My mission is to empower people and organizations through beautiful communications that really work.


Education

Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia 
Master of Public Administration
2019-2020

Kennesaw State University, Atlanta, Georgia 
Master of Arts in Integrated Global Communication
2016-2018

Berry College, Rome, Georgia 
Bachelor of Arts in Communication
2005-2009
 



Skills

Adobe Creative Suite

Microsoft Office

publication design

communication theory and strategy

video production

Proficient with Mac and PC platforms.

 

pre-press production

international travel

digital photography

Associated Press style writing and editing

donor relations

Experienced and capable in managing multiple projects and clients effectively


My Networks

Pinterest - lmeanswell

Instagram - @lmeanswell

LinkedIn - /lmeanswell

Twitter - @lmeanswell

Facebook - /lmeanswell

 


Interests

French language & culture

Baking and cooking

All things space

Traveling

Book club


Experience

 

2014 – present
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
Communications Manager
-- Lead and manage strategic communications in support of overall efforts associated with establishing and maintaining effective relationships between the Institute and key constituencies within local, state and federal governments.

-- Manage high-level external affairs involving community, state, and federal stakeholders.

-- Develop and manage strategic communication outreach efforts to government and community leaders through the use of targeted correspondence and personal contact.

-- Oversee communications efforts for meetings and large-scale stewardship events to build support for Institute legislative and policy priorities.

-- Preserve Georgia Tech's public image via print and web resources ensuring adherence to design standards.

-- Advise campus colleagues on potential strategies and efforts to interact effectively with government and community leaders and ensure that messaging to leaders is consistent.

-- Assist with recruitment and placement of Georgia Tech students in association with the Georgia Legislative Internship and the Federal Jackets Fellowship.

-- Compose correspondence, presentations, and talking points for executive leadership including the President of Georgia Tech.

2014
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Graphic Designer
-- Developed and managed all in-house creative services for the Office of Government and Community Relations.

-- Lead, directly and through project management efforts, in the development and production of print and online communications materials for use in publications and other visual presentations.

-- Established priorities based availability of resources and design requirements.

-- Prepared designs, artwork and other visuals in support of client needs and consistent with design standards.

-- Determined required resources, scheduled and made other required production arrangements.

-- Procured services of outside vendors and contractors where required which included negotiation of rates and fees.

-- Maintained ongoing awareness of graphic design industry trends and developments.

2009 – 2014
Laura Means graphic design, Atlanta, Georgia
Freelance Graphic Designer
-- Worked alongside non-profits, businesses, and individuals to maximize their impact through effective communication.

-- Clients included: FaithBridge Foster Care, Chick-fil-A Wellness, WinShape Foundation, 268Generation and many others in the private and public sectors seeking to improve the human condition in their communities and around the world.

-- Concept and design projects such as wedding invitation suites, DVD packaging, wedding albums, graduation announcements, graphics for social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

-- Engage with vendors for pre-press, proofing and final production of print materials.

2010 – 2014
The Mission Society, Norcross, Georgia
Graphic Designer
-- Provided all in-house creative services, working primarily with the departments of communications and development

-- Art directed and designed magazine publication for print and interactive version for web.

-- Designed and produced event branding and materials for annual major donor gathering.

-- Traveled internationally to coordinate video production.

-- Collaborated with department members for communication strategy.

-- Maintained visual identity across photo, video, print and web platforms.