“Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day.”
~ Orison Swett Marden
That, I can personally say, reigns true. I was born and raised in Washington, DC – A melting pot of cultures, personalities, and perspectives. From mom & pop shops, to one-of-a-kind dining establishments, to landmarks representative of our nation’s history...Washington, DC is a unique canvas.
I like to believe that the versatility that runs throughout this city has infused itself into my work – my city, has certainly shaped me. After graduating Magna Cum Laude, I was awarded an opportunity to launch STAMP Magazine – a print and digital publication where I provided a platform for local artists to showcase their work. After a year, the publication grew to feature artists worldwide, across various mediums, allowing me to connect to a network of fellow creators, as well as lead and manage a team of individuals in the publication realm. Since then, I’ve been afforded the opportunity to work at companies that allowed me certifications, and connect with brands, businesses, and people on a creative level. From my tenure with a signage shop where I gained typography skills, to working for Capitol Community News – where as Art Director, I managed periodical pagination, article layout and design, and advertisement creation for clients such as Pentagon Federal Credit Union, IHOP, McDonalds and Capital Skyline Hotel. These experiences led me to build a marketing department and design/manage a full brand system for an electronic health record (EHR) company Credible Behavioral Health. While shortly after, moving into the design agency, Don Schaaff & Friends, producing high-level creative for clients Kennametal, Cushman & Wakefield, and DHI. Most recently, I’ve been able to combine my visual/digital design, management, and typography expertise, with User Interface and User Experience Design, to create content rich websites, web applications, and mobile apps for the Capital One Financial Corporation and Fannie Mae.
When freelancing, I am able to work with a wide range of clients in various industries – with a large emphasis of the produced work being geared towards creating brand systems, marketing collateral, SEO/SEM – incorporating the technical and creative skills obtained from previous tenures. Being able to work with clients on a one-on-one basis, continuously fuels my passion for business, love for visual communication, my desire to bring their ideas to actuality, and create lasting images and brands to fuel that creative drive.