I am a California-based writer and researcher ready to help you with your projects. Let me help you shine!
I bring over 15 years of professional experience to your projects. I own an environmental consulting company where I am responsible for client development, report writing and research, marketing, and all facets of running a small business. Prior to starting my own company I worked 12 years in the environmental/engineering industry as a project manager. Additional work experience includes serving as a research assistant at a university and selling luggage and travel gear in a retail setting.
My academic background includes broad studies in the social and natural sciences, culminating in a BA in Geography/Natural Resource Planning. I also completed graduate coursework in Geography, Urban Planning and Latin American studies. I am a LEED AP from the United States Green Building Council (BD+C focus).
SOCIAL MEDIA SUPPORT
Need help navigating and/or leveraging social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest? I can help! I prepare audience-relevant tweets and updates that reflect your brand , promote fan engagement, and will encourage people to visit your website. I can also help you set up your social media pages if you are just starting out. Monthly social media support packages are also available, just ask.
Technical reports and analysis documents, particularly related to environmental, land use, planning, land development, sustainability and natural science topics.
Business writing and correspondence, marketing materials, RFP preparation and response, content writing for blogs, brochures, corporate magazines, newsletters or any other print or web-based publication.
Diverse life experiences and interests help inform my writing. I have quite a bit of travel experience (five continents and dozens of countries) and can write about travel from a variety of perspectives including: travel gear, budget travel, trip planning, hostels, couchsurfing, airbnb, vacation rentals, house swaps, tourist sites, and travel destination profiles.
Other interests include vegetarian cooking, camping, community supported agriculture, farmer's markets, US food policy, green living, personal finance, urban planning, cultural landscapes, event planning, entertaining, games and puzzles, social media, reading, crafting, volunteering, and blogging.
Competent Communicator (CC)
United States Green Building Council
LEED AP, BD+C
George Washington University
Event Management Certificate
Humboldt State University
1992 - 1996
Napa Valley College
AA, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
1990 - 1992
SHM Writing and Social Media Services
Owner and Lead Writer
2013 - Present
SHM Writing and Social Media Services specializes in writing blog articles and social media updates for clients in a variety of industries. Let us prepare the content you need to promote your business on social media and on your blog.
Services include: 1) Set up of social media pages; 2) Social media update preparation and scheduling; 3) Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+; and 4) Ghostwriting blog posts.
SHM Writing and Social Media Services is the content development branch of Sophia Mitchell & Associates, a California-based Limited Liability Corporation.
Sophia Mitchell & Associates, LLC
2011 - Present
Owner and Principal of an environmental consulting firm. My work focuses on environmental analysis and documentation pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. I regularly perform research, writing and project management tasks as well as all aspects of running a small business, including marketing and client development. I am a Woman-owned business enterprise (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Small/Micro Business Certified by the State of California. I am very customer-service focused and thrive on getting results for my clients.
US-Based Engineering Consulting Firm
Environmental Project Manager
2005 - 2011
Environmental Project Manager for a national engineering firm. Primary responsibilities included preparation of environmental analysis documents. Position entailed research and writing of documents, providing direction to a team of analysts, client and subconsultant coordination, tracking project financials, marketing, and client development. At this company I received several peer-nominated awards, including Productivity and Performance, Internal Client Service and Community Service.
US-Based Engineering/Environmental Consulting Firm
Assistant Project Manager
2000 - 2005
Research and writing of environmental analysis documents for a variety of projects, including residential, commercial and office. Interfaced with clients and subconsultants.
San Diego State University Foundation
1996 - 1998
Graduate research assistant to Geography Department faculty. Specific duties included supporting research projects and grading of papers for faculty members.