Professional Experience



Writer for top-ranking scripted podcasts, including Serial Killers, Hostage, Assassinations, Cults, and more. Extensively research historical true crime topics. Rewrite, edit, and combine podcast scripts by freelance writers. Assist in development of new shows.

Blueprint LSAT

Teach classroom and online LSAT courses. Tutor students individually. Speak about the LSAT at university events.

freelance writer
disney digital

APR. 2018 - AUG. 2018
60-part work-for-hire scripted audio project for Amazon Echo Dot: Kids Edition, writing within major animated movie franchise.

Flipagram (Acquired 2017 by bytedance)

DEC. 2014 - DEC. 2017
Led teams of up to 20 on three continents. Assisted in international integration after acquisition by China's fastest-growing tech company. Managed global community of tens of millions of short video creators. Built, trained, and led team managing influencer relations, editorial, support, moderation, focus groups, legal process, user privacy and more. Planned and executed offline activations, including VidCon presence. Managed user acquisition program, which achieved the lowest Google Adwords cost-per-install (CPI) ever for US Android app downloads.

Director of Community
GOOD Worldwide, Inc.

FEB. 2014 - DEC. 2014
Led the team responsible for growth and engagement on GOOD’s community platform; as well as support, moderation, and events for the community product. Co-created vision for strategic pivot away from Web platform to mobile app. Led beta program for app that gained financial support from the Gates Foundation and California Endowment.

Community Manager
Yahoo Contributor Network (formerly associated content, acquired 2010)

JUN. 2009 - JAN. 2014
Helped grow massive user-generated content platform. Managed community of 500,000+ freelance writers. Edited and assigned Yahoo TV content. Represented organization at conferences, including two keynotes. Developed Yahoo Contributor Academy, an interactive curriculum for freelance writers. 

SENior social marketer
Disaboom, Inc. 

DEC. 2007 - JUN. 2009
Promoted the world’s first social network designed for the disability community. Wrote blog chosen for inclusion in the Library of Congress. Occasionally crashed the entire platform with massive social referral traffic.

Distinguished women’s wednesday morning murder club

Organize and host monthly intimate, craft-focused professional development events for women crime writers.

City organizer, los angeles
Tech Ladies

FEB. 2017 - JUL. 2018
Planned and executed monthly events for Los Angeles women in tech community, in collaboration with national Tech Ladies organization.

volunteer victim advocate
victim outreach

APR. 2012 - FEB. 2014
On-call for eight local Police Departments. Provided trauma support for victims and witnesses of crimes against persons. Trained in the same trauma support method taught to US diplomats and ambassadors. Present on-scene for cases of domestic violence, rape, homicide, unattended death and more. 

Jelena is bright and brilliant — a big thinker with a sharp intellect and awesome communication skills. She has an impressive capacity and range of abilities. She bangs out eloquent copy at the drop of the hat and pulls innovative solutions to complex problems out of thin air.
— Darnell Witt, Sr. Director, Support Community at Vimeo