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.


Jen Bogle, contributing writer

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Jen Bogle is a communications professional based in Cologne, Germany. She has more than 10 years of experience working with the non-profit, public, and private sectors to develop and implement strategic communications campaigns and stakeholder engagement strategies that promote sustainable development. She is passionate about team building, leadership and using communications to drive social change.


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.

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.

Caitlyn Sanderson, contributing writer

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Caitlyn has worked in many areas of nonprofits, from health and human services to museums and a career center. She is a business, finance, and technology writer and consultant, specializing in nonprofits and small businesses.

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.

Elizabeth Wallace, contributing writer


Elizabeth is a Nashville-based freelance writer specializing in expertise-building, pillar blog posts and white papers. She’s also a 13 year veteran of the ESL/adult language acquisition field and (thanks to her daughters) an expert in “How To Train Your Dragon.”

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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