Rebecca Nichloson has over ten years of content development experience as a writer/editor and researcher, as well as an extensive background in the nonprofit sector, arts & culture, and academia. She is Director of Research and Communications at Art 4 New York (A4NY), an organization centered on the arts and creative wellness. She’s served as climate content coordinator at the National Audubon Society (New York), working with the Climate Initiative team on wildlife conservation and global warming. Rebecca is currently writer/editor at the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE), where she creates content and provides communications support for energy efficiency programs and field research. She also founded Rumination Garden (RG), an initiative centered on social change thought leadership and interdisciplinary collaboration.
During her time in the 2017 Sesame Street Writers’ Room fellowship program (created by Sesame Workshop— A Non-Profit Educational Organization), she created and wrote the pilot for Sasha K. Jenkins, Kid Scientist. The unproduced script, titled “Decoding Hamad’s Dream,” is for an animated children’s television series focused on STEM methodologies and problem-solving skills.
Rebecca has worked as communications associate in the civic tech sector, developing communications plans and content for initiatives centered on technology for public good, and provided communications support for a premier New York-based civic tech competition that has produced over 500 tech innovations and $10 million dollars in seed funding towards solutions that solve civic challenges for New York City communities.
She has written and edited numerous articles on topics related to publishing and American literature, business, career development and education, as well as gender, culture, and diversity. She holds an M.F.A. in Playwriting (Multiplatform Writing) from Columbia University, an M.A. in English Literature and a certificate in Child Development Studies, in addition to having studied digital and print communications at the George Washington University (2015-2016). She is the recipient of the Liberace Award, the Howard Stein Fellowship, The Matthews Fellowship, and an America-in-Play Fellowship, and was a 2015 finalist for an Atlantic Media Editorial Fellowship.
Rebecca has written and edited content for Black Enterprise, a premier business and wealth-building magazine with readership of over 2 million and a focus on minority businesses, career development, technology, and education. She conducted interviews with nonprofit leaders and entertainment professionals, such as Alan Jenkins, Co-founder and executive director of The Opportunity Agenda (a communications, research, and policy organization). Other interviews include CEO of SimonSays Entertainment, Ron Simons; actor Blair Underwood (two-time Golden Globe nominee and star of ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D); playwright/screenwriter Dominique Morisseau (story editor for Showtime’s Shameless); and Emmy-nominated actor/comedian Anthony Anderson. She also provided support for the company’s associated media outlets, such as Our World with Black Enterprise, a network television show featuring interviews with celebrities, newsmakers and thought leaders around the country, and edited content for the 2015 Black Enterprise Tech ConneXt Summit in Silicon Valley, featuring Draper University Founder, Tim Draper.
As a book reviewer for IndieReader.com, she authored over twenty book reviews of fiction and non-fiction and contributed to “Everybody Pays For It,” published in The Huffington Post. Her creative writing has been showcased at numerous venues in New York City and Minneapolis, including The Playwright’s Center of Minneapolis (where she was a Many Voices Fellow for two residences), Harlem Classical Theatre (playwrights playground), The Fire This Time Festival, and Signature Theatre Company (as part of Columbia University School of the Arts “New Plays Now”), among others. Her play Hello, I’m Eve was the 2013 winner of the Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award.
Rebecca has worked with Eric T. Jones, Former President of the 2013 Student Union Executive Board at Columbia University School of Social Work, conducting research on topics related to social and behavioral sciences. As a fellow, she worked in the Communications and Events Department at Columbia University School of the Arts, where she wrote for the school of the arts newsletter, edited the M.F.A. Theatre Program website using Drupal, and promoted program events via Facebook and Twitter. Moreover, she’s worked at The National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia Journalism School, Miller Theatre, and Community Impact.
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