Chris Delatorre

Editor, science geek, remote work advocate

Posts from the ‘Endorsements’ category

Halima Mahomed, Ford Foundation

Working with Chris is an absolute delight. I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with Chris on a few different efforts, and can attest to his grasp of philanthropic issues and his excellent writing skills—making tricky subjects engaging. Organized, efficient and effective, Chris is a value add to any institution.

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Maria Athanasiou, PhD, Genaissance Pharmaceuticals

Chris has a very positive, can-do attitude, learns very quickly and does excellent work. I would recommend Chris highly and without reservation for a research position.

I was impressed with his organizational skills and with how he approached and solved problems. His questions were frequently difficult to answer and required several advanced degree people to resolve them. In addition to his problem solving ability, Chris is very pleasant to work with. He is willing to do any task that advances the work, and does so happily and efficiently.

Chris is an outstanding employee, an asset to any workplace. If I were in a position to hire him, I absolutely would.

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Angelo Ragaza, Lambda Legal

Chris was instrumental in producing the organization’s national membership magazine as well as weekly news rotations for the website. He seeks and supports synergy between departments and likes to tell fresh, compelling stories that represent the community and the organization well. He’s a stickler for accuracy and is passionate about authenticity in what he and others produce.

Chris helped to launch our social media program and co-authored and covered various social campaigns to support our 35th anniversary and our work for marriage and workplace equality. His work included assisting attorneys with key messaging and later working with the executive director on his monthly column.

Chris is passionate about the relationship between science, technology and social activism and advocacy, and a valuable and energized partner in any team in these fields.

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Lewis Haidt, TechSoup

Chris clearly has a passion in working for organizations using technology for social good. I would recommend Chris for a community, social or content position. Chris reported to me as forum community manager, working directly with myself and others across the engagement team to position the forum as a resource for TechSoup.

Chris demonstrated excellent people skills, managing our forum moderators, all of whom are experts in their fields. Chris worked directly with forum moderators in the discovery process, soliciting feedback on how to better engage and include users in our engagement strategies. Chris demonstrated flexibility with frequently-shifting priorities, jumping between tasks and mindsets as needed to keep projects moving.

Chris co-developed a business case analysis for forums integration with a new community technology platform, an analysis which considered expert content streams, innovative crowdsourcing techniques, and cross-sector partnerships. Chris also contributed content and is an excellent editor and documentarian.

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Niamani Mutima, Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group

Chris has a good grasp of how ideas and concepts work together especially in working internationally. He sent detailed recommendations on sourcing information, curating content and connecting people, as they related to our organization’s initiatives, including our 15th anniversary and conference.

Chris immediately showed interest, knowledge and proficiency around conference topics and the philanthropy space in general. I was blown away by the comprehensiveness of his first draft notes from our initial discussions on the approaches we could take. When Chris drafted the scope of work for the consultancy, I noticed an attention to detail, and a comprehensive and connective approach to understanding the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ of the project.

He is self-motivated, an outstanding writer, plugged into emerging trends and super creative. Chris added value to our work.

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Jeffrey M. Otto, PhD, Genaissance Pharmaceuticals

As we made the transition to a clinical laboratory, Chris quickly adjusted to the stringent laboratory parameters from which we needed to operate. He designed and executed quality control experiments to maintain the integrity of DNA plate and related reagent stocks. He was also active in creating and proofing deparment protocols on a regular basis. With his consistent sunny personality and well-developed interpersonal skills, Chris was able to clearly communicate his ideas and opinions to the necessary people.

Chris is a hard working, goal-oriented individual with well developed laboratory and communication skills… a fine candidate for either a laboratory technician or technical writing position. I recommend him without reservation.

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Marianna Emanuelson, Scan-Optics

I hired Chris right out of college. He demonstrated quickly his ability to learn the HR function and the associated expectations. He established himself as a team player with the motivation to learn HR from the entry level role. Chris operated comfortably in a small human resources office, managing medical and other benefits for a few hundred employees of an advanced scanning technology manufacturer, including about 50 remote workers in our Birmingham satellite office.

As editor of the monthly newsletter, Chris was well connected with company initiatives, and he showed a genuine interest for technology, inside and outside of our product line. Whether helping to coordinate sexual harassment training, transferring the employee database to a new technology platform, on-boarding new hires, or recruiting for temporary positions for department heads, his heart was always with the employees. Chris is an asset to any organization he joins.

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Karl Joseph Ufert, Mitra Creative

I met Chris through trusted colleagues who introduced us when I was seeking a writer for several digital projects for my company, Mitra Creative. I was immediately taken with Chris’s passion for writing, especially in the social content space. He’s a born communicator with an energetic, conversational style.

Chris has worked with me on fitness and health-related projects, as well as content for key clients in the high tech space. While he closely follows technology trends—especially in the pure sciences—when we met, he wasn’t yet knowledgeable about the IT business vertical. He worked hard, learned and very quickly picked up on the nuances of the industry. His dedication and his ability to take a lot of new information, process it and turn it into meaningful, professional prose impressed me. His work for me on other projects for other industries was, and continues to be, equally strong.

Chris is as passionate about science as he is about writing—a rare right and left-brain thinker. I have no doubt that this makes him a valuable asset to the scientific community.

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Charles Flowers, Lambda Literary Foundation

Chris worked for me the summer of 2006, writing articles for Lambda Book Report, contacting LGBT bookstores and publishers to develop resources for our website, and performing general administrative duties. He’s an excellent and energetic worker and very talented, good with people and details. I’m delighted to offer him a recommendation anytime.

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Fadel Lamen, The Magazine Group

For an international publication, Hi also has a small staff, and Chris proved himself more than equal to the multitasking requirements that we face everyday. He juggled multiple assignments, and his copy was well researched, well written and error-free.

His work with the front matter of the magazine shows his ability to leap nimbly from subject to subject, be it movie reviews, fashion coverage, or science news. In short, based on his experience with Hi, Christopher has proven himself enthusiastic and skilled in the business of publishing and writing.

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Jim Marks, Lambda Literary Foundation

Chris was an excellent member of the staff who helped us improve our productivity. He served as general editor of the publication, assembled all the copy and did the initial design and layout. The result was that the Foundation was able to publish an additional newsletter to communicate with its members who formed the organization’s financial base.

Chris was always up-beat, eager to take on new tasks and persistent in bringing them to completion. I can recommend him whole heartedly.

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