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KATIE H. SWEENEY
San Francisco, CA
Haute Living SF San Francisco, California 09/14 – present
Conceptualizes and researches story ideas. • Writes newsworthy and timely stories in relation to the San Francisco Bay Area. • Topics include, but aren’t limited to: restaurants, bars, wineries, fashion, museums, design, hotels, spas, and events. • Interviews local tastemakers for articles. • Works with PR teams to realize articles. • Writes and edits stories. • Curates images to coincide with stories. • Refines content and tone for websites; conceptualizes blogs and creates original and exclusive content. • Provides a wide scope of administrative support to the Editors. • Executes photography and design tasks as needed.
Forbes Travel Guide San Francisco, California 01/13 – present
San Francisco Correspondent
Conceptualizes and researches story ideas. • Pitches newsworthy and timely stories in relation to the San Francisco Bay Area. • Topics include, but aren’t limited to: restaurants, bars, wineries, fashion, museums, design, hotels, spas, and events. • Interviews local tastemakers for articles. • Works with PR teams to realize articles. • Writes and edits stories. • Curates images to coincide with stories. • Collaborates with Atlanta-based editorial team.
The Newsom Family Kentfield, California 06/13 – present
Personal Chef and Household Manager
Plans and cooks daily meals. • Produces, styles and caters large- and small-scale events. • Performs daily and emergency errands. • Manages email and family schedules. • Arranges travel. • Organizes and maintains household/office daily tasks. • Acts as a gate keeper and liaison. • Writes and researches special projects. • Manages a Spanish-speaking team of four nannies and three gardeners. • Organizes and oversees special projects. • Interacts with children, guests, and out sourced staff such as interior designers, hair stylists, and photographers.
Various Websites San Francisco, California 09/11 – 10/14
Writes and edits website pages, refines content and tone for websites; conceptualizes blogs and creates original and exclusive content. • Performs interviews, manages social media marketing, and maintains working relationships with public relations agencies. • Provides a wide scope of administrative support to the Editors. • Executes photography and design tasks as needed. • Researches and writes content, including video hosting, production, and script writing.
PopSugar San Francisco, California, 11/06 – 09/11
Editor, Food Channel
Launched YumSugar.com, wrote, and edited 5-12 stories per day. • Managed all marketing and social media strategies, growing site traffic to over 700K monthly unique visitors. • Established and maintained YumSugar’s position as a well-respected and standard-setting resource for recipes, entertaining ideas, food news, chef interviews, and wine recommendations.• Collaborated with executive, engineering, and design teams to shape the look and feel of YumSugar.com. • Cultivated strong business relationships with chefs, winemakers, bartenders, and partnering site editors. • Created and tested recipes; styled and photographed food for photos. • Attended and covered national and international food and wine festivals including the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, and the New York City Wine and Food Festival. • Maintained travel schedules and editorial calendar. • Planned special events such as the annual holiday party, the Sex and the City Movie Premiere, and the launch of Drink Me magazine. • Managed three-person editorial team, mentored junior editors, and executed team training presentations. • Generated new ideas within the team to improve efficiency as well as communication. •Developed story boards, wrote scripts, and starred in cooking videos, how-to’s, and cocktail lessons, all of which appear online at YumSugar.com. • Responsible for site growth from inception to over 1000 views per video. • Supervised the purchase of the necessary groceries and props for video shoots. Styled food for video shoots. • Managed a three-person Los Angeles-based video team.
Seal Beverly Hills, California 06/06 – 10/06
Executive Personal Assistant
Organized and assisted Seal, celebrity musician, in all professional and personal aspects. • Managed household staff, security, and estate, made all travel arrangements, controlled calendaring. • Performed follow up on important projects and sales, answered emails and managed correspondence. • Did anything and everything to help Seal, from selling recording equipment on Ebay to organizing Heidi Klum’s bathroom closet.
The Go-To Girl San Francisco Bay Area, California 01/04 – 06/06
Personal assistant service specializing in administrative duties such as email management and office organization; home maintenance such as shopping, cooking, and event planning; executive correspondence, calendaring, and travel arrangements; public relations and customer service functions, organized and maintained product inventory; fulfilled orders and shipments while always ensuring customer satisfaction.
Employer list included: jewelry designer Robindira Unsworth, Sage Online Learning founder Deborah Dilley, Pretty Girl Makeup founder Christina Friedman, and financial planner Jim Alexander.
Computer: Microsoft Office, Mac OS X and Adobe Photoshop Element.
Administrative: Organization, Filing, Creating Systems and Plans.
Correspondence: Entourage and Outlook.
Web: HTML, Search Engine Optimization, Google Analytics, Content Management System, and Social Media Marketing.
Languages: fluent written and spoken Spanish.
Event: Styling, Producing, and Catering.
University of California at Berkeley Berkeley, California 1999 – 2003
Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Field Studies
La Universidad de Cordoba Cordoba, Spain 2002
Certified Fluent Speaker of the Spanish Language