Emilie Surrusco

Website: www.ellsworthmediagroup.com

Professional Experience

First and foremost, I'm a writer. I see the world through words, and I'm constantly refining, refreshing, perfecting my craft. Take a peek inside my head and you will see a whirling mass of words assembling and disassembling into new ways to tell the stories of this crazy journey called life. After many years as a speechwriter, ghostwriter and communications strategist, most recently in the Obama administration, I'm now focused on a new and lofty goal, helping others tell stories that will change our world. Through Ellsworth Media Group (www.ellsworthmediagroup.com), I am working with amazing organizations and individuals fighting to move a progressive agenda in our nation's political epicenter, in the age of Trump. It's a new, challenging, ever-evolving reality that requires a renewed commitment to age-old ideals of equality and justice -- and the deployment of new tactics to help surmount a political environment dominated by anger, fear and division. Ultimately, I am excited to be in a place where I can tap


20 Years
15 Years
5 Years


Women's Issues
15 Years
Environment & Nature
5 Years
3 Years


Newspaper - Local/Regional
5 Years
15 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

20 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Washingtonian (1-2), Grist.org (3-5), Northern Virginia Magazine (3-5), Smithsonian (1-2), Ms. Magazine (1-2)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Earthjustice (10+), Good Jobs Nation (10+), American Institute for Cancer Research (1-2)

Other Work History

President | Ellsworth Media Group, Silver Spring, MD 2017-Present - Founder of full-service communications firm that uses the latest storytelling techniques to create messages that matter. - Provide exceptional writing, editing and communications strategy services to nonprofit organizations and political leaders. Senior Speechwriter | U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington, DC 2016-2017 - Obama administration political appointee, served as senior speechwriter for presidential Cabinet member. - Crafted speeches, op-eds and congressional testimony on priority issues from economic policy to international trade. Assistant Director/Speechwriter | American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC 2014-2016 - Composed speeches, columns and op-eds for president and vice-president of leading teacher’s union. - Developed and executed communications strategy for AFT constituencies and issue priorities. Speechwriter | American Bar Association,

Foreign Language Skills



Virginia Center for the Creative Arts - Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation creative nonfiction writing fellowship Washington Post - Essay Contest Grand Prize New Mexico Associated Press - First Place Feature Writing - First Place Contributor Continuing Coverage - Second Place Spot News Coverage - Second Place Continuing Coverage - Second Place Investigative Reporting - Third Place Science Writing National Federation of Press Women - Second Place Continuing Coverage New Mexico Federation of Press Women - First Place Continuing Coverage - Third Place Reporting