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WORK EXPERIENCE

Food & Water Watch, New York
Senior Organizer, 2010 –

Alliance for Quality Education, New York
NYC Advocacy Director, 2008 – 2010
• Directed New York City office of statewide organization
–  Supervised two community organizers
–  Managed communications, strategic planning, and program work
–  Represented organization at hearings, press conferences and other events
• Helped coordinate One New York, a citywide coalition of over 150 organizations
–  Helped win progressive increase in state’s personal income tax
• Helped coordinate Keep the Promises, a citywide coalition of over 30 organizations
–  Helped prevent $2.6 billion in state cuts to education
• Played lead role in statewide communications and campaigns
–  Helped develop and coordinate advocacy campaigns
–  Created and edited quarterly e-newsletter
–  Drafted testimony, fact sheets, press releases, e-alerts and other materials
• Assisted with writing grant proposals and reports

Massachusetts Public Health Association, Boston
Deputy Director, Advocacy & Policy, 2005 – 2008
• Helped lead statewide environmental health coalition
–  Helped win passage of legislation banning mercury in products
–  Helped win promulgation of regulations banning lead in children’s jewelry
• Played lead role in advocacy in support of state funding for public health
–  Coordinated school health services coalition
–  Helped win millions of dollars in funding for public health programs
• Coordinated advocacy on childhood obesity prevention
–  Built coalition of over 100 organizations supporting legislation banning junk food in schools
–  Coordinated materials development, media outreach, grassroots mobilization, and legislative advocacy
• Coordinated communications work
–  Oversaw development of new web site
–  Coordinated Internet advocacy
–  Helped generate over 250 news stories
–  Edited newsletters and annual report
• Assisted with writing grant proposals and reports and fundraising letters
• Played lead role in organizing annual meetings

Suffolk University, Boston
Senior Lecturer, 2005
• Developed and taught urban politics class

Political Consultant and Writer, 2004 – 2005
• Organized for electoral campaigns and a labor union
• Developed and conducted trainings on advocacy, community organizing, media relations, Internet organizing, and public speaking

Citizens for Participation in Political Action (CPPAX), Boston
Organizing Director, 2000 – 2003
• Coordinated lobbying, organizing, outreach, electoral efforts, and media
–  Helped elect five state legislators and the first Latino on the Boston City Council
–  Generated over 300 news stories about the organization’s activities
• Co-founded the United for Justice with Peace Coalition
–  Helped organize one of the largest rallies in New England history
–  Assisted local groups with organizing vigils, forums, and other activities
• Led the Campaign for Democracy in the State House
–  Managed development of web site and other campaign materials
–  Organized rallies, media events and other public education activities
–  Led petition-drive to place a question on the ballot in 18 legislative districts
–  Directed successful campaign to pass all 18 ballot questions

Office of State Representative Jarrett Barrios, Boston
Intern, 1999 – 2000
• Conducted research on Charles River cleanup, voting rights, and disaster relief
• Helped build coalition in support of living wage bill

Toxics Action Center, Boston
Program Director, 1995 – 1999
• Assisted dozens of grassroots groups opposing local environmental hazards
• Coordinated annual conferences
• Coordinated annual “Dirty Dozen Awards” media events
• Wrote layperson’s guide to the state’s hazardous waste cleanup law
• Directed project on medical waste
–  Co-authored report, “Preventable Poisons”
–  Helped close nearly all of the state’s medical waste incinerators
–  Co-founded Health Care Without Harm coalition
• Assisted with writing grant proposals and organizing fundraising events

Center for the Study of Responsive Law, Washington, DC
Staff Associate, 1990 – 1993
• Co-authored Congressional testimony on green government purchasing
• Co-authored manual on green government purchasing
• Advised federal, state and local officials on green government purchasing

EDUCATION

Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts
M.A.: Urban & Environmental Policy, 1997
Thesis: Environmentally-Sound Community Economic Development

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A.: Creative Writing, 1989