Kristen Eliason

Assistant Vice President, Communications Officer, Wealth Management at Bank of the West

San Francisco Bay Area
Writing and Editing
  1. Gilbane Building Company,
  2. SolarCity,
  3. Letter23 Creative
  1. University of Notre Dame
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Kristen Eliason is a seasoned writer, blogger, and social media addict. She is the cofounder of the online magazine Menagerie, and manages social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ to develop an audience for contemporary poetry and prose. Recently she represented Menagerie at the annual AWP conference for writers (attended by 13,000+ writers and editing industry specialists from around the world, including authors such as Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) and Paula McLain (The Paris Wife)) and live-tweeted several panel events. She is currently enrolled in the UC Berkeley Professional Editing Sequence, and has a variety of writing and editing experience, from large-circulation daily newspapers to corporate Twitter accounts.


Assistant Vice President, Communications Officer, Wealth Management

Bank of the West
– Present (6 months)

Proposal Writer

Gilbane Building Company
(2 years 4 months)Walnut Creek, California

• Writes and edits technical and marketing content for proposals, staff resumes, and project descriptions.
• Editor-in-Chief of national newsletter; Writes and edits corporate communications pieces for the internal newsletter and the parent company (Gilbane) newsletter.
• Edits company information and updates local resource spreadsheets.
• Liaises with technical writers, estimators, schedulers, and senior directors to complete deadline-driven proposal efforts.
• Trains new staff on proposal management processes and company resources.
• Manages and ensures quality of proposal deliverables under extremely tight deadlines.
• Versed in Department of Defense RFP writing, and has written successful single and multiple award task order proposals for government clients.
• Manages multiple projects in MS Word, MS Excel, Adobe Acrobat, and other proposal creation tools.
• Member of the Corporate Communications committee.
• Assists with the development and execution of corporate events.

Proposal Writer

(6 months)San Mateo, California

• Researches, writes and edits company proposals. Manages and ensures quality of deliverables under extremely tight deadlines.
• Proposals written for Public Sector and Fortune 500 commercial entities with project values of $500,000 to $80 Million.
• Interfaces with Sales Consultants, Engineers, and Financial Analysts to provide comprehensive proposals for Solar PV system installations.
• Edits text, graphics and tables for tone, continuity, clarity, applicability and readability; check and correct grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc. Makes sentence-level copy edits for senior members of the company.


Letter23 Creative
(3 years)

• Wrote copy for television and print advertisements, and proofed all outgoing copy including press releases and emails.
• Directed, researched, and wrote company proposals. Managed RFP/RFQ requests from various sources; wrote compelling copy and acquired new contracts via RFP proposals for State and Federal Government contracts; Oversaw collaborative writing projects from all departments.
• Managed Request for Proposals (RFP) databases and scheduling for the company.
• Edited text, graphics and tables for tone, continuity, clarity, applicability and readability; check and correct grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, etc.
• E-commuted from South Bend, Indiana and Santiago, Chile and San Ramon, California.

Nicholas Sparks Prize Writer in Residence

University of Notre Dame
(1 year 1 month)

• Selected by Michael Martone for one-year residency funded by Nicholas Sparks for the University of Notre Dame.
• Gave public readings at the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore and at Lula’s Café in South Bend.

Adjunct Professor of First-Year Writing

Indiana University South Bend
(6 months)

• Taught First Year Composition to incoming freshmen; demonstrated the basics of writing through a study of pop culture and advertising. Incorporated social media such as YouTube, facebook, twitter, etc. into course curriculum.

Assistant Editor (Intern)

Notre Dame Review
(1 year 10 months)Notre Dame, IN

Reviewed submissions and selected poetry that was published in the review.
Provided copy editing and proofed galleys.

English Instructor

GEM School, Kagawa-ken, Japan
(8 months)

English Teacher in Kagawa-ken, (Shikoku) Japan


Picture Dictionary(Link)

Flaming Giblet Press

As much memento as memento mori, Kristen Eliason’s Picture Dictionary resists easy summaries. This full-color collection, straddling the lines of denotation and connotation, will force you to rethink the nature of language, observation, beauty, and grief.


Dancing Girl Press

Kristen Eliason's first chapbook. One Goodreads review states, "Beautiful, tragic, deceptively simple. This chapbook frames loss (and desire for reclamation if only in memory) with its one way missives. The use of blank space thematizes a wished for absent presence. A lovely heart breaking work."


  1. Spanish

    Elementary proficiency
  2. French

    Elementary proficiency
  3. Japanese

    Elementary proficiency


  • Proposal Writing
  • Proposal Management
  • Copywriting
  • Copy Editing
  • Proofreading
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Research
  • Social Media
  • Facebook
  • Poetry
  • Teaching
  • Microsoft Office
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Word
  • Creative Writing
  • Blogging
  • Email Marketing
  • Company Newsletters
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Corporate Communications
  • Advertising
  • Social Networking
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Web Content
  • Technical Writing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Publications
  • Editorial
  • Marketing Copy
  • AP Style
  • Content Development
  • Content Strategy
  • Content Management
  • Journalism
  • Books
  • Media Relations
  • Microsoft Word
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University of Notre Dame

MFA, Writing

Certificate in Striving for Excellence in Teaching

Thesis directed by Joyelle McSweeney

Activities and Societies: Sparks Prize Writer in Residence from 2008-2009.

Brigham Young University

BA, English, Music

Activities and Societies: Inscape literary journal, BYU Women's Chorus, England study abroad 2002

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