About

Hello! I’m Elaine Fernandez. I am detail-oriented, creative, and resourceful with a proven ability to manage multiple priorities seamlessly in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. You can read my resume HERE.

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Elaine Fernandez. Freelance Photographer & Writer based in New York.

A Brief History of My Experience:

I was born and raised in Rhinecliff, a small riverfront community in New York’s Hudson River Valley. I graduated from Bard College with a B.A. in Political Science, though I really wanted to study acting and theatre. Instead, I followed the advice of well-meaning friends and family who worried about my survival. Although I chose to pursue a different career path, theatre remained an important part of my life (more on that below).

  • Around the same time, I co-founded, published, and edited The Citizen, a monthly civic magazine that examined the impact of national issues on the Hudson Valley Region of New York. You can find samples HERE.
  • This led to my appointment as a Legislative Analyst for the New York State Assembly’s Standing Committee on Social Services (and later the Senate’s), where I spent a significant amount of time researching, writing, and assessing social policy initiatives.
  • I left the Legislature and spent a year traveling the state to interview people about the impact of the recession on their economic wellbeing. Thirty-five short video interviews were posted on a Vlog created for this purpose. Titles can be found HERE.
  • When I returned to the Hudson Valley, I worked in both state and local government. I also became involved with the local playhouse, which led to the creation of Hudson Valley Playwrights, a thriving lab for established and aspiring playwrights. As founder and director, I marketed and produced dozens of short plays developed in the lab, including a few of my own. Photos from lab sessions, staged readings, and full productions can be found HERE.

Accomplishments

  • Community and artistic endeavors featured in the Daily Freeman, Kingston Times, Poughkeepsie Journal, River Chronicle, WAMC’S The Roundtable, Pacifica Radio, Marist Radio, WKNY Radio, and Trinity Broadcast.

Awards

Civic

  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Certified Instructor, Adult Basic Literacy and English as a Foreign Language

Volunteerism & Memberships (past & present)

  • Dramatists Guild of America
  • The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
  • Woodstock Film Festival
  • Women’s Enterprise Development Center Planning Committee
  • Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Grants Committee
  • WKZE Listener Advisory Board

Personal Interests

  • Foreign film
  • Speed reading subtitles
  • Wildlife conservation
  • Travel
  • Plant food
  • Camping (not glamping)
  • Kayaking
  • Astrology