Gary Otake

Director of Communications and Content Strategy at Carnegie Foundation

Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Industry
Internet

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Gary Otake's Overview

Current
Past
  • Consultant at Momomedia (self-employed)
  • Online Communications Administrator at Carnegie Foundation
  • Contributing Columnist at Nichi Bei Times
  • Instructor at City College of San Francisco
  • Project Director at National Japanese American Historical Society
  • Instructor at San Francisco State University
  • Musician at Cardiff Reefers
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Gary Otake's Summary

Gary Otake is an online communications professional with over 18 years experience in web design and media production. Specializing in creating effective web and online campaigns that optimally balance user needs, marketing goals, and business objectives.
Clients and employment include: educational institutions, think tanks, non-profits, small businesses, newspapers, arts and media organizations.

Specialties: web design & strategy, social media integration, online marketing, user experience design, writing and editing, graphic design, photography, video production, project management

Gary Otake's Experience

Director of Communications and Content Strategy

Carnegie Foundation

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Research industry

January 2010Present (4 years 9 months)

Consultant

Momomedia (self-employed)

1996February 2010 (14 years)

Independent web consultancy, specializing in online communications for non-profits, education institutions, news media, arts organizations, and social justice campaigns.

Online Communications Administrator

Carnegie Foundation

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Research industry

March 2000July 2008 (8 years 5 months)

• Directed strategy, production, and content for the Foundation’s public Internet projects and online communications
• Managed vendor relations for web and media projects – developed RFPs, project specifications and documentation, conducted vendor searches and interviews, facilitated project management.
• Collaborated with Communications team to effectively implement and amplify Carnegie’s marketing and branding strategy across digital and print channels.
• Produced and conducted final copyediting for Carnegie Perspectives, a monthly e-newsletter with a distribution to 30,000 educators throughout the U.S. and a quarterly newsletter to all subscribers.
• Directed Carnegie Now, a promotional video developed for the Carnegie Foundation Centennial – wrote script and project documentation, developed and selected visual and audio assets, managed project timeline and budget.
• conducted QA testing and tracking; monitored web traffic data and analyzed effectiveness of marketing campaigns.

Contributing Columnist

Nichi Bei Times

Nonprofit; Myself Only; Newspapers industry

20022005 (3 years)

Wrote Inside Pitch, a column with a focus on Japanese baseball players in Major League Baseball.

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

January 1998May 2000 (2 years 5 months)

Taught undergraduate courses in history and film for the Department of Asian American Studies

Project Director

National Japanese American Historical Society

April 1996March 2000 (4 years)

Led research and creation of “Diamonds in the Rough: Japanese Americans in Baseball,” an exhibition showcased at the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York and the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Directed “Children of the Camps: An American Story of Civil Liberties,” an interactive multimedia CD-ROM.

Educational Institution; 1001-5000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 1997December 1999 (2 years 5 months)

Taught undergraduate courses in history and critical thinking for the College of Ethnic Studies.

Musician

Cardiff Reefers

September 1985June 1994 (8 years 10 months)

Played trumpet and percussion, recorded 2 CDs, and played in more than 1300 shows across the United States, Canada, and Tahiti.

Gary Otake's Skills & Expertise

  1. Video
  2. Editing
  3. User Experience Design
  4. Social Media Integration
  5. Photography
  6. Non-profits
  7. Web Design
  8. Marketing
  9. Nonprofits

Gary Otake's Education

San Francisco State University

MA, Ethnic Studies

19941997

University of California, San Diego

BA, Philosophy

19841989

Gary Otake's Additional Information

Interests:

Online communications and marketing, baseball, playing trumpet, digital photography

Groups and Associations:

SF Bay Area Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (BayCHI), Interaction Design Association (IXDA)

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