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Gina Stracuzzi is an entrepreneurial communications and partnership advisor with more than 25 years’ experience working in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, in such areas as global partnerships, marketing and communications strategies, online and social media content development, and brand expansion.
GINA M STRACUZZI 703-216-5142 or 703-356-8536 Vienna, VA 22182 email@example.com PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY Entrepreneurial communications and partnership advisor with more than 25 years’ experience working in the non-profit and for-profit sectors, in such areas as global partnerships, marketing and communications strategies, online and social media content development, and brand expansion. As a communications and partnership advisor, supported a wide variety of national and international clients such as AT&T’s public relations and philanthropy division, the Orphan Foundation of America, a national not-for-profit organization, and numerous Internet related businesses. Over the last seven years, career has grown to include work in Global Health and Development, working on USAID contracts in the areas of global health communications, knowledge management, project management, and coaching and mentoring. Currently working with women in developing countries, providing business and professional coaching and mentoring. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Executive Director, e-Women: International Mentoring Network and Global Development Partnership and Communications Strategist; July 2012-present Founded global organization to link women volunteers in a wide variety of areas from health care to education, IT to small business as mentors and coaches to women in developing countries as they pursue careers and start businesses. Also working as independent strategist providing marketing and communications, organizational and business development, and strategic partnerships advice and expertise. Vice–President, Global Client Development and Communications; December 2008 - July 2012 MIDEGO, Inc., Fairfax, VA, September 2007 to July 2012 Directed MIDEGO’s overall communication and client development strategies, including cultivating new partnerships to support revenue growth. Managed implementation of a broad range of communications activities to support and promote company, including knowledge- management activities and management of website and social media activities. Developed strategic partnerships and alliances leading to greater awareness of MIDEGO throughout development and donor communities. Key Accomplishments: Redesigned all online and printed marketing, including email marketing, eNewsletters, online events and communications materials, leading to greater brand awareness. Continually expanded company’s role on existing programs and projects by proposing innovative communication and marketing ideas and taking a leadership role in implementing new concepts. Identified and developed strategic partnership opportunities, leading to new revenue streams, such as proposing new co-mentoring venture to mentor small businesses and NGOs in developing countries. Presented at numerous communications and development workshops and conferences, and sat on 2010 Global Health Council’s conference Abstract Review Committee. Project Manager, Sept. 2007 to July 2012 (MIDEGO, Inc.) Managed support efforts and activities for all MIDEGO development related programs and projects. Supervised project implementation to ensure alignment with long range strategic goals. Assisted in building and coordinating teams needed to meet contracted deliverables. Managed consultants’ assignment deliverables and ensured efficient processing of expenses and invoices. Headed-up close-out and follow-on planning activities for largest client projects. Key Accomplishments: Managed programmatic budgets totaling more than $5M Trained and managed up to 10 project associates and interns at any one time Key management point-person for accounting and audit-firm during three annual audits Worked on final evaluation of USAID funded maternal and child health program in Guatemala. Independent Consultant; Volunteer, Aug 2002 to Sept 2007 Provided communication and marketing expertise to Orphan Foundation of America and led a number of volunteer activities for the group. Provided assistance to potential adoptive parents, helping them to compile and complete the volumes of paperwork associated with an international adoption. Completed Graduate Certificate in Global Health at George Mason University. Communications and Partnerships Strategist Independent Consultant, Washington, DC, 1998 TO 2002 As an independent consultant, created outreach and business development strategies for a number of clients including national and local not-for-profit groups and advocacy programs, an international telecommunications company, numerous IT firms, government contractors and Internet companies. Additionally, wrote strategic plans and marketing campaigns, website content, and informational materials. Coached clients in areas such as public speaking, message development and interviewing techniques. Developed branding and grassroots strategies to reach disparate groups and initiated strategic partnerships to support brand equity and confidence and grow business. Planned and leveraged special events and outreach activities, and executed awareness campaigns, including fundraising videos and direct mail fundraising. Key Accomplishments: Stepped in as interim public relations/project manager for AT&T’s mid-Atlantic philanthropy group during time of transition. Managed DC area philanthropy and outreach funding, as well as vital corporate-community relationships. Initiated funding recommendations and developed new strategic partnerships in support of AT&T’s philanthropic and policy related goals. Represented AT&T in charitable initiatives with other stakeholders that included corporate, community partners and political leaders, leading to increased visibility of AT&T’s charitable efforts in the community. During tenure, co-chaired technology panel of Business Alliance to Save DC Schools, a coalition of corporate partners tasked with implementing new education-technology initiatives for District schools. Gina Stracuzzi Successfully planned and implemented several high-level philanthropic events for AT&T within the arts and education communities, which were attended by local and federal policymakers, Supreme Court Justices and corporate leaders. Strategically planned and organized national and local AT&T volunteer activities, which included working with groups such as Greater DC Cares, Race for the Cure, DC Kitchen, et al. Initiated and developed strategic relationships between internet client, SKOOLDES, and commercial and advocacy partners that lead to new corporate sponsorships, distribution deals with Internet Services Providers and Original Equipment Manufacturers, and brand support among key audiences. Public Relations Manager Form & Content Communications, NYC, NY 1997-1998 Developed and executed communications plans, wrote press releases and product descriptions. Organized media tours and interviews. Key Accomplishments: Garnered favorable media coverage for largest agency client, RUSK, in national publications including Elle, Glamour, Vogue, Redbook, Allure, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. Director of Communications and Partnerships Orphan Foundation of America (OFA), Reston, VA., October 1994 - September 1997 Led fundraising and communications efforts for this national non-profit organization addressing the unique needs of parentless teens. Successfully identified and developed media and outreach opportunities. Implemented action to secure funding relationships and raise awareness of the issues of older foster youth. Grew and strengthened partnerships with multiple stakeholders including policy makers and political groups, government agencies, community groups, corporations, volunteers and the media. Key Accomplishments: Fundraising efforts lead to numerous new funding sources for OFA’s national scholarship for foster youth, as well as several long-term relationships with national foundations that are still in place today and increased work place participation in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) through America’s Charities. OFA went from less than $100,000 annual budget to more than $1 million during this period. Wrote press releases and developed story ideas that resulted in articles in publications such as Parade Magazine, New York Times, C-Span, Washington Post, et al, which resulted in increased donations and new funding streams. Organized and leveraged numerous special events including fundraisers and weeklong sessions for foster-youth on Capitol Hill that included media and leadership training, Congressional Q & A sessions, meetings with representatives, publicity opportunities and receptions convened to build relationships between OFA’s educational efforts and congressional policymakers. Gina Stracuzzi Client Services Manager Aker Partners (Public Relations Firm), Washington, DC, September 1993- June 1994 Managed firm research, wrote media summaries and related news pieces. Oversaw database operations for firm’s clients. Wrote media releases and designed press packets. Key Accomplishment: Developed effective client case studies format that was utilized for several years in new marketing and business development initiatives. Independent Consultant Freelance publicist and writer, Barcelona, Spain, March 1991- August 1993 Wrote marketing materials and product outlines for IT client. Managed market research on a variety of household products and foods for American company looking to break into European market. Interviewed celebrities and drafted articles for Spanish fashion magazine. Key Accomplishment: Successfully marketed commercial activities of American promotions’ company at Barcelona Olympics with sales that far exceeded targets and lead to new opportunities for future games. Advertising and Marketing Director Screen International, London; January 1988 - August 1989 Moving Pictures International, Los Angeles, CA, August 1989 to October 1991 Managed advertising sales and marketing of European-based international film industry publication in London and Los Angeles, and at major film markets in Cannes, Milan, and Paris. Selected as Marketing Director of new sister publication, Moving Pictures, in Los Angeles, CA. Key Accomplishment: Secured exclusive advertising deal with Disney Studios for premier issue of new film industry publication, Moving Pictures International at highly competitive Cannes Film Festival, locking-out established leaders Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. EDUCATION George Mason University, Health & Human Services College, Fairfax, VA Masters of Health Science Certificate: Global Health, 2008 New York University, School of Education, New York, NY Masters of Arts, Media Ecology: Studies in Culture and Communication, 1999 American University, School of Communication, Washington, DC Bachelor of Arts: Public Communication, Magna Cum Laude, 1995 LANGUAGES Spanish: Speak at conversation level; medium to high reading comprehension ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES Board of Directors, Orphan Foundation of America, Herndon, VA 2006- present Gina Stracuzzi
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