— Kyle Elijah Simerly

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California High-Speed Rail Authority: Information Officer
Pivotal team member in strategic communications. Extensive research and writing: social media posts, various platforms; news releases; talking points; opinion editorials; internal and external newsletters; briefing documents; and correspondence. Managed from start to finish inquires from various stakeholders, including all type of news media. Executed and organized media interviews. Steward and purveyor of the public’s information. Prospected and pitched relevant media outlets. Crafted and tracked informational videos. Maintained and improved administration of Authority communications processes and products. Mastery of website and content management systems.
Jun 2020
California Department of Transportation: Information Officer
Key member of the Department’s media relations team. Spokesperson. Proactive strategic planning, research, fastidious copy drafting and editing of internal and external communication materials. Extensive graphics work, and online and social media crafting. Point person for ADA remediation and compliance. Emergency service work. Video scripting and on camera interviews.
Mar 2019
-Jun 2020
Metropolitan Transportation Commission: Temporary Section Administrator
Routinely alerting the public of the latest local transportation policy news. Collaboration on large public display graphics and maps. Constant media monitoring—social, print, TV. HTML coding in Drupal, expertise with the Adobe suite.
Sept 2018
-Mar 2019
American Society of Anesthesiologists: Grassroots Program Administrator
Activate and engage activist physician anesthesiologists from over 52,000 members around the U.S. Draft campaigns regarding legislation and regulations. Strategize. Plan, organize, and execute resident scholar policy rotation and yearly lobby fly-in.
May 2017
-Sept 2018
Recreational Equipment, Inc. Co-Operative: Retail Sales Associate and Lead
Manage millions worth of stock, outfit customers, grow co-op membership, promote environmental stewardship.
Sept 2016
-Feb 2018
QRS Newmedia, Inc.: Media Outreach Director
Manager of a team of booking specialists, pitching clients’ talent for radio and television interviews in US markets. Crafted pitches and database tools to track key performance indicators. Archived successful interviews, mentions and clippings. Honed expertise with Cision, TV Eyes, and the Google application suite.
May 2016
-Aug 2016
California State Transportation Agency (CalSTA): Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs
Gubernatorial appointee to collaborate in the strategic management and coordination of internal and external communications by the Agency and our departments. Drafted and fastidiously copy edited policy memoranda, opinion-editorials, press releases, statements, presentations, and graphics. Assisted in the production of several informational and educational videos for online distribution. Occasionally provided my own on-the-record comments. Swiftly digested and concisely conveyed complex information and policy, from bridge engineering, to statutory and regulatory language. Responded to, anticipated, and preempted crises. Assistant webmaster of the Agency’s official website and content manager of our social media platforms, including WordPress blog, twitter, and youtube. HTML proficiency. Custodian of stakeholder database and engagements.
Nov 2013
-Mar 2016
Apple Store Corte Madera: Back of House Specialist
Organized, managed, and distributed tens of millions of dollars worth of product daily. Accrued hundreds of hours in customer relations experience through phone management and inventory provision. Audited stock and prevented loss.
Nov 2011
-Sept 2012
The Office of Governor Jerry Brown, Press Office: Intern
Corralled the capitol press corps, organized press availabilities and releases, analyzed and clipped the news of the day, and researched media and inter-office policy inquiries. Performed clerical duties and administrative assistance.
June 2011
-Aug 2011
Cal in Sacramento Fellowship Program: Student Director
Coordinated outreach for the program. Managed application process, helped prospective fellows apply and be selected for the program, and created a sense of community and camaraderie in the cadre. Facilitated lectures by prominent members of the public sphere for class. Logistics experience and mentorship practice.
Aug 2010
-Aug 2011
Committee on Student Fees and Budget Review: Budget Analyst
Employed to analyze UC Berkeley unit budgets. Conveyed students’ perspectives on and suggestions for fee allocation.
Sept 2010
-Mar 2011
The U.S. House of Representatives, The Honorable Representative Lynn Woolsey’s Office: Intern
Performed clerical and administrative duties within the D.C. office. Compiled research and data necessary to write constituent letters and memos on miscellaneous subjects. Provided tours of capitol hill to visiting constituents.
June 2010
-Aug 2010
Secretary of the California State Senate and the Senate Rules Committee: Intern
Observed senate sessions and budget negotiations during the record budget deficit. Compiled research on the University of California executive compensation, performed clerical duties, and researched and vetted gubernatorial appointees.
June 2009
-Aug 2009
Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) District Office: Intern
Clerical duties, procurement, and real estate records management. Learned basics about transportation infrastructure planning, including environmental reports. Prepared dossiers for board meetings.
July 2008
-Aug 2008


London School of Economics and Political Science
Master of Science, with Distinction, the school’s highest rank; Degree in comparative politics with a focus on democracy. Qualitative and rudimentary quantitative course work. Degree culminated in a 10,000 word dissertation, “Presuming Ourselves Angels: The Pitfalls of the Direct Citizen Initiative, A Warning of Relimiting the Demos in California,” which was awarded a mark of Distinction.
Oct 2012
-Sept 2013
University of California, Berkeley
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; GPA: 3.57
Aug 2008
-May 2011

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