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Summary

Economic development professional with extensive experience in partnership development, team-building, and identification of innovative funding opportunities.  Aiming for senior role with a growing social enterprise or impact investor that is gaining market traction.  Strong record of delivering results particularly with early stage enterprises, women founders, and new programs. 

Skills
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and high emotional intelligence
  • Strong media & strategic communication skills
  • Excellent researching, writing, editing, and public speaking skills 
  • Fluency in Spanish; proficiency in Portuguese
Experience
Independent Consultant 01/2018 to Current Introduction to US Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Washington, D.C.
  • Collaborated with entrepreneurial endeavors ranging from human trafficking hotlines to TechStars Startup weekends, Design Thinking meetups and an artificial intelligence and machine learning business accelerator.
Interim Business Manager and Advisor 10/2016 to 05/2017 Word Made Flesh Bolivia El Alto, Bolivia
  • Researched, wrote, and implemented early stage of innovative business growth plan for Sutisani, NGO´s sewing social enterprise offering dignified work to Bolivian women survivors of prostitution. Results include fiscal YoY sales increase of 50%.  
  • Organizational development advisor to senior leadership.  Helped improve programs capacity, facilitated communication with partners and stakeholders.  
Program and Fund Manager 02/2013 to 09/2016 TechnoServe Puerto Montt, Chile
  • Launched USD $5.1M six-year Business Accelerator and seed capital fund in 3 Chilean Patagonia regions in collaboration with the Chilean federal government, 3 regional governments, and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IADB).
  • Built and consolidated high-performing team that regularly exceeded aggressive program goals.
  • Accumulated sales increases of over USD $6.5M by entrepreneurs in the program (April 2013- February 2017).  Voted 2013 Best Regional Development Program in Chile by The Financial Times.
Deputy Country Director 08/2010 to 08/2012 Samaritan´s Purse Bolivia La Paz, Bolivia
  • Supervised Household Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Community Maternal Infant Health, Sewing micro-enterprise, and Medical Boat projects that benefitted Bolivians in the lower basin Amazon and Altiplano.  Served as member of executive leadership team.  
  • Represented NGO at meetings with government, donor, and civil society partners to address program implementation issues, networked with strategic partners to increase program support.
Executive Director 01/2009 to 12/2009 Community in Action Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Created strategic development plan in a start-up environment for an education-focused NGO in one of Rio de Janeiro's most violent and impoverished slums.  
  • Supervised 11 staff members and multiple short-term volunteers who offered computer, ESL and business education classes to female beneficiaries and tutoring to their children.  Confronted gender and social inclusion issues.
Associate Director 08/2001 to 09/2006 UBS Securities LLC New York, NY
  • Developed appropriate deal and pricing structures to annually finance 65 LBOs, M&A and ABL transactions requiring $100 million in debt financing, or to refinance existing debt.
  • Wrote concise credit analysis documents for 400+ debt capital markets deals annually.- Assisted Senior Equity Research Analyst through financial modeling and financial statement and credit analysis of 20 thrifts, mortgage banks, and mortgage REITS.
US Fulbright Scholar to Argentina and Brazil 08/1998 to 08/1999 Institute of International Education Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • One of five recipients globally to be awarded a multi-country grant to research MERCOSUR trade union's effect on the automobile industries of Argentina & Brazil.
Latin America Assistant Trade Advisor 04/1996 to 07/1998 Ohio Global Markets Columbus, OH
  • Trade Consultant to 50+ Ohio companies seeking to increase exports, international venture capital initiatives.  Results included increased product sales / exports by up to 50% to Latin America.
Academic Background
Master of Arts: International Economics The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Washington, D.C., United States
Bachelor of Arts: Economics and Political Science Hope College Holland, MI, United States
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Experience
Independent consultant and founder of Kid, 07/2007 to Current
  • Sample projects include: Created a retail/gallery space in San Francisco's Mission District; conceptualized and finished Illustrations for McGraw Hill's ESL textbook division; developed advertisements and magazine illustrations for Modern Seamster Magazine; completed book projects for Last Gasp.
05/1994 to 07/2007
  • Designed book covers; completed books that often started with authors' rough drafts and sketches; designed layout for books; developed newsletters, catalogs, sales materials, advertising; managed worldwide mailings of all marketing materials.
Tech Color Craft, 07/1991 to 11/1992
  • Areas of responsibility: Worked in the Art/Production Department of a silkscreen factory; prepared client jobs for print using photography and manual layout; set up and maintained repository of all client designs.
consultant and founder of Kid, 07/2007 to Current
  • Sample projects include: Created a retail/gallery space in San Francisco's Mission District; conceptualized and finished Illustrations for McGraw Hill's ESL textbook division; developed advertisements and magazine illustrations for Modern Seamster Magazine; completed book projects for Last Gasp.
Work History
07/2007 to Current
05/1994 to 07/2007
07/1991 to 11/1992
Accomplishments
  • Combining practicality with design skill to develop functional and eye-catching print material and images for the Web.
  • Conveying themes and/or messages through conceptual designs.
  • Utilizing tools and skills-Illustrator, PhotoShop, InDesign, Flash and a fine arts background-to complete design projects.
Education
BA: 1997
Academy of Art University -
Regularly enroll in figure drawing classes at San Francisco City College to improve my skills
Interests
Gallery Showings 111 Minna, San Francisco Cell Space, San Francisco Club 6, San Francisco Eyesaw Gallery, Tokyo Jimi Hendrix Gallery, San Francisco New Langton Arts, San Francisco Peacock Lounge, San Francisco 11 Minna, San Francisco Cell Space, San Francisco Club 6, San Francisco Eyesaw Gallery, Tokyo Jimi Hendrix Gallery, San Francisco New Langton Arts, San Francisco Peacock Lounge, San Francisco 111 Minna, San Francisco Cell Space, San Francisco Club 6, San Francisco Eyesaw Gallery, Tokyo Jimi Hendrix Gallery, San Francisco New Langton Arts, San Francisco Peacock Lounge, San Francisco
Highlights
  • Color theory
  • Typography
  • Composition
  • Illustration design process
  • Designing for the Web
  • Illustrator - expert
  • PhotoShop - expert
  • InDesign - highly experienced
  • Quark Express - highly experienced
  • Flash - some knowledge
Skills
Color theory Typography Composition Illustration design process Designing for the Web Illustrator - expert PhotoShop - expert InDesign - highly experienced Quark Express - highly experienced Flash - some knowledge
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Executive Profile
Proven management and technical leader with expertise in executing large scale IT projects and system implementations is eager to return to the workforce. Successful record of planning and tracking multiple complex projects and directing teams toward attainment of company objectives. Career record of surpassing client and organizational expectations. Proven ability to effectively communicate with senior executives. Known for delivering superior customer service and exemplary leadership qualities. Driven by new challenges and the desire to be successful in all endeavors.
Skill Highlights
  • Project Management
  • Leadership/communication skills
  • Business operations organization
  • Client account management
  • Human resources
  • Budgeting expertise
  • Employee relations
  • Customer-oriented
Relevant Accomplishments
Vice President of Fundraising 01/2004 to 01/2010 Sandy Hook School PTA Sandy Hook, CT
Business/Operations Manager 01/2004 to 01/2008 Comfybath.com North Haven, CT
Independent Consultant premier apparel retailer 01/1998 to 01/1999 Sandy Hook, CT
Technical Director 01/1996 to 01/1998 Pacific Bell San Francisco, CA
Manager of Store Systems Casual 01/1990 to 01/1995 Corner Group, Inc Enfield, CT
Manager 01/1981 to 01/1989 Ann Taylor, Inc New Haven, CT
  • Led company-wide multimillion dollar systems and communication network implementation rollout for the Casual Corner Group (2300 stores).
  • Oversaw the software design, quality assurance, hardware implementation and training teams ensuring a successful installation.
  • Designed, built and managed a support center to address hardware and software applications for field management, regional and corporate offices.
  • Managed over 60 associates.
  • Directed the implementation of a data center, a new Point-Of-Sale (POS) hardware platform including software enhancements and upgraded the communications network which saved the company over $500K annually.
  • Provided computer operations and technical support for over 500 users (Ann Taylor, Inc.).
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  • Managed 20 professionals.
  • Oversaw the overall operations of a start-up online retailer (Comfybath.com).
  • Managed the implementation of the NetSuite application and developed and implemented procedures.
  • Managed the system test group and over 50 associates including planners, architects, technical support and team leads at Pacific Bell.
  • Implemented retail store systems software and hardware and led rollout to multiple store locations; defined requirements, directed project plans, selected software and hardware vendors and developed training.
  • Consultant).
Education
Southern Connecticut State University Hamden, CT Earned credits towards accounting degree
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Summary
An experience professional with over 30 years of experience in international program management with a desire to assist people with disabilities by guiding, assessing and helping to develop their skills to fulfill their new employment roles. 
Skills
  • Administrative support
  • Conflict Analysis
  • Conflict Prevention, Mitigation and Reduction, and Post-Conflict Reconstruction Specialist
  • Evaluation Design/Management Specialist
  • Media/Communication Specialist
  • Computer proficient
  •  Training and development
Experience
Witter Consulting November 2016 to Current Independent Consultant and Subject Matter Expert
Sebastian, FL
  • Conflict and stabilization analysis
  • Instructional Design and Professional Trainer
  • Monitoring and Evaluation, Assessments
  •  Multi-sectoral frameworks program, M & E and assessment design and implementation
Mercy Corps October 2015 to October 2016 Conflict Management Sector Manager
Baghdad, Iraq
  • Ensured effective coordination and implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and quality assurance of Mercy Corps Iraq's conflict management portfolio.
  • Responsible for the overallachievement of the program objectives.
  • Provided technical assistance and mentoring of Mercy Corps and partner teams on best practice principles, disciplines, and methodologies.
U.S. Embassy USAID August 2011 to December 2012 U.S. Government Civilian Lead
Baghlan Province, Afghanistan
  • Responsible for political oversight, strategic planning,coordination, administration and reporting to the U.S. Embassy on the behalf of the U.S. government Chief ofMission staff
  • Served as the USAID Crisis, Stabilization, and Governance Field Officer for the province.
  • Gender specialist for the U.S. Embassy in northern Afghanistan.
ACDI/VOCA, USAID Iraq Community Action Program (ICAP II) December 2006 to January 2008 Community Economic Development Director
Erbil , Iraq
  • Conducted and lead strategic planning sessions with the CD, ED and Marla Fund teams, communities,partners, government and other stakeholders.
  • Provided programmatic guidance for the design and implementation of economic development projects,including, but not limited to: employment creation programs, small business development, agriculturalcooperative development, vocational training (for youth and Junior Achievement),
Education and Training
University of Sedona 2017 Bachelor of Science: Medical Sciences Sedona, AZ
Centenary College 1987 Bachelor of Arts: Dual Major: Finance & Psychology Hackettstown, NJ