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Government Relations / Lobbyist / Policy Consultant / Grassroots

Austin, Texas, United States
May 15, 2018

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Kristine Donatello 979-***-**** Austin, TX

Leadership, Legislative & Governmental Relations

Registered Lobbyist Legislative Director Campaign & Community Leader Texas State Government Knowledge Public Policy Grassroots Organizer 15+ years of repeated success in policy, political, and nonprofit advocacy. Top relationship builder, communicator, and collaborator with local, state, and federal elected officials. Winning track record in the passage of laws and policy and the accomplishment of budgetary and other organizational priorities. Management of human resources, market analysis, and company development for a Real Estate company. Strong federal, state, and global leadership competences.

A d d i t i o n a l S t r e n g t h s

Lobbying / Negotiation Skills Project/Team/Event Management

Public Policy Legislative Process Volunteer Coordination

Public Relations Media Relations Campaign Management

Reports Talking Points Press Releases Fundraising Campaign Treasurer

Coalition Building Grassroots Organizing Community Outreach

Policy Research Statutory Analysis Public Speaking

Event Agendas Schedules Vendor/Sponsor Relations

Market Analysis Website Support Social Media P r o f e s s i o n a l E x p e r i e n c e

Town & Country Realty (College Station, TX – Austin, TX), 2015-Present Director of Market Development and Human Resources Austin/College Station Human Resource and Market management for the owner and a team of eight Real Estate agents. Manage company public relations and community development opportunities.

Conduct and provide Market Analysis on land, residential, and commercial properties for the owner and a team of eight Real Estate agents.

Manage and support advertising activities for print and social media advertising.

Develop and maintain company website including entering and updating listings, providing communications to agents, and immediate responses to inquiries.

Manage and evaluate all social media analytics to market and generate brand awareness, sales, and promote customer service through numerous social media networks.

Increase overall company exposure through search engine optimization


Manage Payroll and Accounting for vender and contract labor management, commissions, and annual operating budget. Leadership

Global / International

International Leadership


Study Abroad- Chile

Study Abroad – Brussels

Events / Projects

Federal Lobby Day

Texas Lobby Day

Policy Forums

Making Strides Against

Breast Cancer 5K

Bus Tours / Campaigns

Relay For Life

Private Fundraising Events

Cancer Prevention Study


Master of Science

Leadership & Change

St. Edwards University

Austin, TX

B.B.A., Marketing

Texas A&M University

College Station, TX

Direct Action Organizing

(DAO) Training:

Sponsored by the American

Cancer Society. Held in

Indianapolis, IN.

Licenses and


Google Data Analytics


Notary Public

State of Texas

Six Sigma – Yellow Belt

Kristine Donatello 979-***-**** Page 2 P r o f e s s i o n a l E x p e r i e n c e C o n t i n u e d American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (Austin, TX), 2008–2015 The nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate of the American Cancer Society Field Director of Government Relations East, Central, & South TX Regions Lead lobbyist for priorities of ACS CAN. Consulted with political leaders and community groups in Austin, Brownsville, College Station, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Galveston, San Antonio, San Angelo, Waco, and other Texas regions. Represented ACS CAN in statewide media events and public forums. Excel in speaking to diverse audiences.

Provided leadership and advocated for healthcare priorities including access to care, palliative care, and cancer research and prevention. Possess solid public policy experience, able to present clear evidence that builds support for policy priorities.

Developed far-reaching knowledge of legislative process through participation in numerous Texas legislative sessions, including advising and drafting of legislation in collaboration with partner organizations and lawmakers.

Built strong alliances with US and Texas legislators, stakeholders, private and public agencies, community groups, volunteers, and ACS regional leadership. Traveled extensively throughout Texas and Washington D.C.

Recruited for volunteer advocacy programs in tandem with government relations teams and local staff at fundraising and community events. Created motivational videos and guidebooks to energize and inform volunteers.

Encouraged grassroots mobilization for ACS CAN priorities, serving in government relations role during federal and state lobby events.

Managed logistical details, scheduling, promotion, and vendor relations.

Wrote a 70-page event guide for bus tour traveling 25,000+ miles nationwide.

Drove awareness as expert speaker on topics related to ACS CAN priorities.

Trained top grassroots volunteers on procedural, issues, and principles of advocating and meeting with elected officials.

Writing strengths include guidebooks, briefing documents, press releases and media materials, talking points, and meeting agendas. Collected, edited, and published narratives of cancer survivors.

Served as a Town Hall Panelist for several Congress Members, to further the organizations policy agenda and respond to question from constituents.

A Winning Record

Federal Campaigns

Advocated for following policies

Quality of Life Act

Palliative Care & Hospice

Education & Training Act

FDA statute limiting

tobacco firms marketing to

minors & reveal ingredients

on cigarette packaging.

Texas Legislation

100% legislative success rate

SB 39 (81st). Requiring

insurance plans to cover

routine patient costs in

clinical trials.

HB 438 (82nd). Requiring

insurance companies to

cover oral chemotherapy.

Texas Health Insurance

High Risk Pool. Made

premiums more affordable

for high-risk groups based

on FPL.

HB 1874 (84th) Texas

Quality of Life Legislation.

Improves quality of life for

people with chronic disease

through awareness &

access to palliative care.

Texas State Appropriations

Annual Funding Gains

Safeguarded program funding

Breast & Cervical Cancer

Program: $5.2M, & up to

$50M for women’s health.

Cancer Prevention &

Research Institute of Texas

(CPRIT): $594M – Biennium.

DSHS: Tobacco Prevention

& Control: $11.6M Increase.

Kristine Donatello 979-***-**** Page 3 P r o f e s s i o n a l E x p e r i e n c e C o n t i n u e d American Cancer Society (ACS) (Bryan, TX), 2007–2008 Community Manager, Income Development

Managed diverse events and needs to build support for ACS objectives, and develop relationships with elected officials, volunteers, community partners, and stakeholders.

Recruited, trained, and retained volunteers to serve and drive organizational needs, such as fundraising and building awareness for cancer prevention.

Served as key spokesperson and public face for ACS at media and press events, communicating priorities and ensuring cohesive messaging about ACS programs, policies, and organizational goals.

Achieved defined goals in recruitment, advocacy, and fundraising.

Coordinated event needs by teaming with local partners/volunteers.

Implemented ACS programs/ services into regional/national events.

Key resource person and contact at committee and board meetings.

Delivered staff training support and ensured procedural compliance.

Coordinated fundraising activities for 12 events over 6-county region.

Tracked and reported on financial records and organizational data including budgets, revenue, volunteer statistics, and event logistics. The Texas House of Representatives (Austin, TX), 2001–2007 Legislative Director for State Representative Fred Brown Directed full scope of legislative needs for Representative Brown including legislative and legal research, setting bill hearings, writing bill analyses, administering surveys, and gathering constituent testimonies.

Directed research and legislative priorities for sponsored legislation including bills focused on property tax cap for senior citizens, safety laws for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and accreditation requirements for Texas institutions of higher education.

Built strong relationships with other legislators and their staff, members of partner organizations, constituents, as well as the Governor’s Office. Served as key point-of-contact and resource in addressing constituent priorities.

Developed in-depth knowledge of Texas legislative process through hands-on involvement, troubleshooting, and support during legislative sessions.

Managed office operations including bill distribution, calendars, constituent visits, and event attendance. Tracked and updated all bills and amendments of interest to district constituents.

Scheduled all public relations, community, and media events; prepared talking points for Representative Brown. Executed all district communications including legislative reports, news articles, press releases, correspondence, and speeches.

A Winning Record

Local Campaigns:

Smoke-Free Texas

Achieved smoke-free policies in

Austin College Station

Harlingen Lufkin

Nacogdoches San Marcos

Tyler Waco

100% Campaign Success Rate

Campaign for Texas District 14

Treasurer & Campaign


State Representative

Fred Brown

2001–2006 campaigns

State Representative

John Raney

2011–2013 campaigns

Both state representatives were

successfully elected & re-elected.

Political Campaigns

Managed multiple campaigns

Implemented campaign

strategies & tactics

teaming with political

consultant; oversaw day-

to-day operations;

Coordinated volunteers in

canvassing & phone

banking; organized public,

media, & fundraising


Local Elections

Managed and/or assisted

with municipal elections in

College Station, TX,

including election for

municipal court judge.

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