From learning to build my own computers to teaching myself web design, coding, film, audio—every project is seen as an opportunity to soak up something new. My interests revolve around creating digital media, layouts, and processes that are approachable, accessible, aesthetically pleasing and on-brand.
I’ve worked in a variety of professional environments—from Dreamworks Animation, Google, UC Berkeley and the American Academy of Ophthalmology to small non-profits centered around social justice work.
In my free time, I can be found ten to twenty-minutes early to everything (yes, I am that person), contemplating the pros/cons of owning a goat, listening to far too many podcasts, tossing out inane film short ideas to anyone within earshot and occasionally trying to write things.
I design cool websites built on a variety of CMS platforms with a focus on mobile responsiveness, functionality, accessibility, and clean design.
I provide freelance editing services for a range of clientele, from corporations, hospitals, and non-profits to fundraising teams and local filmmakers.
I am routinely obsessed with organization and timelines. I’m also working towards my CAPM certification to help focus my spreadsheet addiction.
My project management skills play a huge role in how I work when producing. From podcasts to local film projects, I keep em’ on schedule and within budget.
Oct 2016 – Current
Communications Specialist 3 / Webmaster
The Lawrence Hall of Science, UC Berkeley
I currently work for The Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley where I create and manage electronic communications, website development, and other electronic media, involving writing, editing, production and/or programming. I produce the layout for a variety of non-routine and moderately complex websites and mobile-based applications. In addition to maintaining the Lawrence Hall of Science branding and standards, I also promote usability across all applications.
Dec 2014 – Nov 2016
Web Production Coordinator
American Academy of Ophthalmology
I kept the Academy’s websites in compliance with the Core Principles and web best practices by acting as a liaison between various groups, including internal staff and Academy members. I provided technical support, video production services, data analysis and strategy to Communications staff and authors, and helped maintain the websites.
July 2014 – Nov 2014
Content Quality Coordinator (contract position)
I advocated for, maintained and governed content quality for Google’s PeopleDev Department. I optimized the user experience through UI design, data-driven improvements and assisted with the migration and management of content from old internal sites to their new CMS. I created new educational/informative sites within the internal learning hub and analyzed data and trends to provide recommendations for improvements and further development.
Aug 2011 – June 2014
I worked to meet production scheduling for PreVis, Animation, Matte Painting, Lighting, Image Finaling and Lustre—ensuring quotas, deadlines, and inventory exceptions were met, casting assignments and tracking individual artist schedules, managing and maintaining production data and progress, acted as the point of coordination for all work entering and leaving the department.
Nov 2007 – Aug 2011
Technical Resource Administrator
I was responsible for providing 24×7 support for the studio’s rendering efforts. Monitored and load balanced the render farm, assisted with errored jobs, monitored data I/O across various file systems and assisted in the day-to-day management of render hosts. Provided rendering support for all production departments across the studio.
Animation & Visual Effects, BAS Degree
Ex’pression College of Digital Arts
My degree program focused on the foundations of Animation and Visual Effects, from traditional design and art to concept and imaging, compositing, 3D modeling, animation, character rigging, dynamic effects, animation body mechanics and film/video production.
Computer Information Systems, AA Degree
Lanier Technical College
My degree program focused on the concepts, principles, and techniques required in computer information processing. Courses involved the technical areas of computer terminology and concepts, program design and development, and computer networking.
Video & Design Skills
Writer & Director / Dreaming in Red Films
“Cathy delivers unmatched efficiency, impeccable technical expertise, and incredible problem-solving skills. Your project will be safe and cared for in her hands.”
Executive Director / Building Allies
“Cathy helped redesign our logo and our website. Through the process of redesigning, Cathy was patient, helpful, and able to answer all of my questions and requests. I felt extremely secure with her during this process and the final outcome is better than I could have expected.”
based in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Tel : +510 473 6182
cathysitzes [at] gmail.com