Hi! I’m Erika B. Lewy, a New York-based researcher, writer and editor with professional qualitative research, writing and editing skills. I am driven by a desire to make the world a better place through community development, research-driven policy and compelling storytelling. I am passionate about sustainable development, education/social policy and gender politics.
Currently, I work as a researcher, editor and writer for four-time NYTimes bestseller Gail Sheehy and as a freelance writer and editor for global nonprofits and startups. Most recently, my research and editing work has appeared in the Daily Beast, Jezebel and New York. My clients include Grace Health and Going All In, LLC.
Until May 2018, I was editor-in-chief of The Vermont Cynic— the University of Vermont’s daily online news site — where I coordinated and produced a variety of investigative and breaking multimedia stories on racial justice, free speech and gender equity court cases that spurred national coverage. I built a multi-platform digital strategy from the ground up, and developed a production schedule for our staff of 90.
I am passionate about making our world a better place, and am currently seeking gainful employment in the nonprofit sector or in the world of journalism. As a policy intern at the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, a development intern at Carolina Performing Arts, a social services intern Christel House School in Cape Town, South Africa, and a research intern at Philadelphia magazine, I gained experience in the day-to-day operations of nonprofits and publications.
I graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Community and International Development. Before that, I spent the first two years of undergrad studying Arabic, French and Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.