Ludmila Leiva

Hi, I'm Ludmila—you can call me Ludi.

I'm a writer and illustrator based in Brooklyn, originally from the West Coast. Currently, I work as a staff writer for Refinery 29's Work & Money vertical and as a freelance copywriter and 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 a mix of features, reported pieces, breaking news, and SEO-optimized content that empowers women while growing the vertical and Refinery29 brand.

  • Ludmila Leiva

    Freelance Copywriter, Journalist + Illustrator

    Freelance Copywriter, Journalist + Illustrator

    Ludmila Leiva

    Brooklyn, NY

    Sep 2015 - Present

    Freelance Copywriter, Journalist + Illustrator

    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 copywriting clients include United Women of Tech, Cover Wallet, The Current Museum, and more. My illustration clients have included Tumblr, Coachella/Golden Voice, and Condé Nast.

  • 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

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