Experience

Freelance – 2002-current
WRITER/DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR
-       Create marketing copy for press releases, websites and blog posts
-       Contribute stories and blog posts to national and local publications such as Phoenix New Times, The Arizona Republic, Spa Bound Spa Guide
-       Teach businesses and individuals Photoshop and Illustrator basics

Arizona State Universtiy - www.asu.edu - 2009-2011
ONLINE MEDIA ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
-       Taught first-year journalism students the basics of online media including writing for the Web, basic Photoshop skills, social media tools, creating Wordpress blogs and shooting and editing video

The Arizona Republic- www.azcentral.com - 2002-2008
ONLINE STYLE/FOOD/HOME EDITOR
-       Responsible for developing and implementing content, architecture and strategy for Style, Food & Home channels on azcentral.com
-       Managing freelance and in-office content providers
-       Analyze Web traffic/user statistics
-       Promoting Style content via daily blogs, newsletters, and social media

estyle - estyle.com - 2000-2001
MANAGER - PROJECT MANAGEMENT
-       Identified and oversaw the workflow for all content, development, marketing and PR projects
-       Researched customer metrics to identify how to efficiently reach the customer base

Warner Bros. Online - 1999-2000
ONLINE PRODUCER
-       Produced photo, multimedia and text content for Warner Brothers’ entertainment division            

The Arizona Republic- www.azcentral.com - 1995-1999
ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCER
-       Developed and implemented site design, architecture and strategy for entertainment/city guide product
-       Worked closely with the advertising and marketing departments to build revenue models and marketing strategies for new and existing sites

Education

Arizona State University- Tempe, Arizona, 1991-1993
BACHELORS OF ARTS DEGREE
-       Emphasis in East Asian Languages (Japanese / Chinese)
-       Thesis work  (research / translation from Japanese source materials)

Kansai University- Osaka, Japan, 1991-1992
FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAM

The University of Arizona - Tucson, Arizona, 1989-1991
LIBERAL ARTS PROGRAM
-       Emphasis in Asian Studies (namely Japanese language and culture)