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Rachel Goddard

Research Assistant at the Center for Civic Design

New York, New York
Civic & Social Organization
  1. Center for Civic Design,
  2. WQusability,
  3. Entertainment Work
  1. Editing and Reformating,
  2. TurboVote,
  3. Chelsea/West Village for Change
  1. Bryn Mawr College

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Center for Civic Design

Center for Civic Design

Research Assistant

– Present

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Experience freelancing with a diverse range of organizations and institutions, both new startups and well established non-profits, assisting in expanding capacity in areas of public engagement, volunteer coordination, research assistance, editing, and fundraising. Work well with teams in establishing timelines, delegating tasks, and other project management responsibilities.

Background in theater and event planning in terms of production management, budgeting, ground support, and promotion.

Undergraduate degree in History of Art and can write about what I see, with an understanding of the interplay between text and image to communicate with the viewer. Strong interest in pursuing future work in visual art and messaging beyond the museum and gallery context.

American Heart Association CPR/AED certified


Research Assistant

Center for Civic Design
– Present (2 years 4 months)

• Future of California Elections (FOCE)
• Pollworkers and Election Security
• The Field Guides to Ensuring Voter Intent

Cataloged specific municipal election websites from across U.S according to project criteria.

Research access to voter information as conveyed through County Board of Elections websites and through phone communications for all fifty-eight counties in California.

Cataloged sample ballot/voter guides to educate citizens on local voting practices and candidates.

Observe and record standard operating procedures at a specified poll site on election days as part of a report on divergent practices across U.S. polling sites.

Research Assistant (Usability Testing)

– Present (4 years 3 months)New York, NY

Projects include those with:

• New York Times
• Neat
• Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineering
• National Cancer Institute

Track ease of participant navigation across prototype website redesigns.

Support executive staff in a project exploring the compatibility of New York Times website for users that rely on adaptive technology for individuals with visual impairment.

Production Assistant

Entertainment Work
– Present (3 years 9 months)New York, NY

My skills employed as a stage manager and company manager translate well to non-profit fundraising events, theatrical projects, and shoots. Experience includes:

•Stage Manager, Reproductive Justice Walking Tour (Apr. 2014-present)
Coordinated logistics for walking tour through SoHo, featuring dramatic portrayals of historical figures along route and ending in a fair and performance venue. Contacted organizations seeking parties interested in tabling and otherwise participating in our production. Solicited and supervised volunteers.

•Event Staff, Association for Metro-Area Autistic Children, Anniversary Conference 2013 (Jan. 2013)
Coordinated room allocation for conference sessions, day of event support and hospitality.

•Production Assistant, Blue Bloods tv show (Jan. 2012)
Crowd control and equipment security on location shoot for CBS network television show

•Development Assistant, Epiphany School Alumni Reunion 2011 and 2012 (Jun. - Nov. 2011) (Oct. 2012)
Updated alumni database and promoted event. Solicited donations for raffle, day of event support.

•Concert Stage Management and Performer Security, Quidditch World Cup V (Nov. 2011)
Stage management for musical performances at a weekend long sporting event. Coordinated changes to schedule and physical plant with performers and event organizers. Facilitated performer and site security.

•Event Assistant, Common Ground Annual Celebrating Home Gala (Oct. – Nov. 2011)
Annual benefit for non-profit that provides supportive housing to the homeless. Maintained records of contracts and event paperwork. Assisted in production of event journal. Day of event support.

•Assistant Stage Manager, Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert (Mar. 2011)
Annual concert at Carnegie Hall. Prepared dressing rooms and green room and provided performer support. Maintained stage set up records and stage door list for Production Manager.

Recording Secretary

Manhattan 6 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
– Present (2 years 5 months)New York, NY

Community disaster preparation and outreach. Maintain records of team volunteer hours to submit to Office of Emergency Management and team monthly meeting minutes. Staffed Baruch College Shelter during Hurricane Sandy. Assisted in Rockaways recovery. Participate in Office of Emergency Management drills.

Fundraising and Project Volunteer

Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund Activist Council
– Present (2 years 10 months)New York, NY

Solicit event underwriters and donations of auction items, goods and services for fundraising events. Publicize events. Participate in community outreach and advocacy. Lobby state legislators in Albany.

Poll Worker

Board of Elections in the City of New York
– Present (4 years 1 month)New York, NY

Scanner Inspector, assist voters with optical ballot scanner on primary, general, and runoff election days. Set up and break down poll at beginning and end of day. Participate in return of canvass procedures.

Online Production Assistant

Editing and Reformating
(3 years 1 month)

• UXPA’s User Experience Magazine, Production Assistant (April of 2013-March 2014)
Supported the transition of a print magazine to an online format, including migrating 10 years of archives to the web.

• Redish & Associates, Inc., Tobacco Control Act Revision, Reformatting Editor (March 2011-April 2011)
Reformated document for publication.

Operations and Partnerships

(8 months)

•Operations Assistant (Aug. 2013-Jan. 2014)
•Partnerships Intern (Jun. - Aug. 2013)

Managed help desk to answer website inquiries at a period of peak voter registration.

Performed phone inquiries with County and Municipal Board of Elections offices across the United States to determine the timing and protocols surrounding primary, runoff, and general elections.

Researched region-specific voting laws and requirements to improve the customization features of the TurboVote election turnout initiatives.

Formulated partnerships among university student government, political, and advocacy organizations to foster collaboration between TurboVote and their universities.

Data and Volunteer Coordinator

Chelsea/West Village for Change
(1 year 4 months)New York, NY

Built and managed volunteer team for deadline oriented voter database as a part of the Obama for America campaign in NYC and, during Get Out the Vote Weekend (Nov. 1st-5th 2012), in Philadelphia. Conducted general voter registration drives and voter education sessions with autistic young adults.

Intern and Volunteer

Museum Work
(2 years 4 months)

• Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum: Art Box 24 Summer Intern (Jun.-Aug. 2009)
Re-photographed, re-housed, and digitized museum poster collection. Utilized Adobe Photoshop for image processing and The Museum System for digital image storage. Wrote exhibit copy.

• South Street Seaport Museum, Schooner Pioneer sailing crew volunteer (Jun.-Aug. 2008)
Sailing and maintenance crew on historic schooner; docent on educational sails with children.

• Museum of the City of New York, Exhibit Mounting Department Intern (May-Jun. 2007)
Assisted with construction and art handling in the installation and de-installation of six exhibits. Tracked new accessions for specific exhibits.


  • Research
  • Community Outreach
  • Non-profits
  • Fundraising
  • Museums
  • Event Planning
  • Program Development
  • Data Analysis
  • Community Organizing
  • Volunteer Management
  • Editing
  • Microsoft Office
  • Social Networking
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
  • Grant Writing
  • Spanish
  • Social Media
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Bryn Mawr College

A.B, History of Art

Activities and Societies: Shakespeare Performance Troupe, Fencing Club, Scottish Country Dance Club

Marymount School

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