My experience spans visual design, strategic thinking, and user experience. I’ve worked closely with graphic designers, content producers, and developers to create successful print, digital, and interactive campaigns.

11 years

getting paid to design graphics

9 years

managing creatives

5 years

leading communications team of designers and writers

1 year

(and counting) of adapting Agile to a creative team

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National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (2002-present) | Washington, DC

Assistant Director, Communications / Senior Graphic Designer (September 2008 – Present)

  • Develop and execute creative concepts that align with the strategic communication plan, meet brand standards, and reinforce the Council’s mission
  • Guide and coach the efforts of the Communications team to ensure the implementation of the Chief Executive Officer’s and the Communications Director’s shared vision
  • Lead team of eight writers, editors, and graphic designers using an Agile methodology
  • Key achievements:
    • Launched “Getting It Done,” a responsive landing page of resources
    • Implemented and adapted an Agile-based team structure to directorate
    • Lead a team to win nine Hermes Creative Awards from 2012 to 2013
    • Oversaw the NCARB rebranding project in 2011
    • Implemented Basecamp to manage projects and promote collaboration
    • Revised and redesigned two program guideline publications, the IDP Guidelines and the Certification Guidelines, moving them from print format to smart PDF
    • Revamped the look and feel of the public website, including a redesign of the homepage to bring it inline with NCARB’s stronger emphasis on transparency and agility

Manager, Communications / Graphic Designer (June 2004 – September 2008)

  • Designed graphics for a variety of publications and collateral materials in varying media, including magazines, brochures, posters, PowerPoint presentations, videos, environmental graphics, and HTML e-mail blasts
  • Oversaw the production of all communications projects, including vendor selection, post-production, press checks, and final distribution
  • Supervised graphic designer, graphic assistant, and writer/editor
  • Key achievements:
    • Harnessed the website to communicate major programmatic changes and proactively address customer concerns
    • Implemented NCARB’s first e-mail campaign service
    • Redesigned the Direct Connection from a newsletter to a magazine
    • Redesigned the public website with more intuitive information architecture, migration to a content management system (Sitecore), and an updated look and feel

Communications Coordinator (September 2002 – June 2004)

  • Designed and desktop-published a variety of collateral materials, including brochures, newsletters, booklets, and PowerPoint presentations
  • Coordinated with vendors for all communications projects, from print ordering to mail fulfillment


Appleseed Foundation (2006-2012) | Freelance Designer

  • Created distinct brand identities for national fundraising events
  • Designed print and HTML invitations, event programs, logo boards, and signage


Degrees and Certifications

  • User Experience Design
    General Assembly
    Washington, DC
    April 2013
  • Selection, Training & Engagement
    Disney Institute
    Orlando, FL
    November 2013
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) Training
    Excella Consulting
    Arlington, VA
    August 2012
  • Leadership Excellence
    Disney Institute
    Orlando, FL
    December 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
    University of Virginia
    May 2001, 3.5 GPA

Technical Skills

  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat)
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
  • Content management systems (WordPress, Sitecore)
  • HTML and CSS knowledge
  • Video capture and editing (Camtasia)



  • Content management and strategy
  • Graphic design
  • Email marketing
  • Basic video production
  • User experience concepts

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