Careers in Nonprofit Communications: Panel Discussion from Idealist Careers

Careers in Nonprofit Communications: Panel Discussion from Idealist Careers
Event on 2015-04-30 17:30:00

Millions of people visit Idealist to find jobs that make a difference. In Idealist Careers’ newest event series, we’re exploring different career paths in popular fields. To start the series, the focus is on nonprofit communications!

We begin the event with a facilitated panel and Q&A. During the second half of the evening, attendees will have the opportunity to sit with a panelist for a small group chat on a designated topic within the area of nonprofit communications.

You should attend if you:

  • Are exploring career opportunities in nonprofit communications.

  • Want to learn from and network with nonprofit colleagues.

  • Seek to share your passion for your work in the field and participate in best practices conversations.

5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Networking, refreshments, and introductions (Doors close at 6 p.m. sharp!)

6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.: Facilitated panel, Q&A

6:45 p.m. – 7: 30 p.m.: Small group chats with featured panelists

About our panelists:

Jereme Bivins, Digital Media Manager- The Rockefeller Foundation

Jereme Bivins has spent nearly a decade as an organizer, fundraiser, and campaigner for candidates and causes. As Digital Media Manager at The Rockefeller Foundation, Jereme leverages digital tools to help Foundation teams and grantees collaborate, engage an active online audience, and advance the Foundation's dual goals of building resilience and more inclusive economies. He is also a co-organizer of New York City’s Nonprofit Technology Club (501 Tech), which hosts monthly educational and networking events for nonprofit professionals in the metro area, a board member of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, and a speaker and contributor to various conferences and media outlets, including the Huffington Post.  Jereme received his bachelor’s degree in political science and biology from Elmira College, and his master’s of bioethics from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.


Ally Dommu, Strategist- Big Duck Communications

Ally Dommu is a Strategist at Big Duck, a Brooklyn-based communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits. Ally helps her clients fundraise, advocate, and deliver programs more effectively through smart communications. She joined Big Duck just after completing a Masters degree in Nonprofit Management from The New School's Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy. As a graduate student, she consulted with nonprofits including Social Ventures Hong Kong and Center for Family Life in Brooklyn. She was a co-founder of the university's first social innovation competition, connecting entrepreneurial students with the tools to launch their own nonprofits. Previously, she worked at Sanctuary for Families where she managed fundraising, communications, and advocacy initiatives to improve the lives of victims of domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence.


Michaela Monahan, Marketing Manager- Big Duck Communications

With a passion for how smart business practices and technology can elevate the social sector, Michaela Monahan manages the business development and marketing efforts of Big Duck, a communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofits. Before Big Duck, Michaela spent several years at the Women's Media Center, a nonprofit founded by Gloria Steinem that helps make women more visible and powerful in the media. She also leads the volunteer advisory committee for PAWS NY (a nonprofit dedicated to keeping families and pets together by
providing pet care for those in need across NYC) and serves on the programs committee for Net Impact NYC (a network of business professionals that leverages the marketplace for sustainable social
and environmental change). A New England native, Michaela graduated
from Colgate University and Phillips Exeter Academy, and is an avid
world adventurer.

Jamie Smith, Communications and Network Engagement Director- Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Jamie Smith is YNPN's second full-time employee. She manages communications, social media, and public relations as well as resource development and programming for chapter leaders and members. Prior to joining YNPN, Jamie was one of the 2013-2014 LaunchPad Fellows. In addition to her fellowship, she was a freelance writer and content strategist working with nonprofits, technology companies, and travel brands to amplify their reach with clear and compelling communications. She graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Public Policy and has a Master's degree in Communications from Northwestern University.Jamie is new to New York and when she's not working, she's reading, traveling, and riding her bike.






Veralyn Williams, Communications Organizer– Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC)

Veralyn Williams works to build power in Central Brooklyn as Communications Organizer at the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC), a membership-led, direct-action, community organizing group. Before joining BMC, Veralyn spent 6 years as a Multimedia Freelance Journalist, producing and reporting award-winning stories for WNYC’s Radio Rookies. Veralyn is a Board Member and Co-Founder of Telem Center for the African Child, a nonprofit providing cultural, educational and recreational programs for children of African descent to explore and celebrate their heritage. Through all of her endeavors she aims to give a voice to perspectives that are often forgotten in the media.


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