WORK HISTORY

Skills

Mid-career professional with experience in media, museums, philanthropy, public health, and youth development in administrative, creative, curatorial, educational, and impact producing capacities is looking for part-time, short-term, and project based work. Also seeking opportunities to develop a writing/editing portfolio.

My writing has appeared online and in print in blog, journal, magazine, and zine formats. I have also served on nonprofit advisory boards and on arts and social entrepreneurship grant-making panels for local and national programs.

Professional Summary
 

Consultant + Advisor,

Arts and Nonprofit

2000 - Present

  • Ashoka | Youth Venture

  • Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS

  • Chimpanzee Productions

  • Chinese American Planning Council

  • Ford Foundation

  • Kentucky Foundation For Women

  • Resource Generation

  • Side-by-Side Film Festival | St. Petersburg Russia's First LGBT Film Festival

  • Tribeca Film Institute

Work

Experience
 

  • Arts Administration

  • Audience Development

  • Blogging & Business Writing

  • Campaign Development

  • College + Career Advising

  • Community Organizing

  • Curatorial Decision-making

  • Customer Service

  • Editing (Photo, Video, Writing)

  • Event Planning

  • Fundraising & Grant-writing

  • Grant-making

  • Intrapreneurship

  • Media Advocacy

  • Mentoring & Supervision

  • Moderating Panels

  • Office Management

  • Outreach

  • Peer Counseling & Education

  • Project Management

  • Research

  • Self-Defense

  • Teaching / Training

  • Video Production

  • Workshop Facilitation

Languages

  • English: Fluent

  • French: Beginner Level​

College Internships

​2009 - 2012

  • Habana | Harlem Cultural Production Company, Community Programming Intern (June 2011-2012) 

       

       Habana | Harlem is an independent cultural                          production company that nurtures the arts and                      humanities by advancing contemporary artistic                      innovation and supporting evolving trends in music              through strategic exposition, artist development,

       performance, distribution, and promotion.

  • Law Office of Fernando Ramirez ( June-August 2011) 

       

       Fernando Ramirez provides transactional legal services        in the entertainment industry, including individual                talent and business clients in the film, television,                    music, and book publishing industries.

 

  • Hispanics in Philanthropy, Northeast Region Intern (January-May 2009) 

       HIP’s Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino                          Communities brings together local and national                    funders to build the capacity of small- to mid-sized                Latino nonprofits through grants and technical                      assistance. Rather than fund programs and services,            the Collaborative funds projects that strengthen                    organizational systems and build the knowledge and            skills of their staff, board, and volunteers.

Conference Organizer

2004 - 2009

Co-organized conferences at: 

  • City of the University of New York, Hunter College for the New York City Grassroots Media Conference (2009)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the Women, Action and the Media Conference (2009)

  • Manhattan Neighborhood Network for the Representing Ourselves: from the Grassroots Film Festival and Conference presented by the Union Square Awards (2009)

  • New York University for the Queer Asian Pacific American Legacy Conference (2004)

Project Coordinator / Manager / Director,
American Documentary | P.O.V.

2000 - 2009

P.O.V. (a cinema term for “point of view”) is television’s longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. It premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, P.O.V. has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. These films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.

 

P.O.V. films have won every major film and broadcasting award including 36 Emmys, 19 George Foster Peabody Awards, 12 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Awards, three Academy Awards, the first-ever George Polk Documentary Film Award and the Prix Italia. American Documentary | P.O.V. is also a recipient of the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. 

While there I developed a pilot youth outreach project into a national program that served over 10,000 youth annually.

  • Identified how the project could fulfill an underserved area in the youth media and youth development fields: training young producers and community leaders in media advocacy skills.

 

  • Directed a national institute for five years, which provided training and technical assistance to 100 youth organizers in how to use independent non-fiction media as resources for civic engagement in their communities.

 

  • After 3 years the project was integrated into P.O.V.’s Community Engagement and Education department.

  • Performed daily administrative duties.

 

  • Supervised 127 employees.

  • Trained and supervised colleagues and interns on how to solicit partners and audiences for upcoming broadcasts and screening events.

  • Raised $42,000 for the project.

Producer, Educational Video Center

​1998 - 1999

EVC is a non-profit youth media organization dedicated to teaching documentary video as a means to develop the artistic, critical literacy, and career skills of young people, while nurturing their idealism and commitment to social change.    

  • Commissioned by Non-Traditional Employment for Women to produce Built by Women, a documentary on construction tradeswomen in New York City.

 

  • Commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art to produce Hip Hop: A Culture of Influence, a documentary exploring the origins of Hip Hop culture and some of its controversial elements: for their exhibit Hip-Hop Nation: Roots, Rhymes and Rage.

 

  • Commissioned by the New Museum of Contemporary Art to produce a promotional video of their Art’s Visible Knowledge Project, a program where artist-instructors and high school teachers developed an art-based curriculum to teach non-art subjects.

 

  • Co-produced Out Youth In Schools, a documentary about Gay/Straight Alliances in high schools.

Peer Educator + Peer Mentor,
Asian Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS

​1998 - 2002

APICHA’s mission is to improve the health of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in NYC and to increase access to culturally competent comprehensive primary care, preventive health services, mental health and supportive services.

  • Advised Young People’s Project staff in developing programming that focused on youth empowerment, leadership development, and project sustainability.

  • Co-facilitated 100 workshops to agencies, community groups, and schools on: STD prevention and treatment, Asian & Pacific Islanders and HIV, self-defense, bias awareness, cultural competency, presentation and facilitation skills, and issues impacting women, LGBTQI communities and youth.

  • Mentored and supervised 50 peer educators. 

  • ​​Counseled young people on safer sex practices and harm reduction techniques.

Education

State University of New York, Empire State College

BA in Media Studies, 2017

School of Visual Arts

​MFA in Art Writing, 2019

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