Interviewing, editing, policy narrative analysis, social construct analysis, research, ghost writing, creative writing, internet research
Fair Housing, public policy analysis, narrative analysis, research, dance, restaurants, events, focus group analysis, creative writing
Brandi obtained a B.A. in psychology from Purdue University. She has used this knowledge to help tease out the conflicting narratives in public policy.
Brandi left the housing industry to pursue her master's degree full time. During this time she held down two part time jobs in media and sales to allow for school and volunteer work. Her volunteer work consisted of writing an assessment tool for a nonprofit and assisting small businesses and community development on a regional scale.
Using the skills Brandi acquired from the small business center she created a 60-page business plan for a client. The client is proposing a start up in the area and will be using the plan to seek funds from an investment group and local bankers. The plan includes narratives about the industry, the product, the construction, the financials, and staffing. Throughout this process, Brandi relied on her research skills to understand and expand clients ideas onto the pages of the plan. The project took approximately 40 hours.
Through her love of reading Brandi has developed skills to analyze complex material and synthesize it with other sources to create critical reviews. Brandi's literature reviews include analysis of the work, fact checking of statements, counterarguments and interviews of those associated with the work when possible.
Brandi is well versed in content that is designed to tell a story. She has a knack for interviewing that brings to light the best qualities of the individual or business to help them shine.
As a student Brandi took the initiative to pursue classes not offered within her program. Her love of public policy analysis allowed her to complete a paper for an independent study class on the topic of federal housing policy. The 4,900 word paper was written using scholarly resources. The paper has been accepted for publication in the Southeast Missouri State University Journal, Helix, in August.
During her internship working in economic and community development, Brandi was asked to create several press releases. The press releases were designed to both inform the community and to recruit participants to the programs. Information for the press releases was collected from the program directors and participants. The press releases were distributed via local newspapers and radio stations.
Brandi has been managing her own personal blog for several years as well as the blog for the small business center where she volunteered. Topics include start up, business expansion, branding, public policy, small business and finance.