Patricia J. McLean Resumé

  • 26 Mar 2007

Patricia J. McLean
900 NE 81st Ave., #209,
Portland, OR 97213
[email protected]


  • Excellent verbal and writing skills (non-fiction, fiction, business)
  • Experienced Editor
  • Strong interviewer


  • Experienced on PC and Mac platforms
  • Quickbooks
  • MS Office: Word, Excel, Publisher, Access
  • Adobe: Photoshop, InDesign, PageMaker
  • NeoOffice (OpenOffice)

Keyboard: 70 WPM, 10 key by touch



    More than 20 years working in a variety of office environments including manufacturing, construction, fundraising, and social service, approximately 10 years as secretary, and 6 in office management.

    All positions have involved multi-tasking, telephone skills, writing, editing, use of common office machines, interaction with public and teamwork.

    Developed skill at entering and adapting to unknown office environments working for temporary agency in Washington State.

    Learned to work with high-powered attorneys during eighteen months of fundraising with The Lawyer’s Campaign for Equal Justice. Provided staff support to committees of lawyers. Coordinated publicity mailing, received and deposited donations–cash, checks, automatic withdrawals, and bank cards–involving thousands of transactions.

    Office work included payables and receivables, bill collection, data entry, filing, telephones, working with accountants, bulk mailing–including creating mailing lists, sales, and production of promotional materials (brochures and advertising).

Public Speaking

    Have spoken in front of various government entities including Portland City Council, Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, and the Public Utility Commission. Presented service information to a variety of organizations and, recently, three presentations statewide with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon.


    Taught tenant curriculum (Ready to Rent) over 6 year period to hard-to-house individuals.

Counseling and Advocacy

    Seven years working with homeless families to help them find housing. Applied interview skills, tact, motivational skills, and empathy. Assisted 80 to 100 families annually. Advocated for families with private landlords, the Housing Authority of Portland, and before family court as interested party.

Writing, Editing, Proofreading

    Extensive business writing experience: Letters, case notes and case studies, advocacy, speeches, presentation materials, grant reports. Consistently applied proofreading and editing skills in all employment experiences.

    Journalism experience as reporter and editor of award-winning college newspaper and as contributing writer for monthly, quarterly, and semi-annual publications.

    As editor of the Habit of Rainy Nights Press have edited two full-length novels, a family history, a poetry anthology, and two chapbooks. At Marylhurst Writing Center was writing coach and editor for student writing projects varying from essays to theses.

    Copy-edited numerous publications including several issues of The Green Voice newspaper.

    Completed one novel in collaboration, excerpt available online at


  • Creative fiction and poetry published in Trillium, Inkslick, and Continental Drift. Articles published in Pandemonium, Inkslick, and The Green Voice.
  • Co-writer/creator of online fiction, The Germaine Truth. Go to


    Editor of The Eye of the Moon by Shelley Davidow, Raising Our Voices: An anthology of Oregon poets against the war, Red Dust Rising by Marilyn Johnston, and Marginal Notes by Jay Thiemeyer.


    Community Alliance of Tenants, Oregon State Poetry Association, Fair Housing Council of Oregon



  • 2000 – Present Housing Specialist and Lead Staff
    Human Solutions, Inc., 12350 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97236, 503.548.0200
    Supervisor: Erika Silver, Social Services Director.
  • 1998 – 2000 Development Associate
    The Lawyer’s Campaign for Equal Justice, 921 SW Washington St, Suite 520, Portland, OR 97205, 503.295.8442
    Supervisor, Linda Clingan, Executive Director
  • 1996 – 1998 Writing Assistant
    Writing Center, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
  • 1990 – 1991 Editor-in-Chief
    The Collegiate Challenge, Tacoma Community College, Tacoma WA
  • 1985 -1994 (periodic) Secretary
    InterAcc Northwest, Tacoma, WA
  • 1986 -1987 Executive Secretary
    Fairchild Semiconductor, Puyallup, WA
  • 1984 – 1985 Office Manager
    Cable Converter Service, Portland, OR
  • 1982 Office Manager
    EA Schenck Construction Company, Portland, OR
  • 1976 – 1981 Vice-President, Secretary, Quality Control
    Bullseye Glass Company, 3722 SE 21st Ave, Portland, OR


  • B.A., Humanities, Creative Writing concentration, Marylhurst University, 1998,
  • A.A.S., Journalism focus, Tacoma Community College, 1991
    1990 Journalism Student of the Year
    1991 Washington Press Association — Staff awards: Regional Sweepstakes & First Place General Excellence. Individual: Second Place – News Photo, Third Place – Arts & Entertainment Writing, Creative Writing


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