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Chaya Rusk

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Writer & content strategist interested in public health, chronic illness, and disability.

About Me

I'm a content writer and strategist with experience in industries like campaign finance transparency, medical diagnostic miniaturization, and a recent turn to the broad client base of IDEO's innovation consultancy. 

I untangle snarly thoughts and plait them into targeted, actionable copy. I spend the remainder of my time shooing my polydactyl cat off of my keyboard, thinkin' about healthcare access, and flagrantly disregarding recipes. I’m located in Boston, MA. 

I focus on chronic illness and public health, and love straightforward reporting as much as sharp essays. I'm fanatical about improving public health and the patient experience.

I'm currently writing in the emergent cannabis policy, chronic illness, and gaming spaces, and I remain nosy about nearly everything else.

I'll write assigned pieces and pitch often. I can edit your words & proof your copy lovingly—whether for English as a second language or punching your writing up to the next level.

I write targeted content with an eye to SEO, and am happy to help you devise a content strategy that meets people where they are.

Let’s collaborate on the content your business needs to stand out in your industry.

Industries I Write About

Science & Medicine

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Technology

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Health & Wellness

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My Writing Samples

The Dangers of a Vape Ban

Op-ed on Massachusetts' October 2019 ban.

https://bud.com/the-dangers-of-a-vape-ban/

How Botox Prevents my Pain from Defining Me

Essay on Botox and lived variable disability with Interstitial cystitis experience.

https://www.healthline.com/health/botox-prevents-pain-from-defining-me#1

Federal judge puts the brakes on 'Grand Theft Auto V' mod that allowed Cheats

Assigned piece on litigation and gaming's intersection: cheat mods.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/gta-v-mod-maker-injunction/

'Overwatch' adds to its expanding lore with a new animated short on August 22

Assigned piece on new Overwatch content.

https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/overwatch-animated-shorts-gamescom-2018/

Boston Freedom Rally: 2018 Schedule and Insider's Guide

Assigned coverage for Leafly.

https://www.leafly.com/news/lifestyle/boston-freedom-rally-2018-schedule-insiders-guide

Here's What Living A Short Walk from Target is Really Like

Assigned piece for publication partner, essay turned listicle.

https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/target-shopping-pros-cons-261574

Intimate Upscale Dining in Boston

List piece on top dining for luxury travelers.

https://www.azureazure.com/gastronomy/chefs-restaurants/exclusive-restaurants-in-boston/

The Best Medical Cannabis Products in Massachusetts

Product review for local dispensaries to give a view of medical products that may have been on the recreational menu.

https://www.leafly.com/news/strains-products/best-medical-future-recreational-marijuana-massachusetts

Legislation into Plain English for Weedmaps Learn

Sample given is for the US Virgin Islands, though I wrote for a year across states, territories, and other countries. I translated dense bill text into comprehensible policies for a B2C publication.

https://weedmaps.com/learn/laws-and-regulations/us-virgin-islands/

Experience

Business Development

Business development coordinator for eight design principals and their diverse portfolios: Health and Well Being, Change Management, Product Design, Public Sector, Financial Services, et al. Tasked with sourcing and composing case studies on-demand across the breadth of work of this forty-year-old consultancy. Submitted RFPs to procurement databases. Conducted qualitative market, industry, and competitor research to turn around bespoke proposals for clients. Maintained CRM data.

Company: IDEO

I worked there from 10/2018 until 11/2019

Operations Administrator

Operations myriad-hat-wearer: people ops, facilities, onboarding, offboarding, CPO and CMO pitch deck support. Designed a Quality Management System for clinical trial compliance without the benefit of a dedicated IRB. Benefits enrollment and policy, inclusive of company-wide comms.

Company: Confer Health

I worked there from 8/2017 until 7/2018

Financial Operations Associate

Worked as part of a small operations team and diversity committee to plan speakers, watch parties, and events that are inclusive, equitable, and motivating for local and remote staff. Coordinated with nearly fifty ActBluers to arrange travel, sponsorships, and professional development opportunities. Oversaw successful implementation of Expensify to streamline travel. SQL, Quickbooks among others used to comply with FEC and IRS rules.

Company: ActBlue

I worked there from 3/2015 until 5/2017

Boston Area Outreach Organizer

Developed talking points for advocacy among constituents, transportation professionals, activists, and elected officials. Documented a constituent and voter target list, participated in community events.

Company: Transportation for Massachusetts

I worked there from 11/2014 until 3/2015

Organizer

Coordinated the Boston area field effort for the No On Question 1 Ballot Initiative in the final weeks of the campaign.

Company: No On Question 1 Ballot Initiative

I worked there from 10/2014 until 11/2014

Immigration and Constituent Services Intern

Part of an intern team working directly with Emily Winterson, Immigration Specialist, to support constituents and their relations throughout the immigration process. Worked with embassies and governmental agencies to provide the best guidance and possible outcome for those whose interests Senator Warren represents.

Company: Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren

I worked there from 1/2014 until 6/2014

Finance Intern

Conduct donor research and organize data accordingly; perform voter outreach for campaign contribution and fundraising activities. Connect with voters/donors to extend invitations to various events.

Company: Maura Healey for Attorney General

I worked there from 7/2014 until 9/2014

Content I Write