Nakia L. Bowling 1861 NW 111th STREET• MIAMI, FL 33167 PHONE (305) 726-3673• ALTERNATE PHONE (305) 710-7159 E-MAIL: NAKIA.BOWLING@GMAIL.COMOBJECTIVETo obtain an upper management that will afford me the opportunity to utilize my acquired skills.PROFESSIONAL PROFILEMore than five (6) years professional experience as a public relations specialist.More than three (5) years experience as a professional reporter for a reputable newspaper.Proven track record to successfully pitch stories and events to local and regional media.Program management and program development skills.Proven track record as a skilled grant writerProven track record as an event plannerExceptional software knowledge of such programs as Publisher, Power Point, Quark, Word and Print Shop. EDUCATION 1993-1997 S.C. State University Orangeburg, S.C. B.A., Mass CommunicationEXPERIENCEJanuary 2008-Present Carrie Meek Foundation Miami, FLProgram Director: Performs a variety of duties essential to the day-to-day management of TheCarrie Meek Foundation’s community outreach programs including but not limited to Soul Lives inThe City, The Carrie Meek Scholarship Program, The Carrie Meek Leadership Institute for Girls,Hip Hop 4 Health, The Carrie Meek Congressional Classroom and the Opa-locka AirportEconomic Development Project (program details are available at www.carriemeekfoundation). Iam responsible for managing the staff, the budget, the implementation and the evaluation of eachof the programs. I am responsible for planning and designing the Carrie P. Meek CongressionalClassroom, that occurs each year in Washington, D.C. during the Congressional Black Caucus. Iam responsible for planning and implementing the Foundation’s annual Hip Hop 4 Health programthat attracts more than 2,000 middle school aged youth. I am responsible for the overall publicrelations and communication affairs in the office. I am responsible for writing and developing allcommunication pieces that are presented to the general public, i.e. brochures, newsletters andinformational cards. I am responsible for developing all copy for inclusion on the company’swebsite that is currently in the revamping stages. Pitch story ideas about the agency and theExecutive Director to local and regional media. Serve as the liaison between the Miami-DadeCounty Board Commissioner’s Communications Office and the agency. Serve as the agency’sspokesperson for all media inquiries. .org); I work under the supervision of the Executive Directorof the Foundation.Interim Executive Director: From September 2010 to present, I have served as the InterimExecutive Director of The Foundation. In this role, I am responsible for managing all aspects ofthe Foundation’s operation. I oversaw the annual audit, performed the end of the year wrap up, andoversaw the fiscal management of the agency’s $1.5 million dollar budget. I am responsible for
hiring and training new staff as well as the hiring of legal and fiscal consultants. I am responsiblefor communicating with the Board of Directors as well as implementing policies set by the Boardof Directors.Achievements 1. Successfully designed and implemented the Carrie Meek Congressional Classroom in Washington, D.C. that drew over 400 participants. 2. Successfully organized and implemented the Hip Hop 4 Health program in 22 middle schools in Miami-Dade County for the last three years. 3. Successfully developed the Carrie P. Meek Leadership Institute for Girls, which is now being considered as a national model by the Office of Women’s Health. 4. Successfully achieved media exposure for the Foundation including a feature article in The Miami Herald. 5. Developed a Foundation newsletter that is distributed countywide, including distribution in all Miami-Dade County Commissioner’s offices. 6. Developed a new agency corporate/press kit and brochure. 7. Developed a successful public relations campaign to promote the Foundation’s Scholarship program, which resulted in increased student participation. 8. Successfully secured 60K in grant funding to fund The Carrie P. Meek Leadership Institute for Girls.April 2007-January 2008 The Miami Times Miami, FLMay 1998-July 2000 Miami, FLEditor: Responsible for editing and proofreading a variety of copy, educational and promotionalmaterials in diverse therapeutic areas. Responsible to locate and correct errors in spelling,punctuation, and grammar for healthcare and pharmaceutical brand-related communications thatinclude sales aids, brochures, patient education pieces, and ads that appear in publications. Inaddition, this incumbent would check copy for adherence to AMA, agency, and client stylerequirements. In addition, this position is responsible for checking laser proofs, mechanicals, andblueprints for typographical errors and inconsistencies in the use of graphic elements. Copy-edited AP and wire stories, supervised interns and conducted research for story background.Achievements1Successfully produced a minimum of ten (10) lead and feature stories weekly for print in thepaper.2Developed weekly movie column on newly released movies.3Supervised two (2) interns and managed their mentoring and writing sessions.4Conducted thorough research for stories produced in the paper.January 2005-January 2007 National WN Foundation Washington, D.C.Public Relations Associate: Created strategic public relations plans for the foundation’s publicaffairs activities and issues. Researched and applied for funding opportunities. Outreached tonational media by pitching news stories, served as spokesperson and set up interviews for WNExecutive Director. Worked with the Washington, DC National Office public relations staff andaffairs. Served as a national spokesperson on the Chipata, Zambia project.Achievements1Implemented Public Relations strategic plans by writing releases, pitching stories to media,serving as spokesperson and setting up interviews for WN representatives.2Successfully secured $400K in grant funding for the foundation.
3Created public relations plans for public affairs issues involving the global AIDS crisis in Chipata,Zambia.4Developed website content, newsletters and press kits for the foundation5Collaborated with internal staff clients such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and ZambiaEmbassy in achieving their public outreach goals through the media or internal publications.6Served as a resource to the national media by providing information, appeared on news programsas a guest, and organized guest appearances for WN representatives.June 2004-December 2004 Camillus House Miami, FLGrants Manager: Responsible for managing over 5 million dollars in grant funding throughvarious local, state and federal grants. Responsible for completing and submitting grant proposalsand renewals. Coordinated and composed monthly reports for funding sources.Achievements1Managed all Camillus House grant activities, working with Program Development, Finance, andExecutive Management to develop and maintain grant funding2Prepared and submitted all public and private grant proposals resulting in over 1 million dollars inrenewed funding.3Coordinated the development and timely submission of reports to funding agencies4Monitored all grant reporting and other compliance deadlines and updating appropriate programand administrative staff on a regular basis5Researched, screened, and followed up on potential funding sources6Conducted research concerning community needs and programmatic resources; maintained allresearch materials7Maintained in-depth prospect files and tracking systems8Developed written program language for all Camillus House programs and projects9Provided support to the Director of Program Development and Director of Quality Effectiveness inconducting assessments of programmatic and financial needs of all programsDecember 2002-June 2004 M.O.V.E.R.S., Inc. Miami, FLProgram Director: Managed a program of three (3) staff members and three (3) consultants.Oversaw and managed an annual budget of $400,000. Responsible for overall administration underthe direction of the Executive Director and execution of the entire program, as well as day-to-dayoperations of the “Faith Based Institute for HIV Prevention. Additional responsibilities includedfacilitation of the curriculum process, training, and special events. Responsible for locating theappropriate consultants and overseeing their activities as well as assisting in the development of thecapacity building/technical assistance curriculum. Managed all phases of report preparationincluding data gathering. Conducted technical assistance and capacity building workshops asappropriate.Achievements1Successfully secured more than 200 pastors from across the state to participate in the MOVERS’BCIA (Black Church In Action) program.2Developed and implemented faith-based, capacity building curriculums for workshops across theState of Florida.3Developed media and pr materials to promote the goals and image of the BCIA program.4Wrote press releases and pitched stories to local and regional media.5Wrote and developed copy content for the newly designed MOVERS/BCIA website.6Secured free radio, print and broadcast space for the promotion of the BCIA program.7Developed faith-based, HIV/AIDS resource materials for distribution across the State of Florida
June 1999- September 2002 Institute for Yoruba Diaspora Studies Miami, FLInstitute Coordinator: Responsible for coordinating and promoting all events. Prepared and wroteproposals to garnish county and statewide grants. Developed and implemented PR plans topromote the Institute and their events. Coordinated media events and press conferencessurrounding the Institute. Wrote and distributed press releases on the Institute to local and nationalmedia. Developed and created brochure copy as well as produced material for the quarterlynewsletters.Achievements1Successfully promoted the Institute in several local, state and national media venues.2Secured more than $80,000 in county and private foundation grants.3Successfully planned and implemented yearly festivals to promote diversity in the local Miami-Dade County communities.4Produced annual Year In Review book for distribution, locally and nationally.5Wrote and distribute Institute press releases.October 2000- October 2001 Sonshine Communications/BPRWire Miami, FLMedia Manager: Responsible for all media related activities. Wrote and pitched press releases forclients. Edited and distributed press releases, media advisories and feature stories to Black print andelectronic media nationwide. Supervised interns and PR professionals on media tactics. Created adcopy and concepts for national and statewide accounts. Produced quarterly newsletter. Conductedresearch and statistical comparison for national and local accounts. Copy edited all press materials.Achievements1Successfully promoted such clients as The Orangebowl, American Legacy and the Fl Departmentof Health to the media through feature stories and press releases.2Produced quarterly newsletter called the Bishara.3Successfully secured new clients to utilize Sonshine and BPRWire services.4Successfully trained staff and interns on media tactics and developing personal media relations.5Developed and implemented uniquely designed reports for clients of Sonshine and BPRWire. REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST