Holly Ballard-Gardner




Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont
M.A., English

Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
B.A., Economics



Strategy Partner
Head the strategy practice for this small consulting firm; write and copyedit.

Writer & Editor
Write narrative non-fiction, arts-related essay, and fiction for publication. Assist independent publishers with copywriting, editing, and print planning and production.

Director of Marketing
O’Rielly Chevrolet
Built strategic marketing function from ground up for largest GM retailer in Southwest. Developed, wrote, and taught experimental management development curriculum.

Marketing Director
West Press
Built the in-house B2B marketing and research function for this regional commercial printer and short-run publisher, then rolled it out as client service product.

Small Business Owner
Hollycake Letterpress
Started and operated niche business focused on letterpress print design and production.

Management Consultant
Booz Allen Hamilton
Developed consumer marketing and distribution strategy for Quaker Oats in South America.

Brand Manager
James River Consumer Products
Managed $125 million paper brand: marketing, sales, advertising, package design, and P & L.

Management Consultant
Bain & Company
Created models, distribution algorithms, and market plans for strategic analysis of global firms.

Investment Analyst
B. F. Saul Co. Commercial Real Estate
Assessed risk and viability of commercial developments.

Assistant Manager
First Virginia Bank, International Division
Oversaw trade operations and managed division during Vice-President’s maternity leave.

Economists’ Assistant
International Monetary Fund
Proofread manuscripts for Annual Report on Exchange Arrangements and Restrictions.



Higher Education
College Admissions Advisor – Tucson-based high school students 2011 – 2019
Alumni Admissions Chair – University of Virginia Alumni Club of Tucson 2008 – 2019
Admissions Interviewer – University of Pennsylvania 2010 – 2019

Board Work
Board Member & Junior Development Chair – U.S. Tennis Association of Southern Arizona, 2011 – 2015
Director – BASIS Charter Schools Parent Organization, 2011 – 2013
Board President, Trustee, Fundraising Event Chair – Tucson Community School, 1996 – 2013
Board President, Auction Chair – Friends of St. Michael’s Parish Day School, 1999 – 2007

Pianist – Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System, 2015 – 2017
Fundraising Event Co-Chair – Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, 2004 – 2006

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