Rachel E. Demaree

Public Relations - Communications - Branding - Social Media

ABOUT

Rachel Demaree is an effective communicator, who employs professional, poise, and an attitude of teamwork in all tasks. She is always willing to offer her assistance in any way, and she is also ready and eager to learn as much as possible. Demaree is best described as self-motivated, driven, and extremely organized. Most importantly, she goes above and beyond what is asked by anticipating the needs of those she serves.


She has successfully worked on a U.S. Senate campaign, charitable fundraisers, grassroots advocacy efforts, and events for various groups. Her numerous experiences from Capitol Hill to the Midwest have allowed Demaree to learn the value of time management and keeping a good schedule and the importance of flexibility. She is most comfortable in a hectic environment and strives to keep herself and her work managed and composed, working well independently and asking for help from others as needed.


Always mindful of her own brand, Demaree launched racheldemaree.com in the spring of 2011. She uses the website as an additional social media outlet and blog.

SKILLS

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and social media

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Extensive public speaking and leadership experience

  • Experience in professional material and training development

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Office of US Senator Richard G. Lugar January 2012 - Present

Washington, D.C.

Press Assistant


  • Draft statements and press releases, coordinate interview requests, and write for Lugar Energy Patriot program
  • Support press staff in social media efforts including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and website
  • Transcribe dictated letters, handle constituent comments, and help manage intern program


Office of US Senator Richard G. Lugar September - December 2011

Washington, DC

Farm Bill Intern

  • Drafted legislative language and assisted staff in cross referencing proposed policies
  • Assisted staff on legislative research of previous agricultural policy and farm bills
  • Coordinated roll out event for Lugar’s REFRESH Act


National Association of Agriculture Educators May - July 2011

Washington, DC

Advocacy Intern

  • Visited more than 85 Congressional offices to discuss funding for Perkins Act
  • Facilitated workshops on grassroots advocacy for agricultural educators
  • Created Advocacy Toolkit for agriculture education programs to self-promote their work


NK Syngenta Seeds May - August 2010

Effingham, IL

Sales & Marketing Intern

  • Covered sales territories in southern Illinois, western Indiana, and Kentucky
  • Assisted with handling customer complaints, returns, and paperwork
  • Researched knowledge level of retailers, developed training tool, and evaluated retailers’ progress

EDUCATION

Purdue University

· Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Agriculture

· Minor, Organizational Leadership & Supervision

ORGANIZATIONS & ACTIVITIES

  • Miss District of Columbia Scholarship Organization Board of Directors
  • Miss District of Columbia America Finalist & Volunteerism Award Recipient
  • Women’s Congressional Staff Association, 2012
  • Mr. DC Charity Pageant Coordinator
  • Indianapolis 500 Festival Ambassador Program Princess, 2010
  • Indiana FFA State Northern Region Vice President, 2007-2008