25+ years of real world experience

EDITOR'S NOTE: Updated on 08/24/20 to include new awesome stuff like publishing my first book! :-)

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 local college.

Copied below is my professional resume, which highlights my 25+ years of real-world experience and skills.

Carla Gericke

497 Hooksett Rd No.134, Manchester, NH, 03104
home: 603.865.7140 | email: carla@carla4NHsenate.com

  • Former attorney with 15+ years executive non-profit experience
  • Charismatic and visionary leader with strong community support
  • 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.
  • Named one of NH Magazine’s 2014 “Remarkable Women”
Civic Leader (2008+) and Candidate for NH State Senate (2016,2018, 2020)
  • 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, independent voice on human rights, internet, government accountability/transparency/overreach, and privacy issues
  • Republican candidate for NH State Senate in District 20. Received 40% in 2016, 42% in 2018 as “fused” nominee (Republican/Libertarian) after successful LP write-in campaign, and now running as Republican again in 2020 against 11-term, 83-year old incumbent Lou D'Allesandro
President, Free State Project (March 2011 – March 2016, volunteer 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 iconic speakers like Edward Snowden
  • Managed geographically dispersed team of 20+ volunteers and independent contractors
  • Sought-after speaker at national and international conferences, podcasts, radio and television
  • 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
  • Organized the Porcupine Freedom Festival x3 times (2009, 2010, 2020)
Acting Executive Director, New Hampshire Writers' Project at SNHU (March 2008 – Oct 2013: Acting Executive Director; 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 called Die Klein Krul Swart Haartjie
  • Attended Nelson Mandela’s public inauguration at the Union Buildings in 1994
  • Free State Project, President Emeritus (2011+)
  • Foundation for New Hampshire Independence, President (2016+)
  • Right-to-Know NH, Secretary (2017-2020) now At-Large (2020+)
  • "The Ecstatic Pessimist: Stories of Hope (Mostly)", a collection of award-winning short stories, essays, and opinion pieces now available in paperback and Kindle (2020)
  • "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" short story in Bonne Route No.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

Daughter of a South African diplomat, I lived on 4 continents growing up and remain an avid traveller, having visited 40 countries (and counting!). I won a green card in the Diversity Visa Lottery in 1994 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 Louis Calitz, my husband since 1994, where we live with our rescued dog, Nervous Nellie.

I blog regularly at Carla Gericke: The Art of Independence.

I co-host the Told You So podcast (currently on hiatus) and Manch Talk TV.

I’m passionate about voluntary interactions, individual liberty, and am proud to call New Hampshire my chosen home. Live free and thrive!

  • 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)

Available upon request


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