Maverick Consulting

Writing & editing for any occasion

 

About Me

I have spent the last two decades leveraging words to make clients’ dreams come true. Trained at Columbia University in Journalism & Public Policy, my writing and advocacy have elected presidents, won grants for nonprofits, passed ballot measures, and landed dream jobs for applicants in multiple fields. 

I’ve worked as a political campaign strategist & writer, a journalist for NYC papers & the Voice of America, taught community college students political science & writing, and performed as a professional actor for films, TV, and stage. I look forward to using my passion for crafting the exact right words to tell your unique and vital story.

My relationship with words started when I was five years old when my father found a stack of poems written in red ink on a yellow legal pad in my mother’s desk drawer. He wanted to publish them, but eleven major publishing houses said no. The eleven rejection letters said the same thing: “We don’t publish poetry, and poetry doesn’t sell.” 

Instead of giving up, my Dad published the book in our basement, before the internet, before the personal computer. As our friends packed the books, I sat on our green pool table, playing with my Raggedy Ann.

My parents drove to bookstores, offering the books free. The poems struck a chord, and The Roses Have Never Wilted, by Paula Morgan, sold 75,000 copies-a a best seller for poetry. The first book led to a hardback book of poetry, Say Yes!, published by the NY Times Book Company. 

I was working as a political consultant in Washington, DC, when I got the call that would change my life. It was my Mom, and she needed me, so I made the difficult decision to return to Los Angeles and become her live-in caretaker. Often, I’d end the day feeling emotionally black and blue. After being a caregiver, other jobs feel like a Hawaiian vacation. 

I still needed an income, so I started Maverick Consulting to do customized writing projects (in between my caretaking tasks.) Was this even possible? I didn’t know.

I’ve always known how powerful art can be but watching my Mom write and produce a mini-series for HBO in her eighties made me fall in love with words all over again. 

I know how valuable your story is, and I can’t wait to take this magical journey with you! 

Resume

Lisa-Beth is a passionate & seasoned writer, editor, political pro & college instructor.  After work, she is an actor, storyteller, & Jazz dancer!

Education

Columbia University - New York, NY | Dual Master's Degree

Journalism & Public Policy
Graduate School of Journalism & the School of International & Public Affairs

American University - Washington, DC | Bachelor of Arts

International Relations & Theatre

Cal State Northridge

Teaching Credential, English

Maverick Consulting, Strategic Communications

2010-current

Writing & editing: resumes, speeches, grants, biz writing, books, etc.

Selected clients

United Nations, The Walt Disney Company, Greenpeace,100+ reviews Thumbtack.com

Caregiver for my Mother, concurrently

2010-2015

Condensed Political Experience

Biden for President & Legislative Advocate

2023-24

Communications & Field

Lead Strategist & Writer, Rick Thomas for LA City Council, CD15

2021

Hillary Clinton for President

2016

Communications (Southwest)

Alliance for Climate Protection

2009

Campaign Director

California Bond Measure Q

2008

Campaign Director, Bond Measure Q

SEIU Home Healthcare Union

2008

Communications Director

Obama for President

2008

Field Manager

Janet Chin for School Board

2007

Director of Communications

Gore for President (Headquarters, Nashville, TN.)

2000

Speech Writer, Scheduling Manager

Los Angeles Anti-Sweatshop Campaign

2000

Campaign Director

New York City Council

1998

Investigator, Office of Oversight

Reauthorization of Welfare Legislation

1997

Campaign Director

Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Washington, DC

1997

Workers’ Rights Analyst/Advocate

Voice of America, NYC Bureau

1997

International Workers' Rights Analyst

Clinton for President

1996

Director of Communications, Los Angeles

International Human Rights Law Group, Washington, DC

1994

Intern

Writing/Editing

Memoir Writer, Story Terrace.com

2021-current

Teaching Experience

Summer Institute for the Gifted, UCLA

Summer, 2019

Public speaking course

Designed & taught a course on creating & presenting TED TALKS to international students.

Los Angeles Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA

9/2004-12/2008

Political science course

  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Taught online and traditional courses at 10 campuses.

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA

Summer, 2013

Curriculum Design/Instructor, Pre-college program on Community Service

  • Designed a class on the context of hunger and homelessness in Los Angeles.
  • Created a volunteer program for students at food banks, shelters & community gardens.

Community Service

Navigator

Karsh Social Service Center, Wilshire Blvd. Temple

Teacher

LA Family Housing

Food Bank Volunteer

SOVA Food Pantry

Services

Pencil

Resumes & cover Letters

Pencil

Grants

Pencil

Requests for proposals

Pencil

Website writing

Pencil

Press releases

Pencil

Developmental Editing

Pencil

Copy Editing

Books, articles, papers, etc.

Pencil

Edit & collaborate

on college essays

Pencil

Academic Writing

on college essays

Pencil

Political writing & legislative analysis

Pencil

Lesson Planning

Samples

Testimonials

I have worked with many grant writers. Lisa Beth was the best and most helpful. She had the best grasp and taught me how granters read grant proposals, teaching me a lot no one had earlier. The value she added in other ways was unexpected and imaginative. She is grounded, smart, highly responsive, and professional. It helped me think and see differently

Jay L.

Grant writing

Jul 27, 2021

I needed a top-level political consultant to help me strategize my run for political office. I found Maverick Consulting to be EXACTLY what I needed after reviewing over 10 resumes. When I ask her to tell me bluntly what I am doing right or wrong, she does not hold back. I am hoping that when I win my election to keep Maverick Consulting on my team.

Rick T.

Political Campaign Strategy & Writing 

Jul 26, 2021

Lisa-Beth is genuinely a kind person! After working with her, I had many interview inquiries within a week and a job placement within two weeks! She has the best intentions for her clients with the utmost understanding and kindness! She is worth the investment to achieve career goals.

Stephanie A.

Resume Writing

Apr 29, 2021

Lisa-Beth was amazing! Not only did she help me with grammar, spelling, punctuation, and the overall flow of my papers! She placed her time, energy, and professionalism into my work! I strongly recommend her and look forward to working with her in the future!

Moira M.

Developmental Editing

Mar 24, 2017

As someone who has severe dyslexia, writing is extremely difficult for me. My federal resume by Maverick Consulting was well-written, and insightful. I work in a scientific and jargon-filled profession. I was worried this would be a problem, but instead, the work was clear and effective.

Joshua W.

Federal Resume & Cover Letter Writing

Jul 30, 2016

Lisa-Beth spent the first hour of her consultation listening to me and asking probing questions and then reflected it all in the resume and cover letter. This resume has already landed me 4 job interviews. Lisa-Beth gives 1st class personalized service and sincerely cares about her clients.

Sara C.

Resume Writing

Mar 24, 2017

Contact

Dear Inspiring clients:

I begin each project with a REAL phone conversation. Only the best communication will do.

  • First, please call or text me with a good time to reach you. I will confirm our call and block the time for you in advance.
  • Second: Please send your current resume, the draft of your project, or project notes to [email protected]

I will reply within one day with a specific plan for your project.

For more information, please see my 95 reviews on Thumbtack.com.

Gratefully,

Thumbtack Substack