AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Communications and Design Specialist
April 2017 — Present
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Creativity fuels every thing I do. As a lifelong learner and student of the visual and artistic history of humanity, I bring a fresh perspective and my own history of hard work and innovation to the nonprofit sector. My understanding of visual history and experience with verbal and written communication gives me an ed...
As a first generation college student, I know the importance of financial and emotional support to ensure student success throughout college. That's why my position managing the national scholarship programs for the Elks National Foundation is so rewarding. Through working with thousands of students and volunteers nationwide and sending nearly $4 million in scholarship support every year, I know my work is making a significant impact on higher education and the lives of students. I also utilize my communication skills to promote our programs to the public, including writing articles for the website, managing social media channels, and designing promotional materials in Adobe Creative Suite.
Years of volunteer service inspired me to pursue a nonprofit career with Northern Illinois Food Bank as my first step. Although my title was receptionist and office assistant, my role was much bigger in helping end hunger in northern Illinois. Besides mastering administrative tasks, I helped manage the volunteer program, won grants for food bank programming, processed donations and much more.
After years of studying humanity's visual history, drawing and painting in my spare time, and honing design skills at my current position, I have decided to take my eye for visual design and creativity to a new level by pursuing a certificate in graphic design through SAIC, which includes lessons in Adobe Creative Suite, typography, and color theory.
As a life long learner, I wanted to further develop my professional skills and know all I can about the nonprofit sector, which led me to pursue a certificate in grant writing. I was able to successfully write grants to community organizations and foundations and raise $10,000 for organizational programs.
DePaul University was an amazing experience, both personally and professionally. When I wasn't honing my writing and critical thinking skills through art historical research and study, I was leading volunteer groups in service and being inspired by the example of Vincent de Paul in promoting the inherent human dignity of all people.