Steve Kaufman

Freelance Proofreader & Editor

Location:New York, New York, United States
Phone: 917-533-3098
2 Skills
Stephen Barry Kaufman, J.D.
449 East 14th Street #2C, New York, NY 10009 | 917-533-3098 |


I am a top-notch copy editor/proofreader/researcher/fact checker/rewriter and PR & strategic communications expert with extensive experience.

Professional Experience

Freelance Copy Editor/Proofreader, Publicist & Strategic Communications Consultant
March 2009 - present

• Current and recent assignments include editing a full-length novel for middle-grade children; editing and proofreading all copy for a leading advertising guru’s website; research and editing related to medical consequences of unhealthy lifestyles for Americans ages 50 and up; rewriting corporate communications newsletters; and proofreading major sections of the recently published book, Edelman and the Rise of Public Relations, by Franz Wisner.

Senior Director, Public Relations and Community Affairs
New York, NY
September 2006 to December 2008

• Raised the organization's image and broadly increased media hits, giving positive play to the organization's work citywide in education, homelessness & affordable housing, and strengthening NYC's nonprofits

• Brought hugely favorable national exposure to United Way of New York City by seizing the opportunity presented by the Wall Street meltdown to showcase the CEO as a thought leader on bold institutional reforms for the nonprofit sector and foundations; successfully pitched interviews and earned hits across media platforms, including: Crain’s New York Business, the Wall Street Journal, Time, on 23 NBC affiliates and over 100 newspapers and websites

• Boosted relationships with government, corporate and foundation sponsors, and nonprofit partners through aggressive media efforts and press conferences, on topics that included: expansion of the city's 311 service to assist callers with appropriate referrals to community-based nonprofit providers; a partnership with the city on a financial literacy initiative for young people aging out of foster care; and the announcement of landmark transitional services for women and families leaving domestic violence shelters

• Shaped the rollout of the new CEO's agenda and the redefining of the organization's mission (with an emphasis on supporting or creating innovative pilot programs that could have citywide impact)

Chief of Staff
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY – Office of Assemblyman Steven Sanders
New York, NY
September 1994 to March 2006

• Top policy adviser on community and legislative matters

• Wrote testimony, legislation, bill memos, policy briefings, correspondence, press releases, talking points

• Planned and directed public hearings on topics that included: land use; school construction; health care access for the deaf and hard of hearing; and school governance

• Played key role in legislative victories for mayoral control of schools; New York State's ****** orientation nondiscrimination law; strengthening the state's press shield law; a library records confidentiality law; and enhanced protections for people with disabilities, seniors and tenants

• Managed three offices; coordinated efficient linkages and organizational practices

• Conducted and supervised intergovernmental relations, communications and relations with key stakeholders, unions, media and constituents

• Built and trained volunteer research staff including mid-career professionals, attorneys and others

Special Project Coordinator/Special Assistant
NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY – Office of Assemblyman Steven Sanders
New York, NY
February 1985 to October 1993
• Responsibilities included: legislative research; bill drafting; planning and directing public hearings; writing press releases and official newsletters


J.D., Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY, 1992 (articles editor, Cardozo Law Review)

B.A. in English, New York University, 1976

Kathy Walling - former VP, Communications, United Way of NYC, (347) 207-7605

James Harrison - editor and author, (917) 371-9008

Joe Streich (“Joe Strike”) – author,
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