WHEN I WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD I launched a neighborhood newspaper that I typed on my mom’s green typewriter and sold door-to-door for a dime. I knew then I wanted to be a writer. Since then I have honed my editorial craft significantly but maintained my commitment to telling stories that engage and matter to the community.
Owner of Rosso Writing LLC, I am a writer and editor who helps organizations tell their compelling stories so the people and communities they serve can thrive. While I possess particular expertise in writing about children, youth, families, education, and health, I am also well-versed in the areas of housing, human services, immigrants, nonprofit governance, philanthropy, and the arts.
Understanding that good storytelling can take many forms, I have spread the word about my clients’ transformative work through websites, brochures, annual reports, electronic and print newsletters, blogs, articles, information kits, press releases, Facebook, and Twitter. I have worked with diverse clients and am skilled at interviewing and profiling the individuals who are the heart and soul of an organization and whose stories exemplify the organization’s mission.
Before launching my consulting practice, I served as communications officer for the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, where I wrote and edited Meyer’s monthly e-newsletter and its award-winning annual reports. I also rewrote and coordinated a redesign of Meyer’s website, which consistently earned awards for top foundation websites. Previously, I served as senior editor for BoardSource, where I edited the periodical Board Member and edited publications that help to strengthen nonprofit organizations by creating more effective boards of directors.
I have volunteered with nonprofits since before I was old enough to hold a job. I’ve served as candy striper, literacy tutor, fundraising walker for diabetes and AIDS, construction worker for Habitat for Humanity, appointment and referral maker for the Arlington Free Clinic, and dinner server and board member for the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, among other activities. I served as a mentor with Higher Achievement, where I taught literature to sixth-graders attending DC Public Schools, and as a writing coach for Posse Foundation scholars.
Download a printable version of my bio and resume here: Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso 2015