25 years of real world experience

I finished high school when I was 16 years old, and law school when I was 21. My first "job" was when I was eight-ish, when my sister, our best friend, and I would go--with our parents' permission--to a neighborhood grocery store in Pretoria, and offer to push customers' shopping carts and unload their bags into their cars for tips. We spent our "mad money" on Fantas and chips. In high school, I worked as a waitress at Giovanni's Pizza, and in college, my summer jobs entailed: making fibre glass bar stools by hand (ouch!), and working as an intake registrar/cashier at a township college.

Copied below is my professional resume, which highlights my twenty five years of real-world experience and skills.

Carla Gericke

497 Hooksett Rd #134, Manchester, NH, 03104
home: 603.865.7140 | email: carla@carla4NHsenate.com

  • Former attorney with 12+ years non-profit management experience
  • Charismatic and visionary leader with strong community support
  • Entrepreneurial self-starter who excels at successfully completing projects
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and public speaking skills
  • Strategic/creative/independent thinker: Law degree and M.F.A. in Creative Writing
  • Named one of NH Magazine’s 2014 “Remarkable Women”
Civic Leader (2008+) and Candidate for NH State Senate (2016 & 2018)
  • Won landmark 1st Amendment case affirming right to film police encounters; Gericke vs. Begin is widely cited and positively affects the rights of 13 million residents of the First Circuit
  • Strong voice on individual rights, internet, government accountability/transparency, and privacy issues
  • Republican candidate for NH State Senate in District 20 in 2016 (lost 40/60% to now ten-term, 80 year-old incumbent) and running against same candidate in 2018 as “fused” nominee (Republican/Libertarian) after successful write-in campaign by Libertarian primary voters
President, Free State Project (March 2011 – March 2016, volunteer organizer since 2008)
  • Managed operations: budgeting, fundraising, board and media relations, online/social media
  • Drafted strategic plan with measurable outcomes and improved reporting and tracking systems
  • Grew two major annual events (+50% over 3 years) and recruited controversial speakers like Edward Snowden
  • Managed geographically dispersed team of 20+ volunteers and one independent contractor
  • Sought-after speaker at national and international conferences, podcasts, and radio (NHPR)
  • Quoted in The Economist, Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, New York Times, Playboy, GQ, and elsewhere, appeared on CNN and WMUR
  • Devised marketing campaigns to promote NH as an appealing destination for liberty activists
  • Met organization’s overall mission of recruiting 20,000 participants 2 years ahead of schedule
Acting Executive Director, New Hampshire Writers' Project at SNHU (March 2008 – Oct 2013, Program Director 2010-2012, Program Manager 2008-2010)
  • Managed daily operations including events planning and Writers' Day, budgeting, grant writing, fundraising, and staff
  • Liaised with NHWP members, board, other NH non-profit arts organizations and businesses
  • Taught writing workshops and judged local writing contests
  • Managed media relations, online presence, website, and social media
  • Implemented CRM system to track progress and measure successes
Adjunct, City College of New York (Fall 2007)
  • Taught Freshman Composition while completing M.F.A. in Creative Writing
Writing Lab Tutor, 826NYC (Dec 2004 – Sept 2006)
  • Provided intensive one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to at-risk children ages 6-18
  • Edited “Nine Novels by Younger Americans” with author and 826NYC founder Dave Eggers
Management Consultant, eFormation Africa (Sept 2002 – May 2003)
  • Provided consulting services to South African educational non-profit
Sabbatical (December 2001– 2002)
  • Backpacked with husband on $15 daily budget through India, Asia, and Southern Africa
In-House Counsel, Scient Corporation (1999 – 2001)
  • Provided legal support to sales and marketing teams
  • Drafted, evaluated, negotiated and executed contracts, including IP licensing
  • Worked with Finance on risk management, including revenue recognition and pricing
  • Implemented company-wide best practices procedures and standardized forms
  • Managed paralegal and worked with team of 4 lawyers
  • Lead attorney on $30M Japanese subsidiary management buyout
In-House Counsel, Logitech Inc. (1998 – 2000)
  • Provided legal support to sales, marketing, and development teams
  • Drafted, evaluated, negotiated and executed contracts with private and public sector
Paralegal, Borland (1997 –1998)
  • Recruited by Associate General Counsel at Apple Inc. to Borland based on performance
  • General contract support: NDAs, Sales/Purchasing, Sub-Contracts, Consulting, Licensing, Independent Contractor, Master and Distribution Agreements
  • Corporate/SEC compliance and due diligence
Paralegal, Apple Inc. (1996 – 1997)
  • Worked as paralegal while taking the California Bar Exam, passed first attempt
  • Provided legal support and contract management assistance to sales/support teams
  • Worked on due diligence of NeXT acquisition
Stegmanns Attorneys (1994 – 1996)
  • Attorney licensed to practice in Supreme Court of South Africa
  • General practice with focus on Legal Aid pro-bono work serving the underprivileged
Anti-Apartheid Activist (1989-1994)
  • While completing law degree, involved in various anti-apartheid activities, including producing underground zine called The Third “I” and writing for and acting in a banned play
  • Attended Nelson Mandela’s public inauguration at the Union Buildings in 1994
  • The City College of New York, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, 2008
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa, Baccalaureus Procurationis, 1993 (J.D. equivalent)
  • Pretoria High School for Girls, South Africa, 1988 (Form Prefect, Squash Captain)
  • Free State Project, President Emeritus (2011+)
  • Foundation for New Hampshire Independence, President (2016+)
  • Right-to-Know NH, Secretary (2017+)

Daughter of a South African diplomat, I lived on 4 continents growing up, and I am an avid traveller, having visited 35 countries (and counting!). I won a green card in the Diversity Visa Lottery and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

I’m a writer, foodie, cook, gardener, photographer, amateur painter, hiker, Scrabble player, and documentary film buff. I practice yoga and shooting. I own a home in West Manchester with my husband of 24 years, Louis Calitz, where we live with our rescued dog, Nervous Nellie.

I’m passionate about individual liberty, and am proud to call the “Live Free or Die” state my chosen home.

  • "Ghost of a Dream" in Lumina (Spring 2009)
  • Translation of acclaimed South African author Eben Venter's short story "Gabriel" (Winter 2008)
  • "The Ecstatic Pessimist" in Bonne Route #19 (anthology, Winter 2007)
  • "Father Let Me Walk With Thee" in Ep;phany (Fall 2007)
  • "The Vitiation of John White Junior" at Lew Rockwell (Spring 2007)
  • "Duck, Duck, Goose" at Word Riot (Winter 2007)
  • "When We Talk About Words" in Dog Days (anthology, 2006), reprinted in Promethean (Fall 2007). Winner of $1,000 award for Best Student Fiction
  • "The Silent House of Noble" in Inkwell (Fall 2006)
  • "Blue Inked" at Rumble (Fall 2005)
  • "Double Happiness" in HerStory (anthology, Fall 2005)
  • "Perfect Timing" in Better Non Sequitur (anthology, Fall 2005)
  • "Holding Down a Dream" at Underground Voices (Winter 2005)
  • "The Devil in Her Eyes" at Pindeldyboz (Fall 2004)
  • "Victor/Victorious" in Wild Strawberries (Summer 2004)
  • Editor and contributor at Shire Liberty News
  • Editor and contributor at fsp.org
  • Founding editor and contributor to The Free Stater magazine
  • Essays and blogs at various online outlets

Available upon request


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