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Curriculum Vitae
(abbreviated)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

Director of Internal Affairs/UA System Liaison -

Office of the President  

(Present)

The University of Alabama

  • Provide overall support to all projects under the administrative offices of the University. 

  • Provide direct support to the Chief Administrative Officer.

  • Conduct research on higher education laws, policies and practices.

  • Generate reports to make informed recommendations to University leadership on a variety of projects.

  • Serve as the primary administrative liaison for the Chief Administrative Officer

 

Communications Specialist-Division of Advancement                     

The University of Alabama

  • Facilitated event logistics for both the largest one-time contribution and the largest donation pledge in the University’s history. 

  • Crafted communications for a record setting fundraising year which raised $224.3 million.

  • Help generate content for all University advancement and development materials. 

  • Serves as the primary liaison with development officers and the Office of Strategic Communication.

  • Provides direct support for all fundraising and capital initiatives. 

 

Director-Advancement                                         

Birmingham Children’s Theatre

  • Increased sales and sponsorship revenue by 15% to $500,000 in earned revenue.

  • Awarded $40,000 in grants, sponsorships, and partnerships.

  • Developed all communication, marketing and social media content  

Executive Director/Director-Workforce Development           

West Alabama Works/West Alabama Chamber of Commerce

  • Planned and hosted an automotive hiring fair, in partnership with area suppliers with 2,000 attendees over 500 opportunities for employment extended onsite.

  • Developed the organization's Workforce Development Newsletter.

  • Provided direct oversight for regional education, curriculum and career readiness standards which resulted in a direct decrease in area unemployment.

 

Project Manager –Strategic Initiatives (Education /Workforce Development)

Birmingham Business Alliance(BBA)                             

  • Created and managed the Women’s Business Council, the region’s first council for development and education of women in business and women owned businesses.

  • Managed the organization’s signature  business and community development events including: The Magic City Classic Scholarship Breakfast, the African American Business Council Luncheon, the Hispanic Business Council Breakfast, and the Talent Recruitment Project hosting students from five Alabama institutions of higher education.

 

Professional Experience
Education

The University of Alabama

2020 

Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies

Advisor: Dr. Karri Holley

 

2009             

Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Advisor: Dr. Jason Black

 

2007               

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Concentrations: Community Development/Dance

RESEARCH INTEREST:

Women in Leadership

Community Engagement

Political Rhetoric 

Pedagogy 

Dissertation

McDonald, L.P. (May 2020). From first lady to madam president: A study on women college leaders at public four-year institutions. Dissertation.

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