elizabeth ferber


Elizabeth Ferber





Education: Walden University, Minnesota – MPH, 2007-2009

University of New South Wales, Sydney – Public Health Masters Courses, 2003 - 2004

Westchester Community College, Valhalla – Math and Sciences Courses, 2002 - 2003

New York University, New York – MA in Education, 1992

Columbia University, New York – Graduate Work in Writing, 1989 - 1990

Barnard College, New York – BA in English, 1988

Professional Experience

Community & Government Relations Manager, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, 2009-present

Sr. Public Affairs Representative – Kaiser Permanante San Francisco, 2008-2009

Sr. Communications Specialist – Kaiser Permanente San Francisco, 2007 - 2008

Internal Communications Consultant, 2005 - 2007

Responsible for all internal communications at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco. Responsible for writing, editing, and copy editing all newsletters, developing communication plans, and creating medical center-wide communications.

Environmental Design Consultant, 2000 - 2004

Founder and President of Design Alternatives, an interior design firm specializing in environmentally sustainable building products, and “Healthy Home” consultations.

Editor, 2003

Printed materials for neo-natal intensive care unit at Westchester Medical Center.  Welcome and discharge manuals for family members of premature infants.

Research Assistant, 2002 - 2003

Assisted neonatalogist at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York with research study regarding effects of breast milk on premature infants in the neo-natal intensive care unit.

Editor, 2002

Re-wrote and edited various handouts for patients and family medicine providers. Health Communication Project, American University of Armenia, Center for Health Services Research.

Teacher, 1989 - 1996

Lower School Teacher at St. Ann’s School, Brooklyn Heights, New York.

Teacher, Summers, 1984 & 1986

Assistant Teacher at Clearview School for Emotionally Disturbed Children in Briarcliff Manor, New York.

Development Worker, 1988

Worked on small-scale development and health-related projects in Senegalese village.  Duties included helping with distribution of medication for anti-Malaria program, basic first aid, and infection prevention.  Assisted at village school and planned recreational programs for village children.

Nurse’s Assistant, 1981

Assisted nurse practitioners at Planned Parenthood of Westchester, New Rochelle branch. Duties included patient intake and specimen analysis.


Board Memberships

S.F. Crisis Care – Advisory Board Chair

During the average week in San Francisco, about 25 people die from suicides, accidents, Sudden Infant Death and other tragic causes, devastating family and friends. Our volunteers offer survivors the immediate on-scene practical and emotional support that police and fire officials often can't. http://www.crisiscare.us/sf/

Beautiful Lights Foundation – Board Member

Beautiful Lights (Sundar Jyoti) exists to promote health, education, and welfare in resource-poor communities through sustainable, community-based projects. http://beautifullights.org/home

Writing and Editing Work

Photo Editor: Jewish New York by Ira Wolfman, 2002 - 2003

Selected and edited all images for the book. Copy-edited manuscript and all captions.

Freelance Writer, 1989 - Present

Professional freelance writer concentrating on environmental and health related topics. Published over ten books and several dozen articles in national magazines and newspapers.

Book Editor, 1989 - 1993

Book Review Editor for New York City weekly The Manhattan Spirit.  Responsible for selecting titles, assigning writers, editing and writing reviews, and proofing final copy.





The White House
(Writer.  Chuck Fischer, Artist) Universe Publishing, 2004

America’s Most Beautiful Houses and Gardens
(Writer.  Chuck Fischer, Artist) Universe Publishing, 2002

Why Am I Up, Why Am I Down?: A Guide To Bipolar Disorder
(Co-author with Roger Grant, MD) Dell Publishing, 1999

May The Circle Be Unbroken: An Intimate Journey into The Heart of Adoption
(Co-author with Lynn C. Franklin) Harmony Books, 1998

The Vegetarian Life:  How to be a Veggie in a Meat-Eating World
Berkley Books, 1998

Steven Spielberg
Chelsea House Publications, 1997

Jane Goodall: A Life With Animals
Benchmark Biographies/Marshall Cavendish, 1997

The Millbrook Press, 1996

The Walker’s Companion: A Nature Company Guide
Time-Life Books, 1995

Yasir Arafat: A Life of War and Peace
The Millbrook Press, 1995

Soon Found, Soon Lost
Yardbird Books, 1995

Magazines & Newspapers

The New York Times Book Review
The San Francisco Review of Books
The Washington Post
New York Magazine
The Christian Science Monitor
Healthy Kids
E Magazine
The Utne Reader
House Beautiful
Better Homes and Gardens
Barnard Magazine
Brooklyn Bridge
Literal Latte
Standpoints Magazine


In Addition . . .

Featured Speaker, 2002 & 2004

Globe Trotters of New York meeting in New York City.  Discussed traveling to remote, international locations, and moving to Sydney, Australia.

Featured Speaker, 1994

Barnes & Noble, Union Square, New York. Read selections from Soon Found, Soon Lost, my novel detailing the journey of an American woman in West Africa.

Recipient, 1988

Lenore Marshall Prize for Prose

Founder, 1985 - 1988

SCAAR (Student Coalition Against Acid Rain).  Ran all aspects of the coalition from organizing petitions to presenting educational forums on pollution, Columbia University, New York.

Science Grant, 1984

Barnard College Student Grant to study effects of acid rain in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Certified Scuba Diver, 1993

NAUI certified.  Trained in New York City.  Certified in Turks and Caicos, British West Indies.

Proficient French Speaker

Several years of university level French.

Personal Experience

I’ve been a teacher, writer, editor, and passionate traveler for most of my adult life and am currently pursuing positions where all of my skills and interests converge. I have traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, India, Latin and South America, and have lived in Australia, England, and on both coasts of the United States. Currently pursuing lifetime goal of visiting 100 countries.