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chako suzuki


First and foremost, a creative person; a talented writer, editor and leader with a well-rounded background in online and print publications and a progressive art curator of more than 20 successful shows.


1997 - Fall 2002 Interdisciplinary Computing and the Arts Major, University of California, San Diego (UCSD): Revelle College, Web Design and Interactive Multimedia B.A., 3.609 Major GPA
UCSD Revelle College Provost’s Honors


February 2009 - Present Senior Editor, Wetpaint, Seattle, WA
Manage partner relationships and create, stimulate, and support online communities from the ground up.

July 2007 - January 2009 Editor, Wetpaint, Seattle, WA
Build and support online communities for television networks. record labels, and other online brands.

June 2006 - July 2007 Writer,, San Francisco, CA
Ever since I was little, I’ve had an obsession with fashion. As a writer for, I wrote about one of the subjects I know and love best in a fashion blog and articles. I also worked closely with the graphic designer to create and develop new and more engaging articles to increase site traffic.

Mar 2006 - May 2007 Curator, Leaf, San Diego, CA
I was hired on contract to identify new talent for the Leaf brand. I was the in-between for the artist and Leaf to create designs that fit into the brand aesthetic.

May 2006 - March 2007 Grant Writing Apprentice, Sara Behrman, Portland, OR
This contract position interested me because it involved working with non-profit arts organizations. I learned grant writing skills; persuasive writing, grant research, and put together proposals and applications.

November 2006 Contractor,Cranium, Inc., Seattle, WA
With this contract position, I developed content for a new board game. This job was a great opportunity to have fun and get creative.

July - October 2006 Communications Contractor,People For Puget Sound, Seattle, WA
As a contractor with this local environmental non-profit, I Worked closely with the graphic designer to edit and art direct the 15th anniversary edition of Sound & Straits, its quarterly public newsletter. I gave creative input and edited web copy on its new website design, and wrote copy and edited a catalog for its annual fundraising gala. It’s always rewarding working with a non-profit organization.

Mar 2005 - Feb 2006 English Teacher, Kohgakusha Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan
I wrote lesson plans, created games and dances, and taught English to toddlers through high school students. I took this position to be able to live in Tokyo for a year and pursue freelance writing and curatorial opportunities while overseas.

Jun 2002 - Feb 2005 Staff Consultant / Graphic Designer, Trauner Consulting Services, San Diego, CA
I started out as a technical writer at this architectural engineering consulting firm. My main duties included writing, editing, and checking logic in issue drafts and documents, putting together presentations, analyzing as-built schedules, and creating graphics and animations for reports.

Sep 2001 - Jan 2002 Web Designer / Editor, CAL-Space, San Diego, CA
I worked directly with the art director and focused on concepting Flash, web, and graphic design for this University of California multi-campus non-profit research unit.

Jul 2000-Oct 2001 Administrative Assistant, CAL-SOAP, San Diego, CA
With this California non-profit, I organized events for students and teachers. I put all plans into action and made sure that every aspect of the event was concrete – from transportation to food and then documented it all. I also maintained clerical duties (MS Access, MS Word, and MS Excel).

computer skills

Adobe Photoshop; CorelDRAW!; Microsoft MSOffice: Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint; Knowledge of Windows and Mac OS platforms; Corel Word Perfect and Presentation, Typing approximately 110 wpm, basic knowledge of HTML (hand-coding), basic knowledge of Flash


Nov 2003 - Apr 2005 Contributing Writer, RE:UP Magazine, San Diego, CA
I wrote book/DVD reviews for this downtempo culture magazine.

Jan 2002 - Dec 2003 Contributing Writer, Feature: San Diego's Urban Guide, San Diego, CA
I created content and organized and conducted interviews/reviews for shops/events for this city guide.

May 2001 - Dec 2003 Contributing Writer,, San Diego, CA
I conducted interviews and wrote critiques on pop culture for this online zine.

Nov 2002 - Jan 2003 Creative Copywriter, Premise Intelligence Agency, San Diego, CA
I was hired on contract by this action sports consulting agency to research and write all of their web copy in keeping with their “secret agent” theme.

Jan 2000 - Jun 2001 Writer, UCSD Guardian, San Diego, CA
I created ad lines in Quark and wrote reviews and interviews dealing with pop culture.

Jul 1999 - Jun 2001 Writing Intern, , Dallas, TX
I wrote as the “Urban/Street wear Expert” on fashion trends and pop culture. I also answered fashion dilemmas for this website targeting teenagers.

Also published in: Elle Girl, Giant Robot, Stop Smiling Magazine Online, Etisoppo 6: Infinity, Fugue Magazine, 944 Magazine, and The UCSD Walking Stick


With the shows I worked as Curator on, I took care of everything including flyer and poster production, artist relations, gallery relations, press releases, PR, promotion, coordinating the opening night festivities, and managing the sales. I have juggled multiple shows on top of a full-time job and am able to work under tight deadlines. The goal of my shows was to promote up-and-coming and young artists and expose all walks of life to the importance of art, supporting artists, and collecting artworks.