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Michelle Dunkley McCarthy

Michelle Dunkley McCarthy

Volunteer - Newsletter Editor and Multimedia Coordinator

Master Gardeners of Northern Virgnia

Freelance Editor and Event Coordinator at Independent


Master Gardeners of Northern Virgnia

Volunteer - Newsletter Editor and Multimedia Coordinator

Editor and coordinator of Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia (MGNV) bi-monthly newsletter. Responsible for organizing content from multiple contributors, editing and rewriting, overseeing layout and online publication. Since March 2013, coordinator for MGNV media, including website, various social media and online calendars. Responsible for collaborating with numerous committees and groups, and for creating a cohesive message for both members and the general public.

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Barclays Bank

Freelance Editor and Writer

Responsible for content and production of Barclays Bank (UK) monthly staff magazine for business with 1,500 staff across 50 locations in UK. Periodical focused on staff training and development, and recognition of top performers.


Wealthfront Inc.

Freelance Researcher

Researcher for an investor education blog for Wealthfront, an innovative tech company that offers low-fee money management.

TRALA (Truck Renting and Leasing Association)

Consultant and Event Planner

Served as consultant in areas of research, event planning, communications, and special projects.

Oxford University Press

Assistant Editor

Researched, reviewed, edited and recommended content for incorporation into the OED.

Helped identify and evaluate pedagogical and subject matter research and trends.

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Freelance Writer, Editor and Consultant

Editor and researcher for various organizations, including,, Crains New York Business, Mount Vernon, World Almanac Book of Records, and other freelance projects. Rewrote complex material and translated text into layman terms.


Royal National Institute for the Blind

Event Coordinator and Manager

As Liaison Officer, responsible for managing the relationship of a major charity with leading members of society and government. Hired to support the RNIB's first capital appeal, the Looking Glass Appeal, with a goal of $15m.

Organized and managed major events including:

Reception with Margaret Thatcher at 10 Downing Street for business and charity leaders;
Sponsored charity polo match featuring team including HRH The Prince of Wales;
WWII themed dance with HRH the Princess Margaret in attendance;
Celebrity charity cricket match featuring team captained by Phil Collins.

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Freelance Researcher and Editor

Web start-up serving registered investment advisors. Editor and researcher for financial stories posted on RIABiz and Forbes websites.

Guinness World Records


As Editorial Coordinator of The Guinness Book of Records, managed production and development of 37 foreign editions and all affiliated publications via teams based around the globe. Introduced CD-ROM and PC linked versions.

As Editor, American Edition of GBR, responsible for the day-to-day development of the book. Upgraded research, updated format, coordinated production operations with two US-based publishing houses.

Responsible for the revitalization of the biggest selling copyrighted book of all time, following a period of declining sales and subdued public interest. Engaged marketing and PR teams to relaunch GBR with new US publisher. Represented Guinness on radio, television and in the press in US and Europe.

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University of Waterloo - St. Jerome's University

BA, English

St Marys High School, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada