Diane Mehta

Brooklyn, NY USA

Professional Experience

I'm a versatile editor, writer, and strategist who is highly tuned into a global discussion of ideas and issues. I've developed keen insights into how globalism has changed the ways we work, write, innovate, lead, and interact. I'm interested in innnovation and design, developing countries, literature by women, social anthropology, conflict situations, women leaders, feminism and sexual/reproductive health, and the unintended consequences of globalism in culture, identity, and language.


25 Years
25 Years
Other, Specify
6 Years


Books & Literature
20 Years
Business (general)
12 Years
15 Years


Marketing (firm) - Small to mid-sized corp. cl
2 Years
Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
7 Years
Book Publishing Consumer
6 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

25 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Inc magazine (3-5), Fast Company (10+), Peppercomm (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

ReD Associates (consultant) (3-5), Latitude (1-2)

Other Work History

Staff jobs at Random House, various online and print advertising agencies, trade magazines, Guernica magazine, VIDA, The American Museum of Natural History, and environmental agencies.

Technical Skills

Can do or learn anything.

Foreign Language Skills

Some French, Italian, Latin, Hindi, but not enough to converse anymore.

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, html, all CMS programs, really anything except hardcore programming.


Available on request.


Advertising award for helping build Dell.com's first revenue-generating website.


PEN America and VIDA women in literary arts.


Writing Samples

For Foreign Policy magazine's inaugural arts column, I probed whether international awards dilute literature, presenting three views of what happens when the English language becomes the de facto standard for literature. I interviewed Tim Parks, Robin Desser, and J.M. Coetzee.
I wrote about the history of India's Jews, from David Sassoon to Sulochana, to coincide with the 2013 anniversary of the South Bombay terrorist attack by Lashkar-e-Tayyiba.
I wrote about Mary Lawson's story of a dysfunctional family in a northern Ontario logging town, for the NYTBR.
I profiled Alex Alvarez, a special effects guru for the film and gaming industries, and founder of the Gnomon School of Visual Effects.