My Freelance Portfolio

Metro Oregon:

Conducted research and wrote synthesis for Metro Oregon’s toxics reduction and equity strategy which led to agency-wide strategy implementation. Download the final report here.

The Oregon Community Foundation:

Career and Education Guides for ABUV Media and Thruline Marketing:

Studio PR:

Specialty Coffee Association:

  • Baristas, Coffee Culture’s Ambassadors

  • A Refugee Tells His Story Through Coffee

  • Worked with the SCA’s Events team to conduct site assessments for 15 event sites around the world (e.g., Kenya, Indonesia, Colombia, South Korea, Taiwan) and refined bidder proposal protocol and assessment tools. The work conducted and recommendations provided resulted in SCA’s Ad Hoc Committees for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion publication of the SCA Events Site Criteria white paper. The following is a testimonial from SCA project lead:

    “Elizabeth is an authority on social justice and current events and their organizational impact, but she went beyond just being an expert by shepherding us with clear communication that was humbly available to us. Our group wasn’t easy- we are a large group of strong personalities and various stakeholder perspectives, and Elizabeth brought us together to build consensus in a way that reflected a clear understanding of our needs and her own commitment to the highest possible standard of quality for our project. Every one of us learned something new that we could continue to use in our pursuit of building on the project success. I would utilize her again in a heartbeat, and I sincerely hope we have the need sometime.”

Travel Guides:

While I lived in Baltimore, I became a Local Expert for Baltimore for the online experiential travel guide, Afar.com. In this role, I wrote and curated guides focused on Baltimore City while also creating highlights about the places I have traveled.

Volunteering and Service-Learning

Through my work in service-learning and social justice education, I had the honor of getting college and grad students out into the community and educate them about social justice and serving responsibly. The following are publications I wrote through that work:

Baltimore: Reframing the Narrative

Cognitive Dissonance in International Service-Learning

Alternative Breaks: From Isolated Enthusiasm to Best Practices (co-written with Jill Piacitelli, Molly Barwick, Melody Porter, and Shoshanna Sumka)

What is Social Change? Chapter 1, pgs. 9-31 in Leadership for a Better World Instructor Manual

My JOURNALISM

Attack of the Western Juniper: A Sweet-Smelling Tree is Drinking Oregon Dry | March 27, 2018 | Portland Monthly

A Refugee Tells His Story Through Coffee | February 2018 | 25 Magazine 

Tasting Our Way Through Green Istria, The Tuscany of Croatia |September 2017 | The YOLO Guide to Travel

Iceland's Everyday Magic Realism | May 7, 2017 | The Expeditioner

Becoming a Safe Haven: Baltimore and the Arrival of Immigrant YouthIssue 8 Spring 2017 | Scalawag Magazine

Invisible Boundaries: Walking in Butchers Hill and Middle East | June 15, 2016 | Baltimore City Paper

Seeking Refuge – a three-article series about youth fleeing violence and what they experience upon arriving in the U.S. | May 25, 2016 | Baltimore City Paper

A Green Mount Cemetery tour guide keeps history alive | Feb 24, 2016 | Baltimore City Paper

Stop Calling Me ‘Baby’: Baltimore activists campaign against street harassment | Dec 8, 2015 | Baltimore City Paper

Aspiring to Dew More: Kenneth Morrison uses spoken-word poetry to empower young people and create social change | Sept 30, 2015 | Baltimore City Paper

 

Blogs

The Widest SmileA parenting blog focused on learning about and raising a baby with cleft lip. When I was about 20 weeks pregnant, my husband and I found out that our son had a cleft lip. This news set us off on a journey we never expected to be a part of. The blog is a reflection on that experience as well as a source for regular updates for friends, family, and anyone who’s interested in learning about the journey.

These are Not Tan Lines: A blog focused on place and travel.