Teaching Assistant
Brooklyn HS for Global Citizenship

January 2018–May 2018

  • Worked with a team of six plus a professor to produce an afterschool program for students from The High School for Global Citizenship near Prospect Park. 
  • Developed nine weeks of lesson plans with team to work with the Graphic Design Club in learning the fundamentals of design. 
  • Helped plan an exhibition with the students at the end of the semester to present their final pieces (24”x36” poster). 
  • We are also documented our process during development in hopes to push the program forward.

Graduate Research Assistant
Pratt Institute

January 2018–May 2018
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)
  • This semester I am participating with a team of five other students and the Chairman of the Graduate Communications Design Program.
  • We are conducting high-level planning and research to determine best teaching models and practices in support of FREE SCHOOL, one of Pratt’s most inventive initiatives.
  • We are working on a guided template for back and front of house to deliver a well organized production each year. 

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Pratt Institute

August 2017–December 2017
  • Participated in class critiques under Design Systems Professor, Alisa Zamir.
  • Took notes to later email students suggestions to improve their work and reminders of homework assignments.
  • Answered emails from students about class and assignments. Would meet with students one on one to help with guidance as needed.

Art Director
Peter Mayer Advertising

March 2012–October 2014
  • During my time as a Graphic Designer and Art Director for Peter Mayer, I produced visual solutions on projects that manifested moderately high-level design skills from the initial conception through the final execution of the project.
  • I demonstrated my talent by creating and helping develop both conceptual and visual solutions for client campaigns.
  • I communicated at a high level with other creative partners and supervisors during all aspects of the creative process.
  • I also always completed all my assigned work in a timely fashion and often helped others complete their assignments as well.

Graphic Design Intern
Zehno  Communications
June 2011–November 2011
  • Provided assistance to the Art Director by creating illustrations and icons, putting together concept moodboards, and creating editorial layouts/covers for magazines.
  • I also created a custom thinline typeface and custom masthead for a client. Other duties included flowing copy, research, creating client postcards, and edit checks.

Teaching Assistant
Loyola University

August 2010–January 2011
  • Assisted graphic design professor Nancy Bernardo by providing support and critique to her Graphic Design class during the fall semester. 
  • Implemented training sessions with students emphasizing Adobe Creative Suite software.


BA in Graphic Design
Loyola University New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
Graduation Date :: May 2011
Magna Cum Laude
GPA :: 3.8
MFA in Communications Design
Pratt Institute
Brooklyn, New York
Graduation Date :: May 2019
With Distinction
GPA :: 3.9


Art Direction, Hand Lettering, Social Media, Interactive, Photography, Silkscreen, Advertising, AdobeCC, Prototyping, Research, Illustration, Teaching, Lesson Planning, Motion, Lasercutting, Creative Coding, HTML and CSS


Hancock and Whitney Bank, New Orleans Saints, Audubon Zoo, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Scott Equipment, Nazareth College, Zehno Communications, Okaloosa County Tourism, Iowa State University Foundation, Covenant House NY, Brooklyn HS for Global Citizenship


2019 Graduate with Distinction - Pratt Institute
2019 Pratt Circle Award - Pratt Institute
2019 Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement - Pratt Institute
2019 Process Exhibition Presentation - Pratt Institute
2018 William Longyear Scholarship - Pratt Institute
2014 Two Silver Addy Awards - New Orleans ADDY Awards 
2011 Scully Award Solo Exhibition
2011 Magna Cum Laude - Loyola University New Orleans
2011 Outstanding Graphic Design Student Award - Loyola University New Orleans

Lisa McKinley 2019 – Brooklyn, NY