Storytelling and Design for Good

Erica Lee Schlaikjer, Creator & Curator

Erica Schlaikjer is a connector, community builder and creative strategist, with a passion for storytelling, sustainable cities, technology, design and social change. She is the founder of Benevolent Media, a blog and consultancy dedicated to celebrating storytelling and design for good. She also leads creative strategy, branding and marketing for Media Rise, a nonprofit that connects people and ideas to promote meaningful media through an annual festival and other meetups.

She currently helps clients integrate social media into their business and marketing plans as a Strategist for Huge, a full-service digital agency in Washington, D.C.

Formerly, she worked  as the Media Relations and Online Engagement Coordinator for EMBARQ, the sustainable transport program of the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank. She was also Managing Editor of EMBARQ’s blog,

She is a StartingBloc Fellow from the 2012 New York Institute for Social Innovation.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and international studies from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As a reporter, she has written for National Geographic, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Chicago Reporter, and other print and online publications. She also created, a blog about environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship.

To learn more about her, browse her portfolio: Or follow her on Twitter: @eschlaik and @benevolentmedia. To get in touch, contact

Contributing Writers

Angela del Sol

Sarah Fathallah

Haley Graves

Hemi Kim

Rachel Lomot

Rhianna Mendez

Andy Prisbylla

Lisa Rosinsky

Monika Shepard

Claire Sevigny

Interested in getting involved? Contact erica [at]