Ludmila Leiva

Hi, I'm Ludmila—you can call me Ludi.

I'm a Latinx writer, editor and illustrator based in Brooklyn, originally from the PNW. Currently, I work as a staff writer for Refinery 29's Work & Money vertical and as a freelance illustrator.

Experience

  • Refinery29

    Staff Writer, Work & Money

    Staff Writer, Work & Money

    Refinery29

    New York, NY

    Aug 2018 - Present

    Staff Writer, Work & Money

    I write personal finance and career content for Refinery29's Work & Money vertical. Keeping up-to-date with career industry, news and trends, I work with Work & Money director and senior editor to write content that empowers women while growing the vertical.

  • Ludmila Leiva

    Freelance Writer, Illustrator + Creative Strategist

    Freelance Writer, Illustrator + Creative Strategist

    Ludmila Leiva

    Brooklyn, NY

    Sep 2015 - Present

    Freelance Writer, Illustrator + Creative Strategist

    My reported articles, essays, translations and op-eds have been published in WIRED, Broadly, Allure, The New York Times' Women in the World and much more. My past illustration and design clients include Tumblr, Coachella/Golden Voice, Allure, Planned Parenthood and more. Additionally, I provide a wide range of creative and editorial services including [copy and content] editing, copywriting, graphic design, social media management and more.

  • Everyday Feminism

    Deputy Editor + Creative Strategist

    Deputy Editor + Creative Strategist

    Everyday Feminism

    Brooklyn, NY

    Jun 2017 - May 2018

    Deputy Editor + Creative Strategist

    Promoted from Associate Editor (6/2017-12/2017), I helped run the online magazine with a focus on copy editing, headline writing, graphic content, social media copy, and writer support. I also provided creative strategy support for the Online School for Social Justice including development of course offerings, shaping the aesthetic vision and recruiting writers and collaborators.

  • Race Forward

    Social Media + Graphic Design Contractor

    Social Media + Graphic Design Contractor

    Race Forward

    New York, NY

    Sep 2017 - Apr 2018

    Social Media + Graphic Design Contractor

    I assisted the Senior Digital Communications Manager with social media content creation for Race Forward & Colorlines, including researching and scheduling racial justice-related social media posts, providing graphic design support and writing/editing promotional content.

  • Levo League

    Writer, Columnist + Illustrator

    Writer, Columnist + Illustrator

    Levo League

    New York, NY

    Jun 2017 - Jan 2018

    Writer, Columnist + Illustrator

    I wrote daily work-focused content exploring the intersections of work culture and social justice. I also started the weekly column, Quit Your Day Job, where I interviewed women and non-binary entrepreneurs and trailblazers who parted with their 9-5 jobs to pursue their passions. Additionally, I regularly contributed editorial illustrations across the site.

  • The Current Museum

    Development + Outreach Coordinator (Contract)

    Development + Outreach Coordinator (Contract)

    The Current Museum

    New York, NY

    Nov 2016 - Dec 2016

    Development + Outreach Coordinator (Contract)

    In this 2-month contract position I wrote and edited newsletters, outreach and copy materials, ran social media accounts and oversaw promotional outreach initiatives.

  • New Women New Yorkers

    Blog Editor

    Blog Editor

    New Women New Yorkers

    New York, NY

    Mar 2016 - Jan 2018

    Blog Editor

    I edited blog posts written by a team of 5+ immigrant women writers in collaboration with the Blog Manager, Social Media Manager, and CEO.

  • Nonprofit + Grassroots Activism Work

    Nonprofit + Grassroots Activism Work

    Nonprofit + Grassroots Activism Work

    Vancouver, Canada

    Sep 2013 - Aug 2015

    The David Suzuki Foundation; Check Your Head; Out in Schools; Greenpeace; Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services; et al

Education

  • The University of British Columbia

    Political Science & Gender and Sexuality Studies

    2008 - 2013

    Political Science & Gender and Sexuality Studies

    President's Entrance Scholarship

Awards

  • Lambda Literary Fellow

    Lambda Literary

    Aug 2018

    Lambda Literary

    Accepted as a fellow to the 2018 Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices

Skills

  • Grammar and syntax
  • Socially-conscious journalism
  • Copywriting
  • Graphic Design
  • Social media marketing
  • Copy and content editing
  • Fact-checking
  • SEO writing
  • International and intercultural communication
  • Languages (English, Spanish, French, German)
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Spanish-English translation
  • Organizational programs (Trello, Asana, Google Suite)
  • Intersectional feminist analysis
  • Editorial illustration
  • + a lot more