Sharon Fain

Sharon Fain

Public Relations and Marketing

Location
Greater Los Angeles Area
Industry
Public Relations and Communications

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Sharon Fain's Overview

Current
  • Co-Founder at Academy of Handmade Artists and Supporters
  • Public Relations and Writing Consultant at Right Brain PR
Past
  • Adjunct Professor at Biola University
  • Writer at Los Angeles County Fair
  • Program Evaluation Consultant (Amercorps VISTA) at Children and Families Commission/First 5 Service Corps
  • Buyer/ Office and Communications Manager at Modular Wind Energy
  • Communications Associate/Consultant at Southern California Grantmakers
  • Research Assistant at University of Southern California
  • Writer- Office of Public Affairs and Events at USC Annenberg School for Communication
  • Intern at CNN
  • Evaluation Consultant at MIKA CDC
  • Marketing and Communicatons Manager at Vanguard University
  • Public Relations Coordinator at Wycliffe Associates
Education
Connections

500+ connections

Websites

Sharon Fain's Summary

"Hi! I'm Sharon. I like working with makers, designers, artists, chefs and other creative types. I specialize in helping people who are risk-takers, trailblazers, and do-it-yourselfers communicate with the people they want to reach. I reject the idea that PR and marketing should be expensive and formulaic. So I started my own business to communicate with integrity. Let's do this."

Sharon Fain's Experience

Co-Founder

Academy of Handmade Artists and Supporters

March 2013Present (1 year 7 months)

We work to celebrate, support and connect the handmade business community. www.academyofhandmade.com

Public Relations and Writing Consultant

Right Brain PR

September 2010Present (4 years 1 month) Long Beach, CA

-Work with clients to achieve communications goals
-Clients include or have included: Dominique's Kitchen, Floor & Decor, CRAFTED at the port of los angeles, PCBC the Show

Adjunct Professor

Biola University

Educational Institution; 501-1000 employees; Higher Education industry

August 2010December 2012 (2 years 5 months)

Classes Taught:
-Writing for Public Relations
-Public Relations Cases and Campaigns
-Advanced Public Relations
-Contemporary Issues in Journalism
-Narrative Journalism Project: Dominican Republic
-Creative Arts Review

Privately Held; 5001-10,000 employees; Newspapers industry

August 2011October 2011 (3 months) Pomona, CA

-Functioned as internal reporter for the LA County Fair
-Wrote and posted blog entries
-Assisted with media relations

Program Evaluation Consultant (Amercorps VISTA)

Children and Families Commission/First 5 Service Corps

August 2009August 2010 (1 year 1 month)

As an Americorps VISTA member, I committed to national service for a year at a community charity. I was assigned to a homeless services agency in Santa Ana, CA where I:
-raised almost $15,000 for a Christmas program I created
-recruited over 500 volunteers
-developed an evaluation tool for the motel family program
-revised current evaluation forms
-created a program to keep in contact with program graduates

*Spirit of Volunteerism honoree
*The President's Volunteer Service Award

Buyer/ Office and Communications Manager

Modular Wind Energy

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Renewables & Environment industry

December 2008May 2009 (6 months)

While at this green energy start-up I wore many hats and participated in a variety of projects. Some of my work includes:
-Developing brand strategy
-Creating a marketing piece for prospective clients and funders
-Designing and implementing office procedures
-Working with vendors to fill orders and to ensure timely delivery of materials

Communications Associate/Consultant

Southern California Grantmakers

April 2008November 2008 (8 months)

-Conducted research on underfunded communities in Los Angeles
-Coordinated the design and production of annual conference materials
-Covered and wrote summaries of events for website

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Research industry

September 2007June 2008 (10 months)

RA for Dr. Manuel Castells researching global media connections, scandal politics and global media usage.

Published in the book Communication Power (2009), by Manuel Castells (credited with political and media research)

Writer- Office of Public Affairs and Events

USC Annenberg School for Communication

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Research industry

September 2007March 2008 (7 months)

I covered and wrote on campus events and faculty news for Annenberg's website and weekly e-newsletter.

Intern

CNN

Public Company; 1001-5000 employees; TWX; Broadcast Media industry

January 2008January 2008 (1 month)

Assisted with the production of CNN's broadcast of the Democratic Primary Debate from the Kodak Theater.

Evaluation Consultant

MIKA CDC

20082008 (less than a year)

Assisted MIKA with its evaluation of its community-driven programming. Worked with the community to determine its measurements of success.

Marketing and Communicatons Manager

Vanguard University

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

March 2003September 2006 (3 years 7 months)

-Wrote and edited copy for marketing pieces including admissions, development, student life and alumni relations
-Part of Vanguard magazine editorial team
-Managed marketing projects to make sure they were on time and on budget
-Supervised student workers

Public Relations Coordinator

Wycliffe Associates

Nonprofit; 1001-5000 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry

July 2001March 2003 (1 year 9 months)

-Wrote PSAs and press releases
-Pitched stories to print and radio contacts
-Wrote and posted stories to website

Sharon Fain's Projects

  • The Row Grand Opening

    • February 2012 to April 2012

    A grand opening event for a new home community in the South Bay with 5 of LA's hottest food trucks.

  • Etsy Party at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

    • August 2012 to Present
    Team Members: Sharon Fain, KC Sears

    Organized and promoted the second largest Etsy Craft Party in 2012 (Etsy's own in Brooklyn was the largest) with over 1,000 people in attendance. Fun was had by all!

Sharon Fain's Publications

Sharon Fain's Skills & Expertise

  1. Social Media
  2. Blogging
  3. Copywriting
  4. Academic Writing
  5. Strategic Communications
  6. Public Relations
  7. Teaching
  8. Event Planning
  9. Communicaton Auditing
  10. Community Research
  11. Discourse Analysis
  12. Creative Project Management
  13. Web Content Management
  14. Visual Analysis
  15. Participant Observation
  16. Focus Group
  17. Copy Editing
  18. Marketing Management
  19. Competitive Analysis
  20. Writing
  21. Media Relations
  22. Research
  23. Newsletters
  24. Volunteer Management
  25. Editing
  26. Social Media Marketing
  27. Marketing Communications
  28. Marketing Strategy
  29. Word
  30. Event Management
  31. Non-profits
  32. Press Releases
  33. Microsoft Office
  34. PowerPoint
  35. Higher Education
  36. Excel
  37. Creative Writing
  38. Communications Strategy
  39. Brand Development
  40. Proofreading
  41. Qualitative Research
  42. Leadership
  43. Marketing
  44. Project Management
  45. Nonprofits
  46. Social Networking
  47. Facebook
  48. Publishing

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Sharon Fain's Education

University of Southern California

MA, Global Communications

20072008

Annenberg School for Communication

Activities and Societies: Graduate Fellowship (Dr. Manuel Castells)

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

MSc, Global Media and Communication

20062007

The Celebritized Mediation of Poverty—A Case Study of the ONE Campaign (2007, London School of Economics, dissertation)

Blogs as a Habermasian Public Sphere (2007, London School of Economics)

Latina Challenges to American Identity as Seen in Jennifer Lopez (2007, London School of Economics)

Activities and Societies: Classes audited: Audiences Development: Theory, History and Policy Poverty

Biola University

BA, Communication, PR emphasis

19982002

Summa cum Laude

Activities and Societies: Epsilon Kappa Epsilon honor society; Public Relations Student of the Year; Torrey Honors Institute; Publicity Director for SMU; Resident Assistant; MarCom intern; Dean's List; Academic Scholarship

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