Michele Pooley

Michele Pooley

Riverside, CA, US



I am actively seeking career opportunities in the southeastern USA - NC, SC, TN, KY, GA, AL, TX.

My goal is to utilize my career experience as I transition towards full time construction project management. I am willing to consider many different roles/opportunities and am available for travel/relocation immediately.

Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding my skill set and experience.


UCLA Health System Planning, Design & Construction, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager/Principal Analyst 2

Responsible for creating and implementing an interior design standards portfolio for more than 150 UCLA Health System outpatient clinics; designed, documented, specified for and managed several individual UCLA Health System, high-dollar clinic renovations; Navigated successfully within an extremely complex environment of various system protocols, contractual and governmental obligations in order to accomplish the enterprise goals for each construction project.

Interior Design & Project Management:
Able to create interior design concepts and evaluate for project feasibility; has knowledge of the unique constraints for specifying healthcare-rated interior finishes, furniture, medical equipment and accessories as it relates to safety, durability and infection control; experienced with designing custom millwork and intricate floor patterns; skilled at the creation of color-rendered client presentations; has developed donor recognition and corporate branded signage. Able to effectively analyze project scope while managing client needs/desires/expectations and excels in recommending creative solutions to challenging design parameters. Adept at the drawing and preparation of construction documents for agency review and pricing. Enjoys clear communication and the building of project team relationships.

Construction Projects & Financial Management:
Experienced with vendor and project related contracts together with negotiating construction and vendor bids; able to effectively manage construction schedules, general contractors and various outside consultants; has knowledge of UC system JOC (Job Order Contractor) contracts and EGordian project management software program, construction safety, infection control & CIRA documentation; has experience in relocating staff with IT/DATA cabling, phones and equipment due to impending construction projects; has an understanding of Joint Commission, OSHPD Administrative and California building codes; able to proactively coordinate project-related activities with facilities personnel; Experienced with creating Purchase Orders for the purchasing of materials, furniture, medical equipment and accessories; understands how to manage payment applications from general contractors and vendors. Exercises effective time management and organizational skills on a daily basis; prioritizes challenging, competing priorities while working on multiple concurrent projects; understands the importance of timely preparation of status updates and project reporting to key stakeholders; employs prompt responses to RFI’s and client requests; effectively problem solves when unforeseen project issues occur; has a “Can Do” attitude.

Dec 2014 - Oct 2015

Self-Employed Independent Contractor, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager/Interior Designer/Non-profit Liaison

• Provided complete interior design & project management services to Starlight Children’s Foundation for pediatric hospital projects in Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, Florida and Arizona.

Apr 2011 - Nov 2014

Starlight Children's Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, US, Project Manager

 Managed all aspects of a national donor-funded program that transforms existing pediatric hospital spaces by utilizing creative and child-friendly design themes appealing to a wide audience and age range
 Assisted the marketing and development teams in attracting and retaining corporate and individual sponsors by creating themed design concept illustrations and recognition signage that will appeal to donors and be embraced by hospital personnel
 Prepared construction documents that include specification of finishes, furniture, medical equipment and accessories

 Reviewed and approved construction cost proposals, coordinate the work of General and/or Sub-Contractors and other vendors, facilitate project funding

 Problem-solved, balanced competing priorities, managed program budgets and nurtured project team relationships with a wide variety of corporate and private donors, executive board members, hospital departments, architects and end-users in various healthcare facilities nationwide

Jan 2003 - Apr 2011

PDC Interiors, Anaheim, CA, US, Interiro Designer/Project Manager

 Prepared budgets and contracts for design services in hospitals

 Provided project programming, design concepts and designed complex flooring patterns and custom millwork

 Managed multiple healthcare projects concurrently

 Developed and maintained strong client relationships

 Committee Chair for the implementation of in-house operational standards.

Aug 2001 - Jul 2002

Taylor Design, Newport Beach, CA, US, Interior Designer

 Designed interior finish, furniture and wayfinding standards for large hospital projects
 Developed color palettes and design themes for hospital projects while adhering to strict OSHPD regulations
 Prepared client presentations construction documents
 Coordinated interior design services with architects and other project consultants
 Mentored interior design students

Apr 1998 - Oct 2000

Ware Malcomb, Irvine, CA, US, Interior Designer

 Provided programming, space planning and finish selection for commercial tenant improvement and healthcare facilities projects
 Prepared client presentations, construction documents and assisted with project approvals while meeting with various city building officials
 Assisted senior design staff

Apr 1995 - Apr 1997


Design Institute of San Diego, Miramar, CA, US, Interior Design

I have completed 90 units towards a Bachelor or Fine Arts Degree and have been awarded a Professional Certificate of Completion.

Jan 1992 - Jan 1995

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