Professional Experience/Accomplishments

Interim Director Media Management/PR  2/2018 - Present

Houston Community College, Houston, Texas

  • Recommended and implemented improvements to maximize messaging and branding
  • Involved in decisions for fall enrollment marketing/advertising campaign
  • Develop strategy for advancing excellence in academics, student life and community service utilizing the PESO model of integrated paid, earned, shared and owned media
  • Provide direction to internal TV operation, marketing and creative teams, contracted PR firms and communications directors at HCC's six colleges
  • Manage all aspects of media/public relations
  • Research and write speeches, newsletters, talking points and event scripts for chancellor and board members
  • Direct staff of contract writers
  • Write and pitch stories to local media 

Freelance PR/Marketing Consultant  9/17 - Present

Asia Society Texas Center

Houston Food Bank

Chief Policy Officer/Director of Communications 1/10 – 4/17
City of Houston, Office of the Mayor, Houston, Texas  

  • Served as first-ever City of Houston Policy Officer, developing and executing implementation strategy for significant policy initiatives including a public referendum on equal rights, a pension reform package, a high-profile infrastructure repair program 
  • Eliminated silos and achieved unified communications operations for governmental corporation with $5 billion annual budget 
  • Led seven divisions and had indirect supervision of 22 departmental communications operations 
  • Executed crisis communications to keep public safe and informed after severe weather events, police officer involved shootings, line of duty fire fighter fatalities and investigative journalism 
  • Doubled size of email distribution system to more than 120,000 recipients
  • Doubled mayor’s social media following  
  • Maximized potential of city-owned and operated TV station and city website 
  • Optimized extensive network of contacts at all levels of government and in the nonprofit and private sectors to ensure broad stakeholder representation and support for city initiatives 
  • Achieved enhanced worldwide profile for Houston and first openly gay mayor of large U.S. city  
  • Delivered on management’s high expectations for increased exposure with as many as 200 news releases annually as well as numerous opinion pieces published by local, state, and national media outlets   

Director of Communications/Governmental Relations 1/03-1/10
City of Houston, City Controller’s Office, Houston, Texas  

  • Managed all communications activities including all news releases, media inquiries, speeches, policy papers, talking points, newsletter 
  • Directed three-person staff  
  • Achieved overall improved communications operations through increased public outreach, enhanced public policy focus and accomplishment driven messaging 
  • Improved and managed design of city’s annual financial report 
  • Created, implemented and managed innovative program to help 1,000s of individuals without bank accounts enter the financial mainstream and begin building assets 
  • Served as liaison between controller’s office and City Council, monitored state legislation   City Hall Bureau Chief and Interim Managing Editor  10/93-1-03

KTRH News Radio 740 AM, Houston, Texas   

  • Responsible for reporting on city government/local politics, including five mayoral campaigns
  • Managed and directed all aspects of staff of 20 at 24-hour news operation, including developing daily reporter assignments, providing editorial direction and preparing staff schedules

Education:   Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois    

B.A.: Communications/Psychology