SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
• Wildlife conservation professional with international project management experience.
• Creative problem solver and efficiency seeker.
• Adept at developing strategic alliances and fostering stakeholder participation.
• Lived, studied and traveled independently in over 40 countries worldwide.
UNIVERSITY of WISCONSIN, MADISON – Madison, Wisconsin
2011 – Master of Science in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development.
Selected coursework: Conservation Biology; Globalization, Poverty and Development; Introduction to GIS; People, Wildlife and Landscapes; Principles of Landscape Ecology; Environmental Policy.
MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGE OF ART – Boston, Massachusetts
2001 – Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Arts 3D with an emphasis in ceramics.
Project Management Intern – Caohai Lake Nature Reserve, Guizhou, China
INTERNATIONAL CRANE FOUNDATION (ICF), (August 2011 – December 2011)
Capstone project for UW-Madison master’s degree. Lived and worked at Reserve for four months.
• Built strategic alliances with China-based partner organizations and local government officials to ensure project success, encourage local involvement and facilitate collaborated efforts.
• Represented UW and ICF as main point of contact in all Chinese governmental and local stakeholder meetings.
• Identified issues and challenges pertaining to partner recruitment and presented recommendations to ICF staff.
• Established Caohai Environmental Education Project (CEEP), which engages local primary school teachers to develop environmental curricula. Learn more about CEEP.
• Organized and facilitated two teacher training and curriculum development workshops designed to write wetland and crane ecology lesson plans focus on the region.
• Performed needs assessment for CEEP. Analyzed regional ecology and history of nature reserve and overview of program partner organizations’ projects, goals and personnel.
• Composed in-depth report for ICF and UW. Report is now used as a reference manual for ICF researchers at Caohai.
Community Development & Capacity Building
• Provided product development and marketing advice and expertise for community handicrafts cooperative.
• Advised farmers’ association on their grant application to U.N. Small Grant Program.
Internship Program Advisor, China Program – Wolong Panda Reserve, Sichuan, China
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC PROGRAM, (May 2011 – July 2011)
Traveled to China to advise and mentor ten undergraduate students from US, China & UK. Implemented feasibility study for community-run native plant nursery as part of giant panda habitat restoration project on private farmland.
• Represented UW as main point of contact at stakeholder meetings to build strategic alliances with local and provincial governmental representatives, village leaders, panda breeding team and U.S. Consular officials.
• Explored potential partnerships with NGOs working in the reserve.
Project Development & Field Research
• Taught students how to develop and implement rural household surveys for feasibility study, to compile and analyze data and to write final reports on findings. Evaluated and edited students’ reports. Planned and oversaw students’ daily activities, ensuring student safety and advising on cultural issues.
• Delivered needs assessment report that targeted regional stakeholder needs and issues.
Graduate Research Assistant
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, NELSON INSTITUTE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES – Madison, Wisconsin (2009-2011)
• Reviewed participatory rural appraisals of human-wildlife conflicts in Kenya and Uganda. Analyzed respondent data for use in a study of wildlife values in people living near protected areas.
• Collected and evaluated comparable higher education certificates in sustainability. Drafted report for potential Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development graduate certificate as part of the UW Sustainability Taskforce.
• Edited and researched articles on urban agriculture, food security, public markets and public policy.
Graduate Program Assistant & Website Designer
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, WISCONSIN ECOLOGY GROUP – Madison, Wisconsin (July 2010 – May 2011)
Partnership Development & Project Management
• Managed funding solicitations from affiliated departments.
• Orchestrated biannual symposia featuring internationally recognized keynote speakers and faculty panels.
• Administered group communications, including designing, developing and maintaining new website for group, and managing weekly e-newsletter to facilitate cross-departmental collaboration.
Roots and Shoots Environmental Education Project Intern
JANE GOODALL INSTITUTE – Entebbe, Uganda, (June 2009 – July 2009)
Communications & Literature Research
• Designed template for JGI-Uganda Roots & Shoots monthly newsletter. Edited and published newsletters.
• Collected data for countrywide 6th grade environmental education curriculum in Uganda.
Vice President, Residential Design
PINEHURST LANDSCAPE COMPANY − Long Green, Maryland (2003-2008)
Landscape Design and Sales/Project Management
Exceeded sales goals each year, including 120% of goal for 2007. Four years of sales surpassed $3.75 million.
• Created residential and commercial landscape designs and calculated installation budget figures.
• Presented sales proposals to potential clients.
• Coordinated project installations and supervised installation to insure standards of excellence were met.
• Fostered existing client relationships with complimentary services such as on-site plant care and maintenance instruction. Over 60% of new customers were referrals from existing customers.
Advertising, Marketing and Web Design
• Directed print and web advertisements and direct mailings. First year’s mailings led to $350,000 in new sales.
• Designed and managed company website.
Media Designer and Editor-In-Chief of UPGRADE Press
NSK & ASSOCIATES, INC. – Boston, Massachusetts (2000-2003)
Advertising, Marketing and Web Design
• Re-designed company brand, including logo, web and print design campaign. Designed and managed client websites.
• Edited UPGRADE Press, a monthly IT newspaper that clarified emerging computer technology for novice users.
• Formulated article content, delegated article assignments to associate writers, edited copy, orchestrated print production and managed subscription database. Readership grew to over 2,500 in first year.
• Procured and designed advertisements for publication. Designed and managed newspaper’s website.
Languages – French (intermediate), Mandarin Chinese (beginner).
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) – Working knowledge of ArcGIS.
Office Software – Highly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite 2010 and Quickbooks Enterprise Edition.
E- Communication – Highly proficient with social media and various blogging programs. Proficient with search engine optimization, web analytics and multiple e-newsletter programs.