Merina Karpen

Austin, TX

Hi, I'm Merina!

I have a M.A. in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a B.A. in Advertising from the University of Houston. My career began when I served two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) from 2012-2014 in California. I have since built my career in graphic design gaining experience in many different mediums.

I am open to new opportunities and helping organizations elevate their presence and branding.

I'm originally from Dallas and spent a few years in Houston when I was younger. I have also lived in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. As of 2019, I'm happy to claim Austin, TX as my newest home!

Beyond that, my hobbies include hiking, camping, National Parks, playing with my two dogs, traveling, DIY home projects, and fostering kittens.

Hope to hear from you!

Education

Academy of Art University

MA Graphic Design

The University of Houston

Advertising

Experience

Graphic Designer

University of Texas

Designer & Copywriter

University of California, Davis

Two-year contract

Marketing & Communications Specialist

University of California San Diego

Communications Associate

LA Family Housing

Creative Services Specialist

AmeriCorps

Two-year contract

Skills

Photoshop InDesign Illustrator WordPress Constant Contact MailChimp SalesForce Word Excel PowerPoint iMovie

Awards

2015

Hootsuite Social Media Certification, Hootsuite University