VINCENT

127 Rhode Island Ave., NE

PAOLO

VILLANO
Cell: 202.631.9640

Washington, DC 20002

vpvillano@gmail.com

EMPLOYMENT
Co-Founder and Curator of Creative Communications. The Brain Trust, Washington, D.C., August 2012 – present. • A digital strategy start-up, The Brain Trust provides consulting services that enable Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations to engage and mobilize their supporters. • Train hundreds of AAPI movement leaders in online organizing strategies like email writing and social media campaigning. • Oversee internal management protocols that support client needs and business operations. Director of Communications (July 2012-present), Communications Manager (June 2011-June 2012). National Center for Transgender Equality, Washington, D.C.   ● Execute NCTE's external communications strategy with bloggers, journalists, allied LGBT organizations, and community members resulting in national online, print and broadcast placements in mainstream and LGBT-press including Washington Post, the New York Times, Metro Weekly, the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, the Associated Press, and the Wall Street Journal. ● Manage content on the website, blog, social media, and email. In the year between 2011 -2012 alone, this work resulted in a 63% increase in web traffic, 37% email list growth, and 31% growth on social media. ● Provide background and comments to writers and bloggers on transgender social issues; interface with booking agents and producers to arrange broadcast interviews. ● Design and execute promotion campaigns for organizational publications, resources, reports, and fact sheets. ● Develop and design web graphics and marketing materials to ensure consistency in NCTE’s visual identity. ● Craft creative online campaigns that mobilize transgender people and allies to advance local and federal policy change, or build cultural acceptance.

Events Associate Center for American Progress-Campus Progress, Washington, D.C., October 2008-June
2011. ● ● ● ● ● ● Manage interns, collaborate with coalition partners, cultivate vendor relationships, negotiate contracts and MOU’s, coordinate event logistics, book speaker and staff travel, produce event materials, and collect data on grants. Lead planning and execution of 40+ events educating 1,100 advocates on issues of college affordability, LGBT equality, immigration reform, climate change, and health care access. Advise and support local organizers in 30 states to conduct 60+ trainings and events around social justice issues. Manage and train 100+ volunteers and staff to run a 1,100 person national youth advocacy conference. Engage 300 young voters across Pennsylvania in voter education events and lobby visits to support federal financial aid reform. Develop and implement the recruitment plan that doubled participation in the annual national lobby day.

Intern. Renna Communications, Washington, D.C., June 2008-October 2008. ● Write and pitch media advisories and press releases to local and national online, print, and broadcast media outlets. ● Create and edit reports, proposals, and talking points for senior staff and clients. ● Conduct media research, build contact lists, and draft reports for clients.

ACTIVITIES
Vice President for Administration. Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, Washington, DC, November 2012 - Present. ● Elected to advocate for Washington, DC’s LGBT community to the City Council, the Mayor’s Office, and other agencies and institutions. ● Co-led recruitment efforts adding 50 members and $1100+ in revenue in the first month of membership. ● Responsible for the organization’s community relations, fundraising events, online communications and media strategy. Communications. DC Chapter - Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, Washington, DC, March 2012-December 2012. ● Led media strategy and communications for our “Say Sorry Barry” (www.saysorrybarry.com) campaign in response to Councilmember Marion Barry’s remarks about “dirty” Asian businesses and Filipina nurses. ● Serve as one of three campaign spokespeople. ● Petition campaign garnered local and national media attention and endorsements from 30 Asian and Pacific American social justice and advocacy organizations.

 

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Fundraising and Communications. Gregory Cendana For DNC Delegate, Washington, D.C., February 2012-March 2012. ● Coordinated grassroots fundraising strategy targeting individual givers and major donors online and through events. ● Developed and executed campaign’s email list-building and outreach strategy. ● Pitched local reporters on the election progress and the campaign victory resulting in dozens of mentions and two significant feature articles. LGBT Media Boot Camp Participant. New Organizing Institute, Alexandria, VA, September 2010. ● Participated in week-long training emphasizing storytelling, messaging, online to offline activism, fundraising, and email writing. ● Led a team of 7 through a simulated campaign, responsible for campaign strategy and management; message development; social media strategy; writing and sending emails, petitions, and action alerts; email testing and evaluation. ● Expanded our supporters by 224% over an original seed list of 114 people, and generated a 59% action rate. Alumni Advisory Board Member. Center for Progressive Leadership, Washington, D.C., August 2009-August 2011. ● Represented organization to foundations and philanthropic organizations. ● Advised program staff and the advisory board on strategies for engaging alumni. ● Trained upcoming progressive leaders and young professionals in communications and leadership skills. New Leaders Fellow. Center for Progressive Leadership, Washington, D.C., March 2009-August 2009. ● Selected for a rigorous five-month leadership program emphasizing fundraising, grassroots organizing and lobbying, and messaging and communications. Organizer. No On 1 Campaign, Brewer, ME, October 24th - November 4th. ● Organized two actions per day including phonebanking, in-person volunteer recruitment, and canvassing. ● Supervised and executed volunteer recruitment, confirmation calls, event staging, action reports, and data entry. ● Coached and trained volunteers on canvassing, confirmation calls, and phonebanking. ● Exceeded volunteer recruitment targets for get out the vote (GOTV) actions.

PRESENTATIONS AND TRAININGS
● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Trainer and Co-Planner, “Mobilizing Your Community Online,” New Organizing Institute Public Narrative Training for Transgender Organizers, New York, NY, Summer 2013. Panelist, “Strategies and Approaches to Social Change,” South Asian Americans Leading Together Young Leaders Institute, Summer 2013. Trainer, “APAICS Leadership Academy,” Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Conference, Washington, DC, Spring 2013. Trainer, “Mobilizing AAPI’s Gangnam Style,” East Coast Asian American Student Union Conference, New York, NY, Spring 2013. Panelist, “Social Media, Ethics, and the LGBT Community,” Creating Change Conference, Atlanta, GA, Spring 2013. Panelist, “LGBT Organizations Making an Impact with New Media,” GLAAD New Media Training Institute, Creating Change Conference, Atlanta, GA, Spring 2013. Trainer, “#Winning You Campus Campaign,” Creating Change Conference, Atlanta, GA., Spring 2013. Speaker, “What’s Next Ignite Talk,” RootsCamp, Washington, DC, Fall 2012. Facilitator, “Digital Storytelling in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities,” RootsCamp, Washington, DC, Fall 2012. Trainer, “Trans Ally 101,” University of Maryland Queer API Leadership Conference, College Park, MD., Fall 2012. Panelist, “Careers in the Movement,” Advocates for Youth Urban Retreat, Washington, DC., Fall 2012. Moderator, “Health Issues in the LGBT Community,” Netroots Nation LGBT Pre-Conference, Providence, RI., Summer, 2012. Panelist, “Post, Tweet, and Blog--the Influence of Online Organizing,” OCA National Convention, Las, Vegas, NV, Summer 2012. Trainer, “Trans Ally 101,” National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance Conference, Alexandria, VA., Summer 2012. Panelist, “LGBTQ Youth Organizing: From the Intersections OUT!” Creating Change Conference, Baltimore, MD., Spring 2012. Panelist, GLAAD New Media Training Institute, Creating Change Conference, Baltimore, MD., Spring 2012.
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Facilitator, “Messaging and Storytelling Training,” Center for Progressive Leadership, Washington, DC., Summer 2011. Trainer, “Media Boot Camp,” US Student Association Legislative Conference, Washington, DC., Spring 2011. Trainer, “Coalition Building,” Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break, Austin, TX., Spring 2011. Trainer, “Media Boot Camp,” Anti-Death Penalty Alternative Spring Break, Austin, TX., Spring 2011. Trainer, Young People For National Summit, Washington, DC., Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. Panelist, “LGBTQ Leadership and Activism in the District” City Year, Washington, DC., Winter 2010. Facilitator, People of Color Caucus, RootsCamp National, Washington, DC., Winter 2010. Faculty Member, Campus Pride Summer Leadership Camp, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN., Summer 2010. Moderator, “LGBT Students and College Access and Affordability,” Midwest BGLTA College Conference, Madison, WI., Spring 2010. Trainer, “Recruitment and Retention in Your Campus Organization,” Midwest BLGTA College Conference, Madison, WI., Spring 2010. Trainer, “Event Planning,” Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), Tufts University, Medford, MA., Spring 2010. Trainer, “Recruitment and Retention in Your Campus Organization,” Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER), Tufts University, Medford, MA., Spring 2010. Trainer, “Recruitment and Retention in Your Campus Organization,” Coalition of Activist Students Celebrating the Acceptance of Diversity and Equality (CASCADE), Howard University, Washington, DC., Spring 2010. Trainer, “Working Against Elitist Activism: A Discussion With Youth Activists,” Creating Change Conference, Dallas, TX., Spring 2010. Trainer, “Media Boot Camp,” University of Maryland, College Park, MD., Fall 2009. Facilitator, “Youth Caucus at the National Queer API Conference,” University of Washington, Seattle, WA., Summer 2009. Facilitator, “Affirmation Action and LGBT People,” 19th Annual LGBTQIA Western Regional Conference, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA., Spring 2009. Trainer, “Planning a Progressive Event,” 19th Annual LGBTQIA Western Regional Conference, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA., Spring 2009. Trainer, “Planning an Effective Issue Campaign,” Campus Progress Southern Regional Conference, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA., Spring 2009. Trainer, “Media Boot Camp,” Campus Progress Southern Regional Conference, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA., Spring 2009. Trainer, “Talkin’ Bout My Generation: Intergenerational Storytelling & Dialogue,” Creating Change, Denver, CO., Spring 2009. Trainer, “Media Boot Camp,” Energy Action Coalition’s Power Shift Conference, Washington, DC., Spring 2009. Facilitator, “Heterosexism and Queer Rights,” Energy Action Coalition’s Power Shift Conference, Washington, DC, Spring 2009. Trainer, “Training and Workshop Facilitation Fundamentals,” Creating Change Conference, Detroit, MI., Spring 2008.

LOCAL AND NATIONAL AFFILIATIONS
● ● ● ● ● Center for Progressive Leadership Pipeline Project, 21st Century Fellow GLAAD National People of Color Media Institute Rainbow Dragon Fund PAC+

EDUCATION
American University (AU), Washington, D.C., May 2008, Bachelor of Arts: Political Science; Minor: Education Studies; Concentration in Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality Studies International Education: Program on Gender and Sexuality, School of International Training/Universiteit van Amsterdam, Spring 2007

 

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