Elly is a New York-based journalist and communications strategist with a passion for advocacy, culture, and media. Her focus is on creative work in media, and in non-profit and advocacy-centered communications. She has worked at organizations focused on social change and human rights such as The Forum for Youth Investment and SparkAction, The Fresh Air Fund, Camino Public Relations, and PEN America.
When writing and reporting, she is most passionate about memes and pop culture, mental health, women’s rights, reproductive health, youth development, juvenile justice and the effects of incarceration, stories about the queer community, and the intersection of all of the above. She’s extremely motivated to use strategic communications and storytelling for spreading hope and progressive social change, whether through writing or digital media, and is a regular contributor to Teen Vogue, as well as writer for Bitch, Playboy, BUST Magazine, and more.
Elly can often be found drinking intense amounts of coffee while attempting to read five books at once, or spending time at her friends’ apartments hanging out with their pet cats. In any spare time she can find, she most enjoys exploring everything New York City and its boroughs have to offer, including going to spoken word poetry shows, literary events, and museums. She also gets a kick out of cooking new recipes and pretending she is competing on a Food Network show.
Tirelessly working to effect social change through narrative, storybuilding, and community outreach, Elly primarily works as a freelance communications consultant, writer and reporter, but feels her most important job is Party Host for her friends, and Cat Dad. Elly is always seeking new opportunities to write about the things she most cares about for both digital and print.