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Resume for Jenna B. for Advertising / Marketing / PR in Victory Base Camp (V, Iraq

Occupation: Advertising / Marketing / PR Industry:
Country: Iraq City: Victory Base Camp (V
State: Baghdad ZIP: 09342

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JENNA B.              

Home of Record:  Atlanta, GA, USA current assignment is in Baghdad, Iraq

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year track record of military and civilian contractor experience, applying tenacity and autonomy in taking on new initiatives and developing highlyeffective strategies and programs across US and international operating venues.  Over six years spent in Iraq, with a thorough understanding of local customs, culture, terrain and operating nuances and an ability to consistently get things done despite a difficult security environment and minimal resources.  “On the ground” experience in forward operating zones across Eastern Europe and the Middle East.  Current passport and DoD/CAC card.  Current medical clearance & vaccinations for work in Iraq.  DoD Secret security clearance. 

Skilled at liaising with and bringing together diverse individuals, organizations and cultures to work towards a common goal.  Experienced in interacting with top US and foreign military, civilian and government leaders to resolve issues.  Effective at communicating and interacting with representatives from local and international organizations.


Public Affairs & Reporting Manager – Inma Agribusiness Program, Baghdad, Iraq                   May to Aug

The Louis Berger Group, Inc. implements the Inma Agribusiness Program, a $. million US Government initiative begun by USAID in to increase the competitiveness of Iraqi agriculture and agribusinesses.  Located in governorates throughout Iraq, the program assists commercial agribusinesses producing highvalue agricultural products considered most likely to increase employment and gross revenue of the farmers and businessmen involved in their production and marketing. 

Public Affairs Officer / Project Reporting Officer – International Relief & Development, Baghdad, Iraq         Jan to Jan

International Relief and Development IRD implements the Community Stabilization Program CSP, a $ million US Government initiative awarded to IRD by USAID in to help stabilize and economically revitalize Iraq.  Located in over critical cities nationwide, CSP assists Iraqi communities through rehabilitation of community infrastructure and essential services, vocational training, apprenticeships, job placement assistance, business development through grants and management training, youth engagement and conflict mitigation.   

Public Affairs Officer / Program Operations Analyst – Project & Contracting Office, Baghdad, Iraq               Sep to Jan

The Project & Contracting Office PCO is responsible for planning and executing more than $. billion in infrastructure reconstruction projects throughout Iraq.  Rebuilding efforts are focused on Iraq’s Electricity; Oil; Water; Facilities & Transportation; Security & Justice; and Buildings, Health & Education sectors.  

Public Affairs Duties in Iraq, Sep – Present:

  • Transformed the way the organization viewed and responded to the media and public by establishing cohesive media plans, developing key messages and engaging in regular press conferences and other communications to promote favorable organizational perception
  • Devised communication plans, media approaches and unified messaging for Iraq Ministry officials to use in communicating with local media
  • Coordinated numerous press conferences, including spokesperson training, talking points and PowerPoint presentations
  • Created comprehensive media kits, including project and program fact sheets, speaker biographies, and FAQs
  • Created promotional materials such as brochures, posters and fliers
  • Set up site visits of ongoing and completed projects throughout Iraq for local / international media and VIPs to showcase reconstruction projects
  • Fielded requests from ABC News, The New York Times, The London Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR, BBC, Azzaman Newspaper, Technical Review Middle East, IEE Review, Power Engineering Magazine and other media outlets for interviews, site visits, queries, background information and footage for use in stories related to reconstruction efforts in Iraq
  • Developed a tracking mechanism to the assess volume of press coverage and gauge perception by both the media and public
  • Utilized a database of + local and international public affairs offices, news agencies, magazines, websites and + industry specific outlets to “get the word out” and regularly showcase stories related to sector activities
  • Solicited story ideas and photos from sector personnel; used this data to write articles for dissemination nationally and internationally; was published in upwards of + electronic and print media outlets

    Program Analysis / Project Reporting Duties in Iraq, Sep – Present:

  • Forged collaborative intergovernmental, interagency and local national relationships to integrate and synchronize communications among internal/external stakeholders, including the State Department, USAID, GRD USACE, Coalition commanders and others
  • Brought together and maintained open communications with other contract groups, military and civilian public affairs offices, and US / local government organizations to minimize “infighting” and promote collaboration to achieve mutual goals and objectives
  • Created technical papers, speeches and PowerPoint presentations for major international conferences both in the Middle East and Stateside, enabling contractors to showcase program successes, share best practices, build organizational credibility, and solicit funding and awards for future projects
  • Produced + monthly reports, as well as ad hoc PowerPoint slides, website content and other documents to bolster awareness of the organization’s mission / accomplishments, and garner support from US Congress, GRD USACE, military, local government and other parties

    Special Projects in Iraq, Sep – Present:

  • Built an extensive personal network of + people comprised of coalition military, foreign embassies, civilian contractors, and governmental and nongovernmental organizations, thereby earning a reputation for being the “go to” person for information in the International Zone
  • Assisted with charity fund raisers and civil affairs programs aimed at funding community projects within Iraq and building goodwill
  • Raised over $K in funds for the IZ Combat Support Hospital and launched a grassroots donation program to provide items needed by wounded soldiers in the hospital; also served as a volunteer at the hospital working with wounded soldiers
  • Participated in mock casualty exercises with security company medics to help them hone their combat lifesaving techniques


    Public Affairs Representative / Print Journalist – US Army Reserve, US / Bosnia / El Salvador 

  • Collected, summarized and disseminated information from field operations to senior military leaders, soldiers, and the public
  • Designed and produced a page / color glossy newsletter that served as a major outreach of various “touch points” to keep service personnel connected and informed
  • Helped prepare senior officials on Q&A and “hot topic” talking points for interviews, press conferences, executive briefings, and spokesperson activities
  • Developed a library of digital photographs, audio recordings and print stories for easy access to information for dissemination to military and civilian media news outlets across the US and overseas
  • Trained soldiers on topics such as digital photography, Adobe Photoshop / PageMaker, fieldbased reporting and media relations
  • Completed a month overseas assignment in Bosnia with the coalition press information center; fielded press queries and forged effective relationships with local, international and US media; volunteered for extraduty missions into the surrounding community with civil affairs and psyops units
  • Spent three weeks in El Salvador in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch as a photographer highlighting the military’s humanitarian efforts
  • Produced articles with accompanying photographs for Army Reserve Magazine, the Sentinel, the Wildcat, and other publications
  • Acted as the IT desktop support person for my Army unit as part of my extra duties, installing and removing operating systems, printer drivers and other software, wiping hard drives clean, dealing with virusinfected PCs, resolving internet connectivity issues, replacing or swapping out hard drives or CDROM drives, adding or swapping out memory, helping end users retrieve lost documents, etc.


  • Proofreader: Proofread realtime streaming text during live quarterly earnings calls for major public corporations listed in the S&P, NASDAQ, FTSE, Eurotop and others.  High level of visibility These conference call transcripts were used by both buy and sellside financial analysts on Wall Street, Clevel executives, portfolio managers, PR consultants, reporters and individual investors for day trading and equity research.  Performed extensive research prior to each call to include each company’s background, product or service set, executive team, stock performance, R&D progression, marketing initiatives, industry terms and specifics.  Organized all of the above data into ataglance cheat sheets for easy reference during conference calls; created hundreds of these documents over time.  Created detailed spreadsheets to track quality control issues with the documents that our company was responsible for publishing online to ensure corporate quality and performance standards were being met
  • Graphic Artist: Worked with corporate and government customers to transform their ideas into polished copy / art / logos for print production; managed data archival; sourced vendors; scheduled shipments; assisted production and finance departments in resolving customer issues.  Created a wide range of business forms for both internal and external use by utilizing QuarkXpress and Freehand; these forms were used by both civilian and government organizations.  Regularly cleaned up and organized art file databases on server to maximize space available.  Proofread any text that came through the department to be typeset.
  • Accounts Manager:  Collaborated with multiple internal departments and external businesses to facilitate the sale, creative design, production and shipment of branded products and promotional merchandise to key customers
  • Tech Support / Service Rep:  Provided technical support and service for IBM subsidiary software.  Researched / resolved software issues and customer queries by utilizing approx. databases.  Helped to test beta software and documented issues for product development group.  Created product databases to organize software information for quick reference.  Wrote online help for software.


  • Certified as a Combat Lifesaver by the US Army Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad, Iraq July
  • Certified as a Microsoft Office Expert Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook by Microsoft at New Horizons in Atlanta, GA October
  • Qualified as an Expert on the M Rifle in the US Army January
  • Journalism / Public Affairs – Defense Information School DINFOS in Indianapolis, IN 
  • Journalism / Public Affairs – Atlanta Metropolitan College in Atlanta, GA 
  • Journalism – Brenau College in Gainsville, GA 

    *In addition to being a Microsoft Certified Expert MCE, I’m also skilled in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Freehand, Quark, Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Publisher.  Extremely computer literate and able to pick up new software programs quickly and easily. 

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