Title & company: Community Outreach Strategist, MetroPlan Orlando
Give a brief explanation of your job: I help come up with ways to connect the public to long-range transportation planning in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. Transportation can be a daunting topic, so we always try to help people put it in terms of their everyday lives. And we use a variety of methods to find out what they are thinking and experiencing. Right now, we’re conducting our 2021 Regional Transportation Survey, which runs through May 23. This will cover so many great topics that we have never surveyed Central Floridians about before, such as driverless vehicles and rideshare. (You can participate, with a chance to win $25, at bit.ly/mposurvey21.)
How long have you been a member of FPRA and why did you join? I have been an FPRA member for 9 years, although I attended meetings and networked in FPRA before I joined. In fact, I met my current boss, Cynthia Lambert, at an FPRA meeting. I officially became a member when I went to work for MetroPlan Orlando.
What has been your favorite FPRA event so far?I love the annual conferences. I am always inspired by the speakers and seeing other P.R. folks’ great work.
Tell us about an exciting achievement (personal or professional):The most exciting achievements for me are usually the ones in front of me, since I thrive on the planning and mission at hand.
What was your first job?: I was a general assignment reporter at a small daily newspaper in Nebraska. I moved there in the summer and left the next spring, after a long winter spent hunting for my car in various snow drifts.
Fun fact: My first foray into mass communications came at age 11, when I won an essay contest in the Barbie Fan Club Magazine. For about a month, Mattel Toys sent giant boxes of all the newest Barbie stuff to my house every couple of days. It was ridiculous, but so much fun. My mom made me give a lot of it away. I don’t think the Barbie Fan Club Magazine exists anymore. My daughter literally never played with Barbies.