Dani Motze is a self-driven and energetic leader with a decade of experience in a variety of organizations ranging in missions, resources and structures, with a focus on civic engagement and cross-sector community collaborations. She has strong experience in organizational administration and program implementation as well as writing and editing, research and communications. She's demonstrated success in working in diverse work settings and in engaging diverse community members across ages, genders, physical abilities, socio-economic and cultural identities. 
Writing, Editing, Creation Portfolio

Alvernia University

Bachelor of Social Work, minor of Communications, GPA 3.8

Alvernia University Undergraduate Awards, May 2013

-Outstanding Social Work Academic Award 

-The Alvernian Award for Editorial Excellence
-Holleran Center Community Fellow

Reading Area Community College

Associate of Liberal Arts, Communications


Here In My City

Secretary, Editor-In-Chief, Contributing Writer

July 2018 +, Reading, PA

-Leads marketing and strategic partnership efforts in order to support programmatic goals. 
-Wrote LLC operating agreement and then non-profit corporation bylaws; wrote editorial policy and internal standard operating procedures.
-Writes about the built environment, queer culture, and poverty/social solutions of Reading, PA. Identifies and contributes research/journalism, profile and personal essay pieces, abiding by a publishing schedule. Writing samples for HIMC and other outlets. 
-Completes print and digital publishing of a community ‘zine: solicits content, provides Editorial guidance, edits, completes print and digital Issue layout.
-Coordinates efforts to provide, and directly provides, technical assistance to community members in order to increase economic, social and civic engagement through writing.

Entech Engineering

Proposal Coordinator

August 2017-May 2018, Reading, PA

-Led RFP responses by managing proposal schedules, deadlines and submission tasks in
potential projects in water/wastewater and environmental engineering.
-Reviewed and edited proposal copy to ensure company branding consistency.
-Initiated improvements to the submission process in order to improve efficiency, workflow
and consistency across business units.
-Wrote and edited copy for marketing collateral, including web pages, emails and print
-Utilized InDesign to construct marketing materials.

ReDesign Reading Community Development Corporation

Interim Co-Director

Special Assistant to the Executive Director

Community Engagement and Communications Coordinator

August 2014 -March 2017​

Program Administration & Communications

-Worked closely with Executive Director and Food Systems Director to develop and implement strategic and programmatic plans, achieve goals and track project data.

-Advised Directors and prepared written content for diverse audiences such as corporate sponsors, federal and local funding sources, residents from diverse economic, educational, and cultural backgrounds, other community partners, diverse project teams, and elected officials.

-Reported to and maintained relationship with Corporation for National and Community Service, and supported VISTA members to identify, achieve and track success measures.

-Technical Writing - developed and documented standard operating procedures and team policies, including AR/AP, HR/administrative and volunteer processes. 

-Implemented development efforts through strategic-relationship building; external grant and funding request writing and editing; external funding management and reporting.

-Prepared reports for and worked closely with Board of Directors in order to further organizational mission and goals.          

-Created, directed and implemented marketing/communications strategy for traditional and new media in order to support programmatic and development needs including assessing diverse audiences and effective messaging strategies and tools.

-Directly supervised CDC AmeriCorps VISTA members, Communications and Finance interns, and Reading Bike Hub volunteer-staff, and assisted with supervision of other team members. -Advised Directors, and prepared collateral, in order to facilitate consistent messaging that furthered organizational internal culture and external community goals.

Community Collaboration and Engagement

-Managed and assisted with administration and expansion of organization and special projects, with focus on engaging residents in local community development efforts, including Reading Bike Hub, Penn Street Market, 18th WONDER, RRFPAC.

-Represented the organization in a variety of neighborhood, city and county-based collaborative efforts, working with residents, City representatives and elected officials, business and other community stakeholders, including the South of Penn Task Force.

-Identified and engaged key community stakeholders to support cross-sector collaboration.

-Recruited, trained and recognized volunteers and interviewed community members to assess strengths and provide internal leadership opportunities and connect to external opportunities.

Presentations & Reports

Presenter, “Connecting with Social Media and other Digital Platforms” 


A Bright Idea! Nonprofit Leadership and Learning Conference, Reading, PA, September 2016
Presented best-practices for using social media to successfully engage community members
online, and facilitate increased real-life engagement to support development.

Presenter, “How Class Affects Our New Economy Initiatives”

CommonBound, hosted by The New Economy Coalition, Buffalo, New York,  July 2016
Led workshop on the implications of class-based psychological trauma, considered through
three case-studies reviewing the manifestation of class patterns in ReDesign Reading CDC

2016 Annual White Paper Report

Wrote, designed and published 2016 white paper report.

United Way of Berks County, Ready,Set,READ!

Star Readers Coordinator / AmeriCorps VISTA

September 2013-2015, Reading, PA

-Successfully completed two terms of service on this project as an AmeriCorps VISTA member:

-Assisted in the management of a Berks County Collective-Impact initiative to increase youth literacy rates, with participating organizations spanning the non-profit, business, education and government sectors..

-Served as broker and communicated verbally and through written materials with diverse stakeholders including school administration and staff across 12 school districts, a volunteer team of 300+, backbone organization staff members, and other community partners, in order to inform, train, motivate, engage and collect feedback.

-Implemented processes to assess faculty and volunteer feedback to identify key opportunities for improvement.

Girls on the Run of Berks County

Communications Coordinator

July 2013-June 2015, Reading, PA

-Created and implemented Communications/Marketing strategy for the new franchise in order to support programmatic and development needs within international brand standards including management and outreach for GOTR SoleMates Campaign and 5k events.

-Attended events to interview participants, family members, volunteers, school staff, donors and sponsors for creation of marketing collateral.

-Wrote and edited content for website, newsletters, social media, and internal and external reports.


Berks County Regional Chapter of the Association of Reading, PA
Fundraising Professionals, November 2014
Distinguished Honoree for Community Service

The Alvernian Student Newspaper

Managing Editor

January 2012-May 2013, Reading, PA

-Managed a team of student-staff to produce monthly student newspaper editions using Adobe ID and according to a monthly publishing schedule.
-Edited submissions and contributed written content.
-Built interdisciplinary relationships with students and staff to increase involvement in the
newspaper through extracurricular participation and integration into the academic curriculum.

The Link Community Center

Program Coordinator

September 2011- August 2012


-Applied organizational strategic planning with community strengths analysis to create and
implement programming, including a thriving basketball program and community garden.

-Led efforts to build neighborhood relationships by completing door-to-door surveying and
hosting a neighborhood block party and other events.
-Reported to Board of Directors, funders and supporters about program needs and successes.

-Advised Board of Directors and contractors on content for website, newsletter and other collateral.

Salvation Army 


October 2012- May 2013


-Assisted with case management in the organization’s housing program:

-Performed site-visits to clients' homes.

-Prepared case notes to record service transactions and client goals/progress.

-Performed goal identification and outlined achievement strategies and success measurements.

-Referred caseload and walk-in clients to other community services and agencies.