Nexight Group is happy to welcome Karen Saffran to the team as our new Editor & Communications Analyst. Karen has an MS from Towson University and a deep affection for all things writing and rhetoric. We sat down with Karen to ask her a few questions about herself, her views, and her new role at Nexight.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: I’m a self-proclaimed English nerd with a writing-intensive background (in both a creative and technical sense). Most recently, I supported FEMA’s Technological Hazards Division as a technical writer, both crafting and editing strategic communications, and providing leadership with critical feedback on official presentations and speeches. Prior to FEMA, I taught and tutored college-level English at Frederick Community College in Frederick, MD, and Carroll Community College in Westminster, MD. In 2017, I graduated from Towson University with an MS in Professional Writing, where—and this is true—I wrote a 20-page term paper explicating the rhetorical function and value of internet “memes.” What can I say, I was a millennial in a graduate program.
When I’m not working, I am helping my fiancée wrangle our two cats—Poe (a black cat named after Edgar Allan Poe) and Smores (a tabby named for her chocolate-marshmallow-graham cracker-colored fur). Otherwise I’m likely writing fiction or drawing at my local coffee shop.
Q: Why did you decide to join Nexight Group?
A: From the efforts Nexight supports to the “Nexighters” themselves, there is such a careful balance of professionalism and authenticity here—something I believe is difficult to find. The work is meaningful and progressive in nature and is genuinely aimed at solving big picture problems—problems that affect real people in real time. Cliché as it sounds, I want to make a difference. Having joined Nexight to support our work with the Department of Homeland Security, I feel like I can actively use my skills to make that difference.
Q: Why did you pursue a career in professional consulting?
A: Actually, I think professional consulting pursued me. No matter what, I knew I wanted a career rooted in communications because to me, communication is powerful and endlessly fascinating. While there are those who abuse that “power,” I’ve always believed that whenever communication is the problem, it is also the solution. Professional consulting has allowed me to use my expertise to solve those kinds problems and to continuously evolve and adapt as a communicator.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about your new role at Nexight?
A: I am looking forward to a great many things but especially to the personal and professional growth I know I’ll have surrounded by so many brilliant minds and unique perspectives.