Executive Office of the President
Final editor and project manager for Presidential written communications and photos. Reviewed documents for policy content and strategic messaging prior to Presidential signature. Consulted with National Security Council, Domestic Policy Council, Public Liaison, Communications and Advance Office staff to ensure accurate and timely information. Approved more than 300 documents and 1,000 photos each month, successfully meeting very tight deadlines and strict standards.
Implemented a strategic plan for document creation, photo identification and clearances. Analyzed previous flow of information and documentation, eliminated duplicative and non-value adding steps, created a database to capture approvals and document movement, trained staff on the new system, and established a chain of accountability. This effort ensured efficient delivery of papers and photos to the President and on to the public.
Managed the first revision in five years of the White House Style Guide, in order to ensure a consistent writing style in all Presidential documents and across the Executive Office of the President. Planned and directed tasks, reconciled suggested edits, and organized the printing and distribution of the new guide.
Manager and editor for a team of six writers. Planned and directed team tasks. Facilitated staff interviews, evaluations and training. Led staff meetings and educational and networking events to improve internal communications and support the professional development of the writers. Edited documents for grammar, style, and factual content. Efforts improved project turn-around times and established the office as a trusted resource within the White House.
Implemented a document tracking system to manage approvals and flow of projects. The process was based on proven systems in other White House offices. The effort reduced delays and served as an accounting of the office’s time and accomplishments.
Researched and wrote Presidential communications, including letters, messages, proclamations, official citations, and video scripts. Built relationships with White House policy experts and historians to develop appropriate language. Studied Presidential transcripts and met with the President to accurately capture his voice. These efforts resulted in quality Presidential communications that truly reflected the thoughts and positions of the President.
Drafted the official Presidential proclamation announcing the death of President Ronald Reagan. Researched, wrote, edited, and delivered the language for Presidential signature within several hours. The proclamation was utilized by media around the world in their coverage of President Reagan’s death.