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I'm a strategic communications professional using multimedia storytelling to amplify and elevate people, brands, and organizations.

Current Position

Communications Director

Montana Department of Commerce




Lewis & Clark

Specialty Areas
  • Communications
  • Consulting
  • Policy
  • Marketing
Interested in:
  • Mentoring
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Serving on a Board
  • Leadership Opportunities

strategic communications specialist, earned media specialist, rapid-response communications, writer + editor, website strategist, multimedia storyteller, researcher + data analyst + viz creator, social media strategist, content planner + curator, voice over + on-camera talent

More Information:

Leadership Experience

For more than a decade I’ve been a leader in creating compelling multimedia stories, first as a journalist and now as a strategic communications director. Since 2015, I’ve directed internal and external communications for two state of Montana agencies: the Office of Public Instruction and the Department of Commerce. In both roles I’ve had a seat at the executive leadership table where my expertise in strategic communications has lead to an increase in earned media opportunities, brand awareness and public engagement. Today I lead a four-person team as we amplify the mission and awareness of Commerce’s work.

Prior to my work in public relations, I spent a decade as a multimedia journalist. I was a newsroom leader by developing innovative ways to tell stories, first using Tumblr as a content platform before my newsroom had its own website (ancient history!), using digital tools to turn radio pieces into interactive stories, creating websites, and as a digital content trainer for NPR.

How I Want to Participate in PowerHouse

Contact me if you’re looking for a strategic communications and multimedia storytelling mentor or consultant.