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Resume of Jeeni Criscenzo

Professional Background

  • 1/10– present ~ Freelance graphic Designer and Web Developer, San Diego, CA
    Design and program websites and graphics on a contract basis. (PHP/MySQL/Drupal - Adobe Design CS4
  • 1/10– present ~ President & Founder, Amikas, San Diego, CA
    Founded a non-profit organization to promote economic justice and reduce poverty and homelessness with programs that emphasize personal empowerment, self-sufficiency and cooperation. Wrote grant application for VA Supportive Services for Veteran Families. Developed the website to help coordinate all of the groups providing food for the poor in the San Diego area.
  • 12/08– 1/10 ~ Administrative Assistant II, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
    Provided administrative support for Dr. Milton H. Saier Jr. and researchers in the Saier Lab. Prepared grants and manuscripts. Coordinated seminars for the Human Earth Rights (HERO) student organization, arranging for speakers, promotion and publicity. Provided office management. Developed and maintained websites for HERO and Dr. Saier’s classes.
  • 3/07–12/08 ~ President, NetRootz, Inc., Oceanside, CA
    Developed – a free, easy-to-use web-based tool for grassroots organizations to maintain their website, email list and events calendar (.ASP & MySQL).
  • 5/07– 1/08 ~ California State Coordinator, Kucinich for President
    Organized campaign teams in each California congressional district and used online conferencing and web-tools to coordinate campaign efforts. Planned fundraisers and speaking engagements for Dennis and Elizabeth Kucinich throughout the state. Represented Dennis Kucinich in forums.

  • 7/05 – 11/06 ~ Candidate, U.S. House of Representatives, CA-49, Oceanside, CA
    Democratic nominee for election of Nov. 7, 2006. Organized a grassroots congressional campaign using innovative, low-cost marketing strategies, such as my trademark red shoes. Organized the Bring Their Buddies Home vigil where nearly 1,000 people stood in silence for an hour along Hwy 101 – each wearing the name of a one of our fallen troops to illustrate the human cost of war. Invited to join a peace delegation that went to Jordan to meet with Iraqi parliamentarians.
  • 1/04 – 7/05 ~ Blogger, CPR4Democracy
    Traveled USA in a motor home, writing daily commentaries about activists and actions leading up to and following the November ’04 presidential election. A collection of these blogs is currently under consideration for book publication.
  • 10/02 – 12/04 ~ President, Criscenzo Professional Resources, Inc
    Provided freelance marketing, advertising, writing, design, newsletters and website design and development (ColdFusion & SQL). See work samples at
  • 2/00 – 9/02 ~ Founder/President/CEO, LocalO, Inc., Tampa FL
    Started as a classified advertising website and later evolved to an ASP (Application Service Provider) providing a web-based system for association management - EasyMgr™. LocalO was the first company to be selected to participate in the Tampa Bay TechVillage incubator. Sold the business Sept. ‘02 after failing to secure sufficient capital.
  • 2/94 – 9/00 ~ Founder/President, Criscenzo Creative, Inc., St. James, NY / Clearwater, FL
    Provided marketing communications services, including graphic design, copy writing, publicity and website development (I was one of the first to provide web design in the Tampa Bay area).
  • 11/92 – 1/94 ~ Director Corporate Communications, Bennett X-Ray Technologies, Copaigue, NY
    Responsible for all corporate and marketing communications for x-ray equipment for orthopedic, mammography and veterinary x-ray systems.
  • 9/91 – 6/92 ~ Instructor, Computer Learning Institute, Ronkonkoma, NY
    Taught classes on Quark Xpress, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and FileMaker.
  • 2/89 – 2/90 ~ General Manager, Messenger Review Newspapers, Smithtown, NY
    Responsible for overseeing all operations of two weekly newspapers: The Smithtown Messenger and The Ronkonkoma Review.
  • 9/85 – 1/89 ~ Founder/President, IMAGINC, Hauppauge, NY
    Full service advertising agency. Major accounts: Fuji Bicycle, Granada TV Rental and Tri-State Budget Rent-a-Car
  • 1/84 – 9/85 ~ Marketing Communications Manager, Linotype, Hauppauge, NY
    Launched campaign for first desktop system to use the Macintosh as a front-end to a typesetter. Responsibilities included budgeting, hiring and management of staff and oversight of contractors, printing, advertising placement, sales support materials and 25 national trade shows.
  • 7/79 – 12/83 ~ VP Creative Services, Lion Head Technical Consultants, Deer Park, NY
    Technical illustrator - promoted to VP Creative Services in 1981. Produced technical manuals for commercial and government clients.


  • Poetry/Spoken Word
  • Blogs:
    • Recent blogs: - click on BLOGS
    • Older blogs: (CPR4Democracy)
  • Author of Grass Seed a compilation of blogs written between January 2005 to December 2007 – currently with a literary agent under consideration for publishing.
  • Author of Place of Mirrors published in 1996 by Jaguar Books. Currently available through and other bookstores. Historical novel about ancient Maya city of Palenque, Mexico.


Computer Skills

  • Database design (MySQL)
  • Website design and development (Drupal, PHP with OOP, Dreamweaver)
  • Graphic design (Adobe CS4 – Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro; MS PowerPoint)
  • Office administration (MS Word, Excel, Access, QuickBooks)

Affiliations and Leadership

  • Activist San Diego
    2011 - President
  • Democratic Club of Carlsbad Oceanside (DEMCCO) — 2005 – 2008
    2007 – Board of Directors - Communications Chair
  • North County Coalition of Peace & Justice — 2004 – present
    2005 – present: Board of Directors
  • Progressive Democrats of America — 2004 – present
    2005 – 2006: President, San Diego Chapter
    2007 – 2008: Vice President, North County Chapter
  • Tampa Bay Advertising Federation — 1994 – 2003
    1996 – 1998: Board of Directors, Newsletter Editor, Webmaster
    1998 – 1999: President
  • Tampa Bay Technology Forum — 2000 to 2003
  • Long Island Advertising Club — 1985 – 1994
    1989 – 1992: Board of Directors, VP Membership
    1992 – 1994: Executive Secretary, Newsletter Editor
  • National Association for Professional Saleswomen, NYC Chapter — 1986 – 1988
    1987 – 1988: Board of Directors
  • National Association of Women Business Owners
    1987-1988: Board of Directors, Long Island Chapter
    1999 – 2001 Member, Tampa Bay Chapter

Advertising Awards

  • 1999 Silver ADDYs (American Advertising Awards) for ADtech Symposium and Ringhaver Equipment Co. websites & a political mailer
  • 1998 IABC Craftsmanship Award for Ringhaver Equipment Co. website
  • 1998 Gold ADDY and Best of the Bay in Interactive Media
  • 1996 Best of the Bay in Political Advertising for a political mailer
  • 1996 District Silver ADDY for a political mailer
  • 1989 Silver BOLI (Best on Long Island) awards for newsletter design and consumer ads for Budget Rent-a-Car
  • 1988 Gold BOLI for logo design for Fuji America

Education & Training

  • Passaic School of Drafting, NJ, Technical Illustration, Graduated 1970
  • Paterson State College, NJ, Liberal Arts, 1970 -1971
  • SUNY Farmingdale, NY, Advertising, 1975 - 1978
  • Sandler Sales Institute – President’s Club, 1986 - 2002
  • Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication (NVC), 2005 - 2006