MEGAN LARSON

4917 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 | (608) 358-0668 | megan.christine.larson@gmail.com

Professional Experience

State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

Disability Examiner, St. Paul, MN, March 2014 – Present

  • Review and analyze information, medical records and evidence for disability applications
  • Interview and correspond with claimants, family members, and legal representatives
  • Apply Social Security Regulations and Policy
  • Write comprehensive analysis integrating medical evidence, vocational factors, educational background, and other collateral information with Social Security regulations

Collaborative Center for Health Equity

Administrative Research Assistant, Madison, WI, November 2011 – June 2013

  • Developed, drafted, and edited Center communications
  • Designed and laid out Center event and promotional materials
  • Coordinated annual Indigenous Health and Wellness Day
  • Coordinated travel plans, produced travel reimbursement and expense reports for staff serving as academic partners to community-academic partnerships
  • Scheduled and made arrangements for all research meetings and activities on behalf of the Center staff
  • Performed research grant administrative support

Isthmus Publishing

Guide Listings Writer, Madison, WI, February 2008 – February 2011

  • Orchestrated event listings for print and online database
  • Edited and modified press releases for entry into content management system
  • Met regularly with various departments to coordinate guide listings
  • Entrusted to serve as Guide Editor when editor is absent

Freelance Writer, Madison, WI, October 2008 – November 2009

  • Composed weekly shopping column for online publication

Flad Architects

Academic & Specifications Administrative Assistant, Madison, WI, June 2007 – February 2008

  • Scheduled internal/external meetings with colleagues and outside consultants. Created agendas, provided presentation support, and organized attendees and meeting spaces.
  • Planned and managed project materials, including editing, requirements gathering, formatting, reproduction of materials, proofing of assembly and distribution, based on requirements of managing architects in the Academic, Healthcare, and Science & Technology departments to meet highly sensitive deadlines.
  • Directed daily management and administrative oversight activities in collaboration with practice leader
  • Analyzed design requirements of projects, including research and report design, meeting specifications of architects in the Academic department
  • Provided direct support to Director of Project Development. Researched and documented future business opportunities.

Isthmus Publishing

Administrative Assistant, Madison, WI, January 2004 – June 2007

  • Analyzed spreadsheets and databases pertinent to weekly and monthly sales reports, ad space sales, monthly financials and supplement analysis for Administrative Director
  • Wrote and edited bi-weekly internal newsletter
  • Managed revenue collections, including oral & written communication with customers and Dane County small claims requirements gathering
  • Implemented billing and administrative support for Administrative Director
  • Reconciled accounts receivable and assisted accounts payable
  • Effectively assisted customers with inquiries regarding invoices and account balances
  • Advised Administrative Director & Office Manager on status of past due customers
  • Planned 2004 United Way & Community Shares employee giving campaign, including kick-off luncheon, special event fundraising activities, as well as paperwork retrieval and completion

The Salvation Army

Team Leader, Social Worker II, Minneapolis, MN, September 2001 – July 2003

  • Interacted with clients of diverse cultural and socioeconomic groups
  • Recruited, interviewed and trained new employees, supervised three employees
  • Managed social justice related programming, including Emergency Services, Heat Share and food shelf services

Case Manager, Minneapolis, MN September 2001 – December 2001

  • Conducted client interviews and case management

Additional Experience

Iowa City Housing Authority

Practicum Student, Iowa City, IA, February 2001 – May 2001

Cross-Cultural Solutions

Volunteer, Ghana, West Africa, August 2000

Computer Skills

Operating Systems

Windows, Mac OS-X

Programs

Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, In Design, QuickBooks, FileMaker Pro, Microsoft Office Suite

Education

Madison Area Technical College

September 2005 – December 2008
Coursework: Flash-Beginning, Adobe Photoshop, HTML Beginning, Intro to Graphic Design, Marketing Principles

University of Iowa

Bachelor of Arts, May 2001
Major: Social Work
Cumulative GPA: 3.2/4.0, Major GPA: 3.5/4.0