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Betsy Rosso

When Betsy Rosenblatt Rosso was eight years old she launched a neighborhood newspaper that she typed on her dad’s typewriter and sold door-to-door for a dime. Betsy knew then she wanted to be a writer. Since then she has honed her editorial craft significantly but maintained her commitment to telling stories that engage and matter to the community.

Owner of Rosso Writing LLC, Betsy is a writer and editor who helps organizations tell their compelling stories so the people and communities they serve can thrive. Betsy possesses particular expertise in writing about education, children, youth, and families.

Education organizations Betsy has served include Advocates for Justice and Education, Big Thought, Capital Partners for Education, Center City Public Charter Schools, City at Peace, College Tracks, Community Bridges, Falls Church-McLean Children's Center, Higher Achievement, Life Pieces to Masterpieces, National 4-H Council, PBS, Sasha Bruce Youthwork, SBY YouthBuild, Teaching for Change, Thurgood Marshall Academy, Young Playwrights' Theater, and Young Women's Project.

Betsy is also well-versed in the areas of health, housing, human services, immigrants, leadership and governance, philanthropy, and the arts.

Understanding that good storytelling can take many forms, Betsy has spread the word about her clients’ transformative work through websites, brochures, annual reports, electronic and print newsletters, blogs, articles, information kits, press releases, Facebook, and Twitter. She has worked with diverse clients and is 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 her consulting practice, Betsy served as communications officer for the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, where she wrote and edited Meyer's monthly e-newsletter and its award-winning annual reports. She also re-created Meyer’s website, increasing traffic by 65% and earning awards for top foundation websites. Previously, she served as senior editor for BoardSource, where she edited the periodical Board Member and edited publications that help to strengthen nonprofit organizations by creating more effective boards of directors.

Betsy has volunteered with nonprofits since before she was old enough to hold a job. She’s 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, dinner server and board member for the Arlington Street People's Assistance Network, among other activities. She served as a mentor for Higher Achievement, where she taught literature to sixth-graders attending DC Public Schools, and as a writing coach for Posse Foundation scholars.

To learn more and read samples of and testimonials about Betsy’s work, visit www.betsyrosso.com or www.linkedin.com/in/betsyrosso. You can also connect with Betsy on Facebook or Twitter at RossoWriting.

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