Lauren Skillen
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Location: Chicago, IL, USA
University: New York University
Major: MA in Food Studies

Lauren Skillen

EDUCATION
New York University, New York, NY
September 2016 – May 2019
• Master of Arts in Food Studies
• GPA: 3.76/4.00

The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
June 2011 – December 2014
• Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
• Minors: Agricultural and Natural Resource Ethics and Policy, Sustainability Studies,
Organic and Sustainable Crop Production
• Studied Abroad in Florence, Italy and Cambridge, U.K.
• GPA: 3.79/4.00, Cum Laude

WORK EXPERIENCE
Baltz & Company, PR and Social Media Intern, New York, NY
January – May 2018
• Represented the company as a food stylist and photographer for clients
• Managed the social media accounts for a client
• Complied media lists for pitching clients’ work to reporters

L’artusi, Cellarhand, New York, NY
March – September 2017
• Assisted the Beverage Director of the restaurant with monthly inventory
• Received, stocked, and organized the wine cellar and bar for service
• Attended and helped set up in-house tastings and training seminars

Center for Food Safety, Research and Administrative Intern, Washington, D.C.
March 2015 – March 2016
• Conducted research for the organic, factory farm, policy, and international program areas
• Drafted and edited policy comments, internal memos, blog posts, and reports
• Assisted in planning several events, including one on Capitol Hill that honored poet,
novelist, and farmer Wendell Berry

Florida Organic Growers, Program Intern, Gainesville, FL
September – December 2014
• Communicated with over 200 organic growers and handlers about the Farm Bill’s
Organic Cost Share Program
• Maintained office database for distributing newsletters to members
• Assisted in researching for and writing a grant proposal

Green Seal, Marketing Intern, Washington, D.C.
June – August 2014
• Researched current trends in the green product market
• Developed social media content to promote the organization’s 25th Anniversary Gala
• Communicated new marketing opportunities with clients

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Food & Water Watch, Volunteer Organizer, Gainesville, FL
August – October 2014
• Organized a public film screening of Gasland
• Distributed educational guides and circulated a petition to ban fracking
• Prepared the venue and promoted the screening on social media

Slow Food Gainesville, After-School Program Volunteer, Gainesville, FL
January – May 2013
• Served as the photographer for the program
• Planned the weekly itinerary and educational activities
• Gathered fresh produce and bread from local stores for the program recipes

SKILLS
Research, Writing, Editing, Administrative, Photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Social Media Management (Planoly, Sprout Social), Cision, Mailchimp, Event Management

food, photography, sustainability