Isaiah J. Poole

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Expert-Level Communications Management
Forging communications strategy as executive team member at The Democracy Collaborative
Ladership of six-person communications team at People’s Action
Management of Campaign For America’s Future websites, email products and online campaigns
Providing editorial direction to bloggers, senior fellows and technical managers
Overseeing technology implementation
Coordinating and directing website redesign processes
In-Depth Knowledge of Capitol Hill and Politics
Leading execution of congressional legislative advocacy campaigns
Legislative analysis for and
Senior-level reporter for Congressional Quarterly
National political reporter, The Washington Times, including 1988 presidential and 1986 congressional races
Award-Winning Editorial Leadership
Recipient of the Keystone Press Award for editorial writing as editorial page editor of the Centre Daily Times (2002)
Recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi award for local news reporting (1985)
Managing the launch of 13 weekly newspapers as Prince George’s County, Md. editor of The Gazette, including hiring and training of staff
Recipient of a Suburban Newspaper of America award for best special section (1999)
Extensive Experience in Journalism And Graphic Design
Widely published political commentary, plus radio, TV and online appearances
Opinion page copy editing and design for the Centre Daily Times
Story assignment, copy-editing and page design for the Asbury Park Press
Copy-editing, page design and production oversight at the Army Times
Lead District government reporter and assistant metro editor at The Washington Times
Washington correspondent and feature writer for Black Enterprise magazine
Professional Involvement and Community Activism
Board member, Urban Village Corporation (an affordable housing complex)
Creating for D.C. marriage equality movement
Service as member, National Association of Black Journalists
Co-founder, Washington Association of Black Journalists
Founding member, National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association
Recipient of community service award from WABJ for AIDS education and activism work
Work History
July 2018 – March 2022
Vice President of Communications
Sept. 2016 – Jan. 2018
PEOPLE’S ACTION, Washington, D.C.
Communications Director
June 2006 – Sept. 2016
Director of Online Communications
Dec. 2003 – June 2006
Congressional Leadership Reporter, Transportation Lead Reporter
Sept. 2000 – June 2003  
CENTRE DAILY TIMES, State College, Pa.  
Opinion Page Editor
June 1997 – Sept. 2000
THE GAZETTE, Gaithersburg, Md.  
Prince George’s County Editor (Nov. 1997-Sept. 2000) 
Eastern Montgomery County Editor (June 1997-June 1998)
Nov. 1993 – June 1997 
News Desk Editor (Feb. 1997-June 1997)  
Entertainment Editor (July 1995-Jan. 1997) 
Entertainment Copy Editor (Nov. 1993-July 1995)
Sept. 1992 – Oct. 1993 
ARMY TIMES, Springfield, Va.  
News Editor
June 1982 – May 1991
Assistant Metro Editor, Political/Legal Correspondent (June 1989-May 1991) 
Political/Congressional/Federal Correspondent (August 1985-June 1989)  
Chief City Hall Correspondent (May 1982-August 1985)
1979 – 1982
Chief Washington Correspondent
1977 – 1979
THE NEWS WORLD, New York, N.Y.  
Washington Correspondent (August 1977-August 1979)

Penn State University, University Park, Pa. (2000-2003)
B.A. in Journalism, political science minor, College of Communications, May 2003. Dean’s List.

Howard University, Washington, D.C. (1981-1982)
Journalism major, economics minor, University Without Walls

Howard University, Washington, D.C. (1973-1974)
Journalism major, School of Communications

University of Maryland, College Park, Md. (1972-1973)
Journalism major, College of Journalism

Extended Training and Seminars

National Association of Black Journalists
Conventions (1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999)

American Press Institute
Seminar for Editorial Writers (2002)

Montgomery College
Management training course (1999)

Maynard Institute
New Media workshop, Chicago (1997)

National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association
Conventions (1994, 1995)

Society of Professional Journalists
Editors’ seminar, Richmond, Va. (1995)

Community Service

As a board member of the Urban Village Corporation since 2013, I help provide oversight of the affordable housing covenant for the 72-unit apartment complex in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, and help advocate for affordable housing throughout the community.

With Career Connections of Prince George’s County (1999) I developed a 24-page tabloid on school-to-work programs and assisted the communications committee in developing outreach strategies.

At LifeLink, Washington, D.C. (1992-1993), I served as an executive director responsible for directing an AIDS education and advocacy program. I received the Marilyn “Trish” Robinson Community Service Award (1993) from the Washington Association of Black Journalists for AIDS education efforts.

At Damien Ministries, Washington D.C. (1993), I served as a board member for an organization providing assistance for people with AIDS, editing their newsletter and acting as a team leader/facilitator at retreats.

Special Skills

Thorough knowledge of Mac OS and Windows hardware and operating systems and of major word processing, graphics and pagination software. Experienced in graphic design, layout, typography, video, audio, and website creation and maintenance.