Idealist Careers Contributing Writers

Alexis Perrotta, senior 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.


Imani Darden, contributing writer

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Imani is a personal development coach, community development practitioner, and podcaster based in the Bronx, NY. She is passionate about uplifting women across generations and advocating for equitable access and opportunities for communities of color. You can learn more about her podcast, Forward 40 here.


Ashley Fontaine, contributing writer

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Ashley Fontaine is a writer, mental health professional, and former nonprofit executive director. She’s on a mission to eliminate “we’ve always done it that way” from our collective vocabulary by helping leaders focus on possibilities rather than limitations. She believes organizational culture is the key to productivity and staff retention.


Lakshmi Hutchinson, contributing writer

Lakshmi Hutchinson is a freelance writer with experience in the nonprofit, education, and HR fields. She is particularly interested in issues of educational and workplace equity, and in empowering women to reach their professional goals. She lives in Glendale, California with her husband, twin girls, and tuxedo cat.


Nisha Kumar Kulkarni, contributing writer

Nisha Kumar Kulkarni is a writer and creative coach in New York City. She helps women living with chronic illness and mental health challenges to pursue their passion projects without compromising their health.


Yejin Lee, contributing writer

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Yejin Lee is a nonprofit professional and career coach based in New York City. She is most passionate about supporting nonprofits in operationalizing a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) framework, and assisting individuals in thoughtfully identifying and strategically pursuing professional goals. Yejin also loves cooking, eating, annotating TV shows, and hanging out with her husband and sassy shiba inu.


Jill Nawrocki, LCSW, contributing writer

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Jill Nawrocki is a Licensed Social Worker and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer living in Brooklyn. She is an ultra runner, freelance writer and social justice warrior with a background in program management, direct practice, mindfulness and advocacy.


Liz S. Peintner, MSW, ACC, contributing writer

Liz Peintner

Liz S. Peintner is a leadership coach and consultant based in Denver, Colorado who has spent her entire career in the social impact field. She helps people to better understand what drives them so they can choose careers they love and ultimately make positive social impact in ways that speak to their talents and passions.


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.


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