Katie Pierson



As a word nerd with a background in public policy and fundraising, I offer strategic communications services to non-profits, government agencies, and businesses.

I help my clients:

  • Tell their best stories in vivid, research-based, accessible prose
  • Humanize their brands
  • Engage their audiences with integrated, multi-channel communications experiences
  • Reach their business goals

It’s not about the pitch: it’s about creating deeper relationships and stronger connections with your constituents.

My services include the following:

  1. Auditing and assessment of your organization’s existing communications (a.k.a. listening)
  2. Brand positioning (identifying and articulating what makes your organization unique relative to its peers)
  3. Message development for targeted audiences
  4. Content strategy and development on all scales and platforms (mapping out the right balance of internal communications, marketing, media relations, social media, and leadership visibility)
  5. Seamless, staff-friendly implementation planning
  6. High-value long-form writing, including web content, policy and annual reports, grant proposals, blog entries, speeches, opinion pieces, newsletters, brochures, fundraising appeals, etc.
  7. Repurposing of evergreen and dynamic content for websites, social media, blogs, metadata, SlideShare/PowerPoints, podcasts and/or infographics

I also offer ghostwriting, editing, and re-writing services (as in, “Please fix this hot mess of a document by tomorrow.”).

I have a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in American History from the University of Minnesota, and fifteen years of freelancing experience. Please see my full resume at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/katie-pierson/26/803/83a


“Better Together Hennepin owes its broad-based support in no small part to the fantastic communications plan you developed and implemented over several years. The clear and compelling messages hooked people and helped them realize why they should care about teen pregnancy prevention.” — Katherine Meerse, Project Manager, Better Together Hennepin

“Katie is a true professional and really helped the A-GRAD team with its communication needs. She also brought in a unique perspective to our work – the consumers’ perspective. In a very short time, she became a crucial member of the team and impressed upon us the importance of telling our story. I cannot recommend Katie Person highly enough.” — Vinodh Kutty, Interim Initiative Manager, Accelerating Graduation by Reducing Achievement Disparities (A-GRAD)

“Giant thanks, Katie…You pretty much nailed it!! Thanks for lending me your brilliance to help me and WFM!”” — Lee Roper-Batker, CEO Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

 “Fantastic job! It is really my honor to work with you. You are a real gem to work with.” — Hussein Samatar, former CEO of African Development Center

 “[I] thought you should know that I read your copy for the Teen Outreach Program brochure aloud to the entire Office of Adolescent Health grantee conference because it was a MOST EXCELLENT example of how to frame their message.” — Glynis Shea, Communications Director, Konopka Institute for Best Practices in Adolescent Health

 “Your work has been extraordinary—your written communications are superb.” — Mary Planten-Krell, former Vice President of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota/South Dakota

 “Thank you for your cheerfulness and your most effective accomplishments. You are as good as they get.” — Jane Reilly, Senior Field Manager for Planned Parenthood Federation of America

 “Wow. This is an awesome piece of writing.” — Dr. Melissa Krull, former Superintendent of Eden Prairie Public Schools

 “You ALWAYS do good work . . . ALWAYS give a great jump kick to my creativity.” — Pat Sandin, former Executive Director of Midwest Health Center for Women

 “You’re a top-notch writer…you can make the thing sing.” — Kate Stanley, former Opinion Editor for the Minneapolis StarTribune

 “The combination of your inspiring words and a beautiful layout has produced one of the most successful campaigns we’ve ever had (both prospect and annual donors).” — Linnea House, former Development Director, Midwest Health Center for Women


I also offer straight-up editing services to individuals and organizations. Whether you’re on your first draft or your tenth, I’ll help you push your project closer to the finish line. No writers will be harmed in the editing process.

We start with a (free) meeting in your office or at the Twin Cities coffee shop of your choice. You describe your goals for your project and its audience. I listen, take notes, and ask friendly, clarifying questions to help us both understand how I can best add value to your work.

Creative writers: Depending on your goals, my feedback can range from a general manuscript critique (suggestions about plotting, character development, POV, dialogue, narrative structure, and exposition vs. scene) to a substantive line edit (pointers on making each sentence as powerful as possible.) I email you your edited project with in-text comments and a critique letter.

Non-profits and graduate students: Whether you’re writing a dissertation, a cover letter, or an application, I help you present your work and plans in clean, energetic, and persuasive prose. My general critique reflects what works and what doesn’t regarding pacing, clarity, energy, tone, organization, and content. A substantive line edit (for more polished drafts) offers detailed suggestions on how to give each sentence maximum impact. I email you your edited project with in-text comments and a critique letter.

High school seniors: Click here to learn about my college essay editing packages.

I’m a member of the Professional Editors Network (PEN), the Authors Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), and The Loft Literary Center. I also freelance edit for TwinCitiesGeek.com (using Chicago Manual of Style), the PEN Newsletter (using AP style), and Trio Bookworks.

My published work includes a young adult novel, ’89 Walls (Wise Ink, 2015, winner of a 2015 Moonbeam Award and Finalist for an Indie Excellence Award), numerous political Commentaries in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, articles for Minnesota Journal (a public policy monthly) and Nebraska Humanities journal, and a chapter for an anthology called Nebraska Voices: Telling the Stories of our State.


“Thank you, a million times over for the edits and suggestions on my application pieces. I love the new flow of the personal statement. You did a beautiful job helping me tighten my paragraphs while allowing me to maintain my voice.” — successful applicant to Columbia University’s MA in Film Studies program

“This is such a lucid and flowing version of my clogged cover letter!” — MA, current applicant, post-doctoral fellowships in Anthropology

 “You nailed it.” — Al Onkka, Senior Consultant at Aurora Consulting

 Contact me

To learn more about my work and my rates, please email me directly or contact me through the Author page of this website or my Linked page.