ELIZABETH LEAH CARTER / Los Angeles/ bethcart@gmail.com/ 801-518-9234
 

EDUCATION
University of Southern California, Center for Communication Leadership + Policy, M.S.c. 
London School of Economics, M.S.c. 2017, Global Communications
New York University, M.A., Journalism 2012, Cultural Reporting & Criticism
University of Oregon, B.A. Modern European History

EMPLOYMENT AND INTERNSHIP
FNDR Los Angeles, CA
Sr. Cultural Strategist
Role: Find the interesting and important conversations in culture to turn stories into business strategy for startup clients with groundbreaking, culture-shifting ideas. Our focus is addressing and planning for the exciting, but changing world around us as it pertains to technology, culture and people. 

University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA
Cowan Scholar, CCLP
Role: As part of the Center for Communication and Leadership Policy at the Annenberg School I work with the team to facilitate civic discourse and to be the academic partner for private media organizations (like Axios) and government bodies (such as the State of California) as they face the many social, technological and environmental challenges of today's changing landscape. 

Freelance Los Angeles, CA
Strategist, Editorial, Reporting, Consulting
Role: Translating  cultural and human insights into business opportunities, fueled by a desire to see what can happen when technology, culture and brands come together. This includes qualitative and quantitative research, moderating, guiding and inspiring creative work. 
Clients: FNDR, Getty Images

72andSunny Los Angeles, CA
Strategist
Role: Creative and general brand strategy, social strategy, internal business strategy. During this time I honed my skills on CSR projects involving sustainability, and civic projects with the City of Los Angeles. My specialty is having an ear to the ground in culture with the goal of making the most relevant and resonant work possible.
Primary Accounts: Starbucks, Samsung USA, Samsung Global, 72andSunny internal
Awards: Gold Effie, Samsung USA for The Curve Changes Everything
Other: Co-author, Building in Flight, a book about innovation culture in Los Angeles that I reported, co-wrote and co-produced. 72U participant. 

Wired.com San Francisco, CA and New York, NY  
Contributor
Role: Report and write pieces for the sports, science, culture and product verticals. Pieces ranged from event coverage to cultural criticism.   

SmartPlanet.com New York, NY
Contributing Editor
Role: Write bimonthly business profiles focusing on interesting people, ideas and companies in the Bay Area. 

New York Times Syndicate New York, NY
January- May 2011
Role: Fact-Checking and research for syndicated columnists like Christopher Hitchens, Paul Krugman and Noam Chomsky.