I came to Napa to live and work in wine country. This professional opportunity was a natural fit following the work I did in Oklahoma that helped a local winery expand, and helped create the first American Viticulture Area in the state. I would also be able to apply my tourism marketing experience in one of the hottest tourism spots in California.
In addition to other downtown projects, I managed the redesign of two major capital improvement projects for the City. These redesigns focused on a strong "sense of place," and improving the walk-ability of the downtown.
The City of Napa is part of the Napa Valley Tourism Improvement District. The assessment district funds all tourism marketing and promotional activities. My role is to provide staff support to the City's Committee and work with local partners to administer the district for the City of Napa.
Napa has a robust public art program and I was lucky enough to manage several of the City's Public Art projects, including the "Veil of Water," artwork by Ned Kahn and "Begin and Continue" by Mikey Kelly. I also pioneered the City's first online Public Art Registry and interactive Story Map.
From Oklahoma, I returned to Southern California - this time to Ventura County, where I would live and work for one of the most beautiful cities in America.
From Philadelphia, I returned to the small town in Oklahoma (pop. 17,000) where I was born to work for a non-profit organization that specialized in community development.
As Executive Director of MPOWER, I hired "Insight Visual Media Productions" to shoot and edit this video. Using my background in media, I worked with the videographers to write and produce this promotional video on McAlester.
One of the most exciting jobs I ever held was with the City of Philadelphia. The "City of Brotherly Love" hired me to help create neighborhood plans for the Northeast section of Philadelphia as part of the Mayor's "Neighborhood Transformation Initiative."
The Delaware River
Benjamin Rush State Park
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