Gemma Alexander bridges the gap between technical experts and the rest of us.
Freelance Writer, 2012- present
Specializing in the intersection between the arts and family life. My writing for ParentMap contributed to a 2016 Silver Overall Writing award from the Parenting Media Association (PMA). I have also write for AvvoStories, Three Imaginary Girls, and Nada Mucho. In addition to feature articles, I write a variety of documents for business needs, including web and social media content, white papers, plans, reports, press releases, and newsletters. I have also drafted legislation.
King County Solid Waste Division, Writer (PPMIII), 2010-2014
Write technical and outreach documents for employees, elected officials, and the public. Translate technical documents into plain English.
King County Solid Waste Division, Program Manager (PPMII), 2006-08
Provided support to regional advisory committees. Produced white papers on operational issues, and drafted operating procedures for field employees.
King County Solid Waste Division, Program Manager (PPMI), 2005-06
Prepared technical reports and long-term plans for elected officials and policy staff.
King County Solid Waste Division Green Building Program Manager, (PPMI), 2004
Developed content for outreach and education materials. Improved King County Green Team communications.
King County Solid Waste Division Program Manager, (Temp), 2003-04
Produced a guide to help municipalities develop Christmas tree recycling programs. Developed strategy report to improve efficiency of supplies usage in the field.
King County Solid Waste Division Sustainability Intern, 2002-03
Responded to public requests for information and assistance. Revised King County Construction Recycling Directory.
University of Washington Teaching Assistant, 2000-02
Developed marketing materials and web page for undergraduate degree program.
Education and Certification
LEED Accredited Professional 2005
Master of Science, Urban Horticulture, University of Washington 2003
Bachelor of Science, Biology with Chemistry Minor, Seattle University 1996
Proficient use of Microsoft Office Suite
Experienced with WordPress.com, Blogger and independent CMS platforms
Families with Children from China
Board Member (Newsletter), 2009-2010
Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu (501c3)
Board Member (Secretary), 2005-2007
Picardo Farm P-Patch, 2001-2005
Steering Committee Member
Summer Camp USA, Fukuoka, Japan, 2003