Project Manager with experience driving projects, developing teams, managing multiple stakeholders, and ensuring projects remain within scope, schedule, and defined budgets.
Hi there, my name’s Cara! If you'd like to learn more about me & my work, please read on or feel free to check out my LinkedIn profile (below).
My work and expertise are focused on project management, content development, content management, and client relationships. Currently, I am a Project Manager for the eLearning company, Construct. In this role, I primarily work with a CA high school district client to oversee its new educational content initiative (20 original online courses customized to meet the district's curriculum needs).
My skills developed through running my own video marketing business for 3 years. During my sophomore year at Duke University, I launched a video marketing business where I created promotional & educational video content for medical groups. Running my business taught me how to develop an efficient content pipeline, successfully oversee multiple content projects at once, and build strong client relationships.
In my current role as an EdTech Project Manager, I have further developed my skills in client relations, leadership, and content management. I manage teams using agile methodology to push content deliverables forward while also maintaining positive relationships with a large stakeholder base.
Outside of my business, I graduated from Duke University in 2018, where I led the 20-person team behind Duke University’s student broadcasting network. During my college career, I also worked at the following companies/groups: Happy Madison Productions (Adam Sandler's film/TV company), Duke Arts, Duke Department of Surgery, The Walt Disney Company, and the Digital Marketing Foundry.
What I am passionate about:
I am incredibly passionate about education — specifically, education accessibility. My passion stems from a very personal place. My family’s trajectory was completely transformed for the better when, several decades ago, my grandparents lucked into a chance at good schooling in the Philippines. The power of that educational opportunity opened up the world for my family. Having seen what education can do, I want my work to help as many people as possible get their fair shot at a great education.
Content Strategy Writing Agile Project Management Video Production
Social Media Stakeholder Management Customer Service
Client Relationships Budgeting Leadership Content Production
Final Cut Pro X Adobe Creative Suite Google Drive Trello MS Office
Agile & Scrum YouTube Analytics Hootsuite GarageBand Slack
Jun 2019 - Present
Project Manager | Construct
Oversee the development and execution of a large educational content project for a high school district in Southern California. The project involves producing instructional content that is customized to the district's specific curriculum needs.
Apr 2016 - Jun 2019
Founder | COCO Media
Freelance video production and digital marketing specialist for businesses small and large. Successfully delivered numerous promotional and educational video campaigns, and regularly oversaw multiple content projects at once while remaining mindful of strict deadlines and budgets.
Aug 2018 - Oct 2018
Sales Cast Member | Walt Disney World
Disney College Program, Fall 2018. Expertly communicated with and supported guests, coordinators, and leaders in a fast-paced environment. Remained calm under pressure while performing Disney's Four Keys (Safety, Courtesy, Show, Efficiency). Provided exceptional guest services and customer service on a daily basis.
Apr 2017 - Apr 2018
President | Duke Student Broadcasting
Developed and implemented a new, more efficient process for content development, strategy, and production that resulted in a 70% increase in output of high quality, original videos (average output: 2-3 videos per week). Led three video departments and 20 content creators. Oversaw 100+ multimedia projects through various stages of production. Developed and managed a budget of $40k.
Nov 2015 - Apr 2017
Communications Intern | Duke Department of Surgery
Managed and developed content for Duke Surgery Department's social channels, including Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. Developed new content strategies that increased average Tweet impressions by 96%, profile visits by 37% and Duke Bariatrics' Facebook reach by ~10,000%.
Graduated from Duke University with a major in Visual & Media Studies and a certificate in Markets & Management. Coursework focused on media production, business management, startup organizational structures, marketing, entrepreneurship, and media theory.
University of Southern California
Studied at the University of Southern California for one semester as part of a collaborative global education program with Duke University. The program, titled Duke in LA, is a pre-professional program intended for students who are interested in arts and media careers.
My interests span far and wide, from hiking to reading to playing board games with friends. I love to cook (ask me about my signature salmon dish!), write (songs, poems, and books), travel (dream destination: Iceland), and use parentheses (is it obvious?). I also enjoy learning new things! Currently, I am teaching myself how to create electronic music.
And, like many, I am a big fan of movies, music, TV shows, podcasts, and books. Here are a few of my favorites!
- Movie: Atlantis
- Movie: Interstellar
- TV Show: Crazy Ex Girlfriend
- TV Show: Stranger Things
- Podcast: Dear Hank and John
- Podcast: Conan Needs A Friend
- Book: So Good They Can't Ignore You
- Book: An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
- Music: Lorde's Album, Melodrama
- Music: Anything Jazz!