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Dani Motze is a self-driven and energetic leader with a decade of experience in a variety of Reading and Berks County, PA 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. Contact.
Bachelor of Social Work, minor of Communications
Alvernia University Undergraduate Awards, May 2013
-Outstanding Social Work Academic Award
-Holleran Center Community Fellow
-The Alvernian Award for Editorial Excellence
Reading Area Community College
Associate of Liberal Arts, Communications
Here In My City
Editor-In-Chief, Contributing Writer
July 208 +, Reading, PA
-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
-Writing samples for HIMC and other outlets at www.danimotze.com.
-Completes print and digital publishing of a community ‘zine: solicits content, edits, completes
print and digital Issue layout and created Editorial policy.
-Leads marketing and strategic partnership efforts in order to support programmatic goals.
-Coordinates efforts to provide, and directly provides, technical assistance to community
members in order to increase economic, social and civic engagement through writing.
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; Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator
August 2014-March 2017
Program Administration and Implementation & Communications
-Worked closely with Executive Director and Food Systems Director to develop and implement
strategic and programmatic plans, achieve goals and track project data.
-Prepared, presented and implemented organization budgets and developed and documented
financial standard operating procedures.
-Reported to and maintained relationship with Corporation for National and Community Service, and supported VISTA members to identify, achieve and track success measures.
-Developed and documented standard operating procedures and team policies.
-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.
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 Reading Bike Hub volunteers and assisted with volunteer
efforts across the organization.
-Created leadership opportunities for youth, transitioning-adults and young adults and interviewed community members to broker connections with internal or external opportunities or other resources.
Presentations & Reports
A Bright Idea! Nonprofit Leadership and Learning Conference, Reading, PA, September 2016
Presenter, “Connecting with Social Media and other Digital Platforms”
Presented best-practices for using social media to successfully engage community members
online, and facilitate increased real-life engagement to support development.
CommonBound, hosted by The New Economy Coalition, Buffalo, New York, July 2016
Presenter, “How Class Affects Our New Economy Initiatives”
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
Wrote, designed and published 2016 white paper report, and led initiatives discussed.
United Way of Berks County, Ready,Set,READ!
Star Readers Coordinator / AmeriCorps VISTA
September 2013-2015, Reading, PA
-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 and engaging hundreds of community volunteers.
-Brokered communication between school staff, volunteers and program staff.
-Implemented processes to assess faculty and volunteer feedback to identify key opportunities for improvement.
-Assisted with training and managing 300+ volunteer tutors across multiple school districts.
Girls on the Run of Berks County
July 2013-June 2015, Reading, PA
-Created Media Coordinator role with Executive Director for new organization.
-Directed and implemented Communications/Marketing strategy 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, e-newsletters, social media, and other materials
including for Executive Director.
Berks County Regional Chapter of the Association of Reading, PA
Fundraising Professionals November 2014
Distinguished Honoree for Community Service
The Alvernian Student Newspaper
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
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.
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