Here’s my statement of interest for becoming an officer of the local chapter of the Usability Professionals’ Association.
I am ready to volunteer as an officer of the Michigan UPA. I have enjoyed the UPA events I have attended over the years – they often provide me some nugget I can go back and apply. And, I believe we really do need to pay attention to how we make things (software, websites, alarm clocks, projects, teams) so that they reflect and enhance our experience, rather than bother us. UPA has been a source of inspiration for me in this regard. Recently, I’ve been able to apply ideas from Lou Rosenfeld’s search analytics talk in January and many of the February Internet User Experience talks (schedule, photos). Additionally, I enjoy the other folks in the group and want to help support the local chapter.
My background includes project management, technical writing, and project work where I always maintained a focus on the needs of the end user of the product, application, web site, or device. I’m good at seeing things that need to be done and figuring out the what, who, and how to get them accomplished. So, logistics, communication, organization, and team building. I also have some rusty PR skills I could dust off and put into service.