Education

Cooper Hewitt/Parsons School of Design
M.A., History of Decorative Arts & Design, 2010

Boston University, School of Management
B.S. Business Management, Finance, 2006

Professional Experience

Citibank Foundation; New York, NY           
2016-Present
VP, Finance & Operations

  • Leads the annual external  audit and  tax filing process with KPMG auditors
  • Completes annual budget and monthly financial analysis and forecasting for Citi Foundation; ensures operating and financial targets are strategically aligned with management goals and operational plan
  • Works in concert with the Foundation’s Operations and Grants Management team to ensure grant making activities remain compliant with Citi’s standards and procedures, and meet IRS requirements
  • Accurately records all accounting entries, processes grant payments, performs monthly bank reconciliations and closings, and manages month end reporting and review with Director and CEO
  • Manages Finance and Operations team providing oversight of office policies & accounting procedures
  • Coordinates  Citi compliance assessments including Continuity of Business, Information Security, Records Management and Management Control Assessment to make certain Citi Foundation’s business practices, policies and controls align with Citigroup, Inc. and government regulations

LIM College (Laboratory Institute of  Merchandizing); New York, NY            
2016-Present
Adjunct Faculty, Senior Cooperative Program

  • Part-time faculty member at midtown campus; teaches senior college students in their final internship course with subject matter ranging from interviewing techniques to areas of professional development
  • Advises students on best career options, networking opportunities, extended areas of study and grades them on various in-class projects, write-ups and presentations
  • Accompanies students to final internship presentation and interacts with company mangers to gain a better sense of student involvement, improvement and development

Thomas Phifer and Partners Architecture Firm, LLP; New York, NY             
2010-2015
Business Manager

  • Responsible for financial oversight of award-winning architecture firm and management of operations team including Marketing Director, Shop Manager and Bookkeeper across 3 international cities providing strategic direction, and monthly objectives and annual goals
  • Oversight of 10+ international construction projects totaling $500 million including annual budget creation, monthly reporting to CEO and client teams ranging from foreign governments to Fortune 500 executives
  • Restructured talent management objectives and streamlined Human Resources functions including payroll, healthcare and retirement plan resulting in 18% savings year over year
  • Close collaboration with principals of firm on office operations including hiring practices, marketing and social media, employee retention, and facilities management
  • Project managedmultiple museum building projects including Corning Museum of Glass expansion, Glenstone II Museum, and North Carolina Museum of Art expansion

Jane Kahan Gallery; New York, NY
2008-2010
Operations Associate

  • Maintained $8 million annual operating budget for international modern art gallery working with managing partners at 2 locations in NYC and a showroom in Nice, France
  • Advised Gallery Director on annual insurance policy renewals, inventory appraisalsand tax evaluations
  • Oversight of $7 million construction of flagship gallery showroom;  project accountant and primary project contact for contractors and sub-contractors  

Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Los Angeles, CA
2007-2008
Financial Analyst

  • Controlled $100 million museum budget, monitored and ensured efficient use of museumresources through coordination with staff outside Finance department; including conducting project cost estimations and participating in bid solicitations for the Renzo Piano building annex, and orchestrating inventory counts and insurance reviews for various departments
  • Provided recommendations to the Deputy Curator and Board of Trustees on deaccession/accession of $12 million of artwork using detailed data and trend analysis
  • Completed complex quarterly financial grant reports totaling $20 million to over 75 foundations and government agencies, and reviewed legal and financial agreements for the Exhibitions Department
  • Responsible for completing 2007 Tax Form 990 in coordination with the Controller and accounting team
  • Collaborated with Human Resources department on hiring budgets addressing freezes, promotions and raises

Oakwood Corporate Housing Solutions Worldwide; Los Angeles, CA
2006-2007
Human Resources Generalist promoted to Jr. Sales Analyst

  • Created robust reports to track and analyze financial performance in real-time using Business Objects and Microsoft Excel models thereby increasing value added service to Top 100 Clients including GE & Pfizer
  • Designed robust sales presentations in conjunction with marketing team to present to Oakwood’s Top 100 Clients yielding 37% increase in number of units contracted in 2007
  • Worked with in-house recruiters to help fill hiring needs for national sales teams including scheduling candidate interviews, conducting background checks and verifying references

Volunteer Experience

Damsels in Design; New York, NY
2010-Present
Founder/Board Member

  • Develops and facilitates 12+ empowering educational programs per year including workshops on entrepreneurship, design management and professional development for membership base of 2,500+ women
  • Forges strategic partnerships with companies and universities including AIA NY, General Assembly, Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, 30 Weeks Design Incubator and Levo League to effectively produce multi-disciplinary programming and strengthen best practices in the design industry
  • Manages and recruits boardmembers to assist in outreach efforts and sustainability of programs and partners

Achievements

  • Produced first “Women in Design & Technology” three-part series at General Assembly NYC in 2010 reaching 150+ women in design, business and technology fields
  • Developed curriculum, sourced experts and produced 135+ business education events over 5 years to an audience of 7,000+ women for Damsels in Design, a professional networking organization for women in design-related careers
  • Launched Designers Education League in 2015—a non-profit providing paid business training apprenticeships to college students from diverse backgrounds with limited financial means

Speaking Engagements

  • Design, Diversity & Entrepreneurship, Parsons School of Design, Spring 2013
  • Using Design-Thinking Methodology to Increase Team Engagement, General Assembly, Spring 2014
  • Creating & Managing the Budget for your Creative Business, Columbia University, Spring 2015
  • Women in Business: Bridging the Gender Gap in Creative Industries, Connect Her Conference,Spring 2015
  • Networking 101: How to Connect with Colleagues in the Design Industry, Parsons School of Design, Spring 2016