Diverse experience in communications, project management, publicity, leadership and administration. Able to tell compelling stories and make creative asks, with extensive professional experience as a writer and editor. Expertise in distilling project needs and implementing on-brand and on-budget strategies that work across print, digital, and social platforms. Coalition builder in all things, growing individual and institutional relationships to the benefit of my team and my projects. 


Strategic planning

Organizational development

Brand implementation

Content creation

Digital marketing

Community service

I moved to Cleveland in 2015, was invited onto the Preterm board in 2016, the Guide to Kulchur board in 2017, and the Plexus board in 2019. I value the relationships these invitations reflect, and the opportunity to learn and engage with the local nonprofit, creative arts, and queer communities that they gave me. 

Professional experience

I began my career in Washington DC with a nonfiction book publisher, first in editorial work and then as a publicist for our general interest program. I leveraged conferences, reviews, email marketing, and media coverage to publicize my titles. My crowning achievement was securing one of my authors a spot on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.


I moved to Cleveland and switched to the finance industry, where I specialized in marketing, communications, and project management. My last corporate position was at Charles Schwab, where I was a communication manager, responsible for implementing annual communication plans for clients in the financial and legal sectors. 


I am currently working on a freelance/contract basis, primarily on marketing, communications, and public relations projects for small and startup nonprofits and businesses. I also offer nonprofit development consulting, and work with new or new-to-development organizations to help them grow their profile, extend their community reach, and align their mission, values, and structure. I am dedicated to continuing to build community organizations that serve unmet needs in the city I love.

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Experienced board chair and board member, including current board membership at  PLEXUS LGBT Chamber of Commerce

Sought-after collaborator on local creative and advocacy efforts, including co-founding the Cleveland Kings Action Pack and Bi+, an affinity group of the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland


Racial equity training from Erica Merritt at Equius Group

Campaign management training from Wellstone (now re:power)

Grantwriting from Elevate

Strategic planning processes with Janus Small

Work culture and resiliency training from ACN

University of Maryland, College Park, MD


BA, English, Rhetoric

© 2019 by Elaine Schleiffer