Allison Ehrich Bernstein | PRovoke Media Jobs Board

Allison Ehrich Bernstein

202) 556-0933
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Allative Communications, Principal (Champaign, IL) (2017–Present)  

  • Develop and enact communications strategies and effective messaging materials to advance mission-driven work  

  • Provide executive communications, writing, and editing services for nonprofit, foundation, political, and advocacy clients 

  • Consult on institutional strategy, approach, framing, staff capacity, and implementation of communications elements  

Get Her Elected, Speechwriter and Messaging Consultant (National/Remote) (2018–Present)  

  • Advise progressive women candidates and campaigns on messaging, speeches, digital content, and debate preparation  

Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), Communications Director (Cambridge, MA) (2018–2019)  

  • Build Communications Department and manage a part-time, remote staff of writers, digital strategists, and web developers  

  • Establish and implement ETI’s first communications strategy and tactical plan, including online and fundraising campaigns  

  • Support ETI’s founder and CEO as a public speaker and thought leader, including messaging and presentation training  

Hilltop Public Solutions, Communications Associate (Boston, MA) (2014–2016)  

  • Work closely with high-level clients and principals to develop messaging, presentation, and debate and media strategies 

  • Craft speeches, op-eds, and collateral materials for political, private-sector, and nonprofit clients  

  • Serve as Press Secretary and media contact for clients, including speaking to press on the record 


Accion, Executive Communications Specialist (Boston, MA) (2012–2014)  

  • Write and edit speeches, op-eds, internal communications, and correspondence for the President/CEO and other principals 

  • Manage and provide writing support for 45 speakers at the Financial Inclusion 2020 Global Forum in London 

  • Compile, update, and disseminate in-house English-language style and writing guide for more than 200 global employees  

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Speechwriter (Washington, D.C.) (2011–2012)  

  • Write and edit speeches, op-eds, and letters for the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs and others  

  • Conceive, plan, and lead training workshops on writing speeches, official Department blog entries, and other materials  

  • Creigh Deeds for Virginia, Gubernatorial Campaign, Campaign Speechwriter (Alexandria, VA) (2009)  

  • Draft and research speeches, talking points, letters, and other communications for the candidate and various surrogates  

West Wing Writers, Intern (Washington, D.C.) (2007)  

  • Research, draft, and edit speeches for clients including elected officials, nonprofit leaders, and media personalities  


Office of Governor Gina Raimondo, Deputy Communications Director (Providence, RI) (2017)  

  • Manage non-press communications functions, including remarks, messaging, strategic planning, and special events  

  • Supervise, train, and mentor the Staff Writer, Creative Manager, Communications Assistant, and Interns  

  • Hillary for America and the Democratic National Convention, Various (Philadelphia, PA) (2016)  

  • Write speeches, op-eds, scripts, and talking points for the Presidential campaign’s senior staff and surrogates  

  • Pen “Keep the Party Going,” the lead feature story for the Official 2016 Democratic National Convention Program  

  • Serve as Media Booker with Studio 2016, the in-house media production center at the Democratic National Convention 

  • Office of Senator Barbara Boxer, Press Assistant (Washington, D.C.) (2010–2011)  

  • Prepare, research, and edit op-eds, talking points, press releases, and media advisories  

Friends of Mark Warner, Senate Campaign, Intern for the General Consultant and Research Staff (Alexandria, VA) (2008)  

Center for American Progress, Communications Intern (Washington, D.C.) (2006)  


Brown University, B.A., Political Science (magna cum laude, honors in concentration) (Providence, RI) (Class of 2009)  

  • Related Courses: Persuasive Communication, Strategic Communication, Congress and Public Policy, Women & Social Activism  

Harvard Extension School (Cambridge, MA) (2016)  

Graduate Course: Principles of Editing (covered copyediting, style, tone, fact-checking, proposals, and the publishing industry)  


  • Strategic communications planning and development, editorial guidance and training, message development   

  • Writing and editing opinion pieces, outreach materials, collateral, online content, talking points, letters to the editor  

  • Speechwriting, speaker and event management, debate preparation, presentation coaching