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Curriculum Vitae


Communication, M.A.​​

  • University of Illinois Chicago (2021-2024)

  • 4.0 GPA

  • Thesis: Living with Solar: Examining Visuals in Newspapers and Social Media about Utility-Scale Solar

  • 2023 National Communication Association Top Student Paper Award in the Visual Communication Division for "Solar Power Imagery in US Media" 

  • 2022 UIC Walter and Mary Knorowski Prize

Urban and Regional Planning, B.S. 

  • Virginia Commonwealth University (2013-2017)

  • 3.67 GPA

  • 2017 VCU Wilder School Hawthorne Excellence in Writing Award​ 

  • 2017 VCU Dossier Award

  • 2013-2017 VCU Provost Scholarship

  • 2013-2017 VCU Honors College

Work Experience

Research Assistant; Office Assistant; Teacher Assistant (2022-2024)

University of Illinois Chicago

-Edit working papers for department head Dr. Zizi Papacharissi.
-Expand Communication department social media presence, led alumni development projects and designed marketing campaign for new Social Technology Studies concentration.

-Grade assignments and lecture for the following undergraduate courses: COMM200: Communication Technologies, COMM206: Public Relations and Digital Media, COMM250: Social Media & Society, and COMM326: Public Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility.

Social Media & Communications Coordinator (2020-2022)

North American Association for Environmental Education

-Build inclusive and ethical communication strategy while publishing social media and website content and analyzing reach

-Conducted outreach plans to meet the needs of eight programs and two conferences.
-Created 50+ social media posts per week, customized to Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
-Monitored, measured, analyzed, and created reports on audience engagement and demographics.
-Facilitated and contributed blog posts for national and international holidays such as Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, Earth Day, and World Environment Day.

Program Associate (2020)

Big Green

-Formed relationships with 35 public schools and provided training, resources, and encouragement.
-Filmed and edited weekly video content for the Big Green at Home newsletter and YouTube channel.

Online English Teacher (2019-2020)

Catal Language School

-Edited Japanese students' essays and provide constructive feedback.

JET Program Assistant Language Teacher (2017-2019)

Kobe Board of Education

-Supported elementary and junior high teachers during English education and created activities, presentations, and testing materials.

-Implemented a phonics curriculum for first-year junior high students.

-Assisted and led TEFL training workshops and facilitated group discussion for Japanese teachers of English.

Social Media Manager (2016-2017)

Stoplight Gelato Cafe

-Created the cafe's website as well as all print and digital promotional content.

-Managed all social media channels and built a following of over 1k through authentic, useful, and beautiful content.

Teacher's Assistant (2014-2017)

Virginia Commonwealth University Honors College Freshman Rhetoric

-Led weekly sessions that complemented the classroom curriculum.

-Met with students 1-1 to assist them with their research proposals.

Constituent Services Intern (2016)

Office of the Governor of Virginia Terence R. McAuliffe

-Assisted Virginian constituents by phone and mail and documented all exchanges via CRM software.

-Wrote proclamations and letters covering policy responses and special recognitions on behalf of the Governor and his office.

Legislative Intern (2015)

Virginia Coalition for Open Government (VCOG)

-Identified and tracked relevant bills by attending sessions and talking with legislators; wrote status reports for the VCOG.

-Shadowed and assisted legislators, journalists, and lobbyists by assisting with constituent services, social media, and data input.

Lead Instructor (2015)

Mary and Francis Youth Center

-Created curriculum for and co-taught a collaborative STEAM summer camp for twelve 6th-8th graders.

-Applied for a received a grant to host the camp and its final showcase at 1708 Gallery.

AmeriCorps Literacy Coach (2014-2015)

Chimborazo Elementary School

-Hosted a literacy station focused on phonics, word study, and writing for 2nd graders.ty.


Solar power imagery in US media [Conference presentation]. National Communication

Association Annual Convention, November 2023, National Harbor, Maryland.


Life, land, & anticipated loss: An Arendtian lens to climate-related voluntary immobility

[Conference presentation]. American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, March 2023, Denver, Colorado.


What's wrong with the polar bear? [Conference presentation]. North American Association

for Environmental Education Annual International Conference, October 2022, Tucson, Arizona.


The nature of climate action: What nature are we saving? [Conference presentation].

Environmental Education Association of Illinois Annual Conference, April 2022, Yorkville, Illinois.


The need for recognition of invisible cyclists on the roads of Richmond, Virginia

[Conference presentation]. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, April 2017, Memphis, Tennessee.


Community integration within job training service programs for homeless persons

[Conference presentation]. Political Science Student Research Conference, April 2015, Richmond, Virginia.

Software and Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite

  • Arc GIS

  • Canva

  • Google Analytics

  • Huddle

  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM

  • Microsoft Office

  • English (native)

  • Japanese (advanced)

  • Spanish (beginner)

  • Hebrew (beginner)

Independent and Community Projects

ChiHackNight volunteer team member on project to inspire grassroots electrification effort and policy transformation.

Founding member of grassroots collective devoted to expanding and unifying the food growing community in Chicagoland and increasing equitable and holistic health outcomes.

Wrote and edited literature for a tour tracing the footsteps of Jewish refugees in Kobe.​

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