About Crystal Paradis

A vocal community leader and writer with a strong background in digital marketing, event organizing and community engagement.


I put my communications and coalition-building skills to use for individuals and organizations that are committed to building better, more inclusive communities.


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In addition to consulting for values-aligned projects, my work includes promoting intersectional feminism with Feminist Oasis; organizing TEDxPortsmouth, Portsmouth’s annual TEDx conference; freelance copywriting; and writing about feminist issues.

 

I employ unique and creative approaches for community benefit. My expertise spans a variety of industries, applications and issues, and projects that are the best fit for me often exist at an intersection of these experiences.

 

Marketing & Communications Professional

cp-presenting-abcI honed my tech chops, organization skills, ability to craft effective messaging and knack for running successful campaigns during my years as an administrative assistant, social media manager, copywriter and then communications director in the graphic design and digital marketing agency world. I developed and shared my expertise in copywriting, data-driven digital marketing, website optimization, content strategy, social media strategy and traditional media outreach alongside industry and community leaders.

I organized a variety of networking groups and spoke regularly at events, on topics including effectively using Evernote to organize your life and efficiently using social media as a small business.

I also created and authored the weekly #PortsmouthLOVE Letter, a popular weekly newsletter which was sent out most weeks from 2014 through mid-2018. I still update the #PortsmouthLOVE Instagram account and occasionally publish web articles on PortsmouthLOVE.com.

You can see more of my professional marketing and digital media experience on my LinkedIn profile.

 

Advocate & Activist

crystal-c-spanThroughout my career in marketing and communications, I volunteered for a variety of community organizations, boards, projects and initiatives, both in communications and marketing advisory roles and as an outspoken advocate.

I have spoken out and taken action on a number of progressive and social justice issues, including organizing community conversations about the heroin epidemic, advocating for reproductive justice, writing about gun violence and taking ownership for how I spend my time and energies through values-centric work.

In 2015, I was named one to watch in the #10toWatch Awards by Catapult Seacoast and SeacoastOnline.

Organizer

Community organizer in Exeter, NH for NH Democratic Party, 2016 election cycle; Photo by @collingately for NHDP

In the summer and fall of the 2016 election, I devoted 100% of my time as a field organizer in Exeter for the New Hampshire Democratic Party, working tirelessly to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. In that role, I consistently led the state with the highest number of active volunteers. Amid a national election that was a startling GOP sweep across many of the other swing states, we ultimately won New Hampshire for Hillary Clinton, sent Maggie Hassan to the Senate, re-elected Carol Shea Porter and Annie Kuster to the House and gained seats for Democrats in the New Hampshire state house.

Consultant

In 2017, I started freelancing and consulting full-time, focusing on how I could invest my time and energy to positively benefit my community with my unique skills and strong voice. I started incubating the idea of creating community experiences and spaces for womxn. I moved to Somersworth and heard peepers outside my kitchen window for the first time. I organized the third annual Portsmouth PRIDE for Seacoast Outright, which drew an estimated crowd of over 3,000 LGBTQ+ community members and allies. I took my first Feminist Business School course.

Business Owner

In 2018, I founded Feminist Oasis, a business with a mission to promote intersectional feminism through experiences and spaces. Our launch event was Feminist Theory + Lemonade, a sold-out screening of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, followed by a discussion with feminist scholars on the intersectional feminist theory implications of the film. During the discussion at this event, I heard an attendee express her experience of the evening, articulating the exact vision I’d been carrying for over a year.

This realized dream continues to energize and inspire me.

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I am always striving to learn, to grow, to be and do better, and I am constantly inspired by those who are brave enough to share their ideas for building better communities.

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Photo Credits (from top, down): Michael Sterling Photography, @WalterElly, screenshot from C-SPAN, New Hampshire Democratic Party.