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Lisa

I am a seasoned political communications professional with a background in journalism, news editing and nonprofit marketing.

I have directed communications programs for progressive statewide campaigns in California, Idaho and Maine, and I have worked as a communications consultant focused on media relations and strategic communications for U.S. House and U.S. Senate campaigns across the United States.

I have covered national and state-level politics for independent media including Common Dreams, Sludge and Lucid News.

I am interested in the intersection of social movements and electoral reforms as well as healthcare, citizen participation in the democratic process and the essential role of the free press in holding power to account.

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Work Experience

Lucid News, Contributing Writer, May 2021 ~ Present

I cover the intersection of politics, policy and the movements to decriminalize and legalize psychedelic drugs.

Common Dreams, Staff Writer, Sep 2020 ~ Sep 2020

Reported on breaking and current local, national and global political news for progressive, independent media outlet focused on aggregating and expanding on existing reporting as well as some enterprise work. Scheduled sharing of my own reporting on Common Dreams' Facebook and Twitter accounts, which have 372K and 76.6K followers respectively. Loaded and published content via Drupal.

C2G Strategies, Political Communications Consultant Copywriter, Apr 2020 ~ Jun 2020

Strategic message development and media & press outreach/coordination
Provided strategic messaging support to candidates and top-level staff. Coordinated press and earned media for campaigns including pitching and scheduling interviews, writing and sending press releases and updating campaign websites with press releases and media feeds. Coached candidates for interviews.

Email campaigns
Developed and wrote email campaigns for progressive Congressional-level candidates. Wrote, edited and generated narratives and copy for candidates for U.S. House and U.S. Senate Followed the news cycle to tie national and local narratives and stories to our candidates' platforms. Developed messaging for supporter lists that number in the tens of thousands.

Website builds maintenance
Built and maintained candidate websites in Wordpress. Coordinated with the digital fundraising team for landing pages, petition embeds and media & press feed updates. Developed and redesigned existing sites while maintaining campaign look and feel.

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Erikson Communications Group, Senior Associate, Jan 2020 ~ Apr 2020

Wrote and edited copy for progressive candidates and campaigns/organizations web copy, press releases, emails, social media posts, text scripts . Managed social media pages of multiple clients.
Assisted with graphic design for campaign collateral. Organized and scheduled press coverage.

Betsy Sweet for U.S. Senate, Communications Director, Oct 2019 ~ Jan 2020

Organized communications strategy on and offline. Wrote and edited press releases, campaign literature copy, website copy, candidate speeches and email campaign content. Managed email/digital vendors. Built and maintained WordPress website. Coordinated messaging and content across social media, website, supporter newsletter, press outreach. Managed texting campaigns in
Spoke.

Teton Valley Health, Inc, Multimedia Marketing Specialist, Jan 2013 ~ Dec 2018

Established and directed online presence of nonprofit healthcare organization. Coordinated with the
Director of Marketing and PR on media outreach Managed marketing, public relations and design efforts for nonprofit healthcare system. Spearheaded brand consistency and awareness through writing/editing press releases, website/social media maintenance and outreach, video creation and publication, etc. Developed collateral materials for internal and external use.

Alison Hartson for U.S. Senate, Communications Director, Mar 2018 ~ Jun 2018

Coordinated communications for progressive, corporate-free candidate. Wrote and edited press releases, articles, op-eds, video scripts, speeches and newsletters. Partnered with core executive team on communications strategy, grassroots media outreach, campaign fundraising strategies, etc.
Organized communications and content development across multiple platforms including candidate website, social media accounts and supporter newsletter. Managed paid advertising via Google Ads for search and video advertising.

Teton Valley News, Managing Editor, Jan 2007 ~ Dec 2012

Directed newsroom staff and operations, wrote and edited news articles including coverage of city and county governments and local courts and managed the website. Interviewed, hired and supervised/managed editorial staff reporters, photographer, interns, freelance contributors .
Identified staff strengths and effectively delegated tasks hard news coverage, feature stories, special projects, etc. . Managed editorial content calendar and special publication schedule. Assisted with layout of newspaper and magazines Adobe Creative Suite . Updated company website with breaking news and articles from the print product.
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Education

Westminster College, Bachelor of Arts (BA), Communications & Political Science, 2004 ~ 2006

University of Southern California, Other, English, 2000 ~ 2002

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