Taija Thomas

Baltimore, Maryland, US

Fashion obsessed founder with over five years of digital marketing experience.
Taija's Skills
Fundraising
Recruiting
User Experience
Marketing
Public Relations
Product Management
Background

Age Group

25-35

About Taija

I have over five years of experience in digital brand management and have worked for industry leading companies such as Marriott Int’l, Dropbox, and AOPA. Similarly, I was selected as a 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 Finalist for social entrepreneurship.

I hold a B.A. in Sociology from University of Maryland Baltimore County and User Experience Management Certification (UXC) from Nielsen Norman Group.

Quote

"Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.” - ― Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS

Work Experience

UX/UI Team Manager

AOPA

April 2016 - Today

• Presents highly visible digital projects and products to executive leadership and key stakeholders • Translates business requirements into actionable, user focused projects • Defines and manages organization’s user experience process and implementation • Manages project management processes and documentation • Directly manages team of ux designers, front-end developers and web production specialists • Develops relationships and leverages interdepartmental resources to effectively execute design and development • Oversees the development of user stories, prototypes, design mock ups, technical specifications and other production assets • Oversees quantitative and qualitative research methods that inform the direction of technical development for the organization • Identifies and educates team on emerging trends in digital design/development methodologies and practice

Digital Project Manager

Marriott International

August 2015 - April 2016

• Managed team’s process via Kanban methodology • Scheduled, and tracked team projects and progress via PM systems (Trello, Confluence, and Slack) • Leveraged stand-ups, backlog grooming sessions, retrospectives and other ceremonies of Agile to manage team’s work capacity and efficiency • Led a remote team of 5: Graphic designer, two content managers, two QA analysts • Managed content creation and quality assurance process for all of organization’s international websites

Research Project Manager

Dropbox

June 2015 - August 2015

Worked with a team of 6 to create a civic tech hackathon guide. • Led team in planning sessions around the research design and implementation • Led researchers in choosing a user research strategy • Performed and provided all background research about the research's focus, Baltimore City food deserts • Located and connected scheduled team interviews with food desert experts i.e. executive teams at the Maryland Food Bank, residents of food deserts, etc. • Led team in the creation of the final civic hack guide report

Education

University of Maryland Baltimore County

B.A. in Sociology

2010 - 2013

Certification

User Experience Management Certification (UXC)

Nielsen Norman Group