I’m a writer and an editor with 14 years of experience producing digital and print content on the subjects of land use, urbanism, planning, and architecture. I’ve demonstrated fluency in web product management and project management on multiple technology platforms, in print media, and digital news. I have also spent my entire career writing copy, copy editing for style conformity, and managing multiple social platforms.
January 2014 – Present
–Managed editorial content and direction for Planetizen.
–Editorial duties include writing, editing, and assigning a content feed with a volume requirement of 60 posts per week. The Planetizen content feed includes aggregated news, feature articles, and blog posts.
–Managed a team of freelance editors, working remotely around the country.
–Managed social media marketing campaigns for content and products.
–Write, edit, and manage for other large editorial and media projects, such as new website features and content types.
–Wrote copy, created storyboards, and presented on camera for a weekly series of planning videos, and occasional other videos.
–Managed a site redesign project, from concept to wire frames and final designs, completed in April 2016.
–Completed the 4th, 5th, and 6th editions of the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs as managing editor.
–Produced all marketing and media-relations materials for Planetizen Courses.
Curbed LA, KCET, The Architect’s Newspaper, FORM, the California Planning and Development Report
July 2010 – Present
–Wrote articles for publication online and in print.
–Leveraged carefully cultivated contacts in the private and public sectors to break urban design, development, and planning news.
–Participated in multiple conferences as panel member and panel moderator, also participated in radio and podcasts, and visited graduate courses at the University of Southern California and Cal Poly Pomona for guest lectures and final review juries.
Urban Land Institute – Los Angeles; Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors, LLC; Adi Liberman and Associates
November 2009 – Present
–Completed long-form reports on the subjects of design and development, specializing in clarifying esoteric subject matter and communicating significance.
–Researched, wrote, and edited more than 15 reports for ULI Technical Assistance Panels.
–Researched and wrote the initial draft of the “LA2050: Who We Are, How We Live, Where We Are Going” report while under contract for Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors, LLC. The report sets the agenda and vision for the LA2050 initiative.
–Researched, wrote, and edited the “Regional Landscape Review of Climate Programs and Policies” report while under contract for Adi Liberman and Associates.
Outreach and Data Coordinator
The College of Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
September 2011 – December 2013
–Managed all aspects of communications for the College of Environmental Design, including print and digital media production, social media production, public relations, and media relations. The College of Environmental Design includes the departments of Architecture, Art, Landscape Architecture, and Urban and Regional Planning.
–Proposed and managed the first print publication for the College of Environmental Design: Link magazine. Responsible for every phase of development: creating design and editorial elements; assigning editorial schedule; hiring art director, copy editor, and mail managers; writing all copy; acquiring images; and cultivating the distribution list (delivered to a network of 9,000 alumni, practitioners, and academics).
–Managed social media for the College of Environmental Design, including launching a new handle on Twitter and the college’s first campaigns on Instagram.
–Promoted and assisted in planning all college and department events, most notably the “Technology and Environment: The Postwar House in Southern California” exhibition (a Pacific Standard Time Presents exhibition), Re:Street, and Poly-Kroma.
–Produced copy for university publications, including Panorama (distributed to 115,000 alumni and university contacts) and PolyTrends (delivered to 15,000 alumni and friends of the university).
The Planning Report, Metro Investment Report, and VERDEXCHANGE NEWS
March 2006 – August 2011
–Produced multiple monthly and seasonal insider journals covering land use, infrastructure, and the green economy in Southern California.
–Editorial duties included researching, writing, and copy editing all content. Developed content by researching and conducting interviews with leading professionals and policy makers.
–Achieved multiple promotions, from intern to assistant editor to editor.
–Planned and implemented the annual VERDEXCHANGE Conference, as project communications manager.
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
–Master of Arts – Humanities (English), June 2005
University of California, Berkeley, CA
–Bachelor of Arts – English (with honors), May 2002
–Bachelor of Arts – Religious Studies, May 2002
–The Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press Stylebook.
–Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, MS Word, MS Excel, Google Drive, Dropbox, Zoom, FogBugz, Slack.
–Drupal, WordPress, Tumblr, Movable Type, SquareSpace.
–Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram.
–MailChimp, RegOnline, EventBrite, Cvent.