EXPERIENCE

Bloom Five, LLC

October 2013 to Present – Greater NY City Area, Montclair, NJ

Provide basic business communications, writing, social media & video production

  • Business Communications: Marketing, resumes, cv’s, cover letters, newsletters, brochures, basic design
  • Social Media: Set up social media accounts. Active on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, YouTube. Original content producer. Content curation.
  • Video: A-Z planning and production

SELECTED VIDEO PRODUCTION SAMPLES:

National Iranian American Council – NIAC

NE Regional Chair, National Iranian American Council (volunteer) | NIACAction.org /2015-present

  • Strategize, plan and implement grassroots efforts in NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, DC.
  • Manage 5 volunteer state captains.
  • Build community and coalitions to improve campaign outcomes.
  • Educate public about NIAC’s mission, goals, campaigns, and accomplishments.

NJ Captain, National Iranian American Council (volunteer) | NIACouncil.org / 2013-present

  • Oversee grassroots efforts and community building activities for New Jersey.
  • Led campaign supporting the Iran Deal, petitions, senate legislative meetings.

Various Projects, Shiraz, Iran | mariaafsharian.com / 2005-2013

  • Relocated back to birthplace Shiraz, Iran after father passed away, who lived there.
  • Worked on various volunteer NGO, philanthropic

Founder, MAHAK Charity Shiraz | mahak-charity.org/main-en/ / 2007-present

  • Proposed /developed first branch of MAHAK Charity Pediatric Cancer Organization.
  • Funded by MAHAK branch – jobs created for women who help hundreds of patients.
  • Serves as the model for other MAHAK branch offices in Iran.
  • Has OFAC license through US Government through ISCC Charity Organization.
  • MAHAK is recognized by the UN as one of the best NGO’s in the Middle

Various positions, NBC Universal, Washington, DC | nbcnews.com/dateline  / 1997-2005

Producer, Insider Reports, Dateline NBC / 2003-2005

Associate Producer, Dateline NBC / 2003-2005

Intern Coordinator, Dateline NBC / 2003-2005

Assistant Producer, Dateline NBC / 2001-2003

Researcher, Dateline NBC / 1998-2001

Production Manager, Dateline NBC (temporary position) / 1998-1999

Newscast Assistant, NBC News DC Affiliate -WRC / 1997-1998

Intern, Dateline NBC | nbcwashington.com / Summer 1997

  • Worked on 60+ segments for national television news magazine, Dateline NBC.
  • Conducted research, pitched stories, managed production, crew, interviews.
  • Recipient of several national journalism awards.

Marketing Assistant, USA TODAY Newspaper, Newington, VA | USAToday.com / 1995-1997

  • Assisted Marketing and Circulation Directors.
  • Organized and implemented team building, community outreach and marketing events.

Public Relations, University Medical Ctr., Dimensions Breast Center, Lubbock, TX / 1993-1995

  • Worked with patients referred for mammograms by doctors, scheduled appointments.
  • Provided community outreach, public relations and helped plan special events.
  • Left to move to Washington, DC area for new opportunity in communications.

Owner / Operator, Action Personnel Resume and Career Services, Lubbock, TX /1988-1993

  • Created and managed successful resume service in family owned HR/career agency.
  • Left for an opportunity to work in public relations.

EDUCATION

American University, DC &  Montgomery College, Rockville, MD / 1995-1997
Completed several courses in film, video, production & television news writing

International Business College, Lubbock, TX / 1991-1992
Computer Office Management Certificate

Lubbock Christian University, Lubbock, TX / 1985-1990
BS Business Communications, focusing on public relations and journalism
Campus Edition newspaper contributor and advertising manager

ORGANIZATIONS

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC.com)
Member

National Iranian American Council, NJ Co-Captain (NIACouncil.org)
NE Regional Chair (NY, NJ, PA, MD, PA)
NJ State Captain

Iranian-American Women Foundation (IAWFoundation.org)
NY Chapter Social Media Committee Member, NY Conference Committee Member

Building One America (BuildingOneAmerica.org)
Leadership Training and Community Organizing

Professional Association of Resume Writers (PARW.com)
Member

CERTIFICATIONS / LICENSES

National Real Estate Referral Group, Madison, NJ (nrerg.com)
Referral New Jersey real estate license

Goft-va-Shnood English Institute, Shiraz, Iran
Teaching English as a Second Language

Islamic Republic of Iran Ministry of Higher Education
Iranian accreditation of B.S. Business Communications degree earned in the United States

SPECIFIC SKILLS

  • Social Media: Content creation, marketing, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, LinkedIn
  • Writing: Letters, resumes, CV’s, business communications, bios, reports, typing
  • Video: A-Z production, planning, booking, interviewing, videotaping, transcription, editing, posting
  • Web: Data mining, research, analytics, digital marketing, networking
  • Computer: Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google, Mac, PC, Chrome, Safari etc.
  • Tools: Hootsuite, Buzz Sumo, Buffer, Canva graphic design, Weebly web design, iMovie

LANGUAGES

  • American English, native
  • Farsi or Persian, professional working proficiency

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