Project Management & Facilitation
Media Manager & Consultant | Sidewalk Detroit | 2018 – Present |
Local Non-Profit Arts and Development Organization
Contractual social media management, digital strategy execution and consulting, media relations and press releases, multi-media content creation, digital and event communications with stakeholders, artists, and collaborative organizations.
Campaign & Public Relations Manager | CMAP | 2017 – Present |
Local Non-Profit Arts Production House
Contractual social media management, multi-media content creation, media relations and press releases, website management, grants consultation, coordinating and liaising with designers, stakeholders, and Detroit Fringe Festival artists.
Creator & Chef | New-Armenian Supper Club | 2013 – 2020 |
Multinational Low-Profit Culinary Venture
Creator of experience-based culinary venture, recreated Armenian traditional vegetarian dishes, shared cultural aspects of Armenia through thematic and sensory space. Produced hundreds of events in Detroit, as well as special events in Paris, Los Angeles, and Yerevan.
Learning Lab Facilitator | TUMO Center for Creative Technologies | 2018, 2020 |
Multinational NGO Arts and Technology Learning Center
Contractual onsite/offsite learning lab immersion, facilitation and lead instruction for teens, on creative writing, based on identity, culture, and family through the medium of food. Onsite in Yerevan (2018), offsite via remote instruction (2020).
Producer & Spokesperson | Weird Homes Tour – Metro Detroit | 2018 – 2020 |
National For-Profit Creative Event Company
Contractual media relations and press releases, company representation and community liaising, multi-level large event production, employee recruitment and management, relationship management with stakeholders and homeowners.
Elections Tabulator | The Detroit News | 2017 – 2020 |
Regional Print And Digital News Outlet
Contractual special, primary, and general elections votes/initiatives tabulator, data input, research, clerk's office liaising.
Marketing & Development Director | PuppetART Theater | 2013 – 2016 |
Local Non-Profit Puppetry Museum and Live Theater
Grants writing, social media and digital communications management, corporate and media relations, operations and employee management, strategic five-year plan consultation, facilitated approximately $50,000 in new funding.
Associate Producer | A Host of People (The Harrowing performance series) | 2015 |
Local Non-Profit Social Issue Focused Theatre Troupe
Digital and print marketing, external communications, community outreach, contractor scouting.
Authorship & Creative Contribution
Contributing Writer | The Metropolitan | Detroit | 2016 – Present |
Digital social/culture publication (formerly print), background on narrative storytelling, social critique, travelogues.
Creator & Curator | a letter from julien | 2019 – Present |
Twice a month cultural and social Mailchimp e-newsletter, containing creative endeavors, articles, and resources. 500+ subscribers.
Contributing Writer | Medium | 2021 – Present |
Curated self-published essays and research pieces, primarily academic, on sociolinguistic and Africana topics.
Creative Consultant | One In A Million | Music Video | Detroit | 2020
Full production music video, queer female rap artist based in Los Angeles, worked with Director on script and visuals.
Author | Andanzas, Volume I, Friends | Detroit & Guadalajara | 2019 |
Print collection of four short stories on friendship and human connection, designed and published by Ban Pang Editorial.
Contributing Author | Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook | Detroit | 2017 |
Print neighborhood-based creative guidebook of City of Detroit, edited by Aaron Foley, published by Belt Publishing.
Contributing Writer | TBD Magazine | Detroit | 2017
Contractual narrative writer, focus on Detroit neighborhoods and peoples.
Contributing Video Arts Journalist | Creative Voice | Detroit & Ann Arbor | 2016 – 2017
Contractual app-based video production, onsite interviews, and coverage of local arts and culture events.
Production Designer | Black Petunia | Independent Feature | Detroit | 2016
Full production, micro-budget film, categorized as post-apocalyptic cerebral, managed set designs.
Production Designer | Hummingbird | Independent Feature | Detroit | 2013
Full production, micro-budget film, categorized as post-apocalyptic coming of age, managed set designs.
Education & Tools
Linguistics | Bachelor of Arts | Wayne State University | Expected 2022
Strong base in cultural and identity-based linguistics, language variation and change, sociolinguistics; intermediate reading knowledge of French and Spanish, elementary knowledge of Turkish, Mandarin, and Armenian.
African American Studies | Bachelor of Arts | Wayne State University | Expected 2022
Grounding in African diaspora and African American histories, cultures, worldviews, social and political thought.
Digital Humanities | Course Certification | Harvard University / Harvard X | 2020
Digital Proficiencies | Buffer, Hootsuite, Mailchimp, Wordpress, Wix, Google Drive & Analytics, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Suite, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Varied Crowdfunding Platforms, Boomerang, Asana, SEO
Fellowship, Scholarship, & Volunteerism
Global Fellow | Salzburg Global Seminar | 2019 – Present |
Young Cultural Innovators Forum 2019 fellowship and residency in Austria, recipient of 2020 Kresge Foundation funded cultural immersion travel grant to Zimbabwe and South Africa, recipient of 2020 creative mini-project grant.
Recipient | The Dudley Randall Endowed Scholarship in Africana Studies | Wayne State University | 2021 – 2022
Recipient | LaGatella LGBT Endowed Scholarship | Wayne State University | 2021 – 2022
Recipient | Len Cargan Endowed Fund for Returning Students | Wayne State University | 2021 – 2022
Organizer & Publicist | Detroit Kite Festival | 2018 – 2020 |
Narrative and social media consultation, public and media relations management, event planning and coordination.
Special Projects Advisor | Beatrice & Reymont Paul Foundation | 2018 – 2020 |
Special projects and grantee-related consultation.
Fellow | Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation | 2015 – 2016 |
Fellowship on development and industry best practices, in partnership with Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Executive Committee Member | Emerging Arts Leaders of Detroit – Project | Forward Arts | 2015
Local chapter project of Americans for the Arts, MCACA grant recipient, arts administration solidarity and networking.
Board Member | APIA (Asian & Pacific Islander American) Vote MI | 2009 – 2011 |
Concentration on memberships, volunteer management and recruitment, established inaugural fundraising dinner.
Founding Board Member | Hostel Detroit | 2010 |
Concentration on opening ceremonies, community partnerships, crafted and voted on corporate policies and procedures.
President | Youth Advisory Council | Saginaw Community Foundation | 2006 – 2007 |
Concentration on grant making for projects aimed at youth enrichment, volunteer initiatives, family charities, park clean-ups.