Catalyst Staff

Risa Pappas

Sr. Associate, Digital Content, Catalyst Creative


Risa Pappas, MFA is a contributing writer to Catalyst’s blog and a Sr. Associate digital content creator. She handles day-to-day website operations and is a key member of the web team. 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. She also serves 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 a writer, voiceover artist, independent filmmaker, and is senior editor at Tolsun Books, a non-profit small press.