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Communications Strategist



Olivia graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2019 with a BA in English and Women's and Gender Studies. While in school, she interned with Women AdvaNCe, the Orange County Rape Crisis Center, and the Carolina Quarterly. Upon graduating, she received the Robert Ruark Award for Creative Nonfiction for an essay about the American South. She also received the Bolch Award, a grant to continue her writing in the summer of 2019. She completed a work of nonfiction about historical feminist writers from Chapel Hill. After graduating, she spent three years as a grant writer for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic. While she loved working for Planned Parenthood and learning about reproductive justice and the importance of access to affordable health care, she wanted to expand her writing opportunities beyond grants. Her passion has always been using different modes of storytelling to advance social change. She joined the ACLU of NC in 2022 as a Communications Specialist. In addition to working in nonprofit communications, she writes creatively, and has published a book of poetry. In her free time she enjoys visiting her family in Greensboro, rescuing stray cats, and seeing her friends play live music.