Career Focus: NASA Public Affairs Office

Contact information cwc48@txstate.edu

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated ability to advocate and explain the details of space policy to very diverse audiences

  • Possess a vast array of skill to relate to stakeholders, and find common interests

  • Life time of involvement in communication and various other disciplines with the ability to work with key team members and bring holistic plans to communication campaigns

  • Proficient in APA Style writing

  • Adept with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Primer Pro Microsoft Excel, Power Point, Microsoft Word, HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, WordPress and Salesforce

  • Experience in facilitating guest tours providing exceptional, informative and educational experiences, communicating key messages to relevant stakeholders

Education

Master of Arts in Mass Communication-Graduation in Dec. 2016

Texas State University GPA 4.0 Graduated Suma Cum Laude

Academic Accomplishments Include: awarded Fall 2016 Outstanding Graduate Student for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, South by Southwest journalist for completive class, founder and President of the Rocket Club at Texas State, Research in Mass Communication: Four published research papers covering NASA public relations, "A Question of Organization", "Social Media Use in Space", "The Tell Tale Telling" and "Uses and Gratifications of Space"

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Painting, Minor Art History, Graduated May 2010

University of Houston Major GPA 3.7/Cumulative GPA 3.4 Graduated Magna Cum Laude

Academic Accomplishments: Displayed personal artwork in the viewing room of Mission Control Center at JSC 2010-2013, Exhibited work at UH Library and was one of four artists selected as Jurors choice Fall 2010

Related Communication Experience

NASA Stennis Space Center Pathways Intern Office of Communication, Spring 2016-2017

  • Contributor to customer communications strategic planning

  • Editor of weekly employee newsletter “Orbiter”

  • Responsible for internal communications to employees

  • Implemented communications plans for 4 blood drive campaigns which exceeded expectations in number of

  • Participated in numerous community engagement & education events including Essence Festival 2016 in New Orleans

  • Design new websites for the internal online office web pages & the Employee Resource Group

  • Chapter Director of student inter NASA Center partnership development organization

  • Crafted promotional video material for PAXC and event planning activities

  • PAXC intern of the month December 2016

Graduate Assistant for Supplemental Instruction, Texas State University Spring 2015

  • Responsible for employee hiring, disciple, and evaluation process

  • Manager of supplemental student instructors

  • Conduct data entry for evaluation of supplemental instruction effectiveness

  • Arrange and conducts training for the instructors

  • Producer of promotional video, recruited and trained team to film, interview and edit

Producer for Deep Astronomy, An educational YouTube channel Fall 2014-Present

  • Write and edit educational videos pertaining to the science of astronomy

  • Publish content for the anniversary of the Hubble Telescope

  • Educate an audience of over 100,000 viewers and average 30,000 views per-video

  • Given creative authority over video content by the owner of the channel

Hubble 25th Anniversary Social Media Outreach Intern, Goddard Space Flight Center Fall 2014

  • Gathered relevant information on the Hubble program for anniversary communication campaign

  • Edited video content as part of media planning for awareness campaign of Hubble’s

  • Participated in the planning phase of the national Hubble anniversary celebration

South by Southwest Journalist, Competitive class to cover the tech conference in Austin Spring 2015

  • Wrote publications pertaining space, technology, medicine, and privacy covered at SXSW

  • Chief for media planning and video editor for the coverage team

  • Web design through HTML, Bootstrap and Wordpress for design of personal web site

Community Relations Intern, NASA Johnson Space Center Summer 2013

  • Worked with team in planning and executing a center wide awareness campaign of the new volunteer

  • Excelled at VIP tour operations as well as public outreach to groups of all ages and backgrounds

  • Counted on to work independently and in teams to complete work on a strict deadline

Producer for Student Documentary, “Our Home Town Heroes” Spring 2014

  • Responsible for facilitating the Director’s vision for the film

  • Arranged and conducted interviews for the film

Mission Control Host and L-9 Tour Guide, Space Center Houston June 2007- 2012

  • Awarded highly visible position in VIP protocol at visitor center; assumed responsibility of representing NASA to the international guest community, and answered complex scientific and social questions

  • Selected to train other employees

  • Speech Writer

Contact information cwc48@txstate.edu Last Updated 08/29/2017