Chris Read

Professional Summary

Program Manager, emphasis in data analysis

Since I’ve recently explored and learned big data tools at the University of Denver, I’m ready to launch further into a career driven by data.

In addition to my program management background, I have significant experience in accessibility. Previously when I worked as a tech specialist in higher education, I helped pave the road for college students with unique challenges by facilitating greater access to course materials. These students taught me that anything is possible and to reject the contrary. Some successful graduates I’ve worked with include a blind lawyer, a deaf doctor, and a dyslexic linguaphile.

Speaking of languages...I’ve been using Python, SQL, Tableau, and Excel in my quest to wrangle data and create visualizations. You can check out the screenshot of my transcontinental migration initially charted as a Tableau animation (pictured on the right or below).

I enjoy working as an integral team member and solving problems. Ideally I’m working for an innovative organization, preferably in the arts and culture, travel, or environment. I hope you’ll reach out if you see a good fit for my experience. Thanks for your interest!

Experience

University of Colorado Boulder, Program Manager

November 2015 - April 2018

When I managed several student service programs at CU Boulder, I was constantly negotiating with dozens of fussy faculty, last-minute students, and volatile contractors in order to schedule and smoothly administer 300 proctored exams each semester.

I also overhauled a peer note-taking system into a more user-friendly and transparent online process of hiring, tracking, and compensating 250 notetakers each semester that resulted in a reduction of complaints.

CFA Institute, Quality Review Specialist

April 2014 - April 2015

When I reviewed hundreds of publishing and multimedia products for more than five departments throughout the global finance organization, I routinely spotted critical style and functionality issues that I diplomatically conveyed to authors and producers while providing feedback consistently on time and often under tight deadlines.

accessible technology specialist, University of Virginia

May 2011 - April 2014

When I coordinated solutions for UVA students that required specialized technology, I was tasked under extraordinary circumstances to collaborate with a remote captioning contractor and on-site classroom technicians so that a deaf medical student could read lectures in real-time on a tablet and participate in group discussions.

I also met with medical school administrators and faculty on an ongoing basis to discuss procedures, address questions, and allay anxiety.

The student has since graduated from the medical program with honors and is an oncology resident at Johns Hopkins.

San Francisco State University, Accessible Media Coordinator

October 2004 - August 2010

When I was first hired to coordinate the conversion of textbooks and videos into alternative formats for students with various needs, I knew nothing about accessible technology (AT). Over the subsequent years, I engaged in more than 100 hours of AT training where I learned everything from how to produce Braille and captioned videos to using speech-to-text and screen-reading software.

Over time I hired, trained, and managed a team of five to do the work of ensuring accuracy of converted textbooks and online materials. I was also recruited to serve on the president's task force to establish campus-wide accessibility by training faculty and staff how to create and remediate accessible file formats.

Hard Skills

Relative mastery

Soft Skills

Top development

My Migration in Tableau


Self-Assessments

  • Myers–Briggs: INFP — Idealist. Creative. Curious.

  • StrengthsFinder: Adaptability. Ideation. Connectedness. Learner. Belief.

  • True Colors: Green — Analytical. Intuitive. Visionary.


Education

Clark University, Worcester, MA

B.A. Political Science

Certification

University of Denver

Extensive tools and program training in Big Data; Certificate in Data Science; 240+ hrs

High Tech Center, Cupertino, CA

Ten certificates in assistive technology (software and hardware) providing greater educational access for blind, deaf, and dyslexic students; 100+ hrs

CFA Institute

Investment Foundations® Certificate of mastery covering core foundational principles of the investment profession

Contact

Email: chris.read.303@gmail.com

Phone: 303.621.6175

Address: 1515 E 8th Ave, Denver

Contact

I look forward to connecting.

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Fun Fact — Indie film

I’ve volunteered at several international film festivals including ones in San Francisco, Charlottesville, and Breckenridge where I screened and rated submissions, as well as reported daily news coverage.

I’ve also written for IndieWire and humiliated myself at Sundance.

Fun Fact — Environment

Most of my weekends are spent exploring some federal or state park, or even a local dog park.

Many of my Instagram photos can attest to this obsession.

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Fun Fact — Arts & Culture

As a child actress, my mother shared the stage with Marlon Brando before he did Streetcar Named Desire. I love to write and moved to California after college with the intention of writing screenplays for a living.

Fun Fact — Travel

I kept a travel blog while exploring and living for 6 weeks in Hong Kong and 6 months in Manhattan. Next on my discovery list are New Zealand, Morocco, Belize, and Peru.