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Risa Pappas, MFA

Director, Production Editor


Risa Pappas, MFA is Production Editor of Catalyst’s Global Marketing & Communications team. She works to refine Catalyst content and ensure clarity of messaging, furthering Catalyst’s mission to create more inclusive workplaces. As a speaker on behalf of Catalyst, she focuses on helping women take charge of their careers and helping men become better allies, mentors, and sponsors to women.

Prior to her current role, Risa was a Digital Content Producer, handling day-to-day website operations. She also served on the Catalyst Award Evaluation Committee.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Risa worked in academia, serving as an adjunct professor of film studies and audio production and as station manager and radio personality at award-winning college station WP 88.7 Brave New Radio. She has also worked as a freelance reporter and editor.

She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Fairleigh Dickinson University and her BA in Communications from William Paterson University of New Jersey. Risa is also editor and publisher at Tolsun Books, a non-profit small press.