GORDON STRAUSE
315 East 69th Street, #5J
New York, NY 10021
212-535-9703 (h); 650-533-9920 (m)
gordonst@yahoo.com

SUMMARY
Dynamic and visionary team player with broad experience in product marketing, account management, community development, and statistical analysis. Known for work ethic, strategic vision, turning ideas into breakthrough results in the field, and leveraging these results to drive organizational change. Likes to be where the rubber meets the road.

WORK EXPERIENCE
2001 Citizen Schools: Annual Campaign Manager (Consultant)
Managed the Citizen Schools 2001 Annual Campaign which saw a 1000% increase in new donors over 2000. In addition, developed new systems to enable Citizen Schools to begin "mass customization" email communication with volunteers and supporters

2000
to
2001
Ukibi: Director of Product Management (Consultant)
Hired to bring structure to Ukibi’s product development process, which had been driven entirely by engineers. Developed the systems for creating the product roadmap, incorporating user feedback into the development process, and drafting functional specs. Directly managed the Design and Product Management departments. Reduced release cycles from two months to three weeks, and made the releases more accurately reflect the company’s business needs. Improved communication between the development and marketing groups.

1999
to
2000
eCircles: Product Manager
Product Manager responsible for eCircles’ core functionality including discussions, email, chat, contact management, and profiles. Performed the competitive analysis, wrote the product and functional specs, and managed the cross functional teams developing these features. Created eCircles’ ecommerce strategy and established the partnerships to execute this strategy.

1997
to
1999
Well Engaged (now Prospero): Senior Account Manager
Managed relationships with Engaged’s leading clients including CBS Sportsline, Netscape, Adobe, Tribune Media, and The Well. Provided consulting services on all facets of community development from strategic planning to host training. Built the Sportsline community from scratch. Developed site analysis systems and used these systems to change the company’s approach to client relations.

1996
to
1997
Firefly Network, Inc: Advertising Systems Manager; Member Venues Manager
Developed new part of Firefly site called Venues that generated 25% of site traffic. Created systems for advertising inventory management, campaign tracking, and quality control. Managed advertising accounts once sales completed. Voted by peers the ‘96-97 Firefly Award winner, as employee who best embodies the company’s values.

1994
to
1995
Hands On Atlanta: Director, Citizen Schools
Led the development of Hands On Atlanta's Citizen School an innovative, apprenticeship based, full day program for 60 students. Designed all program elements. Interviewed, hired, and trained the staff. Recruited more than 25 steering committee members and apprenticeship teachers to volunteer 10+ hours a week. Drafted grant proposals to corporations and major foundations.

1989
to
1993
City Year: Director, Service Department; Division Manager, Schools Division
Helped create City Year, an urban service corps that leads teams of 17-23 year olds through ten months of full-time community service. The model for President Clinton's Americorps Program, City Year grew from a start-up in Boston in 1989 to its current size as a 1000 person, $14 million enterprise in ten cities. Established and led new department responsible for service project development for all of City Year's twenty-eight teams. Restructured City Year's approach to projects to improve service quality. Managed five team, sixty person division with nine direct reports. Created Partner School selection process that became the model for project selection within City Year.

EDUCATION
1985
to
1989
Harvard University
Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Social Studies. Announced football games for radio station, with responsibilities that included production and ad sales. Awarded $7,000 Pforzheimer Fellowship for post-graduate public service work.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE
1997 New Profit, Inc. Idea Team
Member of Vanessa Kirsch’s idea team that helped develop the ideas that became New Profit, Inc.

1994-
1996

Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games (1994-1996)
Helped organize the Centennial Olympic Badminton Competition and the 1995 U.S. Open. Designed and led youth programs in schools.
1994 Australian Dolphin Research Project (1994)
Assisted in on-going research project in Western Australia.




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