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Cullen Heater | Writer & Editor

 

What I'm passionate about is creative, in-depth writing, and investigative journalism. Behind everything that matters to us is a story that needs to be told.

 

More than anything, I want my writing to make a difference and change the way that people think and act. Following my passions, I have chosen to write about food, travel, language, culture, and non-profit organizations that can change the world. 

 

Each of us has the power to make an impact, and that's where your story begins.

Curriculum Vitae:

Rainforest Foundation US                                                                                                                   2023

Writer and Editor:

  • Created comprehensive style guide for communications and development teams, combining internal documents with AP style guide best practices.

  • Wrote blogposts about Indigenous-led rainforest conservation efforts in Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, and Guyana, working closely with the programs team to explain the impact and efficacy of RFUS.

  • Compiled quarterly newsletter, informing donors of the impact of their donations and encouraging them to continue to give generously.

  • Edited fundraising emails and collaborated with development team, crafting a cohesive message and ensuring consistency, accuracy, and professionalism across all communications.

Native Future                                                                                                                                  2021-2023

Communications, Development, and Operations Manager:

  • Raised $68,107.98 in first year, doubling the previous year’s total, through two fundraisers to support Indigenous conservation and combat the illegal logging of Indigenous land in Panama.

  • Coordinated year-long social media and content marketing strategy, including an article published in Yale Environment 360 online magazine, two 6-page newsletters, 12 email marketing campaigns, 13 blogposts, 30 Linkedin posts, and 45 Facebook/Instagram posts.

  • Organically increased Linkedin audience by 1000% (+450 followers) and Instagram following by 1500% (+700 followers) in one year.

Intercambio Writing Services                                                                                                  2020-present

Writer and Editor:

  • Wrote blogpost for Sofitel Legend for the launch of luxury hotel in Casco Viejo Panama, highlighting the history, culture, and French influence of the area.

  • Published article in the international craft beer magazine “Good Beer Hunting” about Panama’s growing craft brewery culture and its historical context.

  • Investigated, wrote, and took photographs for an article in “Yale Environment 360” about illegal deforestation on Indigenous land in Panama.

  • Developed social media marketing campaign for Water Engineers for the Americas and Africa (WEFTA), highlighting the organization’s achievements and impact.

  • Executed content marketing strategy for clients in the language services industry, producing blogposts and articles highlighting the necessity for language services in various fields.

  • Created the Food Moves blog, a food and travel blog covering Panama, Colombia, and the USA with plans to expand into a full-scale brand.

 

Peace Corps: Panama                                                                                                                      2017-2019

Sustainable Agricultural Systems Extension Agent:

  • Implemented bridge construction project, acting as interpreter and community liaison for the organization Engineers Without Borders, resolving logistical complications, and ensuring project completion in 2020.

  • Formed community business development group, introducing concepts of market analysis and product diversification to 32 community members, increasing profitability and market access.

  • Advised 12 small-scale coffee farmers on best practices for sustainable agroforestry, planting over 500 coffee trees and increasing coffee production by 20%.

  • Trained 22 subsistence farmers in sustainable agriculture best practices including soil conservation, land preparation, and integrated pest management, resulting in a significant improvement in staple crop yield.

Education:

McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Bachelor of Arts: Major in Psychology, Minor in Political Science

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