We have been consistently named as one of the top firms serving nonprofit organizations: City & State’s Political PR Power 50 and Observer’s Pr Power 50.

Experts. Hard workers. Nice people.

Our team consists of practiced professionals with comprehensive expertise in nonprofit communications, media relations, policy and advocacy, government relations, and corporate communications.

Anat Gerstein

Anat Gerstein

Anat Gerstein, Founder and President, started her eponymously named firm in 2010 after years of seeing first-hand the support nonprofits need to effectively tell their story. Prior to starting the business, Anat served as chief of staff and press secretary to New York City Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum; provided public relations services to top healthcare companies, including Eli Lilly and Cigna; developed effective communications materials for social service and other non-profits; and promoted political candidates at the state and local level. She began her career nearly 25 years ago in the advertising sector, working on consumer brands such as Vicks and Crest.

Anat is a graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business and a Sabra (Israeli native). Anat served on The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee from 2013 to 2018.

Jeff Simmons

Jeff Simmons

Jeff Simmons, Executive Vice President, has more than three decades of experience in private and public sector communications, media, and journalism. Well-networked in New York City, Jeff currently hosts two shows on politics and policy on WBAI 99.5 FM radio: Driving Forces on Thursdays at 5:00 PM and City Watch on Sundays at 10:00 AM. He also hosts the It’s in Queens podcast for the Queens Economic Development Corporation.

Accomplished at leading long- and short-term communication initiatives, Jeff has designed strategic public relations and constituent outreach campaigns, tackled crisis communications, and overseen free and paid media campaigns.

Jeff previously served as senior vice president for communications at the Alliance for Downtown New York, the country’s largest Business Improvement District, where he spearheaded the organization’s public relations and communications strategy to amplify the region’s recovery a decade after the September 11th attacks. Prior to that, he ran communications for New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr., and served as campaign advisor to Thompson in 2009 and as his reelection campaign manager in 2005.

A born and bred journalist, Jeff spent 17 years as a reporter, working at The (Bergen) Record of Hackensack, New York Post, New York Daily News, and New York 1 News. A New Yorker for nearly two decades, Jeff lives with his partner and two Brussels Griffons in Queens. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @JackHites.

Erin Clarke

Erin Clarke

Erin Clarke, Senior Account Executive, joined the anat. team in 2020 after working as a television news reporter for 12 years. Erin previously worked at the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, as the Bronx reporter at NY1, and at other stations throughout New York State. Erin is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English Writing, and Syracuse University, where she earned a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn.

Jaime Williams

Jaime Williams

Jaime Williams, Senior Account Executive, joined the anat. team in 2015. Previously, she was a reporter at The Bronx Times, covering local news in education, government, business, and nonprofits. She is currently a member of The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee. Jaime is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree studying print and digital news. She lives in Queens.

Jake Oliver

Jake Oliver

Jake Oliver, Vice President, joined anat. in 2018, after working for over three years at The TASC Group, where he managed media relations and crisis communications campaigns for clients in the nonprofit, labor, financial services, and health care fields. Prior to that, he worked in New York City politics and government, where he served as chief of staff to a member of the New York City Council and as a communications aide on a number of successful campaigns that elected candidates for city, state, and federal offices.

Jake received his bachelor’s degree from Drew University and his master’s degree in urban policy analysis and management from The New School. He is a native New Yorker, and lives with his wife in Astoria.

Jamaal Fisher

Jamaal Fisher

Jamaal Fisher, Account Associate, joined the anat. team in 2021. He previously interned at Dini von Mueffling Communications and The Lead PR. Jamaal graduated from the University at Albany SUNY with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in English and film studies. A born and bred New Yorker, he lives in New York City

Joanna Gallai

Joanna Gallai

Joanna Gallai, Senior Account Executive, began her career at Shandwick Public Affairs (now Weber Shandwick) in Washington, D.C. where she worked on the team that supported the U.S. government and a client in a case at the World Trade Organization. She later moved to the New York office where she staffed and managed a variety of consumer goods and food accounts, including Ferrero USA, which makes Nutella, and Eastman Kodak Company. When she left full-time paid work to stay home with her children, she continued freelancing and spent seven years as the vice president of communications for PennNYC, the University of Pennsylvania’s Alumni Association. At PennNYC, she created content for and launched the organization’s website and crafted all communications materials. Joanna joined anat. part-time in 2013, fulfilling a career goal of working with nonprofits exclusively. In her current role, she especially enjoys finding engaging, moving, and surprising client stories that attract press coverage and ultimately move people to take action—whether it is purchasing an exhibition ticket, making a donation, or tweeting in support of a cause. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and art history. She lives in New York City with her family.

Karin Venegas

Karin Venegas

Karin Venegas, Senior Account Executive, has been with the anat. team since 2019 and enjoys collaborating with her clients on stories and strategies that advance organizational goals. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in the nonprofit sector for 15 years, most recently as Director of Development & Communications at Exploring the Arts, an arts education nonprofit founded by legendary singer Tony Bennett. There, she led the organization’s external communications strategy and effectively fundraised to sustain programmatic expansion from 14 to 46 schools. Karin’s professional career began as a child actor in New York City’s off-off Broadway theatres, and she brings a lifelong passion for storytelling to her work. Her award-winning documentary film, “Unafraid,” is distributed by Women Make Movies and was inspired by her volunteer experience as a certified Victims Advocate, providing crisis counseling to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in the emergency departments of Manhattan’s Mount Sinai West and St. Luke’s hospitals. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and a native New Yorker raised in upper Manhattan. She now lives with her husband and daughter in Astoria.

Lynsey Billet

Lynsey Billet

Lynsey Billet, Senior Account Executive, worked in nonprofit advocacy, lobbying, and research prior to joining the anat. team in 2016. In her current role, Lynsey works with organizations that engage in advocacy work and those that provide health care and other social services. Before joining anat., Lynsey was a member of AARP’s national campaign communications team, where she worked on digital and social media campaigns that furthered advocacy efforts on behalf of seniors. Lynsey also interned with the PPL Corporation, a utilities company in Pennsylvania, where she served as a junior lobbyist. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant in the Political Science Department at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Public Health program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and she lives in Brooklyn. 
Nate Svogen

Nate Svogun

Nate Svogun, Account Executive, joined the anat. team in 2019. He previously worked as a writer and web content producer for Fordham University School of Law’s marketing and communications department, writing stories for Fordham Law’s online newsroom and alumni magazine. Nate has interned at Fordham University Press, the oldest Catholic university press in the country, and worked as a writer and editor for several student-run publications at Providence College, his alma mater. He also has several years of experience working as a writing tutor. Nate holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Providence College and a master’s degree in English from Fordham University, where his research interests included Milton, Shakespeare, and contemporary science fiction. A New Yorker since 2016, Nate currently lives in the East Village.

Rajath Vikram

Rajath Vikram, Senior Account Executive, joined the anat. team in 2021. Prior to coming aboard, Rajath spent 17 years in New York City broadcast journalism starting at 1010 WINS Radio in 2004, WPIX-11 in 2005 and NY1  from 2007-2021 culminating in a news management role. Leading the assignment desk, Rajath’s teams had their hands in all stories big and small ranging from the Miracle on the Hudson, Hurricane Sandy and the global movement for police reform to more individualized stories of NYCHA tenants, hate crime victims and cultural figures experiencing what the world threw their way. Rajath graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and currently resides in Brooklyn. 

Sandra Tharas

Sandra Tharas

Sandra Tharas, Account Associate, began her public relations career working for the German National Tourist Office in New York, showing U.S. travel journalists her home country. Sandra graduated in 1999 with a master’s degree in social sciences from Friedrich-Alexander University in Nuremberg, Germany and moved to the United States a year later. After her son was born in 2005, Sandra decided to stay home with him and work part time positions as an administrative, public relations, and marketing assistant. She lives in Queens with her family.

Sophie Crumpacker

Sophie Crumpacker

Sophie Crumpacker, Senior Account Executive, joined anat. in 2017. Her clients include advocacy, health, and social service nonprofits. Prior to joining the firm, she worked in communications and development at Partnership with Children, a nonprofit that provides counseling services to New York City public school students. She also interned at the Huntington Disease Society of America and worked as a research assistant in a psychology lab. Sophie graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and public health. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Sydney Brown

Sydney Brown

Sydney Brown, Digital Media Manager, joined the anat. team in 2020 as an Account Associate. A Pittsburgh native, she previously interned at Elisco’s Creative Café and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Sydney graduated in 2019 from the Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and French. In spring 2018, she studied French at the Cours de Civilisation Française de La Sorbonne in Paris. While at Ohio State, she served with two student organizations—Buckeyethon and She’s the First—which inspired her to pursue a career working with nonprofits. She lives in Astoria, Queens.

Zac Roy

Zac Roy, Vice President, has more than 15 years of experience in public relations and communications. Since joining anat. in 2011, Zac has developed and executed communications strategies for wide variety of New York City nonprofits, including organizations that provide social services, education, community development, and small business support.

Previously, Zac was a part of the corporate communications team at Time Inc., the world’s largest magazine publisher, where he specialized in media relations, corporate branding, social media, speechwriting, and internal communications. He began his career as a journalist, covering communities in Lower Manhattan for The Villager and Downtown Express newspapers.

Zac is a graduate of New York University, earning bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and History, with a concentration in African Studies. He has also done graduate work in Strategic Communications at Columbia University. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a New Yorker since 2000, he lives with his wife and son in Westchester County.

Join Our Team

public relations account executive

Anat Gerstein, Inc., a full-service public relations firm serving the nonprofit sector, is seeking to fill a role at the account executive level (three to five years of experience). We are looking for a creative, high-energy, self-starter who has excellent oral and written communications skills and some experience with traditional and social media. Candidates must have a strong interest in social issues and follow New York City and national news.

Anat Gerstein, Inc. is a communications firm that supports a broad array of nonprofits in their work to benefit society. We help local and national nonprofits tell their stories and communicate with key audiences: donors and funders, elected officials, community members, and the general public. Our nonprofit clients assist people experiencing poverty, homelessness and mental health concerns; they provide education, arts programming, advocacy and civic engagement; and they support local businesses and communities. A full list of clients is available here.

Responsibilities:
The account executive will work with colleagues to formulate and execute communications programs for a variety of clients. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Providing strategic communications guidance
  • Drafting press materials (e.g., press releases)
  • Managing press interviews and events
  • Developing stories and pitching reporters
  • Helping to maintain social media accounts
  • Drafting newsletters, op-eds, websites, and speeches
  • Drafting donor and participant communications

 

Qualifications:

  • Three to five years in communications (preferably public relations or journalism)
  • Creative, strategic thinker
  • Motivated, organized, and detail-oriented
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong multi-tasker who thrives on working under tight deadlines
  • Values diverse experiences
  • Strong familiarity with and interest in NYC news media
  • Experience with managing and building social media accounts
  • Fluency in more than one language preferred

 

Salary and Benefits:

$55,000-70,000

We provide full-time employees health, vision, and dental insurance; 401K; and a generous PTO policy.

While our firm is working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, typically staff work from our office in Long Island City and travel to clients’ offices and media events throughout the five boroughs.

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter that tells us what it is about our work that has inspired you to apply for this position. Submit to yiming@anatgerstein.com.

Senior Writer

Anat Gerstein, Inc., a communications firm that works exclusively with nonprofit organizations, is seeking a part- or full-time senior writer to craft and edit various communications pieces that further the goals and missions of some of the most important social service, health, youth, advocacy, community, and cultural organizations.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with clients and internal teams to write and edit thought leadership, promotional, advocacy, and fundraising communications. Writing assignments may include press releases, op-eds, letters to the editor, annual reports, newsletters, web content, annual fundraising appeals, blogs, and white papers.
  • Provide strategic guidance on storytelling.
  • Use people-first language in storytelling, focusing on the strengths and aspirations of individuals and communities and providing opportunities for those directly impacted to shape and tell their own stories.
  • Conduct research and fact checking, as necessary.
  • Convert complex information into readable, easy-to-understand content tailored to specific audiences.
  • Provide feedback, guidance, and edits to staff on draft content.
  • Proofread content to ensure it is completely free of errors and typos.

 

Qualifications:

  • At least five years of experience writing for a print/online media outlet, a nonprofit/corporate business, or communications firm.
  • A portfolio of writing samples.
  • A track record of producing compelling, error-free communications that captivate audiences and move them to action.
  • Ability to work in teams and be responsive to the needs and requests of clients.
  • At least a bachelor’s degree in English language, English literature, media and communications, journalism, creative writing, or related fields.
  • Bilingual a plus.

 

Salary and Benefits:

Hourly rate: $50+, depending on experience

Full-time salary: $70,000+, depending on experience

We provide full-time employees health, vision, and dental insurance; 401K; and a generous PTO policy.

Please submit your resume along with a cover letter that tells us about what it is about our work that has inspired you to apply for this position. Submit to yiming@anatgerstein.com