Carina Mears Connery 

Portland, OR



Community-minded professional with experience across campaign design, event planning, political communication, and persuasive communication strategy. Observant, emotionally aware, and intuitive. Polished written communication, organization, and research skills.


  • Wix website builder, Mailchimp email marketing, Canva design, Fotor photo editor,

  • Social media account management and execution of related ads and marketing

  • Campaign-specific programs such as Orestar, VAN/Voter Access Network, and Electrac

  • Critical communication strategy

  • Successful recruitment of volunteers

  • Training and leading staff

  • Office clerical work, planning, and scheduling


North Clackamas Education Foundation                                                                              March 2019 – Current

Communications Coordinator

  • Researching audience demographics for the development of strategic a communications plan

  • Improving and maintaining current communications with community members and donors

  • Developing and scheduling Facebook campaigns and e-mail newsletters

  • Developing promotional posters, graphics, and outreach kits

Ryan Deckert for Washington County Chair                                                                   January 2018 – May 2018

Campaign Field Manager

  • Managed campaign’s social media content and accounts: designed persuasive social media messaging for event promotion, volunteer recruitment, and vote building;

  • Purchased Facebook ads and identified target audiences; responded to P2P communication and constituent inquiries

  • Curated candidate’s weekly newsletter using Mailchimp email marketing

  • Crafted promotional graphics

  • Supervised community outreach programs, recruited and managed teams of volunteers

  • Screened donor archives using Oregon Elections System for Tracking and Reporting; Summarized prospects for fundraising team; conducted online opposition research

  • Served as administrative assistant to former State Senator Ryan Deckert: developed campaign calendar through correspondence with county leaders; arranged meetings; scouted public appearance and speaking opportunities

  • Oversaw event planning and preparation; served as campaign ambassador and photographed all community events

  • Developed canvassing strategy using targeted voter demographics and turf building


Portland State University                                                                                                                            June 2017

Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies; Minor: Civic Leadership

Relevant Coursework:

  • Health Communications Campaigns

  • Communication Research Methods

  • American Sign Language

  • Urban Communication

  • Intro to Public Relations

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Social Media

  • Political Communication

  • Leading Social Change

Community Involvement

Learning Garden Labs, Food Systems and Sustainability Capstone                                                      Spring 2017

  • Supported LGL staff in their mission to deliver Lane Middle School students place-based education in urban farming, food systems, and sustainability


Overnight Host Volunteer, Portland Homeless Family Solutions                                                            2015 – 2016

  • Assisted guests and oversaw facilities at night to alleviate the financial burden of paying staff overnight

Alumni Member of Invisible Children’s Central Michigan University chapter                                        2011 – 2013

  • Assisted with planning and execution of creative fundraising events; Promoted the organization’s mission; Participated in related lobbying

Invisible Children’s Fourth Estate Leadership Conference                                                                   Summer 2013

  • Selected to participate in a four-day educational conference regarding the millennial generation’s role in global justice and international humanitarian efforts led by experts in the field of global justice

Additional Experience

American Red Cross Cascades Region                                                                              March 2015 – August 2015

Youth Services Intern

  • Facilitated communication and organization of the Portland Youth Council; coordinated youth club events, including the ‘Leadership Development Conference’ and integrated youth into annual ‘Camp Prepare’ event; managed youth club databases


Private Child Care Provider                                                                                                 September 2013 – Current

  • Organized child enrichment, facilitating early learning development; performed mediation and effected de-escalation through problem assessment, informed negotiation, and implementation of creative solutions

Auburn Hills Dairy Queen                                                                                                    April  2011 –  August 2013

Opening/Closing Manager

  • Trained and supervised staffs; ensured execution of FDA food safety standards; accounted for inventory, till and product orders; performed basic food preparation and customer service; served on-call in case of emergency.

 Download Full Resume