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To make a difference by aiding public initiatives through use of my strong analytical & public management skills
University of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Sciences, Fels Center of Government, 9/98-8/00
MGA, Master of Government Administration, August 2000
Relevant Coursework: Economic Analysis and Public Sector; Politics, Policy and Public Service; Accounting and
Management Control; Public Financial Management; Public Expenditure Budgeting; Politics, Technology, and Economic
Development; Privatization and Government Reinvention; Leadership in the Public Domain; Governance; and Early Childhood
University of Pennsylvania, College of Arts and Sciences, 9/91-5/95
BA, Bachelor of Arts in English and History (double major), May 1995
University of Pennsylvania, School of Engineering and Applied Science, 9/97-present
Senior Secretary, Office of Academic Programs (APO)
Major Publications include: Penn Technology News—biannual research bulletin (Volume V- Spring 2000), two 12-page master’s
degree program admissions brochures (Fall 2000), seven 12-page, departmental doctoral degree program admissions brochures
(Summer 1999), one 18-page main admissions catalog (Summer 1999), four lecture invitations and posters for Penn Engineering
Distinguished Lecture series (Fall- Spring 1999), commencement invitations, programs and certificates for undergraduate, master’s
and doctoral graduation ceremonies (May, 1998-2000), freshmen advance registration handbook (August, 1998-2000), and student
academic cards pilot (1999-2000). External staff: freelance photographer and copywriter.
Web Maintenance: Point person for web maintenance of www.seas.upenn.edu (School’s homepage). Oversaw transition of
entire web site from old design to new (Summer 1999). Managed work-study student who provided web support.
Administrative Support: Manage the daily calendars/ coordinate meetings for the Deputy Dean, the Associate Dean for
Academic Affairs, and the Director of Academic Affairs; schedule all committee meetings supported by APO; provided editorial
support for research proposals; draft relevant correspondence; set itineraries for corporate and congressional delegations; disseminate
fellowship information and research opportunities; manage non-tenure faculty and postdoctoral appointments; maintain graduate
group (faculty) memberships; compile survey statistics; and handle office supplies and letterhead and business card orders.
Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, Inc. (C-CAP), New York, NY, 9/95-9/97
Administrative Assistant/ Program Administrator
Regional programs: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Norfolk, Philadelphia, Phoenix, and Virginia Beach.
Select national corporate sponsors include: Cuisinart, T-Fal, RH Forscher, Land O’Lakes, and Zagat Survey.
Select scholarship sponsors include: Le Cordon Bleu in London, California Culinary Academy, Culinary Institute of America,
Johnson and Wales University, Swiss Hospitality Institute, New York Restaurant School, Restaurant School in Philadelphia, and
New England Culinary Institute.
• Liaison between central office and public relations director, volunteer regional directors, corporate sponsors, scholarship
recipients, area public high school teachers, board of directors, board of advisors, major donors, and volunteer chefs.
• Daily responsibilities included editorial support for grant proposals, coordination of benefits/ fundraising efforts,
preparation of media kids & press releases, maintenance of student and donor databases, and administrative support for
area teacher in-service programs, adopt-a-school partnerships, and regional competitions and awards ceremonies.
Computer skills include: MS Word, MS Excel, MS Powerpoint, Filemaker Pro, Meeting Maker, Eudoro Pro, and Netscape.
Attended professional training workshops for Microsoft Excel and Adobe PageMaker 4.0
References available upon request.
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SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
Accomplished driver of diversified projects in the governmental, educational and non-profit fields. Exceptional
communications skills coupled with the capacity to assimilate, shape and use large stores of information quickly.
Possess an extensive background in the following broad-based competencies:
POLICY AND DATA ANALYSIS VALUE OF PARTNERSHIPS AIDING INNER-CITY YOUTH
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND PROJECT MANAGEMENT NON-PROFIT DONATIONS
EDUCATIONAL COSTS MULTI-TASKING STRATEGIC THINKING
STATE OF ARIZONA – Phoenix, Arizona 2003 – present
Education Program Specialist, Department of Education
Responsible for the Consolidated State Performance Report describing federal consolidated program
activities as reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.
Responsible for biennial update of school district boundaries for the U.S. Census Bureau.
Responsible for maintaining Arizona’s Teacher Cancellation Low-Income Program annual database of
eligible schools as posted on the U.S. Department of Education Student Federal Aid website.
Responsible for offering Arizona’s public school districts and charter schools program guidance and
technical assistance on the Title I fiscal requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, including
comparability; supplementing, not supplanting; and maintenance of effort.
Responsible for joining LEA monitoring site visits to oversee fiscal compliance of federal program funds
and facilitating audit resolution issues,.
Responsible for verifying data used in federal allocation determinations for select formula grants and LEA
eligibility for discretionary grants based on statutory guidelines. Such federal programs include Title I
(disadvantaged youth/ low-income), highly qualified teachers/ professional development, safe and drug
free schools, limited English proficiency, innovative programs, homeless education, neglected and
delinquent youth, education through technology, and migrant education.
COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 2001 – 2003
Executive Policy Specialist 2, Department of Education
Assisted school business staff of the required data elements and provided direct input to the vendor on the
design and performance of the overall web-based application and public website design and display.
Conducted regional workshops and conference presentations on new financial data reporting initiative and
technical training for the agency’s first web-based application for all 501 public school districts.
Analyzed state statistics on 501 school districts, including various revenue sources, total outstanding long-
term debt, reserved and unreserved (designated and undesignated) fund balances, special revenue funds,
and expenditures by program areas across all governmental funds.
Project managed “School Finance 101” and chaired the Advisory Board Committee. Managed the vendor
contract to develop the School Finance 101 website. http://www.schoolfinance101.state.pa.us.
Helped brief the Secretary of Education for annual budget and education committee hearings.
Key member of the department’s newly formed, Data Council:
o Researched data requirements for the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
o Transmitted over 1,500 data elements for Standard & Poor’s School Evaluation Services project.
o Reviewed School Report Card bill and other key legislative measures.
o Researched feasibility of statewide implementation of Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF)
to transmit data seamlessly from four school districts to the state. Funded by national NCES grant.
o Led preparation for Performance Based Data Management Initiative (ED) visit in July 2003.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1997 – 2001
Senior Secretary, Office of Academic Programs
Challenged to manage daily calendars and correspondence for the Deputy Dean, Undergraduate Dean of Academic
Affairs and Director of Academic Programs while studying evenings/weekends to earn a master’s degree in
Served as sole project manager of the Graduate Admissions Catalog for the School of Engineering and
Applied Science (SEAS) and its seven departmental supplements.
o Collaborated on academic content with seven graduate department heads and the Dean and on
photography and art with a professional photographer and the Deputy Dean.
o Required only four months to ensure accurate representation of university research and
Submitted and analyzed statistical information on undergraduate and graduate membership, university
faculty, post-doctorate fellows, and university research assistants.
Published student handbook and revised course planning guidelines, impacting all undergraduates.
Disseminated research grant and fellowship opportunities to 2,400 undergraduates.
Served as core member of the SEAS Commencement Committee.
o Coordinated design and printing of two programs.
o Led team managing entrance and exit of nearly 10,000 parents and guests.
Coordinated annual graduate research symposium to facilitate technology transfer.
Launched Distinguished Lecture Series of speakers from government and industry who inspired students to
seek research and entrepreneurial careers and affirmed the importance of the field of engineering.
CAREERS THROUGH CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM, INC. – New York, New York 1995 – 1997
Brought on by C-CAP, a non-profit organization providing food service career opportunities for inner-city youth, to
run day-to day operations with the President, Program Director and part-time, Communications Director.
Responsible for in-kind donations from participating food industry vendors and culinary schools.
Responsible for regular communication with regional coordinators.
Supported annual fundraising efforts and helped coordinating program’s first benefit in Philadelphia, PA.
Confirmed amounts and conditions of about 100 annual scholarships from such donors as Le Cordon Bleu,
Culinary Institute of America, Johnson and Wales University, French Culinary Institute, L’Academie de
Cuisine and New York Restaurant School.
During two-year tenure, C-CAP awarded over $3.2 million of scholarships to post-secondary institutions
and collected more than $500,000 in donated equipment and supplies. Participating cities included New
York City; Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Fairfax, Virginia; Los Angeles; and Phoenix.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Master of Government Administration (M.G.A.) 2000
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) [Dual Major: English and History] 1995
References are available upon request.