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					KATHERINE GARNER
3025 Fairmount St. • Dallas, TX 75201 • 214.871.0892 (home) • 214.538.9909 (cell) • klgarner@klgarner.com

OBJECTIVE: Organizational management position that requires strong leadership, communication and planning skills.

PROFILE:
      Fifteen years of progressively responsible positions in nonprofit management, working from administrative
       assistant to executive director.
      Adept at communicating with various personalities and organizations to obtain necessary results.
      Quoted extensively on freedom of information issues in newspapers throughout Texas.
      Excellent ability to organize simultaneous projects and events.
      Exceptional attention to detail that achieves overall desired effect.


EXPERIENCE:
                                                         LEADERSHIP
      Consulted and collaborated with journalists, academics, attorneys and consumer advocates across the country to
       create new Freedom of Information organizations in 15 states and 40 new programs such as educational curricula,
       interactive DVDs, leadership summits, handbooks, Web sites, etc.

      Established new grant-making policies and procedures as the chair of the National Freedom of Information
       Coalition’s (NFOIC) grant committee. Developed overall grant strategy and currently collaborate with potential
       grantees about funding proposals totaling $240,000 annually.

      Produced and implemented Texas’ first new board of director orientation that trained 40 new board members.
       The training substantially increased board involvement and participation.

                                                        MANAGEMENT
      Spearheaded and successfully managed the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ (FOIFT) first move
       from donated to paid office space. Negotiated lease, phone and Internet contracts. Arranged movers, purchased
       new furniture and planned new space.

      Developed new wireless computer architecture that includes a Voice-over-Internet protocol phone system and off-
       site personnel network.

      Secured the FOIFT’s first multi-year grants for the state organization. Through careful research and selection have
       a grant approval success rate of 90 percent.

                                             PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING
      Created, developed and implemented the Light of Day project, a statewide university journalism program that
       teaches college students from more than eight schools how to use the Texas Public Information Act for
       investigative stories. The project led to several award-winning articles published in the Dallas Observer, the Fort
       Worth Weekly, the Bryan-College Station Eagle and The Associated Press.

      Improved attendance at the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s (NFOIC) annual conference 75 percent
       by creating alliances with and marketing to other like-minded organizations.

      Redesigned agenda for the First Amendment Institute and included additional tracks for attorneys. This allowed
       course to receive Continuing Legal Education credits that raised attendance to the highest levels in three years.

      Initiated first legislative summit in conjunction with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas’ (FOIFT)
       annual state conference to identify and build upon the talking points for the next day’s panel discussions. Brought
together other organizations with similar open government issues to help develop a positive legislative agenda.
ADDITIONAL SKILLS:
     Strong editing, writing and proofreading skills. Familiar with AP Style.

     Macintosh and PC: FileMaker Pro; Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Entourage; Adobe
      PageMaker and PhotoShop; Macromedia Contribute, Dreamweaver.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY:
      National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) • Columbia, MO                June 1994 to present
            Board of Directors, Treasurer and Grants Chair, July 2005 – present
            Executive Director, Oct. 2001 – July 2005 • Dallas, TX
            Assistant Executive Director, Sept. 1998 – Sept. 2001
            Director of Special Projects, July 1996 – Sept. 1998
            Administrative Assistant, June 1994 – June 1996

      Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas (FOIFT) • Dallas, Texas              June 1994 to present
            Executive Director, Oct. 2001 – present
            Assistant Executive Director, Sept. 1998 – Sept. 2001
            Director of Special Projects, July 1996 – Sept. 1998
            Administrative Assistant, June 1994 – June 1996

PRESENTATIONS:
     National Freedom of Information Coalition Annual Conference                     Seattle, WA
            “FOI Executive Directors: A Model Worth Pursuing?”                        May 11, 2007

     McCormick Tribune Community Program Funds Conference                            Chicago, IL
           “FOI Initiatives”                                                          June 29, 2004

     National Freedom of Information Coalition Annual Conference                     Newark, NJ
            “Nuts & Bolts: How to Keep an Organization Going Strong”                  May 21, 2004

     Society of Professional Journalists National Conference                         Fort Worth, TX
             “Building an FOI Partnership”                                            Sept. 14, 2002

     Multiple presentations at regional conferences for social studies teachers      Statewide – Texas
             “Education for Freedom”                                                  1994 - 1999

EDUCATION, BOARDS, AND DELEGATIONS:
     University of Texas at Dallas - Master of Arts                           Richardson, TX
            Emphasis in Communications, Public Policy and Nonprofit Management May, 2002

     University of North Texas - Bachelor of Science                                 Denton, TX
            Business Journalism                                                       May, 1994

     Society of Professional Journalists
             Current Treasurer and Past President

     Dallas/Riga Sister Cities Committee
             Past Secretary and Past Director of Public Relations

     Song and Dance Festival – Riga, Latvia
            Attended political conference, met with heads of state and attended delegation events

				
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