Jennifer Davidson

Jennifer Davidson

Designer of Interiors Loved by People & Planet, LEED AP, Allied ASID, Social Media Maven

Location
San Francisco Bay Area
Industry
Design

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Jennifer Davidson's Overview

Current
  • Design Assistant at Kimball Starr Interior Design
  • Executive Administrator at American Society of Interior Designers California North chapter
  • Social Media Chairperson at American Society of Interior Designers California North chapter
Past
  • Administrative Coordinator at Sofistry
  • LEED® Consultant at Ryan
  • Office Manager at CB Engineers
  • Project Manager, Designer at Cheltenham, UK
  • Administration Manager, Sales Support Team at Manpower UK
  • Secretary, Sales Support Team at Manpower UK
  • Emergency Services Collaborative Data Collector at Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust
  • Owner, Talent Manager, Booking Agent at Solo Dojo
  • Owner, Designer, Vendor, Manager at Solo Productions
  • Multiple Roles including Computer Services Consultant and Night Manager at Fed-Ex Kinko's
Education
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

Jennifer Davidson's Summary

*Sustainable Interior Designer*

*Social Media, Branding*

---> Interested in mid-level position with thought leader, tell me about your business plans
---> Inquire about my availability for long and short-term projects

LEED AP since June 2009 (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional)

SPECIALTIES:
• Positive attitude that delivers results
• Best practice authorship
• Organization & planning
• Marketing / branding / identity creation & market positioning
• Content creation for web / social media / email
• Copywriting and art direction
• Sustainable design consultation
• Interior architectural renovation & design
• Perspective rendering, by hand & computer-assisted design CAD
• Construction documents & design documents
• Fixtures & finishes, specifications
• Invoicing & purchase order fulfillment
• Administration & project management
• Event planning and production

Jennifer Davidson's Experience

Design Assistant

Kimball Starr Interior Design

January 2014Present (9 months) San Francisco, CA

Assistant to residential and commercial interior designer:

• Space planning, floor plans, elevations, perspective drawings, construction documents created with Revit

• Website content management including public relations materials, search engine optimization (SEO), blogging, video editing

• Research, product sourcing, order fulfillment, vendor relations

• Social media branding and positioning

Executive Administrator

American Society of Interior Designers California North chapter

March 2013Present (1 year 7 months) San Francisco, CA

Office management of the non-profit ASID California North chapter and executive direction of business processes and procedures, event planning and production, and growth of membership. All-volunteer Board of Directors changes each year but the paid Executive Administrator role remains the one constant, providing a tent-pole for strategic planning and execution.

• Provide first contact for general public and members, answer queries, solve problems

• Manage documentation and filing, including financials

• Contract negotiation; authoring

• Event production; acquisition of distinguished speakers and venues

• Author best practice manual; office procedure improvement

• Meeting management and minuting. Support Board of Directors with follow-up actions

• Sell memberships to Industry Partners and individual designers, add value to membership and increase awareness of value of interior design to the general public

• Increased member retention to 98% within first 3 months. Increased new memberships by 17%. Reduced time spent by President & other Board Members on office tasks by 33% with just 1 change to office procedures

Social Media Chairperson

American Society of Interior Designers California North chapter

August 2012Present (2 years 2 months) San Francisco, CA

Create content for multiple existing social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn that reinforces and informs the American Society of Interior Designers national brand, with a Northern California chapter flavor.

• Craft on-message content on chapter events through participation, photography, blogging, posting, and updating

• Best practice authorship and recommendations

• Increase readership and attendance, raise public profile and add value to membership

• Develop additional unused media streams to support branding and ensure organizational goals are met and values are upheld

• Liaise with Communications Director and Communications Team Members; presentations at Board of Directors meetings

• Singlehandedly initiate, create, curate and maintain social media for this chapter, with a 400% growth in LinkedIn group members, 50% growth in Twitter followers, and 30% growth in Facebook likes since program inception. The current Board are so pleased they asked me to sit on the Board next year, and one Board Member hired me to brand his company as a consultant.

Design Assistant & Social Media Consultant

Jo Ann Hartley Interior Design

Design industry

December 2012January 2014 (1 year 2 months) San Rafael, CA

Girl Friday of the design world to Interior Designer with 20 years residential experience.

• Floor plans, elevations, perspective drawings, construction documents created with Revit, also some hand drafting/sketching, fixture and finishes specifications, purchase order and invoice administration, QuickBooks reconciliation, measurements at client sites

• Authored specifications spreadsheet to aid in contractor installations and product delivery/tracking. Authored budget vs. actuals spreadsheet to track spending, identify cost savings

• Develop and maintain relationships with vendors, showrooms, industry partners and clients

• Social media management and website maintenance to raise public profile and improve branding. Increase likes/traffic to professional Facebook page through strategic invitations and content curation. Manage LinkedIn connections and content. Advise on Houzz and Pinterest profile growth. Increased Facebook reach 305% first week

Non-Profit Administrative & Event Production Consultant

Centro Latino de San Francisco

April 2010June 2013 (3 years 3 months) San Francisco, CA

Provide essential back-office administrative support and front-of-house fundraising and event planning services for non-profit that serves local Latino seniors nutritious meals and provides English as a second language classes, computer classes, and socialization services.

• Authored and formatted non-profit grant proposals including 2 successful grant awards worth $100k each

• Submitted monthly, quarterly, annual Department of Aging & Adult Services (DAAS) and contract reports: Involved being a detective and problem-solver to locate missing data

• Prepared documentation for audits and HR use: Successfully passed 3 annual audits

• Created and maintained files and databases and documented best practice

• Event planning and production; fundraising; minuting at event planning and Board meetings: Spearheaded team along with Board of Directors to produce 40th Anniversary Fiesta event Oct 2012 with over 150 guests including honored speakers, television and media personalities, mayoral and state representatives and senators; Raised over $30,000 for programs that support local Latino seniors

• Also produced 2 other fundraisers that honored First Responders (Fire, Police, Sheriff) and District Attorney, garnering $20,000 in donations each

• Train new hires, volunteers and my replacement. Occasionally re-hired as consultant during restructuring or event production cycles (last re-hire June 2013)

Contributing Editor, Intern

Furnicology.com

Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Design industry

September 2009September 2012 (3 years 1 month) San Francisco, CA

Content creation for start-up website featuring sustainable furnishings, products and educational materials for an audience of designers, consumers and industry experts.

• Edited established website content and monthly newsletter

• Blogging with self-selected content on shared blog

• Over 20,000 unique hits to blogs before the site was taken down January 2013

• Video interviews and written articles for News section

• Video editing as well as on-camera presence and research

Administrative Coordinator

Sofistry

April 2011July 2011 (4 months) San Francisco, CA

Administrated and created best practice for the back-office operations of Sofistry's residential construction, design and consultation business.

• Added value through marketing, content creation, and sustainable design consultation

• Created a password matrix and electronic filing system that improved office function and reduced time spent on administration

• Designed Sofistry's first marketing by mail flyer that increased warm leads by 200%

• Positioned Sofistry to identify and reach target market and increase sales through social media and marketing programs on LinkedIn

LEED® Consultant

Ryan

Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Financial Services industry

May 2010October 2010 (6 months) Remote Worker based in San Francisco, CA

Contract position as LEED® for Existing Buildings Consultant, reporting to Ramon Reynoso.

• Contract renewed, during which achieved LEED® for Existing Buildings Silver certification for a distribution center with two additional projects anticipating Silver certification pending

• Authored a data collection tool that reduced time and money spent for both client and company

• Authored a Credit Interpretation Request which was approved, setting a benchmark for use of more sustainable laundry detergents in hospitality environments

Office Manager

CB Engineers

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Mechanical or Industrial Engineering industry

January 2008August 2008 (8 months) San Francisco, CA

Managed 7 national locations including Head Office for Architectural Engineering firm, 70+ staff.

• Health & safety (OSHA certified), training, supply management, HR liaison, insurance officer, vendor coordinator, event planner, staff recognition, line manager for receptionist

• Worked closely with Principals to streamline business processes, create and monitor best practice, initiate and manage cross-regional organizational meetings, reduce expenditures, increase accounts receivable collections

• Saved company $3k per year with a single change to supply management

Project Manager, Designer

Cheltenham, UK

October 2006March 2007 (6 months) Cheltenham, England

Purchase, renovate and redesign UK property (self-managed project).

• Researched area and market, developed relationships with estate agents, vendors, solicitors, coordinated all inspections and completed house purchase within three months

• 3-bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 shower room split-level city-center apartment purchased for £148,950

• Created design proposal, developed budget, purchased materials, managed project timeline

• Supervised work performed by volunteers and paid laborer; performed labor, including painting, sanding, varnishing, repairs to cornicing, doorframes, windows, and building bespoke storage

• Purchased furniture and decoration; re-designated room function to improve flow as well as increase marketability: now open to families as well as students and young professionals

• Property re-valued in April 2007 at £165,000, an increase of £16,000 (approx. $32,000). Confirmed by agents this was due to work performed and not market change

Administration Manager, Sales Support Team

Manpower UK

April 2005August 2006 (1 year 5 months) Uxbridge, England

Management of team of 5 administrators and secretaries, responsible for their hiring, retention, attendance, performance and related documentation. Coordinated team workload, covered sickness, training, holiday absence.

• Provided administration to 40+ people across business streams, including upper and regional management, sales and bid teams, contract and account managers, marketing team

• Worked closely with Board of Directors to deliver projects and provide business intelligence

• Administrated Global Sales Day 2006 project, which attained sales of £1.1m, spanning 182 locations nationwide and 1,500 employees, distributed £12k in prize money to employees and £200k profit for Manpower UK, achieved third place out of 66 participating global countries

• Initiated and streamlined business procedures and documented best practice, allowing any administrative team employee to take over another person's role temporarily in the case of absence or emergency with minimal supervision

• Promoted into national management role after 9 months with company

Secretary, Sales Support Team

Manpower UK

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MAN; Staffing and Recruiting industry

August 2004April 2005 (9 months) Uxbridge, England

Provided administrative support to Divisional Directors and upper management.

• Daily duties: travel/accommodation/meeting coordination, diary/email management, point of contact

• Collation of sales data within required timescales, presentation of material in approved format

• Designed, proofread, printed, bound, shipped documents

• Promoted to manager of team

Emergency Services Collaborative Data Collector

Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust

September 2003August 2004 (1 year) Hillingdon, Middlesex County, England

Member of 3-person team tasked with improvement of hospital patient accounting & process improvement.

• Daily collection/verification of iCS patient accounting system information

• Analyzed data, created performance reports in statistical and graphical formats using Excel

• Collected data (retrospective/prospective/live collection methods) and reported using online reporting tool developed by the NHS Modernisation Agency. Supervised collections requiring co-worker assistance

• Achieved 94% success rate for Accident & Emergency patients, target of waiting 4 hours or less for treatment and release. Went on to achieve revised target success rate of 98%

Owner, Talent Manager, Booking Agent

Solo Dojo

September 1997May 2003 (5 years 9 months) Chattanooga, TN; Winston-Salem, NC; Raleigh, NC

• Management of the career advancement of 8 professional disc jockeys

• Direction of advertising campaigns and design of advertising identity

• Successfully transitioned artists to other agencies during and after relocation to UK

Owner, Designer, Vendor, Manager

Solo Productions

July 1995August 2002 (7 years 2 months) Chattanooga, TN; Winston-Salem, NC; Raleigh, NC

• Mobile event vending and promotions for 500+ events

• Management of 5 independent contractors responsible for sales and distribution

• Production of 9 dance events featuring international talent, budgets up to $18,000 each, self-raised capital

• Pre-press graphic design of advertisement/knowledge of color separation processes

• Earned reputation as most popular and knowledgeable vendor/promoter in the Southeast

• Over 1 million products sold, with no physical store and before the internet existed

• Sold business at a profit prior to relocation to UK

Multiple Roles including Computer Services Consultant and Night Manager

Fed-Ex Kinko's

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; Package/Freight Delivery industry

February 1995June 2002 (7 years 5 months) Chattanooga, TN; Winston-Salem, NC; Raleigh, NC

In 2003, Kinko’s, a document printing and copying service, was purchased by Federal Express, creating FedEx-Kinko’s. Having been promoted several times at Kinko’s, roles in multiple branches included achievements such as:

• Copy Consultant: First in sales and customer service out of 800 worldwide locations in 1999 (Winston-Salem, NC branch). All employees sent to Disneyworld for 3 days while head office executives ran the branch

• Computer Services/Custom Printing Consultant: Top 100 store from over 1000 locations in 2002 (Raleigh, NC branch)

• Raised customer service index score by 18% in 2002 (Raleigh, NC branch)

• Increased departmental revenue by 31% in 2002 (Raleigh, NC branch)

• Consultation, quoting in person/via telephone/email

• Coordination of production schedule, minimized loss, drove sales

• Maintenance of all computer equipment/networks

• Designed client corporate identities

• Problem-solving for Macintosh/IBM self-service customers: printing/translating/copying files

Jennifer Davidson's Skills & Expertise

  1. Social Media
  2. Interior Design
  3. Graphic Design
  4. Blogging
  5. Social Media Marketing
  6. Facebook
  7. InDesign
  8. Photography
  9. Photoshop
  10. Space planning
  11. Adobe Creative Suite
  12. Illustrator
  13. Creative Direction
  14. Research
  15. Microsoft Excel
  16. Space-planning
  17. Advertising
  18. Customer Service
  19. Microsoft Office
  20. Microsoft Word
  21. Sustainable Design
  22. Mac
  23. Completion
  24. Quick Study
  25. Revit
  26. AutoCAD
  27. Windows
  28. LEED AP
  29. Event Planning
  30. 3D Studio Max
  31. Rendering
  32. Newsletters
  33. Event Management
  34. Content Strategy
  35. Nonprofits
  36. Consistently meets deadlines and budgets
  37. Ability to visualize results
  38. Adobe Acrobat
  39. SketchUp
  40. Non-profit Administration
  41. Problem Solving
  42. Social Networking
  43. Drawing
  44. Team Leadership
  45. Administration
  46. LEED
  47. Marketing
  48. Fundraising
  49. Mac and PC Literate
  50. Published Author

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Jennifer Davidson's Publications

  • 5 Ways to Provide Valuable and Shareable Content on Social Media

    • SF Design Quarterly Magazine
    • September 2013

    Pages 20-22. The final installment in a 3-part series. Now that you have your social media channels selected and your accounts optimized, what do you say? Excellent advice for where to find and how to produce social media content that will generate interest, expand your business and position you as an industry expert.

  • Building A Solid Platform for Social Media Business

    • SF Design Quarterly Magazine
    • June 2013

    Pages 18-19. You've selected a few social media channels for your small business and are ready to dip your toe into the waters. Here are some tricks and tips for making the most of your Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles and gaining both social media credibility and new clients. This is part 2 in a 3-part series.

  • 5 Steps to Social Media Success

    • SF Design Quarterly Magazine
    • March 2013

    Pages 6-7. So you've heard of this thing called "social media". You might even have a Facebook page or a Twitter account already. But are you aware of the potential for YOUR business? Which are the best social media streams for your small business to engage in, and how should you go about it? ASID Cal North's Social Media chairperson lays out 5 Steps for Social Media Success.

Jennifer Davidson's Education

Academy of Art University

MFA, Interior Architecture and Design

20082012

Activities and Societies: Epidemic Film Festival Production Club 2008, Habitat for Humanity Volunteer 2009, Dining by Design Fundraiser Volunteer 2008 & Design Setup Team 2009, LEED AP - passed exam June 2009, President's List in 2009 and 2010

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

BA, Communications: Journalism

19901994

Activities and Societies: Golden Key National Honor Society, Brevis Student Newspaper - Contributing Editor & Music Reviewer, Dean's List multiple semesters

Jennifer Davidson's Courses

  • MFA, Interior Architecture and Design

    Academy of Art University

    • BIM Revit (IAD611)
    • 3dStudioMax (IAD621)
    • Design of the Sustainable Built Environment (IAD613)
    • Spatial Design (IAD610)
    • Digital Imaging (IAD608)
    • Sketching for Design (IAD605)
    • Lighting Design (IAD604)
    • Materials Use (IAD612)
    • Construction Documents (IAD699)
    • CAD Design (IAD611)
    • Professional Practices (GS643)
    • Green Design (IAD625)

Jennifer Davidson's Projects

  • 1355 Market Street Atrium

    • September 2010 to December 2012

    A small part of the M.F.A. thesis project "EXP Entertainment Complex", a sustainably designed and built mixed-use facility in the heart of San Francisco that sells no products, only experiences.

  • 3dStudio Max Virtual Residence

    • November 2011 to January 2012

    Final project for 3dStudio Max graduate-level course. Requirements: Produce 3 rooms in a continuous residential space of at least 1500 square feet. No bathrooms, only kitchen, living, dining and bedrooms. At least 3 project components must be hand-modeled. Minimum camera size of 1920x1080 pixels to accommodate being projected instead of printed.

Jennifer Davidson's Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Volunteer Experience

    • Designer

      Dining by Design DIFFA SF
      • Health
      September 2012 November 2012 (3 months)

      I volunteered as a member of a 9-person student team of designers for the 2012 Dining by Design San Francisco event Nov 14-15. I was the team Secretary, and also provided hand-sketching, public relations, social media, and design services. The entire project lasted approximately 12 weeks from start to finish, involving weekly hour-long in-person meetings as well as own-time work and research in the run up to the 2-night event. Our tabletop dining experience raised over $5,000 for the SF General Hospital's AIDS program for patients without insurance. You can learn more about our project by going to the official DIFFA website profile at http://diffasf.org/interior-designer/asid-california-north-2012/ and our own student website at http://asidteam.wix.com/2012asidteam .

  • Volunteer Interests

    • Causes I care about:

      • Animal Welfare
      • Civil Rights and Social Action
      • Disaster and Humanitarian Relief
      • Environment
      • Science and Technology
    • Organizations I support:

      • Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
      • The Humane Society of the United States
      • MoveOn.org
      • Union of Concerned Scientists
      • National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Jennifer Davidson's Organizations

  • ASID California North chapter (American Society of Interior Designers)

    Social Media Chair
    • July 2012 to Present
  • Retail Design Institute - Northern California chapter

    Student Member
    • May 2011 to Present

Jennifer Davidson's Certifications

  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional

    • USGBC-Los Angeles
    • June 2009

Jennifer Davidson's Additional Information

Websites:
Interests:

biomimicry, green design, environmental concerns, biofuel, films, cinema, photography, property development, sustainable design

Groups and Associations:
Honors and Awards:

Service Award 2013 from American Society of Interior Designers California North chapter, for exceptional work in support of the chapter

Service Award 2012 from Bay Area Bisexual Network, for volunteer work and organizational skills

4.0 GPA achieved Fall 2009, 3.9 GPA achieved Spring 2010, 3.70 cumulative GPA (M.F.A. Interior Architecture and Design, cum laude) at graduation Dec 2012

President's Honor Roll for Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters (M.F.A. Interior Architecture & Design)

Design work featured in Spring Show June 2009 (M.F.A. Interior Architecture & Design)

Golden Key National Honor Society 1992 (B.A. Communications)

Dean's List multiple semesters 1990-1994 (B.A. Communications)

Graduated Cum Laude, Honors Fellow, Honors in Major 1994 (B.A. Communications)

Jennifer Davidson's Languages

  • French

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