Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Monica Perez Nevarez CV

Monica Perez Nevarez
(508) 418-3596, mp2991@columbia.edu 

Curriculum Vitae

Sustainability Consultant at Chrysalis Management Services. Extensive corporate and entrepreneurial experience in communications, management, sustainability, government, and publishing fields. Proven expertise in social media, enabling the successful launch of several environmental and social investment initiatives.

In a nutshell: I studied business management; consulted for small biz startups; was always a freelance writer and photographer; always an environmental activist, moved to financing small businesses; pivoted  to writing and editing a business magazine, studied sustainability, and was seduced by social media.

Work Experience

Blue Planet Environmental Inc., New York NY                                                           2013 - 2014
BPE designs and sells nano-bubble water aerators for hydroponics and water remediation.
Social Media Developer: Developed BPE’s sustainable business plan and marketing plan; co-wrote their website, launched their facebook and twitter feeds, and wrote, managed and curated their Blog.

The Environmental Heroines wiki project New York NY                                          2012 to present
Wiki research project on Environmental Heroines through the ages, for the Women’s Congress for Future Generations. Producer: I researched and compiled a list of women environmentalist biographies, past and present, local and international, current and historical, that put environmental activism in a female context.

Columbia Impact Investing Initiative New York NY                                                     2011-2013
CI3 is an investment group made up of Columbia University graduate students that fund and manage bespoke impact projects across the world. Communications Chair: I curated the http://ci3online.ning.com/ website (defunct as of 2014), started CI3’s presence on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, and oversaw their social media.

ECOPRISE, Advisor                                                                                                         2013 – 2013 
Telecommute between New York City and Kathmandu Nepal
Ecoprise sells off-grid solar power systems to rural Nepalese communities through microloans. I helped them research crowdfunding opportunities, develop a social media strategy and social media engagement.

Bio-Lipidos de Puerto Rico, Communications and Business Development               2009 – 2014 
San Juan, PR
Bio-Lipidos de Puerto Rico / Replenish Energy is a zero footprint start-up organic algae aquaculture farm in Puerto Rico, with 200 acres of open ponds in Dorado. Partnered with the University of Georgia and the University of Puerto Rico, we received a $5 million dollar grant from the Dept. of Defense to develop algae fuel. I worked in Communications, Investor Relations, Funding Strategy Development, and as a blogger.
PARE Este Animal Advocacy, Treasurer                                                                       2007 – 2009
Fajardo PR
Advocate for stray dogs and cats in Puerto Rico, helping defray cost of spaying/neutering their pets. Implemented community outreach and social media programs.

Business Puerto Rico magazine, Editor                                                                         2006 – 2009 
San Juan, PR
Editor of a monthly glossy business magazine in charge of content, guest writers, guest editors, freelance writers, Op Ed pages and all visual content. Overlay of sustainability embedded in every topic and every article. Introduced the concepts of sustainability and climate change into the business sector in Puerto Rico. Was developing a social media strategy when the Great Recession hit and advertising revenues dried up. The magazine closed its doors in 2009.

Corredor Ecológico del Noreste, Social Media Consultant                                            2006 – 2008 
Luquillo, Puerto Rico
Advocate for the creation of a Northeast Ecological Corridor along the NE coast of Puerto Rico to safeguard the last remaining untouched parcels of land along the coast. Eventually won political and legislative battles to have the land named a Reserve in perpetuity by law. Photographic Historian of Court, Senate and activist events for the Corridor.

Coralations, Social Media Consultant                                                                           2006 – 2007 
Culebra, PR
Designed an internet presence for the group, to be implemented by staff, including email lists, social media membership, education for students and staff on how to use social media to communicate.

Small Business Administration, Loan Officer, Team Leader, FEMA Liaison          1996 - 2006 
New York
Area 1 (NY) Loan Officer, Officer in Charge, Team Leader, Community Outreach, Supervisor and FEMA Liaison; analyzed personal and commercial loan applications, financial statements, processed loans, appraised fiscal health of companies, explained SBA program to clients. Served during disasters in: Katrina, Florida hurricanes, 9/11, etc.

Coastkeeper of Puerto Rico, Waterkeeper Alliance; Funding, Development, and Communications San Juan, PR                                                                                                                            2005 – 2005 
Developed a funding strategy and community engagement.

Law Offices of Senator Jose Izquierdo, Esq., (D Ret.) Project Manager                     2000 – 2001 
San Juan, PR
Administrator, project manager in charge of presenting and winning an environmental zoning variance; research, community relations, presentations, municipal liaison.

Law office of Senator Oreste Ramos, Esq. (R-Ret), Administrator, legislation copy editor,
San Juan, PR                                                                                                                       1997 – 1997 
Administered the four lawyer firm, edited pending legislation, ran the office, wrote the budget, created annual financial statements, kept schedules, answered all communications, and supervised three employees.

Business Puerto Rico Magazine, Editor, Writer                                                           1996 – 1996 
San Juan, PR
Edited freelance agents and contributed interviews to the monthly magazine

Caribbean Business Newspaper, Journalist, Small Business Beat                             1995 – 1995
San Juan, PR
Created and curated a Small Business section for Caribbean Business, a weekly business newspaper. Interviewed most of Puerto Rico's business celebrities, covered business and entrepreneurship news, networked with freelancers and other business writers.

Business Funding Group, Account Executive, Branch Coordinator                             1988 -1994 
Newton, MA
$70 Million (personally sourced and managed) portfolio, Boston Coordinator for Philadelphia branch office, presented client's financial packages to Finance Board for approval, managed client's payment schedules, instituted checks and balances later used office-wide. Wrote, photographed and produced monthly newsletter.

Bond and Burkhardt, Assistant manager                                                                       1987 – 1988 
Newton, MA
Helped run front of the house daily, charged with closing the store nightly, in charge of product staging and counter appeal.

Hospital Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Administrator                                                   1982 – 1983 
Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
Hired to reorganize a financially faltering 36 bed hospital in rural Puerto Rico. Successfully cut expenses without firing staff, and negotiated monthly payments to overdue supplier bills, while working on a strict cash basis for new orders. Brought the hospital back into financial health, and was able to successfully sell the hospital to a larger regional medical entity.

Clinica de Diagnóstico y Tratamiento, Office manager                                               1980 – 1982 
New York City
Managed the first Hispanic outpatient clinic in Manhattan. I oversaw the schedules and files of 38 doctors' offices and supervised three assistants. Wrote and performed all radio spots for the Clinic.

Benmarl Vineyards, Field hand, Tour Guide, Newsletter                                            1979 – 1980 
Marlboro, NY
Worked as a field hand during the week, and on weekend I gave tours and wine tastings to visitors. Wrote, photographed and published internal events newsletter.

Sally Jesse Raphael's Wine Press Restaurant, Assistant Manager                               1979 – 1979 
New York City
Executive Assistant to Sally Jesse, afternoon Assistant Manager of her restaurant, evening Hostess.

·        Spanish (fluent)
·        English (fluent)
·        French (working knowledge)

Columbia University in the City of New York
Master of Science, Sustainability Management, Environmental Ethics, Risk Communications
Sept. 2010 – Dec. 2012
Columbia's MSSM program is an MBA embedded with sustainability. I took all the regular MBA courses (finance, economics, accounting, management etc.) overlaid with sustainability, as well as environmental courses (ecology, hydrology, environmental law, and environmental ethics). I added communications courses (science writing, Risk Communications, social media, strategy) and worked a Capstone Project for the New York Park and Recreations office in Communications, and took workshops in LEED, GRI, Life Cycle Analysis, Cost-Benefit Analysis, Social Media, and Strategic Communications.

Boston University
Bachelor of Science, Business Administration; Management, Economics
1983 – 1985
Business, Management
1977 – 1979

Interests: Travel, Puerto Rico, Caribbean, US, Latin America, Europe, meeting people, interviewing people, writing, editing, reading, art, crafts, photography, languages, cooking, gardening, growing food, urban agriculture, environmental health and diversity, sustainability, philosophy, ethics, sustainable development, re-localization of the economy, food and water resilience, alternative energy, off-grid living, tiny houses.