Elly is a trans nonbinary New York-based journalist and communications strategist with a passion for advocacy, culture, and media’s impact on marginalized people. Their focus is on creative work, and in non-profit and advocacy-centered communications. Alongside their writing and journalism career, in the last ten years they have worked at as well as consulted organizations focused on social change and human rights or organizations looking to grow their positive impact on marginalized people. Elly has consulted for or worked at organizations including but not limited to Snapchat, Included Health, The National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, The Forum for Youth Investment and SparkAction, PEN America, Camino Public Relations, SEPA Mujer, The Fresh Air Fund, and more.
When writing and reporting, they are most passionate about disability and autistic advocacy, popular 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. They’re extremely motivated to use strategic communications and storytelling to spread hope but most importantly to make meaningful material differences, whether through writing or digital media. Most recently, Elly has led communications at the LGBTQ+ product at Included Health, helping queer and trans people to access life-saving and affirming care. They have also continued their work in journalism and writing, further delving into cultural critique.
In 2018, they were a regular contributor to Teen Vogue as one of the main writers for the Identity vertical. From 2019 through 2021, they were a feature and news writer for Refinery29. They’ve worked as the fellow for In Surreal Life (a portable poetry school initiative) managing and curating social media in addition to creating content for the course and assisting with community engagement and development. Before shutting down the site, they were the newsletter editor for the acclaimed animation site The Dot and Line, as well as a regular contributor. Elly regularly writes for outlets including Teen Vogue, Bitch Media, Autostraddle, Playboy, Greatist, NewNowNext and more.
Elly can often be found drinking intense amounts of green tea while attempting to read five books at once, spending time at their friends’ apartments hanging out with their pet cats, or foraging for mushrooms around Brooklyn. In any spare time they can find, they most enjoy exploring everything New York City and its boroughs have to offer, including going to spoken word poetry shows, literary events, and museums. They also get a kick out of cooking new recipes and pretending they are competing on a Food Network show.
While Elly primarily works in digital media endeavors, they still feel their most important job is Party Host for their friends, and a person who hunts for hope everywhere. Elly is always seeking new opportunities to write stories with a hopeful undertone for both digital and print.