A designer, artist, and illustrator by trade, I'm a passionate creative hell-bent on making things that move people. When there wasn't a good enough platform for LGBT artists in this city, I built it. When I didn't find a job that I thought was the right fit for me, I started my own company. I have built a creative career on top of my passion for incredible visual experiences, my skills, and a belief that art and design are the most effective tools to inspire action in those around us.
We live in a world where everyone has a window to the universe in their pocket. As a result, today's audiences are hyperliterate in what is good creative and what is bad. To move people toward something - an idea, an action, a purchase - we have to create products that stand apart from the noise.
That's no small feat. It takes skill, hard work, and a willingness to take risks - in our own careers, portfolios, and with our clients.
Whether I'm managing a team or project, or creating on my own, my goal is always the same: to push myself and those around me to create elevated work that exceeds expectations and redefines the status quo.
Department of Defense
The Kennedy Center
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sENIOR CONSULTANT, CREATIVE STRATEGY
TiER1 performance solutions, washington DC
October 2017 - Present
Creative Leadership: Works with account executives, business development, and engagement managers to strategize solutions and products to meet client needs. Generates visual work at a high level, establishing creative direction while interfacing with project leadership and client.
Project Delivery: Oversees the creation of project deliverables, managing creative teams and interfacing with content,
communications, and SME team members as it relates to project work. Manages design direction and product strategy while guiding designers. Manages project budget and individual components while maintaining oversight of product quality and desired end results.
Client Relationships: Works in tandem with regional leadership to drive client acquisition and sales. Works directly with clients during prospecting and post-sales continuing into discovery and through project execution. Engages in ongoing relationship management and development, especially as related to delivering outstanding creative that exceeds client expectation.
Awards and Recognition: Outstanding Project Award 2019, Kroger
September 2008 – Present
As an individual consultant, on teams, and in leadership roles executes elegant, solutions-oriented creative visual and strategic work for a variety of applications, industries, and clients. Creates with an established voice and works across styles and media. Works in both traditional and digital media illustration and design. Engages at various levels of product development and execution.
September 2013 – October 2017
Founded and ran multidisciplinary creative studio serving brands, businesses, startups and agencies. The studio delivered visual experiences and products to support digital-first marketing strategies. Established business goals, processes and infrastructure. Led and oversaw new client acquisition. Oversaw execution of client projects, servedin creative-direction and production roles as needed. Scouted talent for client projects, built and managed teams to execute client work. Pursued sales leads and pitched new business. Lead teams to fulfill projects and client goals.
Development assistant, MEMBERSHIP MANAGER
WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS, washington dc
MAY 2011 - September 2013
Managed the design and publication of the 350 page bi-annual WPA Artist Directory. Assisted the Executive Director with the management of broad-based funding initiatives including individual giving campaigns, grant writing and research, corporate funding and sponsorship packaging, board relations, and special events. Customized and built Salesforce CRM for organizational needs while administering data entry and donor tracking inside Salesforce. Promoted internally to Membership Manager. Maintained and administered WPA's Artist Membership Program. Planned and executed the Professional Practices series of workshops and lectures.
Skills AND EXPERTISE
Print and Web Design/UX
Traditional and Digital Illustration
Photography Direction and Retouching
Video Production, Direction, Editing, and Color
Adobe Creative Suite
Content Management Systems
Art and Creative Direction
Client Relationship, Product Oversight
Project and Team Management
Microsoft Teams, Outlook, Google Apps, Slack, Asana, Basecamp
MS Office and Apple iWork
Literate in both Mac and PC OS
Education and training
BFA Fine Art
Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
Dean’s List, With Honors
New York Studio Residency Program