A former city council member, Meridith is a global thinker with vision to change the world. She has expansive experience in the volunteer sector to include grant writing, fundraising, and volunteer coordination and comes equipped with marketing and legislative skills. She exemplifies the highest moral character with ethics beyond reproach. Her passions include quality education, community improvement, and emergency preparedness/ disaster relief. The mother of a special needs child, she is a well-spoken advocate for children with disabilities. She serves in many volunteer positions in our community and gives of herself selflessly for the sake of the greater good, demonstrating at every level, a determination to succeed.
2013 – 2015 (expected)
2009 – 2010
2008 – 2009
University of Washington Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Marketing
University of Washington Bachelor of Arts with Faculty Honors, IAS Global Studies Major. Nonprofit Management & Hispanic Studies minors, 3.79 GPA
Completed the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program as a minor. For more information please visit http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/interdisciplinary-arts-sciences/nonprofit-management-minor-or-certificate.
Activities and Societies:Vice-President, CIVITAS . Chair of the ASUWT Elections Board 2010. Golden Key International Honour Society. UWT Annual Dean’s List 2009-2010. Certificate of High Scholarship.
Escuela Kukulcan, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México Mexican Spanish and Culture
University of Washington Certificate, Public Policy
Tacoma Community College Associate of Arts & Science with High Honors, General Transfer, 3.89 GPA
Activities and Societies: Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, TCC Voices Jazz Choir, TCC Singers Choir, TCC Gospel Choir.
Pierce College at Puyallup Practical Accounting, 3.8 GPA
July 2015 – Present (1 year 7 months)
April 2014 – January 2015 (10 months)
June 2011 – August 2013 (2 years 3 months)
January 2011 – April 2011 (4 months)
October 2009 – December 2010 (1 year 3 months)
February 2010 – June 2010 (5 months)
Information Specialist II University of Washington Tacoma Tacoma, WA
My job is to take what the professors say and make it understandable in 6 seconds or less. You'll find me in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.
• Website content strategist, producer and copywriter • Social media content planner, strategist and storyteller • Content team leader, guardian of the brand • Marketing strategy development and implementation lead • Policy writer and procedure developer • Go-to person for Drupal 7, WordPress, Handshake career management platform, Google Sites and Trumba.
Correspondent Like-Media Gig Harbor, WA
Multimedia Consultant The Peninsula Gateway, The McClatchy Company Gig Harbor Washington
Recruits clients, customers, donors and dollars through strategic advertising using a variety of mediums.
Media services include audience delivery, campaign development, message management, and political campaign consulting and promotion. Specializing in print & deliver, digital impulse buy certificate programs, real time site/search/contextual retargeting and digital display advertising throughout the south Puget Sound region.
Creator and manager of the monthly Active Aging pages of the Gateway. Designed to provide seasoned community members and their families ready access to aging related information, this two page pull-out section offers a community calendar and articles and advertising of relevance. Health Talk page coordinator, small business advertising and dealsaver.com specialist.
Development Intern Greater Gig Harbor Foundation Gig Harbor, Washington Event coordination, member and donor development, research, and gr-ant proposal creation. Facilitated the creation of a concise mission statement based on broad board visioning and wrote the basis of an extensive and successful grant proposal.
Student Assistant, Urban Studies University of Washington Tacoma
Election Administration Chair Associated Students of the University of Washington Tacoma
July 2015 – Present (1 year 7 months)
November 2014 – Present (2 years 3 months)
October 2013 – December 2015 (2 years 3 months)
January 2010 – June 2010 (6 months)
December 2005 – December 2007 (2 years 1 month)
October 2003 – March 2006 (2 years 6 months)
Planning Commission Member Gig Harbor Planning Commission
Citizens Advisory Board Chair Pierce County Community Connections Economic Empowerment "The Citizens' Advisory Board serves in an advisory to assist Pierce County in the implementation of federally funded programs and activities through Community Development Block Grants and Emergency Shelter Grants."
Chair, President of the Board Citizen Corps Council of Pierce County Disaster and Humanitarian Relief Wrote successful grant proposals, spurring the organization forward in developing its community connections and volunteer recognition programs.
Board Governance Intern TACID (Tacoma Area Coalition of Individuals with Disabilities)
Jane's Fellowship Class II Graduate, The Russell Family Foundation The Russell Family FoundationJune 2006 – June 2008 (2 years 1 month)
Two year community leadership training and collaborative fellowship. Skills gained or strengthened include strategic planning facilitation, community outreach, volunteer management, event planning, member and donor development, research, fundraising, and successful grant proposal creation.
Council member Town of Eatonville Eatonville, Washington
Association of Washington Cities Small Cities Advisory Board member, alternate to the Pierce County Regional Council. Parks Committee Co-chair after years of Parks Committee membership and writing a success grant proposal to fund park play structures. Gained additional experience in legislative advocacy, municipal code creation, code evaluation, RCW and WAC interpretation, large-scale budgeting, message management, and community outreach.
Board Member The Greater Eatonville Chamber of Commerce
Performed duties in a variety of positions to include Secretary, Vice-President, and Webmaster
September 2011 – Present (5 years 5 months)
March 2013 – Present (5 months)
March 2013 – Present (5 months)
June 2011 – September 2011 (4 months)
September 2010 – June 2011 (10 months)
May 2009 – Present (4 years 3 months)
May 2008 – Present (5 years 3 months)
Assistant Director of Public Affairs--Gig Harbor Stake The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Troop 244 Committee Leadership Training Coordinator, Pacific Harbors Council Boy Scouts of America
Board of Directors Greater Gig Harbor Foundation
Planning Committee Member Honoring First Responders Committee
Designed to thank our first responders, this third annual free family event featured representatives from the Gig Harbor Police and Fire Departments, paramedics, Washington State Highway patrol, and FBI. Police motorcycles, bomb robots, crime fighting information available to all. Also featured game booths, free food, free balloons and face painting. A special service of recognition for first...more
Volunteer, Sector One Tacoma Police Department
Provided front desk reception, directing community members to appropriate resources, in Spanish when necessary. Recruited for volunteer program.
Community Emergency Respose Team (CERT) Member CitizenCorps.gov
Trained in basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations to assist others in neighborhoods or workplaces following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
NIMS IS-100, IS-200 & IS-700 certified by FEMA.
Member - SE7KIH Peninsula Amateur Radio Association
Amateur radio training organization created to support current HAM radio operators and train those interested in becoming HAM radio operators.
Additional Honors and Awards
B.A. with Faculty Honors UW Certificate of High Scholarship UW Tacoma Annual Dean's List 2009-2010 Member of Golden Key International Honour Society.
TCC AAS degree with High Honors March 2009. Member of Phi Theta Kappa.
Advanced Certification of Municipal Leadership, Association of Washington Cities (AWC), 2008.
Public policy, small business support, aging-related industry, children, families and the organizations which support them, land use, creating parks, and emergency preparedness.