Idealist Careers Contributing Writers

Alexis Perrotta, editor & writer

Alexis Perrotta

As the editor of Idealist Careers and a lifelong nonprofit professional, Alexis offers job seekers, game changers, and do gooders actionable tips, career resources, and “social-impact lifestyle” advice.


Amy Bergen, contributing writer

Amy Bergen is a writer based in Portland, Maine. She has experience in the social impact space in Baltimore, Maryland, the educational museum sphere in Columbus, Ohio, and the literary world of New York City.


Sarah Goff, contributing writer

Sarah has nearly fifteen years of experience working in NYC’s public sector in what can only be described as an elegantly haphazard career path. She geeks out on politics and social policy and is deeply passionate about the the social sector. She has participated in numerous public sector fellowship programs and has her M.S. in Public Policy from The New School.


Lauren Graham, contributing writer

As the founder of Velvet FrameLauren consults to social entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and mission-driven startups on their capacity-building, organizational strategy, and leadership development challenges. Lauren holds a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in Sociology from Stanford University, an M.E.M. from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and a Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from the University of Pennsylvania.


Nisha Kumar Kulkarni, contributing writer

Nisha Kumar Kulkarni is a writer and content coach based in New York City. She’s passionate about helping female business owners and creatives become stronger storytellers and advocates of the work they’re doing in the world.


Caroline Rodriguez, contributing writer

Caroline Rodriguez

With a background in the performing arts and journalism, Caroline understands the chaotic course of career change. She’s been a reporter, teacher, and co-manager of a yoga resort. Her passions include women’s rights and encouraging girls to study science.


Deborah Swerdlow, contributing writer

Deborah Swerdlow

As a nonprofit advocacy professional living in Washington, D.C., Deborah educates communities and lawmakers about policies that can help low-income populations. She’s passionate about helping people connect their interests to a social-justice issue and empowering them to take action.


Yoona Wagener, contributing writer

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Yoona is a freelance writer and WordPress developer who believes in the value of non-linear career paths. She has experience in academic publishing, teaching abroad, serving up customer support to software end users, writing online help documentation, and mission-driven nonprofit marketing and communications.


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