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ELISSA LERNER

lerner.elissa@gmail.com

EMPLOYMENT
Freelance, New York, NY, Content Strategist April 2016 – present
• Provide content and marketing strategy for customers in various capacities: write website copy, information
architecture, thought leadership essays, blog posts, email newsletters, press releases, white papers, product
descriptions, scripts, print collateral.
• Select clients include Text IQ, an AI platform for document review; RapidRatings, a financial health ratings system; The
Intrepid Air and Space Museum; PandaPay, a payment processing platform for charitable giving and social good; Upperline
School of Code, a summer coding immersive program for high school students in New York.
Palantir Technologies, Inc. Palo Alto, CA; New York, NY September 2013 – June 2016
• Communications Strategist, Wordsmith Team, Business Development
• Writer, Identity Team, Internal Development
The Architecture of Privacy, Palo Alto, CA, editor November 2013-August 2015
• Edited and produced The Architecture of Privacy, published by O’Reilly Media, Inc.
• Collaborated with technical experts in the field of privacy engineering from inception to publication to create an
introductory text on ways to safeguard data and information throughout the software development lifecycle.
The Brooklyn Quarterly, remote, Senior Editor September 2012-present
• Assist in startup online quarterly magazine, remote and part-time, with generating and developing story pitches and
content, editing articles for publication launch
• Manage and identify writers for new literary magazine, contribute articles for preview issue and interim content
Duke Magazine, Durham, NC, Clay Felker Fellow and Staff Writer September 2011-August 2013
• Report, research, write, and edit stories for the bi-monthly publication, including short pieces and features
• Manage undergraduate interns; assign and edit stories and oversee front of the book production and class notes
• Part of leadership team on website redesign; print redesign; inaugural web editor for weekly staff blog
The Revealer (www.therevealer.org), New York, NY, Contributing Writer Fall 2009 – Fall 2011
• Edited and reviewed submissions
• Researched and reported short blog posts and feature-length articles regarding media and religion
The New Yorker, New York, NY, Book Bench Intern January 2011 – May 2011
• Maintained daily blog column, “In the News,” containing literary news from print and web sources
• Pitched, reported, and wrote book reviews for the blog; conducted and published author Q&As
Reboot (www.rebooters.net), New York, NY, NDU Project Coordinator, Database Assistant January 2011 - April 2011
• Managed social media outreach and built community partner database for special events
• Assisted in writing and editing grant proposals; researched foundations for partnerships with other non-profits
EDUCATION
New York University, New York NY May 2011
M.A. Religious Studies, Journalism 2009 Goren Fellow in Global and Joint Program Studies
“Life After Wandering: Bedouin Women at the Edge of the Desert”
Ben-Gurion University, Be’er Sheva, Israel Spring 2009
Overseas Student Program, M.A. level coursework in Middle Eastern Studies Ginsberg Scholarship recipient
Qatar University, Doha, Qatar Fall 2008
Certificate, Arabic Program for Non-Native Speakers full scholarship
Duke University, Durham NC May 2008
B.A. Religion - Distinction, Theater Studies - Highest Distinction Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
2008 Reynolds Price Award for Scriptwriting, Abraham’s Daughters
SKILLS
Computer: Mac & PC, MS Office Suite, Adobe Photoshop, FileMakerPro, EndNote, SalesForce, CMS: Drupal,
WordPress, MoveableType
Languages: conversational French and Hebrew; elementary Arabic and Danish
Other: Microfilming, photography, video, U.S. driver’s license