The Edwin Gould Foundation, The Heckscher Foundation for Children, JUMP Math, 1Mission, Quill, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, and WE Charity.
Heckscher Foundation for Children
I am currently the director of communications. I began working with the foundation in early 2017, when it invested over $2.5 million to develop an app that levels the playing field for low-income students navigating the NYC high school application process. My media relations strategy was executed in collaboration with NYU Steinhardt, resulting in placements in The Wall Street Journal, DNAinfo NY, amNY, Chalkbeat NY Rise & Shine, and NYMetro Parents. I’ve led PR campaigns in collaboration with Nudge4 Solutions Lab, ideas42, and The Black Sheep Agency, and design projects with Everything Type Company.
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity
I was the first communications professional to be hired in this nonprofit’s fifty-year history and was charged with putting an under-the-radar brand, SEO Scholars, on the map. In three years, I secured 25+ media placements, high-profile speaking engagements, created a new website, a social media presence, marketing materials and branding guides, and was part of a team that not only saw the program double in size but welcomed private equity pioneer Henry R. Kravis as chairman of the board.
"Stella brought to SEO a level of communications experience and thinking that had an immediate impact on the organization in furthering its mission." --Julian Johnson, Executive Vice President
This Canadian nonprofit is working to raise its profile among US education journalists, thought leaders, and educators. My media relations strategy resulted in placements in the US and Canada and a press event featuring math education experts and academics in conversation with The New York Times journalist David Bornstein (see this video).
“Stella’s work has resulted in new relationships for us with top education journalists, and helped us cement key partnerships and funding for our expansion into the US.” --Scott McMeekin, CEO
“I hired Stella after she was recommended to me by a trustworthy professional contact. The assignment was to work as a ghostwriter on revamping a complex and high-profile position paper. Stella stepped in, quickly earned the trust of all parties involved, became steeped in foreign subject matter, and crafted a beautiful work of art that struck just the right tone to move forward with. She is articulate, professional, curious, pleasant, and extremely talented.” --Rebecca Ostrov, Global Head of WE Schools and Director of Development, WE Charity
“Stella is a smart and highly strategic communicator. I've watched her use her genuine humor, kindness, and tact to get the best out of even the most difficult people.” --Peg Tyre, Director of Strategy, The Edwin Gould Foundation