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ALEXIS K.

BARNES
Unit 3400, Box 209-DPO, AA 34060 | C: 570-982-1410 | alexiskbarnes@gmail.com | Portfolio: www.alexiskbarnes.com

Information Officer-Development, Outreach & Communications (DOC) 09/2016 - Current


Acting Senior DOC Officer: April 2017 –November 2017; July 2018- present
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Supported the largest bilateral donor in Haiti and the largest USAID program in the Western Hemisphere by serving as a point
of contact for all information requests, managing social media channels and producing stories that promote development
initiatives. As the Mission’s IO, I:
 Compile subject matter briefing materials for VIP and Congressional visits including presentations, high-level
speeches, fact sheets, and success stories.
 Supervise a staff of 3 FSNs and 1 American
 Coordinate online media outreach and campaigns via website and social media utilizing a CMS and
Hootsuite- a reach of over 40k unique visitors.
 Maintain the mission photography archive and documenting success stories by reporting regularly at sites.
Completed USAID trainings: -OFDA Humanitarian Assistance Course, -Development, Outreach &
Communications 101, -Supervisor Certification Course (SCC), -Writing the USAID Story, -Source Selection &
Award Closeout Course, -Introduction to Project and Activity Design and Implementation,
-Foreign Affairs Counter Threat (FACT) training
Awards: On the Spot Award “For Excellent Dedication to USAID’s Communication and Outreach Efforts as
Acting Senior DOC”; Cash Award “For Outstanding Teamwork and Dedication to Duty During an Extremely
Difficult Period of Civil Unrest and Authorized Departure from Post.”
Appointed: Federal Women’s Program Coordinator, US Embassy Port-au-Prince

Development, Outreach & Communications Specialist (DOC) 10/2018 - 11/2018


Temporary Duty Assignment (TDY) to Ghana Mission Accra, Ghana
Supported USAID Ghana mission by developing a strategic communications plan, assisting in story pitching and development,
creating and leading messaging workshops/brown bags, and updating briefing materials for an incoming Ambassador.

Communications Officer 06/2015 - 08/2016


Akros- Global Health Corps Fellow Lusaka, Zambia

Worked to support malaria elimination and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) work by documenting stories in real time.
Used successful elimination stories/strategies in the national context to connect to the global effort.
 Managed a $30,000-funded trachoma elimination behavior change communication campaign covering 8 districts
in southern Zambia.
 Identified, planned and implemented strategies for reaching key target audiences.
 Prepared stories for different audiences including: the communities/districts pursuing malaria elimination, local
and national publications, policy and funding decision makers and social media.

Researcher/Scriptwriter 09/2014 - 1/2015


Al Jazeera Media Network-United Nations Bureau New York City, NY

Reported in the United Nations gathering and verifying content through interviews, observation and research for anchors and
other reporters. Logged live footage from pertinent Security Council, Noonday Press and General Assembly meetings and
contributed to the daily cycle of an international news network.
 Manned and logged the live feeds during the 69 th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
 Research/reporting done on the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders used in international broadcast coverage.
 Coordinated expert talent for interviews/commentary for broadcast packages.
Editorial Fellow/Freelancer 12/2013 - 1/2015
VICE Media, Inc. New York City, NY

Produced stories for VICE.com and VICE Magazine on investigative and human-interest topics. Freelanced, on
assignment.

 Article written on alternative sanitation received over 10,000 page views and lead to a reporting trip to Haiti.
 Managed the Content Management System, improved SEO and facilitated with reporter submission fact checks.
Human Rights Educator 4/2009 - 2/2010
Amnesty International Education Service Corps Washington, DC

Implemented a 10 week human rights curriculum in a DC public high school classroom, starting with a basic introduction to human
rights, to topics including poverty, the death penalty, women's rights, Guantanamo Bay, torture, the crisis in Darfur, environmental
rights violations, and other urgent human rights issues around the world.

Skills, Software/Hardware
Visual/Audio &Editing/Data Visualization: Final Cut Pro X, Reaper, InDesign, PhotoShop, DHIS2, CMS Systems, AP Style, Marantz audio
kits, JVC HM100U Video Camera, Canon EOS Rebel 60D dSLR Camera, lavalier and cardioid microphones, Adobe Creative Suite.
Technical Writing: Press Releases, Fact Sheets, Media Kits, Talking Points/Speeches, Presentations and Congressional Reports

Related Experience/Trainings

Triage & MARCH (Massive Hemorrhaging, Airway, Respiration, Circulation & Hypothermia) Training
[Medical First Responder]
United States Embassy, Port-au-Prince Haiti 11/2017

Lorenzo Natali European Commission Media Prize Nominee 10/2015


Theme: Development & Poverty Eradication

Journalism Graduate Reporting Trip to Brussels, EU/US Summit 03/2014 to 03/2014


Delegation of the EU to the US New York, NY
ESL Instructor 02/2012 to 03/2013
ChungDahm Learning Institute Cheonan, Korea

Web News Intern 05/2010 to 8/2010


DC FOX News WTTG Washington, DC

Contributing Writer: Africa Times, The Development Set, AFKInsider.com, HighBrow Magazine, Griot’s Republic Magazine

Education
Master of Public Health (MPH): Global Health Concentration Currently Enrolled
George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health Washington, DC

Master of Arts (MA): Journalism, International Concentration Graduated: 10/2014


City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism New York City, NY

Bachelor of Arts (BA): Print Journalism, International Affairs Graduated: 10/ 2010
Howard University Washington, DC