Fiona Teng 鄧穎恆 (she / her) is a Hong Kong-born, SF Bay Area-made, and NYC-based equity-informed communications strategist, writer, and storyteller. She has over 12 years of experience working cross-departmentally to strategize, manage, and develop stories and content for print and digital media.
Her approach to poignant, succinct, and engaging storytelling is motivated by both her knack for spotting unique perspectives and connecting with the reader. Whether she’s creating content from her perspective or someone else’s, Fiona’s ability to engage with her audience personally creates an emotionally and intellectually compelling experience.
Some professional highlights include:
- Conducting a communications audit of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund external communications, culminating to a full report;
- Directing the visual identity and digital promotions for The Light Ahead podcast;
- Supporting research, editing, and promotions for the book Beloved Economies: Transforming How We Work;
- Leading the writing for Building Movement Project’s race equity assessment, report, and website;
- Assessing the communications landscape at the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, and creating a comprehensive communications report with observations and recommendations (see report below);
- Leading the NYU Entrepreneur Institute‘s website accessibility retrofit, while helping them articulate their user journey; and
- Creating a Zipcar campaign video with over 280,000 views.
As a nonfiction writer, some of her favorite pieces include a reflection on decolonizing her name and a call for Afro-Asian solidarity. She’s very proud to have been a strong advocate for student loan reform, sharing her experience at a U.S. Senate press conference and on Al Jazeera America.
Fiona serves as a founding member of the Alumni of Color Association at her alma mater, UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, to drive institutional and programmatic refocus with equity at the center. She loves creating content for her project The Way Out, reading Buddhist texts, playing percussion at protests, honing her plant parenthood, and dreaming up how to live a location independent life. As a part of her own healing process, she is working on an autobiographical novel telling the story of her immigrant family’s struggles and triumphs.
Portrait illustration above by Anna Gagliuff