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Country: United States City: Minneapolis
State: Minnesota ZIP: 55410



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Karen Louise B.

B.A., B.S., M.A. & Public Policy Fellow

Minneapolis, MN. USA

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Nationality: U.S. 

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  • Strategic Communications Planning and Message Development for Civil Society and Government
  • Media Relations
  • Journalist Training/Radio Development
  • Public/Constituent Information and Outreachfor Civil Society Organizations & Government Officials
  • CivicEngagement and Advocacy Training/NGO capacitybuilding & training
  • Public Information/Meetings & Debates event planning, implementation, management
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    Education: 

    University of Minnesota, Project Management certificate coursework. Can plan, implement and manage projects, work plans and relevant project staff. 

    U of M Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Center for the Study of Politics & Governance

    Public Policy Fellow, Minneapolis, MN 

    Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. M.A. Liberal Studies International 

    St. Cloud State University B.S. Journalism/B.A. Communications 
     

    CivicEducation Training/Project Management 

    National Issues ForumCivic Engagement and Deliberative DecisionMaking .Institute for community leaders and government officials. Skill set: Ability to lead public participation in community                         governance and policy initiatives utilizing the socalled, Deliberative DecisionMaking model. June  

    Project Management: Planning and Leading University of Minnesota Certificate Coursework September, . To ensure the highest probability of project success I can employ both the classic project planning tools and the principles of team leadership.  
     

    Language Skills: Native English, basic Russian and basic spoken Spanish 

    Professional Summary: Worked as a journalist for + years both in the U.S. and internationally. Today, work as consultant in communications, media, civil society engagement and CSO/NGO capacitybuilding and training for projects internationally and in the U.S. My work and travel has taken me to over countries around the world. Quickly adapts to shifting sociopolitical environments to carry out my work in elections monitoring, civicengagement, media, communications, advocacy and electionsrelated monitoring and work. 
     

    Bio Statement: 

    Ms. B. holds Bachelor's university degrees in both journalism and communications as well as a M.A. in International Liberal Sciences. She also has served as an invited Public Policy Fellow at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs Center for Policy and Governance. Ms. B. has years professional experience as a journalist, government communications manager and expert in the areas of, Strategic Communications, Media and Civil Society engagement.

    She has worked in both the private and public sectors and has engaged in extensive work on behalf of nonprofit organizations. A strategic communications specialist, Ms. B. has traveled to more than fifty countries and reported as a journalist from, Israel, West Bank, Serbia, Egypt and W. European countries. Currently, she is serving as an individual contract consultant/trainer. Her communications, elections, civic training and media consulting has taken her to: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Cambodia, Macedonia, Serbia and Sierra Leone.

    In Kyrgystan she worked as a Sr. Program Officer for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs on a USAIDfunded project to open information centers around the country to serve as hubs of information and civic engagement in communities. She also conducted civic trainings for groups of seminar attendees and advised members of a governing board representing a coalition of some NGOs/CSOs in Kyrgyzstan. In Kazakhstan she worked with CSOs on a public awareness campaign with local media to address human rights issues in jails.  In both Cambodia and Macedonia she conducted public outreach and media trainings for political party leaders. In Moldova she engaged in a key message and branding project for a USAID/DAIfunded project called, BIZTAR charged with helping improve the country's business and tax regulatory climate. And in Sierra Leone she conducted a media assessment and drafted a media strategy, largely using community radio stations, for a public information campaign on a USAIDfunded project being implemented by ACDI VOCA and ARD.

    Ms. B. also can advise on public/private communications endeavors with a keen eye toward coaching government officials on effectively partnering with media and NGOs/ CSOs on mutually agreeable objectives.  She has also engaged in numerous U.S. media and communications projects geared toward mobilizing voters and public support for changes in public policy. She has successfully spearheaded public hearings and media campaigns and events and has been a leader on oversight of PR materials such as websites, media packets, brochures etc/. She is also familiar with new media and social media techniques.  

    Ms. B. has extensive experience planning, implementing, managing and even hosting/moderating public debates and roundtable discussions. These have been in openmeeting environments as well as radio and television broadcasts.

     Ms. B., in her many communications roles for government bodies and institutions, a political party and now as an independent communications/media/civic participation consultant, has spearhead numerous public information campaigns addressing a variety of issues. These have included communications surrounding public/private support and funding for large public projects such as public libraries and transportation initiativesnamely her state's largest mass transit project: Hiawatha Light Rail Line in Minnesota and funding to support the improved infrastructure of community public libraries and construction of a new downtown, Minneapolis MN. USA central library. 

    Work Experience  

    Contract Consultancies: 
     

  • Communications/Media Adviser for ACDI VOCA/Sierra Leone ARDinc also is a partner to this project]. October/November . Devised media strategy as followon work to a prior consultancy in early .
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  • Public Outreach Specialist/Consultant, Moldova for a USAIDfunded project entitled, Moldova Governance Threshold Country Program MGTCP.April —October , . This was part of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s reform initiatives in Moldova to advance reforms in the Health, Judicial and Tax Administration sectors of government. There also was a media and civil society component to the project to strengthen capacity for serving in a watchdog role on government reform.
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  • Consultant for ACDI VOCA: Sierra Leone. [ARDinc is also a partner to this project]. January/February, .Communications/Public Information Campaign/Media & Radio on a short term ACDI VOCA project, funded by USAID, in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Conducted a media analysis and wrote strategic media outreach plan, predominantly utilizing community radio, for the project.
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  • Consultant for dTS/DAI/USAID:Moldova OctoberNovember, Communications/NGO strengthening/media relations on a short term USAID/DAI/dTS project in Moldova, to educate the public about government tax and regulatory reforms intended to improve the business environment.
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  • Contract Consultant: Target Corp. HQ’s Internal Communications Contractor/Law PyramidGov’t Affairs Sept. , —February , Wrote strategic internal messaging and communications content for the Government Affairs and Law Departments in a quarterly newsletter as well as internal website aimed at continuous learning and knowledgesharing. I also write key messages and internal columns for VPs as well as edit a quarterly Gov’t Affairs Dept. newsletter for members of Target’s employeedriven PAC.
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  • Consultant: Int’l Nonviolent PeaceforceBrussels, Minneapolis, Colombo. August Februrary . Wrote organization’s first U.S. Strategic Communications Plan.
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  • National Democratic Institute for International Affairs NDI & British Council/DFID AprilAugust Sierra Leone, Africawas named to a ninemember international delegation of elections observers charged with helping government, political party, NGO and media leaders prepare for the August national elections. My specific role, as a member of this longterm team, was working with NGOs, all political parties and independent media wanting to fairly report on the election process and campaign issues on voter education, public information etc. We also observed the political process in the months before the election.
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  • American Red Cross, Member of the International Disaster Communications TeamThree week project November , thru December th, . Washington D.C. Headquarters. Helped produce press releases, talking points and media brief summaries for press event regarding annual World Disasters Report and White House Summit on Malaria. My Training with ARC includes: American Red Cross/HeadquartersWashington D.C. Disaster Communications Media Training invited seminar participant
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  • CivicEngagement/Communications/Advocacy Consultant, Cambodia National Democratic Institute for International Affairs November , Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Southeast Asia. Conducted marketing & communications training for leaders of three political parties. Topics included: Working across political party affiliation on mutual goals, Transparency, Media Relations, Planning Press Events, SocialMarketing and Public Information Campaigns. Also, addressed Constituent Communications through socialmarketing techniques.
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  • Journalist Training, USA/Russia ConnectMinneapolis MN/ Minneapolis Public Library, Minneapolis, MN. April, .
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    CoAuthored and presented training for group of journalists from Kazakhstan. We covered the following issues: Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting and obtaining an outside “Watch Dog” perspective on government and policy. 

  • CivicEducation/Communications Consultant, Kazakhstan. Freedom House, Human Rights organization, Washington DCNov. , Kazakhstan, Central Asia.
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    Worked with Freedom House to consult and manage group of NGO’s in Kazakhstan to write their strategic plans and work plans on issues pertaining to civil society, democracy development and human rights. Worked with them on developing a communications plan and firstever public information campaign. Consulted NGOs in ways of engaging public participation and engagement through volunteerism, information campaigns and organizational development.  NGOs were also engaged in public information campaign with local media and elected regional officials and law enforcement officials. 

  • Political Communications Consultant Macedonia, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Washington DCJune/July , Central and Eastern Europe.
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    Consulted and conducted a day training seminar for leaders of a minority Albanian Political Party in Macedonia. The seminar prepared political party leaders on campaign communications strategies for upcoming parliamentary elections. Strategies included: message development, GOTV, grassroots organizations, campaigning techniques, campaign strategy and organization, working with the media, planning public events, communications. I also worked with party leaders on effective staff management, volunteer supervision and civic /voter engagement. 

  • Communications Manager, City of Mpls. Public Library May July
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    Served as the communications manager for the City of Minneapolis’ Public Library system during the construction and through the grand opening of the downtown Central Library. Gained unprecedented media coverage over issues related to the library, literacy and opening of the Central Library. Supported donor and fundraising communications on behalf of the group, Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library as well as key communications for the library’s public policy objectives at the local and state levels. Spearheaded the rebranding of the library system and lent oversight of communications staff creation of all printed and new media marketing and information materials 

    Ms. B., in her role as communications manager for the city of Minneapolis' public library system, managed public outreach and information regarding the local and state funding for supporting public libraries which included ambitious public/private partnerships on library infrastructure development at the neighborhood level as well as funding and political support for a new central library downtown Minneapolis.  She also assisted in establishing outreach to immigrant communities on a program geared at assisting "New Americans" in their multistoried experiences transitioning into American society. This involved extensive outreach to NGOs and other civic organizations. 
     
     

  • Senior Program Officer, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. January April  
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    National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Washington DC.   

    Senior Program Officer. Helped open information centers around the country providing access to news and information as well as providing a place for citizens to become actively involved in civic society. Also served as lead Civic Trainer.  Consulted and trained leaders of a coalition of NGOs on public information campaigns, constituent communications, GOTV messaging etc.  I also conducted a training for communications staff of members of Parliament on media relations and constituent communications/outreach. 

  • Communications Manager, Metropolitan Council/Metro Transit May December
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    Spearheaded communications, public outreach/education and media for the State of Minnesota’s largest public transit project: the mile long Hiawatha Light R


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