Resume

Cynthia Cotte Griffiths

Marketing and Communications

  • Handle communication strategy, social media posts, website management, promotional writing, and photography.
  • Analyze how each business or organization meets the current trends in their field.
  • Write clearly and concisely for email marketing and websites.
  • Design a consistent image for each business or organization across all social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, YouTube, Foursquare, etc.
  • Monitor and update business listings.
  • Analyze statistics on website and social media endeavors.
  • Research best practices in the ever-changing online world and recommending improvements.
  • Effectively plan and implement communication plans including website updates, promotional emails, and newsletters, then push the messages out on the appropriate social networks.
  • Build community by sharing valuable experiences and information.
  • Present workshops and training sessions on social media such as “Twitter: The World’s Fastest News Source” and “Social Media Made Simple”.
  • Design and distribute newsletters, brochures, invitations, event programs, and press releases.

Event, Foundation, and Corporate Sponsorship Fundraising

  • Plan and manage special events including a 300-person annual dinner gala/awards ceremonies, 150-person conferences, sponsorship walks, and golf tournaments.
  • Solicit sponsorships and in-kind donations for events and prepare sponsorship agreements.
  • Chair conference planning committees with representatives from nonprofit and government agencies.
  • Set up and coordinate registration, schedule, marketing, programs, and logistics for conferences.
  • Network with county representatives, nonprofit leaders, elected officials, clients, board leaders, and volunteers.
  • Research prospective foundations
  • Handle grant reporting requirements

Media and Promotions

  • Generate and write articles on local news, politics, elections, development, city and county issues, events, recreation, entertainment, business, and volunteer opportunities
  • Manage online contributor opinions and comments.
  • Promote community events in all available channels.
  • Interview local stakeholders about needs and issues in the community.
  • Embrace new technology to develop strategies to engage the community such as creating a Twitter account (@Rockville) before “entities” used accounts.
  • Find innovative ways to use social networks such as moving a community website to Facebook which allowed the Rockville community to share news as it was happening in 2011 with photos, questions, and links.

Nonprofit Management

  • Organize new nonprofit organizations to run successfully by creating a complete record system, properly administering the required government forms, and preparing for audits.
  • Develop doner databases with financial reports and manuals.

Property Management, and Construction Oversight

  • Determine financial ability to purchase housing units, inspect punch list items, handle settlement documents, and chose resident families for MPDU programs.
  • Make management decisions and policies for rental properties since attaining a perfect score on the IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management) property management exam.
  • Bid out professional contracts during the development process.

Video and TV Production

Produce and film community shows as a Certified Studio Producer, Field Producer, Field Camera Technician, and Field Editor (Final Cut Pro) at Montgomery Community Media (mymcmedia.org).

Board and Chairman Experience

  • Human Service Advisory Commission from 2008 to 2014. Five of these years I was Chairman. From these years of service I know about many of the social service programs from the State of Maryland, Montgomery County, and the City. As a Commissioner I provided insight to determine social service needs in the community and encouraged the implementation of programs to serve those needs. I have also monitored Caregivers Grants, performed site visits and assessments, and provided feedback to the non-profits. I have a strong understanding of the research, data collection, and report preparation for grants.
  • Montgomery Women Board of Directors, Co-Chair of Communications 2010-2013. Wrote and distributed press releases, maintained the website, posted to all social network accounts, and developed a long-term communications strategic plan.
  • Committee Chairman, Cub Scout Pack, leader of the leaders as we grew the Pack by 35%.

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