WCSA Media Director Candidate Statements:


Samantha Carter

Hello everyone! My name is Samantha Carter and I’m the Digital Director for the House Budget Committee Majority. I manage the Committee’s social platforms, website, photography, videography, branding, and any and all other digital projects. The job requires maximum flexibility, and a lot of patience managing virtual hearings, and the ability to think creatively, plan strategically, and execute confidently. While in this role, one of my proudest accomplishments has been the rebranding of the Committee. This included a new logo, color scheme, website redesign, and ensuring our language was more accessible outside the Beltway. I firmly believe that if something isn’t resonating, whether it’s a video or tweet style, don’t dig in your heels – try something different. Today we are more reliant on new media than ever before as we seek real and meaningful connections. Based on my current work with the Budget Committee and my prior professional experiences managing digital projects at international nonprofits and a consulting firm, I believe that I can help WCSA strengthen its relationship with current members and expand its reach to interested staffers and the D.C. community at large. I know that my diverse skills, knowledge, and experience will enrich my capacity to be an effective New Media Director and help WCSA thrive in the digital space.


Jona Koka

I am seeking the position of New Media Director. I am a policy and executive assistant with House Science Committee. I became a member of WCSA in May 2019, when I was first hired on the Hill, and have been an active member with organization ever since. This summer I was fortunate enough to act as one of the four co-chairs of the annual summer conference. 

 

I have several years of experience working on executive boards for several organizations. In graduate school I was on the leadership committee for Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), and in my two years on the leadership team I worked closely with our media chair to run our website and Instagram account, as well as establish our weekly “science selfie” posts. I was also a co-director for the Forum on Science Ethics and Policy (FOSEP) and vice-president of the CU Boulder ChemUnity Student organization. In both of these organizations, I worked closely with our media and publicity team members.

 

I also have experience running official Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts for organizations, as well as working with design platforms such as Canva. I believe I would be a good fit for the New Media Director Position, and I look forward to working with the WCSA board.


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