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MEDIA ADVOCACY Dedicated, decisive, and detail-oriented professional with proven skills, accomp lishments, and experience

in managing national media and image campaigns for cor porations, political organizations and non-profit groups. Motivational leader a nd hands-on team participant that develops trusting relationships through integr ity, professional character, and public relations expertise. Effective communica tor, who handles multiple responsibilities simultaneously in a fast-paced enviro nment. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE CONSULTING TOTAL SECURITY SERVICES INTERNATIONAL (TSSI) Silver Spring, MD March 2008-Pres ent Developed and manage a nationwide public relations and advertising campaign for a U.S. Department of Homeland Security anti-terrorism training program. Organized press events in media markets all over the United States and served a s the programs primary media spokesperson. Wrote press releases, op-eds, letter s to the editor, fact sheets, and communications pieces. Served as the companys primary media spokesperson M+R STRATEGIC SERVICES, Washington, DC August 2007-Present Provide strategic advice on legislative and local initiatives * Developed and implemented various media and public relations plans for a varie ty of clients including the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the Environmental Defense Fund, Visa and others. * Organized press events, wrote press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, f act sheets, and communications pieces. AB COMMUNICATIONS, Washington, DC November 2007-Present Serve as contract public relations consultant for clients on an as-needed basis Organized press events, wrote press releases and assisted with crafting media p lans for a variety of corporate and non-profit entities TIM SHURR ENTERPRISES, Chicago, IL May 2010-Present Developed and implemented a targeted public relations and marketing campaign to help client quickly and effectively reach holistic medicine audience. Wrote radio pitches, fact sheets, talking points and media releases to highligh t company profile Successfully pitched media across the United States on companys product and gen erated multiple stories. CAW INDUSTRIES, INC. Rapid City, SD May 2009-Present Developed and implemented a targeted public relations and marketing campaign to help client quickly and effectively reach primary audience. Wrote radio advertisements, placed media buy, and booked client radio interview s. Successfully pitched media across the United States on companys product and gen erated multiple stories. Served as the companys primary media spokesperson. COLORADO AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTER ASSOCIATION (CASCA), Denver, Colorado July 2006-February 2009 Developed and implemented a statewide media campaign to promote a variety of he alth care issues affecting ambulatory surgery centers in Colorado. Wrote press releases, op-eds, feature articles, fact sheets, and position paper s for the media and CASCA members. Served as primary spokesperson to media outlets across Colorado.

Worked with Colorado legislative leaders to help develop legislation affecting ambulatory surgery centers in Colorado. AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS (ATA), Alexandria, Virginia March 2006-March 200 8 Managed and implemented a nationwide public relations and advertising campaign for a $20 million annual U.S. Department of Homeland Security anti-terrorism tra ining program. Advertising efforts included print, television and radio spots that targeted po tential Highway Watch trainees including school bus drivers, truck drivers, mass transit workers, emergency first responders, law enforcement personnel and othe r surface transportation professionals. Organized press events and served as the programs primary media spokesperson. Wrote press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, fact sheets, and communicat ions pieces. Conducted interviews with media outlets in markets all across the United States including USA Today, the Washington Post, Fox News, CNN, the New York Times, an d many others. COLORADO MOTOR CARRIERS ASSOCIATION (CMCA), Denver, Colorado April 2008-June 20 08 Develop, prioritize and execute statewide communications strategy to advance CM CAs legislative agenda Craft clear messaging that reflects CMCAs key goals and objectives Manage and coordinate press operations including writing and placing op-eds, pi tching stories and media events, and managing media inquiries and strategic resp onse CITIZENS FOR RESPONSIBILITY AND ETHICS IN WASHINGTON (CREW), Denver, Colorado February 2007-December 2007 Developed and implemented a statewide media campaign to promote the activities of CREWs Colorado office, Colorado Citizens for Ethics in Government. Wrote press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, and media fact sheets that promoted CREWs message in Colorado. Organized media events, pitched calls to reporters, and scheduled interviews wi th members of the Colorado media. CLEAR PEAK COLORADO, Denver, Colorado March 2006-November 2006 Developed a strategic statewide media campaign for a Democratic 527 organizatio n that targeted races all across Colorado including State House, State Senate, G overnor, and Congressional contests. Wrote press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, and media fact sheets that promoted the general Democratic message in Colorado. Served as primary spokesperson to media outlets across Colorado. Conducted extensive research on Republican activities in Colorado and worked wi th other Democratic organizations to highlight Republican missteps or failures f or members of the media.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE POLITICAL COLORADO DEMOCRATIC PARTY, Denver, Colorado 2000 - 2001 Communications Director Developed a strategic statewide media campaign for the Colorado Democratic Part y. Served as the primary media contact for the Gore 2000 campaign, which included

fielding calls from reporters, speaking on-the-record on behalf of Gore 2000, an d pitching stories to reporters. Organized weekly press conferences in Colorados three TV markets to advance the Gore 2000 message. Wrote press releases, letters to the editor, and floor speeches; created talkin g points on prominent issues; and participated in the development of print, radi o and television advertisements. U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Washington, DC 1999 - 2000 Assistant Press Secretary Worked with the Press Secretary to develop a plan for media events to advance t he Clinton Administration priorities. Served as primary domestic advance staffer for the Secretary. Organized media events and press conferences nationally; wrote press releases; created talking points on hot issues; and participated in the formulation and wr iting of public policy speeches. Initiated national media coverage of Clinton Administration initiatives. Served as primary media contact for radio stations nationwide. SOUTH DAKOTA DEMOCRATIC PARTY, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1997 - 1999 Political Director Developed and implemented a successful press plan and public affairs agenda for the Democratic Caucus in the South Dakota State Legislature. Directed a $200,000 legislative project, which included direct mail campaigns, and radio and newspaper advertisements. Managed the Democratic Partys recruitment effort to field House and Senate cand idates in 35 districts throughout the state. U.S. SENATOR TIM JOHNSON, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 1996 - 1997 Outreach Coordinator and Office Management Oversaw the spending priorities of a $2.5 Million U.S. Senate campaign, which i ncluded placing radio and television advertisements, and ensuring the campaigns compliance with all Federal Election Commission regulations. Worked with community leaders on federal issues affecting their community, and acted as the Senators representative at several official events. Served as the primary contact person for the Senator in twelve counties.

JIM ABBOTT FOR CONGRESS 1995 - 1996 Deputy Campaign Manager Coordinated several direct mail, telemarketing, and fundraising programs. Served as primary scheduler for the candidate, which included scheduling media interviews, speaking engagements, campaign rallies, and press conferences.

ADVOCACY AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATIONS, Alexandria, Virginia 2001 - 2006 Public Relations Director, (2004-2006) Director of Image Programs, (2003-2004) Public Relations Manager, (2001-2003) Managed three nationwide image programs for one of the largest advocacy organiz ations. - Produced promotional videos to highlight accomplishments, provided driving ins tructional videos to educate the motoring public, and helped develop a nationwid e advertising campaign to advance the trucking industrys positive message. - Organized media conferences in over 40 states including major media markets su ch as New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, Phoenix, Seattle, Little

Rock, and Dallas; and served as primary media spokesperson. - Planned press conferences, speaking engagements, and state advocacy projects. - Wrote and edited copy for communications pieces, press releases, op-eds, broch ures, web pages, training manuals, and handbooks. - Secured article placement in major publications: The New York Times, Philadelp hia Inquirer, New Jersey Star Ledger, Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, Arkansa s Democrat Gazette, and the Kansas City Star among many others. Developed and implemented a national media and advertising campaign to promote the Highway Watch program, a $40 Million federally funded anti-terrorism trainin g program. - Developed a $3 Million advertising and public relations campaign to inspire me mbers of the transportation industry to volunteer for Highway Watch training, wh ich included radio and print advertisements, promotional video, press packet, an d a comprehensive public relations campaign. - Launched a national radio and print advertising campaign that increased Highwa y Watch inquiries by over 400 percent in two weeks; and featured in numerous med ia outlets as the national spokesperson. EDUCATION SOUTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY, Brookings, South Dakota Bachelor of Arts: Political Science Minor in History and English