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Accomplished editor, writer, technical writer and communicator. Specializes in international affairs, advocacy, public policy. Skilled researcher. Writes highly readable news, features and policy pieces. Experienced in nonprofit sector. Accomplished interviewer. Computer and Web savvy. Skilled editor of magazines, newsletters, books. Brings publications from inception to final production.
Freelance Writer and Editor, Washington, D.C. 2001-present
Interviewed political figures such as Virginia Gov. Mark Warner, Sen. Daniel Inouye, Ambassador George Kennan and many others. Published profiles covering both their political significance and human interest stories.
Wrote booklet, Navigating Election Day, for the national League of Women Voters, explaining to new U.S. citizens and young people the whys and hows of voting. The League was so pleased with the results that author received a bonus and a major new assignment; 50,000 copies were printed.
Edited book, Choosing the President 2008, for the League of Women Voters, published by Lyons Press. Edited monthly newsletter for City of Takoma Park, Md.; newsletter Monday Developments, for InterAction, a coalition of foreign assistance agencies. Wrote articles for George Washington University publications; Asia Times, an online business newspaper; the Foreign Service Journal; The Writer magazine; and Defense News. Edited book for the George Meany Center.
Technical Writer, Smithsonian Institution/PSG March-August 2009
Wrote and edited broad range of materials, including instructional materials, emergency preparedness plans, telecommuting guide, instructions and forms for contractors. Maintained and updated Access database.
Senior Technical Writer, Federal Aviation Administration/CSSI June-November 2008
Wrote Web copy, articles, reports for internal FAA publications and Web sites on business process improvement, organizational effectiveness. Wrote and edited congressional correspondence on aviation issues.
Deputy Communications Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office March-September 2006
Wrote, edited, planned and strategized on legislative communications. Organized press events. Produced booklet on Voting Rights Act. Drafted advertising. Hired staff.
Editor, Public Citizen News, Washington, D.C. 2004-2006
Managed bimonthly newspaper for nonprofit advocacy organization Public Citizen, including editorial process, news writing, layout in QuarkXPress. Maintained blog on government secrecy. Copy-edited health newsletter.
Editor, Foreign Service Journal, Washington, D.C. 1998-2001
Managed all aspects of monthly foreign affairs magazine, including editorial, production and business. Worked with editorial board to plan future issues. Developed article ideas, assigned stories, found and recruited authors, including journalists, freelance writers, government experts, academics. Worked with authors to obtain lively and accurate text. Edited articles for substance and style.
Wrote news and feature stories. Supervised three editors and advertising manager. Hired staff. Prepared budget, monitored costs. Supervised advertising and circulation. Wrote for and coordinated magazine Web site.
Editor, George Washington University Magazine, Washington, D.C. 1990-1997
Planned, edited and produced four-color bi-monthly university magazine with a circulation of 135,000. Developed story ideas, planned special issues. Assigned and solicited articles from university faculty, freelancers, staff.
Collaborated with professional design firm and printer to ensure a high-quality, graphically polished magazine. Assigned and art-directed photography. Supervised two assistant editors. Directed circulation of the magazine. Negotiated with printer, designer and other vendors to control costs.
Wrote news and feature articles. Interviewed prominent GW alumni, including U.S. senators, Cabinet members, for profile stories. Edited university annual report.
World Wide Web: Recognized that university Web site was outmoded; overcame bureaucratic inertia and organized a Web Working Group that generated fresh ideas for the look, architecture and content of institution’s Web site. Within six months, new university Web site was up, marketing the institution effectively.
Editor, Arms Control Today, Washington, D.C. 1986-1990
Associate editor and then editor in chief of the leading journal of record in the field, published monthly by the Arms Control Association. Generated story ideas, solicited manuscripts from prominent authors in government, academia.
Supervised news and production staff, working closely with writers to improve substance and style. Wrote news, reviews. Conducted interviews with senior government officials. Hired staff.
Author of numerous news and feature articles, including:
· "Paradise Lost? Bethesda's Future" Bethesda Magazine, July-August 2009
· "Now You See, Now You Don't," Washington Post, June 3, 2008
· “Here’s Your Traffic Fix!” Washington Post, April 1, 2007
· “Downsizing,” Washington Post, February 3, 2004
· “The Cancellation of Democracy,” Baltimore Sun, August 8, 2003
· “The Great Russian Investment Paradox,” Asia Times, March 2002
· “Blue Notes: How to Work With a Blueline,” CASE Currents, 1997
· “Last Hurrah for Arms Controllers,” Defense News, 1990
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, New York City
Master of International Affairs
Certificate, Harriman Institute for the Advanced Study of the Soviet Union
Specialization: International Security Studies
Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.
B.A. Major: Political Science; Minor: English
Extra-curricular: City Editor, Cornell Daily Sun
Other Experience and Skills
Languages: Russian, Spanish
Computer: Word, QuarkXPress, WordPerfect, Internet applications
Awards: Distinguished Achievement Award, 1997, Educational Press Association
Quest for Peace Essay Prize, 1988, University of California/Irvine
International Aid Worker: Editorial consultant, Ekaterinburg, Russia, March-June 1996
Board of Directors: Forty Plus of Greater Washington, 2006-present