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Keenan Toohey

Keenan Toohey

In-camp Staff, Director of Sailing, Lifeguard

Camp Pathfinder

Special Projects Assistant at Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo





Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Special Projects Assistant

• Enhance organization’s marketing and development efforts while honoring its mission, history, clients, and board.
• Plan, organize, and oversee events by coordinating staff and internal departments as well as caterers, musicians, graphic designers, printers, and other vendors.
• Support organization’s leadership by drafting correspondence, providing editorial assistance, and ensuring adequate preparation for meetings and presentations.

Career medium 01
Career medium 01

U.S. House of Representatives

Press Assistant, Office of Representative Kathy Hochul (NY-26)

• Drafted and edited press releases, statements, media advisories, newsletters, and other public materials for a member of the House Armed Services Committee and Committee on Homeland Security.
• Planned and managed press events throughout a seven-county district, coordinated press activities for all events open to the media, and arranged interviews following events.
• Oversaw social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Flickr, and YouTube, focusing on local events, legislative actions, and economic issues.
• Updated official congressional website to highlight recent accomplishments, press releases, legislation, photos, and videos.
• Prepared briefing materials and memos for interviews and editorial board meetings, as well as materials to distribute to editorial board members.


Kathy Hochul for Congress

Press Secretary

• Drafted and edited press releases, media advisories, and public schedules and disseminated to local, state, and national media.
• Served as main media point of contact for election night and coordinated onsite interviews with campaign manager throughout the evening.
• Coordinated press activities for rallies featuring President Bill Clinton and Governor Andrew Cuomo, including credentialing press from two regional media markets and national outlets, as well as arranging follow-up interviews.
• Wrote biographical materials and candidate profiles for media and responded to questionnaires for endorsements.

Career medium 04
Career medium 06

Empire State Development

Paid Intern

• Assisted senior vice president, regional director, and public affairs specialist by ensuring adequate preparation for public events and private meetings.
• Supported public affairs team in preparation for editorial board meetings, radio and television interviews, and press releases.
• Organized events across upstate New York by securing venues, coordinating with elected and community leaders, and building crowds.
• Ensured continuity of topics and messages across events through preparation of PowerPoint presentations, talking points, and briefing materials.
• Managed event follow-up by compiling reports on attendees, topics, and media presence and relaying that information to the Governor’s office.


O'Connell's Clothing

Online and In-store Retail Associate

• Maintained a website averaging 25,000 unique site visits per month (over 40,000 in December) and administered a database of customer records.
• Updated website content and inventory daily to accurately display current stock of over 3,000 products and managed weekly/monthly special pricing.
• Wrote product descriptions, shot and edited photos, and published new products to the site.
• Oversaw Internet and telephone sales by communicating with customers, fulfilling orders, and coordinating UPS and USPS shipping.
• Designed, wrote, edited, and proofread a quarterly newsletter, promotional emails, and advertisements.
• Analyzed sales data to forecast purchasing for upcoming seasons, restock current styles, and maintain product information in inventory system.
• Organized and executed returns to vendors by requesting authorizations, tracking progress, and updating accounting paperwork.

Career medium 02
Career medium 02

Camp Pathfinder

In-camp Staff, Director of Sailing, Lifeguard

• Taught sailing and swimming to boys ages 7-15 at a rustic summer camp in Algonquin Park, Ontario.
• Supervised waterfront activities, sports, and games, while emphasizing character building, teamwork, and respect for the environment.


Family Planning Advocates of New York State

Program Intern

• Planned board meetings, conferences, and major fundraising events for a statewide nonprofit organization.
• Drafted correspondence and provided clerical assistance for Chief Executive Officer.
• Created a multimedia presentation commemorating FPA’s 30th anniversary presented to 300 members, advocates, and public officials.

Career medium 02

State University of New York College at Buffalo

BA, Geography and Planning

State University of New York at Buffalo

Summer study, GIS

Nichols School

Skidmore College