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profile of qualifications
results-focused government relations professional specializing in legislative and public affairs, public policy research, strategic analysis, grassroots lobbying, political campaigns, and community relations eager to offer 10+ years experience toward maximizing a progressive organization s success. top-performer with extensive knowledge of legislative procedures, electoral process, and political campaign strategies. excellent communicator who can seamlessly liaise among elected officials, political candidates, lobbyists, and interest groups to achieve key goals. integral leader who can plan, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks within deadline-driven environments.
key areas of expertise
government relations strategic political council public / community relations constituent relations
political research / analysis legislative processes policy / procedure development grassroots campaigns
government relations manager
applied dynamic leadership talents toward directing companywide promotions among local government officials to include representing business interests at national, state, local, and community events (i.e. council of state governments annual conference).
optimized corporate success by researching and monitoring political climate, policy issues, and public relations in priority markets, along with providing expert strategic council on political, legislative, and community affairs to improve business results.
ø increased participation by elected officials in public relations events by over 90%.
ø achieved fcc abandonment of its proposed cuts to the universe service fund by developing a strategic grassroots campaign; galvanizing 50+ elected officials and 100 s of citizens; and securing public attention with 300+ diverse media collateral in 22 states.
ø mobilized 6,500 communities into action and gained support of local, state, and federal officials in 15+ states by creating a grassroots campaign awarding 10 schools across the country with $100,000 each.
chief of staff / research assistant state representatives jason fields and johnnie morris-tatum (2001 c 2007)
utilized broad scope of senior-level advisory experience to support targeted legislative strategies and policy development to include interfacing among public officials, lobbyists, interest groups, and constituents and monitoring committee hearings and activities.
effectively researched, tracked, and analyzed legislation, along with lobbying to gain support of / opposition to legislation as appropriate.
ø spearheaded the formation of the business opportunity advisory commission which identified new ways the state could procure more products from minority businesses by initiating letter writing and media campaigns and attaining governor doyle s support.
ø achieved bi-partisan support and unanimous passage of legislation signed into law via a partnership with the city of milwaukee to help local governments clean blighted and contaminated properties and return them to tax rolls.
ø drafted legislation which received bi-partisan support by proficiently researching and analyzing multiple health policy issues.
legislative assistant state representatives johnnie morris-tatum and leon d. young (1999 c 2001)
contributed strong communication skills toward advocating for constituents with state agencies and government / non-governmental bodies on key issues to include securing government health benefits, compiling / maintaining databases, and organizing public forums.
ø successfully kept 55,000 constituents informed of legislative and community affairs by developing proactive outreach communications, i.e. public service announcements, letters, press releases, and newsletters.
ø coordinated grassroots letter writing and phone-in campaigns to advance a gun registry bill and subsequently form mothers against gun violence which culminated in support resolutions by the common council of milwaukee and the milwaukee county board.
ø created a low-income pilot project with wisconsin energy corporation in response to public concern regarding high energy costs.
additional campaign support roles held between 2000 c 2008 provided upon request
education and professional development
bachelor of arts political science (american government emphasis) jackson state university
certificate wisconsin state assembly staff leadership development university of wisconsin
standards of conduct (wisconsin ethics board)
leading with presence (ariel group) • campaign training (wellstone action / democratic leadership institute)
redistricting / state budget process / bill drafting / legislative procedures (wisconsin legislative reference bureau)
member of toastmasters international
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