Elizabeth R. Milner
RESUME

   
WORK EXPERIENCE: DATES EMPLOYED:
 
 

Freelance Writer/Editor and Writing Coach

  • Articles published in The Washington Post, Alexandria Gazette, Northern Virgina Association of Realtors' Update Magazine, The Old Time Herald, Renaissance Magazine and Lawley Publications' Urban Transportation Monitor.
  • Blog for Linton Hall Realtors (Prince William County, VA), and Arbour Realty (Arlington, VA).
  • Facilitated writers' group as contractor for Fairfax County, VA.
  • Editorial work for Drexel University's News Bureau, Philadelphia, PA; The Vanguard Group, Inc., Valley Forge, PA; Wyeth Pharmaceutical, Collegeville, PA., and Axiom Professional Health Learning, Yardley, PA.
April 2006 - Present

Writer/Editor
The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration, Alexandria, VA

  • Create content for association magazine, newsletter and website
  • Edit standards, technical papers, training materials, promotional mailings and advertising
  • Assist in speakers' presentations at annual conference

 August 2008-August 2010

Communications Director
Reston Community Center, Fairfax County Government, Reston, VA

  •  Developed communications strategies for programs and special events
  •  Designed and updated websites for the Community Center and for the Reston Multicultural Festival
  •  Edited, published and distributed 70-page Program Guide three times a year
  •  Desktop published and placed ads in local newspapers
  •  Wrote and distributed press releases and public service announcements
  •  Supervised staff of two
September 2000–April 2006

Writer/Editor
Technology Transition Corporation, Washington, DC

  •  Principal liaison with the media
  •  Wrote articles on alternative energy
  •  Created strategic public relations plan
  •  Conducted grant and marketing research
  •  Assisted in preparation of marketing materials and slide presentations
  •  Desktop published newsletters, conference materials, flyers and other promotional items
1999-September 2000

Public Information Specialist
Office of Historic Alexandria, Alexandria, VA

  • Spearheaded a publicity campaign to recruit a new Town Crier resulting in coverage in a wide variety of local and national media outlets including the Washington Post, Fox News, CNN, Associated Press Radio, local television stations 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9, and National Public Radio
  • Learned HTML coding for the purpose of updating the Historic Alexandria Web Site. This saved the City approximately $40,000 in consultant fees
  • Converted publication process for Historic Alexandria Quarterly to desktop publishing from a time-consuming and more expensive conventional printing operation
  • Wrote grant proposal, which brought $33,000 in funding to the City's 250th Anniversary celebration
1997-1999

Project Coordinator,
Future Interconnection System Project Office (FISPO)
National Public Radio, Washington, DC


Kept senior management at 500 stations informed on the progress of $54 million satellite project by responding to station queries by phone, mail and e-mail, writing reports, press releases and articles, coordinating newsletter, videos, mass mailings and conferences.

 

1988-1997

EDUCATION:

M.A., Political Science, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
B.A., International Service, American University, Washington, DC

Public Relations training at University of Virginia includes:

  • Integrating PR and The Internet,
  • Basic Training for Public Relations Practitioners,
  • Proposal Writing, and
  • Web Page Design.

Training in proof reading and editing at George Washington University's Publication Specialist Program.

 

JOB-RELATED SKILLS:

Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word for Windows, Word Perfect, Dreamweaver, Access, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop CS2, PowerPoint, Quark Xpress, PageMaker, Microsoft Publisher.

 

ACHIEVEMENTS, HONORS, AND PUBLICATIONS:

  • Writing contest Winner and panelist, OhmyNews International Citizen Reporters Forum, Seoul, South Korea, 2006
  • Founder and facilitator of the Reston Community Center's Creative Writing Group.
  • Live Events/Senior Editor, Green Man Review
  • Editorial Consultant, Electric Folk, The Changing Face of English Traditional Music. Britta Sweers, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • National Association of Counties Act of Caring Award for Thanksgiving Food Drive (2004)
  • Commendation by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (2001 and 2004)
  • Virginia Recreation and Parks Society Award for Best Publication (2003 and 2004)
  • National Association of County Information Officers Award of Excellence (2000, 2003 and 2004)
  • Contributing Editor, Utility Fleet Management Magazine, Alexandria, Virginia, 1994 – 1999
  • Features Editor, Washington Revels, Washington, DC, 1994 - 2000
  • Author, Oatlands Celtic Festival Cookbook to raise money for the Oatlands Trust, Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg, Virginia.