/ Amy Katzel

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Amy Katzel

Senior Account Supervisor

As a writer, I’ve always been captivated by the power of words. No matter the medium, no matter the changes in technology, the metaphors we use and the stories we tell will always have the power to change minds, inspire action, and teach us who we are. Words can also be tricky; the rhetoric we encounter in the media has a lasting impact on our ideas and choices. Something that motivates me with my clients is our potential to spark important conversations—and possibly change the dialogue—that can improve learning outcomes for all children.

For the past several years, I’ve been fortunate to learn from dedicated, talented professionals at education non-profits throughout Washington, D.C. Widmeyer is an exciting next step, allowing me to think creatively and strategically from the other side of the table. I’m also a former teacher and recent graduate student, so I think about policy through both a public relations and classroom lens. In my spare time, I can be found wandering bookstores and scoping out the city’s best dessert spots.

Biography

Amy Katzel is a senior account supervisor on the PreK-12 education team, working in Widmeyer’s New York office. She joined Widmeyer with extensive experience in writing, editing, and communications strategy as well as a deep understanding of diverse issues in education policy and digital media.

Education advocacy and writing have been common threads in Katzel’s background. Most recently, she served as marketing and communications manager at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), where she carried out social media strategies and created membership marketing materials to maximize diversity in dental education. Prior to her work at ADEA, Katzel discovered her interest in education policy as an active writer/editor for the Institute for Educational Leadership’s (IEL) National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth, which promotes career readiness opportunities for youth with disabilities, and as a communications fellow at the Pew Center on the States’ Pre-K Now and Children’s Dental Health campaigns. At Pew, Katzel collaborated on media outreach, research publications, and Capitol Hill briefings during an exciting and challenging era for high-quality state pre-k programs.

During her time at Pew and IEL, Katzel also pursued her passion for poetry by earning a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing at the University of Maryland, where she had the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses in composition and literature. Katzel earned numerous distinguished teaching awards and was a John Woods Scholar at the Prague Summer Program for Writers.

In addition to her M.F.A, Katzel holds a B.A. in Political Communication from The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs.