Miriam Lazewatsky

Experience

Association for Union Democracy, Brooklyn, NY (7/2013-Present)

Program Associate

  • Design and layout for two bi-monthly print publications, Union Democracy Review and $100+ Club News, in QuarkXPress.
  • Research, write and edit articles pertaining to union democracy, elections, corruption, and discrimination complaints. Selected articles are available online.
  • Manage application to federal grant program, including clear description of services, financial documentation, and nonprofit status certification.

The Women’s City Club of New York, New York, NY (4/2012-7/2012)

Administrative Coordinator

  • Manage incoming membership renewals, donations, and event RSVPs
  • Update member contact information
  • Maintain event invite contact lists

GLAAD, New York, NY (2/2011-3/2013)

Faith & Campaigns Fellow

  • Paid one-year fellowship with a national advocacy organization focused on the portrayal of LGBT people in online, print, and broadcast media.
  • Wrote and edited talking points for spokespeople before media interviews
  • Helped craft effective statements in response to anti-LGBT commentary by conservative Christian spokespeople
  • Pitched news stories and op-eds to local and national print and online media sources, including the Huffington Post, Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, and local newspapers.
  • Interviewed and helped choose communications firm for the development of a nationwide campaign aimed at promoting LGBT equality among moderate religious Americans; advised program directors on those firms that had a clear understanding of American religious climate and culture.
  • Wrote weekly blog posts on news stories pertaining to issues of religion and LGBT equality in order to highlight positive stories and note where more work needs to be done. Topics were often self-initiated. Blog posts can be found at: http://www.glaad.org/blog/miriamlazewatsky.
  • Recruited researchers for media scan project to inform previously mentioned nationwide campaign. The project will quantify the presence of pro- and anti-LGBT religious voices used as experts and commentators in print and broadcast media.
  • Interviewed and selected for multiple interns.
  • Helped prepare LGBT affirming clergy to speak effectively to the media in favor of marriage equality in New York State through the use of personal stories and biblical interpretation. Trainings were conducted both by phone and in person.
  • Created database of clergy willing to perform marriage ceremonies for gay and lesbian couples following passage of the New York State legislation legalizing marriage equality.
    Worked with LGBT people of faith by directing them to welcoming congregations.
  • Reached out to reporters about incorrect terminology usage in articles and to thank them when articles reflect a positive and accurate view of LGBT people.

Sobel & Raciti Associates/Lifescope Employee Assistant Program (EAP), Providence, RI (8/2010-10/2010)

Interim Mental Health Referral Specialist

  • Assisted EAP clinicians in referring clients to the most appropriate therapist
  • Made referrals on short deadlines and prioritized based on the nature of the client’s concern
  • Followed up with therapists to ensure that each client had been able to schedule an appointment
  • Maintained organized files detailing communication with therapists
  • Balanced needs and concerns of EAP clinicians, clients and therapists with diplomacy

Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics, Cambridge, MA (2/2009-5/2009)

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Graduate Research Assistant to Visiting Scholar Alex Voorhoeve (London School of Economics)

  • Did substantive research on ethical philosophy
  • Maintained lists of participants in a study that looked at individual decision making processes
  • Did software trouble shooting on the program used to conduct the decision making study

Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Waltham, MA (6/2008-8/2008)

Brandeis University

Graduate Research Assistant

  • Conducted field research at Jewish summer camps throughout the United States in order to gather data on the effectiveness of camping at instilling Jewish identity
  • Worked on a short deadline to organize and synthesize notes into a usable format

Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, Boston, MA (9/2007-5/2008)

University of Massachusetts

Research Intern/Analyst

  • Responsible for independent research on the Women in New England Politics project
  • Gathered statistical data for state-by-state analysis of women’s participation in New England municipal politics
  • Responsible for updating and reorganizing website content to best emphasize the strengths and accomplishments of the Center

Mann Productions, Los Angeles, CA (2/2007-7/2007)

Event Production Assistant

  • Solicited (via phone) financial contributions for non-profit organizations. Clients included: the Brady Center for Gun Control, the Ahmanson/UCLA Heart Disease Center, and the Drug Policy Alliance
  • Maintained Filemaker database with donor and client financial information and compiled weekly client payables
  • Efficiently organized and merged lists for non-profit co-chair and sponsor letters as well as event invitations.
  • After benefit events, followed up with event contributors to collect payments in a timely manner.

Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (9/2006-2/2007)

Volunteer Services Assistant/Assistant to the Director

  • Interviewed and trained prospective volunteers and matched them with isolated older adults in the Los Angeles area. Assessed prospective volunteer matches based on interests, personality, and location
  • Increased volunteer inquiries 25% through the use of internet resources
  • Compiled and submitted monthly statistics for three individual programs
  • Researched and compiled statistics for diversity outreach

Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA (6/2005-8/2005)

Representative Kay Khan

Student Intern

  • Researched background information for bill proposals
  • Evaluated, tracked, and responded to constituent emails and letters, sending individual responses to questions and concerns regarding the 11th Middlesex District (Newton)

Scripps College Annual Fund, Claremont, CA (9/2003-12/2003)

Phonathon Caller

  • Secured financial contributions to Scripps College Annual fund from college alumnae and parents via phone
  • Secured donations from several first time donors who were not expected to contribute by suggesting contributions earmarked for specific student organizations

James S. Cooper, Attorney at Law, Boston, MA (6/2003-8/2003 & 12/2003-1/2004)

Administrative Assistant/Paralegal

  • Organized, prepared, and filed arbitration decisions, financial documents, and client correspondence
  • Re-evaluated old filing system and implemented more efficient, easier to use system
  • Tracked finances including management of rental income and credit card payments

Skills and Qualifications

Highly organized; able to maintain multiple projects
Clear, concise writer
Detail oriented editing for content and grammar
Excellent analytical skills
Able to make complex statistical data understandable to lay readership
Conversational Spanish
Excellent research skills via internet & other media
SPSS, Microsoft Access, and basic R programming
Comfortable with WordPress & Drupal platforms
Proficient in QuarkXPress & InDesign
Proficient in multiple social media platforms
Proficient on both Mac and PC operating systems

Education

Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA (2008-2010)

Masters of Theological Studies in Religion, Ethics & Politics

Scripps College, Claremont, CA (2002-2006)

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

Thesis: Interpretations of the First Amendment: In Search of a Legitimate Judicial Philosophy.

Readers: Zayn Kassam & Gaston Espinosa

Academic Honors and Awards

Kathleen Wicker Senior Thesis Award in Religious Studies, 2006

Theta Alpha Kappa, the Religious Studies Honors Society, 2006

Publications

Skewed Perception: Religious Voices on President Obama and Marriage Equality, Report (June 2012), Published by GLAAD.

Missing Voices: a study of religious voices in Mainstream Media reports about LGBT equality, fact sheet (2012), Published by GLAAD.

Renewal and Rededication: Supporting LGBT Equality During Hanukkah,” Article (2011), Huffington Post.

Women’s Municipal Leadership in Massachusetts, Fact Sheet (2008), Published by the Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy.

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