About Me

I’m an editor, journalist, author, storyteller, social media and content strategist, and native New Yorker who has always had the unreasonable notion that I can help change the world.
My greatest passion is writing inspiring stories about charities, social good, nonprofits, social issues, animal rescue, mental health, and recovery, though I also write about the lighter things in life, like food, wellness, and culture.
My bylines can be found in over 50 publications including:
The New York Times,  Salon,  Glamour,  The New York Observer,  BuzzFeed, VICE, Women’s Health, Teen Vogue, Newsday,  Forbes, Thrillist, HEALTH,  Gothamist,  Huffington Post,  Bustle,  Newsweek, xoJane,  Prevention,  Reader’s Digest,  Nationswell, The Daily Meal, SELF,  TODAY.COM,  Business Insider, Fortune, The Week,  Greatist, Fox News Health, PBS’s Next Avenue, PsychCentral, Recovery.Org,  Brooklyn Magazine,  Downtown Magazine, The Fix, The Advocate, The Mighty, Impact Hub, The Los Angeles Times, Fast Company, Edible, Tasting Table, and more.
My most recent full-time, in-house job was The Editor of Branded Content at Upworthy+GOOD, and Director of Content and Community Engagement at GozAround.
I’m the author of the memoir “After 9/11” …
….and am grateful to be a Professional Speaker and mental health advocate. 
 I have also been featured on/in CBS, PBS Newshour, The TODAY Show, 1010Wins, PEOPLE, New York 1, WPIX11, The Atlantic, Psych Central, SHAPE, Epoch Times, CTV (Canada) NBC, The Australian TODAY Show, VOX News, Scholastic Magazine, Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. 
Social Media and Content Strategy:
If you’re looking for ways to engage your readers or social media followers with compelling content, figure out how to strategize your next big campaign or story series, and find the right words and photos at the right time, I’m your girl. I do a deep dive and stay immersed in your world every day.

Wiley, my rescue dog, uses this website to run his own blog Wiley to the Rescueand I run A Hit of Happiness, which features the podcast Hope Lives Here. 

And because you can never find too many ways to pursue your bliss while giving back, I’m using my love of knitting as a way to raise money for animal rescue, too, a la “Chic and Regal Knits” and the online marketplace for handmade garments, “Knit District” which gives 20% of all sales to our charity partners!

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