I am a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist with 10 years of experience in healthcare, academia, and journalism.
I'm a sharp and conscientious writer and editor with a track record of helping clients express themselves authentically. My goal is to share and build support for ideas and organizations that focus on improving health and general wellbeing, through good writing and editing.
I offer the following writing, editing, and general content services:
- media and public relations campaigns
- branded content writing
- website writing, editing, and information architecture development
- report writing and editing
I've produced content projects for a variety of healthcare and public health organizations, including NYU Langone Health, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and the City Health Dashboard and for the government, a financial services website, a healthcare recruiting firm, and a hotel travel site. My writing includes websites, feature and blog articles, print magazines, reports, press releases, e-mail, social media, and marketing copy. I have published articles in media outlets including Pacific Standard, Huffington Post, Forbes, Law360, and News 21. I currently live and work in Brooklyn, New York.
In early 2018, I left my career of seven years in health communications to pursue freelancing. In doing this, I overcame my fear of uncertainty and followed my desire to work on different projects with different organizations, have more flexibility and time for volunteering, focus on my mental and spiritual health, and write more.
I grew up in the Chicago area and lived there til I graduated college. From going to work as a kid once a year with my dad, who was an anesthesiologist, I became interested in health and working with people from different walks of life. Over the years, I have babysat, volunteered for the Democratic party and political campaigns, worked in an internal medicine practice, worked as a research assistant for an art history professor, and worked as an extern on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. I earned a BA in history from Northwestern University, studying abroad for a semester in Paris in a program at Sciences Po that focused on health policy.
After graduating, I worked a variety of jobs, volunteered, and tried a variety of hobbies in search of work and activities that are satisfying and meaningful. I moved to Washington, D.C., to work as a paralegal at the Federal Trade Commission, helping lawyers go after fraud and protect American consumers. I liked working in the public interest but decided I wanted to write prose and not legal documents, so I moved to New York City to go to Columbia School of Journalism for an MS. After graduating I reported on charter schools for a fellowship and then worked as a reporter at a legal news website. I made another move, choosing to take my writing skills to the world of health. I managed communications for the epidemiology department at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and then at the population health department at NYU Langone Health.
Outside of work, I take French and am a member of the Park Slope Food Coop and like to play tennis and do yoga. I volunteer at 826NYC, an organization that encourages kids to write, and at Prospect Park and other area gardens and farms, doing fun things with dirt and weeds. I spent a week in the summer of 2017 volunteering at an organic vineyard in the southwest of France through the WWOOFing program.
Besides professional writing, I write a travel blog, a blog called Facts from Dad, and, once wrote and performed a public access comedy show "Hot Topics." A life highlight of mine was when (then-Senator) Barack Obama spoke at my college graduation and talked about an article I wrote in my university's newspaper.
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