Professional Skills, Knowledge, Abilities and Experience

Professional Biography

I began my career as a bank teller. I worked my way up the ladder and fulfilled the educational requirements to become a branch manager. Thereafter I worked in the business forms industry for three years. I served in the real estate and mortgage lending industries for 10 years, obtaining my Real Estate Broker’s License in 1991. I discovered a passion for service while serving as an elementary school librarian from 1995 to 1997.  That fulfilling job turned my thoughts away from working in the private sector and sent me back to college in 1997 at the age of 47. I completed my BA at UC Santa Barbara then went on to law school at UC Hastings College of the Law. I discovered in college and law school that my talents are best employed working as part of a collaboration to organize people in pursuit of beneficial progressive policy outcomes.

This list does not include my financial services and tax practitioner experience. You will find that here

  • Confidential and discreet
  • Developer of new programs that achieve policy impact
  • Diversity experience
  • Document production skills
  • Events, Travel
  • Executive Support
  • Executive Assistant to Deans, UCSB Summer Sessions
  • Internet, database, graphics
  • Organizing
  • Project management skills
  • Service to the community and the University
  • Student involvement: mentor, tutor, advisor, student group member, officer, and student group advisor
  • Staff Interaction, teamwork
  • Verbal and written communications
  • Working effectively in a fast-paced environment

At UC Santa Barbara, I served as the Assistant to the Deans of the Summer Sessions Program while enrolled as a student. Summer Sessions functioned as a separate entity, a microcosm of the University. In this year-round position I was in constant contact with senior campus administrators, department heads, management and campus staff, coordinating student services as well as class scheduling. Furthermore, I served as a counselor and registrar for Summer Sessions students from all over the globe. I reviewed and approved applications submitted by high school juniors for placement and scholarship awards. The Writing Tutor Program at UCSB hired me to tutor scholar-athletes and ESL students while I was in attendance there.

At UC Hastings College of the Law I attended school with people from all over the world and interacted with them in many significant ways as I was active in student government and student organizations.

Events, Travel I coordinated a groundbreaking weekly colloquia series and managed travel reimbursements for the Qualitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS) Program. I also planned and executed many community-building events during my time as Executive Assistant to the Summer Sessions Deans. As a student at UCSB and UC Hastings I planned and executed many successful events.

Student development As I was a first-generation college student, I had to spend additional time researching scholarly opportunities. I joined the Honors Program upon my enrollment and graduated from the Program. I was a national finalist for the Truman Scholarship. I am a Strauss Scholar. I was awarded this honor for my academic work and internship at a battered woman’s shelter, where I upgraded their computer system. I won the Genesis Award from the Research Department for original research conducted for my Senior Thesis. I founded the Green Party at UCSB in 2000, and helped to found the UCSB Global Justice Coalition. Because of my successful engagement with both academics and extracurricular activities, I was honored by Student Services upon my graduation.

Student group advising At UC Hastings, I served all three years in student government (ASUCH). During my 2L year I was elected to the office of Internal Vice President. As IVP I assisted, managed, and coordinated all student organizations.

Project management skills, Student group participation, service to the University: I founded the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and revitalized the Hastings Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. I served on the ASUCH budget committee all three years, and made important decisions about ASB funding. I helped the Director of Student Services choose a health plan for the following year.  I created and managed the ASUCH website and also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings-I, the school e-zine.  I was voted ASUCH Officer of the Year upon graduation. I was honored as a Percy Towne scholar and fulfilled the qualifications for the Public Interest Clearinghouse Public Interest Certificate. After graduation, I served as a paid reader of student applications to UC Hastings, and had authority to admit without further review. That was a fascinating experience.

Advising and mentoring I have mentored students both formally within the school setting and informally. I have been responsible for many people of different ages starting or returning to college to obtain degrees. I work well with people in challenging situations. My friends call me with their toughest problems.  My facilitating and organizing skills are always in demand. People say I am fun to hang out with.

Organizing UC Santa Barbara: Founded the Green Party at UCSB in 2000. Served on the Board of the Golden Key Honor Society. Helped found the UCSB Global Justice Coalition. Organized the first People’s March for Economic Justice in May 2001 in the City of Santa Barbara. Litigation ensued. We won. UC Hastings: Student Government I was elected to the office of 1L Representative in my first year. The next two years, I was elected to Board positions. In my 2L year, I served as Internal Vice President. As IVP I assisted, managed, and coordinated all student organizations. As a 3L, I served as Director of Communications. I founded and developed the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal as well as its feeder organization, the Race and Poverty Law student organization. The Race and Poverty Law Journal was approved as a Law School Journal the year after I graduated. In order to accomplish this we had to adhere to the highest publishing standards and obtain our own funding to publish the Journal. I revitalized the Hastings Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild. The year of my graduation the organization had 130 members. I also organized the Public Interest Graduation, which was attended by over 200 people.

Development of new programs that achieve policy impact My major at UC Santa Barbara, Law and Society, provided me with both a holistic view of the development and effects of public policy, and the capability to develop and implement effective policies within programs. I spent eight years writing new legislation for the Walker Law Reform Committee of the National Lawyers Guild.

Executive Support During my banking career, I served for two years as executive support to the four Regional Vice-Presidents for the Inland Division, and the Division Operations Officer. At Com-Tec Graphics, a major forms supplier to the banking and insurance industries, I served as Executive Assistant to the CEO.  a There, I interacted with the top management of our client base. and met with clients in the CEO’s stead when his schedule was full. During my time as a student at UC Santa Barbara, I also worked 32 hours a week all year long as the Executive Assistant to the Deans of the Summer Sessions Program. Summer Sessions functioned as a separate entity, a microcosm of the University. In this year-round position I was in constant contact with senior campus administrators, department heads, management and campus staff, coordinating student services as well as scheduling classes. Furthermore, I served as a counselor and registrar for Summer Sessions students from all over the globe. I reviewed and approved applications submitted by high school juniors for placement and scholarship awards. These experiences have provided me with a track record of accomplishment in a support capacity for busy and engaged senior executives.

Document production skills At Com-Tec Graphics, I designed and proofed thousands of business forms and marketing publications. I served as a staff writing tutor at UC Santa Barbara during my senior year. The Program Manager reviewed my writing sample and told me that I did Ph.D. quality work. My senior thesis ran 150 pages. Also, as the Executive Assistant to the Deans at Summer Sessions I wrote marketing and catalog copy. While at UCSB I took college coursework in all Microsoft Office programs, including Publisher and Access. I have used these skills countless times since then. I produce detailed and accurate spreadsheets for employers and clients using a wide range of the tools available in the Excel program. I am also expert with the Mac operating system and programs. At UC Hastings, I served as Senior Executive Editor of the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal. Moreover, in my writing classes I consistently received A grades.

Internet, database, graphics: As a web designer and webhost I have a broad and deep knowledge of how the Internet functions. I am comfortable with several database programs including Access and File Manager. I am also comfortable with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Page Maker, and Dreamweaver.

Verbal and written communications: I have thrived in a variety of industries and academic pursuits specifically because of my documented and noted verbal and written communications skills. I write every day for the web. Please also see the information I submitted regarding my substantial document production skills.

Working effectively in a fast-paced environment: My time in the consumer banking industry provided me with a tough training ground for working effectively in a fast-paced environment. These skills manifested in college and law school where I carried an overfull course load while working ¾ time in responsible high profile positions at UC Santa Barbara and UC Hastings.

Staff Interaction, Teamwork I am a supportive co-worker, willing to lend assistance to and share knowledge with my colleague. I pitch in wherever necessary. I have experience working with teams, and I enjoy it. The endeavors of which I am most proud came about because of teamwork. I am self-motivating and do not require much supervision. I have a notable ability to strategize, foresee and circumvent obstacles, and plan ahead. I actively avoid office politics.

Confidentiality and discretion: I spent the first fifteen years of my career working in a community consumer bank. I am skilled at tactful and diplomatic communications, and honor the confidentiality of all communications I receive.

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