Harvard University, Cambridge,
MA -- B.A. magna cum laude degree in American History.
Class of 1997 Harvard College Scholar. Deans' List. GPA 3.60. Special areas of study include democratic theory, reform movements, political
parties, and race relations. Electives include film theory, moral philosophy, Shakespeare, and Chinese history. Wrote Honors Thesis on the course of Midwestern progressivism during the New Deal. Worked 20 hrs/wk to defray tuition plus 20 hrs/wk varsity sport commitment.
Speechwriter -- US House of Representatives, Washington, DC July 2009-October 2014
Composed speeches, talking points, briefings, floor statements, press releases, and editorials for Democratic Member of Congress on all facets of legislation before the House, as well as on political issues and community concerns within the home District. Extensively researched policy issues before the Congress. Also fulfilled Press Secretary duties as needed and serve as Legislative Assistant on a number of issues, including campaign finance reform, voting reform, and space policy.
Speechwriter -- Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Washington, DC October 2011-March 2013 Composed speeches and talking points for chairman and executive director of GAIN, a nutrition advocacy organization working to foster innovative public-private partnerships around the world to implement nutrition interventions at scale.
Special Assistant for Policy and Communications -- FCC, Washington, DC July 2000-April 2001
Collaborated with FCC Chairman William E. Kennard on his speeches, writings, and editorials. Extensively researched the pertinent industries and synthesized complex telecommunications issues into concise, coherent prose. Composed speeches on a wide variety of telecom matters. Also prepared briefings for hearings and penned written statements for public release, including opinion-editorials for The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Washington Post.
Editor/Collaborator -- Bill Press, Washington, DC 2001-2011.
Collaborated with Bill Press, former co-host of CNN's Crossfire and The Spin Room, on Spin This!, his book on modern techniques of political persuasion, Bush Must Go!, an election-year overview of the George W. Bush administration and its policies, How the Republicans Stole Christmas, an inquiry into the misuse and distortion of Christian doctrine by the Religious Right, Trainwreck, an overview of the rise and fall of the conservative revolution, Toxic Talk, on the origins, personalities, and excesses of right-wing talk radio, and Obama Hate Machine, on the machinations of the brothers Koch.
Writer/Collaborator -- Office of James Carville, Washington, DC October 1997-July 2000
Collaborated with "Ragin' Cajun" James Carville, former Senior Political Advisor to the President, on And the Horse He Rode In On, his best-selling and critically acclaimed volume on the conduct of the Office of Independent Counsel during the Whitewater/Lewinsky investigation. Conducted extensive interviews with Mr. Carville and compiled comprehensive research on the activities of the OIC and the Republican Party. Structured narrative and wrote original copy. Also penned editorials and articles in Carville's name, and prepared talking points for his speeches and media appearances.
Editor / Researcher-Writer -- Let's Go, Inc., Cambridge, MA, Spring-Summer 1996
Supervised creation of Let's Go New York City 1997, a travel guide sold worldwide. Reorganized content and wrote original copy.
Trained and coordinated team of researcher-writers and edited their prose. Communicated daily with officials and establishments in the NYC area. Aided in creation of several other guides in the best-selling LG series. Also researched and wrote copy for the 1996 Let's Go NYC guide. Explored regions of NYC and sent weekly submissions to home office in Cambridge.
Extensively interviewed proprietors and residents in various NY neighborhoods, ranging from the Upper East Side to the South Bronx. Reviewed numerous restaurants and ate very well. Summer 1995.
Ledecky Fellow -- Harvard Magazine, Cambridge, MA 1996-1997
One of two selected from student body. Wrote pieces for "Undergraduate" column of bimonthly alumni magazine. Interviewed graduates about their current endeavors and researched numerous articles for publication.
Research Assistant -- Harvard UniversityFine Arts Library, 1995-1997: Catalogued and researched collection of over 10,000 historical prints
dated 1650-1925.Kennedy School, 1994-95: Prepared reports for
administration and faculty. Created and maintained faculty database. Dept. of Anthropology, 1993-94: Researched, sorted, reconstructed, and catalogued artifacts dating from 4500-1000 BC.
EditorHARVARD CRIMSON, Fifteen
Minutes newsmagazine. 1995-1997. Contributed weekly news articles to most widely read publication on
Staff WriterHARVARD INDEPENDENT, campus
Wrote pieces weekly, ranging from political commentary to book, film,
play, and music reviews.
Computer skills: Extensive PC, Mac, and Internet experience. Versed in HTML.
Languages: French. 3 years instruction, 3 years in French-speaking
Travel: Lived 3 yrs in England, 3
yrs in Belgium. Traveled extensively through Europe.
Interests:Film, Politics, Science Fiction, History, Basketball, Soccer, Contemporary Culture.
References: Available upon request.