public affairs, education and philanthropy. Throughout my career, I have focused on building teams to achieve strategic, measurable results that change people's lives.

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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Communications

As the founding member and subsequent leader of the team, I created the Communications department from the ground up, instituting policies and procedures, setting shared organizational goals, developing staff skills, building the Hilton Foundation brand, managing media grants, working with partners and vendors around the world, as well as sitting on and counseling the leadership team.

 
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Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Hilton Humanitarian Prize

For six years, I managed the nomination and award cycle of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the Nobel Prize of the nonprofit world. Every year, our team would process nominations, perform due diligence on nominees, facilitate a high-level international jury meeting and work with the winner of the $2 million unrestricted grant. The process would culminate in a gala held in New York City, Washington, D.C. or Geneva.

 
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Freelance Public Relations

During my first year in the United States, I worked on freelance public relations projects, including "Sayonara Speed Tribes," an independent documentary film about Japanese motorcycle gangs. We launched a website and blog (before there were blogs), as well as a guerilla marketing campaign with trade and online outlets to build awareness of the project and obtain funding. With financing in place, the production moved to Japan and was successfully completed in 2012.

 
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KTC Group, Japan, Foreign Personnel Supervision

During my final year in Japan, I was employed by KTC Group to help supervise and train foreign personnel at the company's foreign language institute. I was part of the management team responsible for hiring and curriculum decisions. I worked with the small team, while counseling and instructing Japanese students of all ages.

 
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ECC Foreign Language Institute, Japan, Personnel Training

When I first arrived in Japan, I worked as an English instructor at ECC, one of the largest language institutes. Within a few short months, I was promoted to a position at headquarters in Nagoya. For the next couple of years, I was responsible for training new, English-speaking staff arriving in Japan for the first time. In addition to curriculum practice, I helped staff acclimatize to working with Japanese students and team members. I also served on the hiring and curriculum development teams.

 
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Alliance For Cartons and The Environment, Communications

The Alliance is a trade association of paper and carton producing companies working to influence European Union policies affecting the sector. As ACE's Communications Coordinator, I learned the foundations of my profession, from helping with messaging to developing the website and publications, as well as dealing with media relations.

 
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Forum Europe, Project Management

After finishing my internships at NATO and the European Commission, I started my first full-time position at Forum Europe, a small, but well-regarded event organizing company dealing with European and Transatlantic topics. My main focus was designing and organizing defense conferences that brought together foreign ministers, private contractors and policy experts to discuss and analyze trends in national security issues.

 

Internships

European Commission, Secretariat General

After finishing my Masters in European Studies at the University of Leuven in 1998, I was one of 500 graduates selected for an internship within the European Commission. Assigned to the Secretariat, I worked with the coordinating office responsible for all interns, organizing their first career fair, developing a website and publishing newsletters. My eight months at the organization provided an invaluable early lesson on high-level, multilateral politics and organizing.

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NATO, Office of Information and Press

In the summer of 1998, I was selected as an intern for NATO's Integrated Data Service (NIDS) department in the Office of Information and Press. helped digitize materials to develop the very first website for the organization. I was already an enthusiastic early adopter of the internet, but the two months that I spent at NATO helped me gain a solid appreciation for the professional applications of the World Wide Web.