Credentials

PROFESSIONAL ​INFO​​

You are not obligated to complete the work. 
Neither may you desist from it.

Pirkei Avot 2:21

I'm a writer, project manager, and strategist.

My originality, logical priority-setting skills, strategic thinking, and knack for creative solutions complement a deep emotional intelligence and a fundamental commitment to finding the win-win-win.

My career has ranged from higher ed to philanthropy to museums, but the through-line has been a deep commitment to using my talents and experience to help individuals and institutions thrive. 

WORK EXPERIENCE​​

2010-PRESENT

Writer & Fundraising Consultant

Whether as copywriter with a marketing agency, in-house talent, or pro-bono for organizations I believe in, I've helped raised millions of dollars over the past decade.

My specialty is long-form fundraising direct response packages. I take a holistic view of every direct-response fundraising campaign, with an eye to list selection, package components, timing, ask strategy, and multi-channel execution. 

2018-2020​

Deputy Director
Jewish Museum of Maryland

2015-2018

Associate Director for Projects, Planning and Finance
Jewish Museum of Maryland

At a small museum, everyone wears a lot of hats. That was especially true for me. 

WRITING and EDITING

• Grants (city, state, federal, and private)

• Publications (annual reports, exhibit catalogs, in-gallery and marketing brochures)

• Fundraising (donor menus, direct response letters and emails, stewardship and thank yous)

• Membership communications (6+ renewal touches per membership level, membership acquisition, thank yous and new member packets)

• Blogs and newsletters 

• Exhibit scripts (interpretive and label copy)

ADMIN and OPERATIONS

• Annual Budgets (created and managed annual budget for the Museum between $1.5 and $2million)

• Accounts Payable (review all transactions and provide coding for accountants)

• Facilities Management (two historic synagogues, the Museum building, and 2 additional owned-properties)

• Staff retreats and cohesion efforts

• Processes and internal controls for finance and quality assurance

PROJECT and PROCESS MANAGEMENT

• Implementation of project management software

• Adoption, configuration, and data transfer for new constituent relationship management software and point-of-sale solution

• Exhibit project management for more than ten exhibits

• Multi-touch, multi-channel renewal process 

• Strategic briefs and after-action documents for all major projects

• Consultation for exhibit evaluation projects

FUNDRAISING

• Stewardship and solicitation for a small portfolio of donors

• Segmentation and strategy (pipelines, ask strings, benefits)

PUBLIC SPEAKING and FACILITATION

• Lectures and presentations (live and via digital platforms)

• Small-group facilitation

• Moderating for panels and speaker Q&A

• Spokesperson for Museum with radio, TV, and newspaper journalists

2013-2015

Senior Associate Director, Marketing & Communications
Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Johns Hopkins University

As the lead marketer for the office of undergraduate admissions, it was my role to develop a strategic marketing plan, overseeing and integrating marketing deliverables, including print, web, social media, and in-person events. 

2011-2013​

Director of Marketing
United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

Oversaw an internal marketing agency for the Federation and the Jewish Community Center, 14 client-departments in all, ranging from fitness to cultural arts to philanthropy. Produced an award-winning publication Returning to Work, Hampton Roads in support of a newly-launched infant care program.

2010-2011

Assistant Director, Direct Marketing
College of William & Mary, Annual Giving Programs

Provided strategy, project management, and best practices for all of the direct response fundraising and select stewardship activities for the Fund for William & Mary and four constituent funds. More than 500,000 pieces of mail or email through more than 50 distinct projects annually raising nearly $1,000,000, with 100% on-time and on-budget record.

COMMUNITY

Chair, BHC Justice | Chair, Antiracist Working Group
Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

2015-PRESENT

2018-PRESENT

2016-2019

Co-Chair, Baltimore Leadership Council
Jews United for Justice
Chair, Baltimore Fundraising Committee
Jews United for Justice

EDUCATION

2000-2004

Divinity School of the University of Chicago

M.A. Religious Studies (concentration: History of Judaism)

Ph.D. coursework (concentration: Modern Jewish Thought)

1994-1998

Oberlin College

B.A. English & Religion, Minor in Politics.

Inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, Zeta of Ohio.

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