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Hello, I'm Grant Mukai

My name is Grant Mukai and I am the Senior Digital Communications Manager for Project HOPE in Maryland.

At Project HOPE, I was responsible for leading the transition of our website to a WordPress platform and now manage our online content strategy in order to increase our brand awareness and organic search.

As someone who was challenged with increasing our brand awareness and organic search results, I used Google Analytics, SEMrush and a few other SEO tools to track industry trends and keep up on our peers’ Web activities.

What sets me apart from others in the Web content space is my journalism background. I studied journalism at Boston University before working as a journalist and then going into non-profit work. Working with breaking news and in disaster response are very high-stakes environments with pressing deadlines so I can handle just about any project thrown at me.

Before joining Project HOPE, I worked for the American Political Science Association where I helped manage our association's primary website as well as several WordPress sites devoted to promoting political science and helping the special interest sections organize themselves on the Web. I also served as the primary point of contact for our membership database and assisted my team with our social media and email marketing while providing excellent customer service to our members in English, French and Spanish.

Previously, I worked at both the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in Washington and iQ Solutions in Rockville, Maryland, creating email newsletters and updating websites. Some of the healthcare agencies I worked for include the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I have also produced and updated English and Spanish webpages for the National Institutes of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).

I am a proud alumnus of Boston University's College of Communication where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in French Language and Literature.

In my free time, I can be found dancing Lindy Hop, Blues and Brazilian Zouk - three popular styles of social dance.

I hope to hear from you soon!


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Contact Details

  • Grant Mukai
  • Washington, District of Columbia, USA
  • 202-656-8317
  • hello@grantmukai.com
  • www.grantmukai.com/usa

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What I Can Do

I enjoy what I do. I am proud of what I do. And I cannot do just half, three-quarters or nine-tenths of something. If I am going to start a project, I finish it.

1. Writing

As a journalism major, I know how to write well for both print and online publications. I have used my writing abilities to report the news and also to promote businesses in the marketing space.

2. Multimedia

In my reporter days, I worked as a television producer and video editor. I created my own stories from start to finish and designed my own special effects.

3. Email

By understanding that email design is not the same as Web design, I am proficient in writing email newsletters. I understand how to organize important information so that everything displays correctly.

4. Web Content Management

After having worked with many different Web content management systems such as WordPress, Drupal and DotNetNuke, I can say that I know how to organize and manage front-end appearances as well as the databases necessary to run the entire site.

5. Web Strategy

Digital strategy is the core of my responsibilities at Project HOPE. My goal is to conceptualize a strategy that brings together our communications, our fundraising efforts and our marketing initiatives to present a united front for our Web presence.

6. Project Management

At my current job, I manage the transition of our website which comprises contract negotiations and working with other departments. I know how to advance projects to meet deadlines and keep everything on track.

My Resume

  • Nine years of communications and marketing experience and five years of journalism and public relations experience
  • Successfully oversaw the rebrand and migration of two websites and helped launch a news site
  • Email marketing: MailChimp, Constant Contact
  • Content management systems: WordPress, Drupal, DotNetNuke, Higher Logic, Blackbaud Luminate
  • Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects, Audition
  • SEO and organic search: Google Analytics, Google Tag Manager, SEMrush, Heatmaps
  • Web Technologies: HTML, CSS, PHP
  • Fluent in English (C1) and French (C1), both written and verbal, and working knowledge of Spanish

My Education
2006 - 2010

2006 - 2010

Bachelor of Science - Boston University, College of Communication

Bachelor of Science - Broadcast Journalism
Minor - French Language and Literature

Work Experience
2010 - Present

2018 - 2019

Senior Digital Communications Manager - Project HOPE

Job Functions:

  • Led the website transition to a customized WordPress installation and assisted with contract negotiations and internal project management
  • Wrote blog posts and press releases for online publication
  • Assisted rebranding initiatives and ensured that style guides were being followed
  • Managed social media posts and developed content strategy
  • Compiled and analyzed Web statistics as part of improving our content strategy, understanding our audience and improving organic search results
  • Analyzed peer and industry trends and combined that data with Web analytics to present proposed workflow to senior leaders
  • Focused on digital integration between our Communications team and our Direct Response team to make sure we presented a unified strategy and united front
2015 - 2018

Web Services and System Support Specialist - American Political Science Association

Job Functions:

  • Transitioned the associations main site to a new platform and launched a blog site and a community site
  • Promoted political science figures, awards and events for association members through a primary website and a multi-site WordPress installation
  • Designed and created email marketing newsletters for member communications and Web banners for political science websites
  • Provided customer service to members concerning meeting registration, proposal submissions and WordPress content management issues
  • Provided photography, edited video clips, news articles and podcasting for PoliticalScienceNow.com
  • Created and sent email marketing newsletters in Constant Contact and compiled email lists from member databases
  • Analyzed Web analytics to better understand our audience and adapt our marketing efforts
2014 - 2015

Web Designer (contract) - Georgetown Univeristy

Job Functions:

  • Designed and developed email marketing templates for the McDonough School of Business
  • Designed printed flyers, posters and Web graphics and managed WordPress and Drupal content
  • Consulted with other departments to discover best ways to promote their programs
2012 - 2013

Associate Producer - Wellesley Public Media

Job Functions:

  • Researched, wrote and produced televised news content and conducted interviews for news reports
  • Negotiated press coverage with several media relations teams and organizations
  • Built relationships with residents, government officials and businesses in the community
  • Researched creative ways to showcase the towns achievements in neighboring towns
2010 - 2013

Freelance Journalist - Patch.com (AOL)

Job Functions:

  • Developed press releases and news reports for website publications and conducted interviews for news reports
  • Collected promotional real estate material and compiled databases of weekly real estate listings
  • Researched and collaborated with various media relations teams to promote community events
2010 - 2010

Web Copyeditor (internship) - WGBH Educational Foundation (PBS)

Job Functions:

  • Copyedited feature articles and Web content for the Antiques Roadshow website
  • Maintained spreadsheets of quality assurance issues and Web coding errors to be forwarded to the front-end Web development team
  • Reviewed and edited television interviews to convey concepts to the general public
  • Scanned images and transcribed written elements for online publication
2009 - 2009

Attaché de presse (internship) - Public Synergies and rPublic.tv

Job Functions:

  • Edited video interviews of French politicians on a variety of issues affecting the European Union
  • Produced multimedia content such as slideshows to be broadcast at the Conseil économique social et environnemental de Paris
  • Assisted filming and running technical equipment for on-camera political interviews

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