Fiona Teng 鄧穎恆 is a Hong Kong-born, Bay Area-made, and New York City-based communications professional and writer. She has over 10 years of experience in marketing, content creation, and storytelling spanning the non-profit, private, and public sectors. Her professional highlights include a Zipcar campaign video with over 274,000 views, a widely-used physics curriculum for middle schoolers, and the first-ever fully designed annual report for an NYC-based nonprofit.

Fiona’s  personal favorite non-fiction pieces include this piece on the Afro-Asian solidarity, a reflection on decolonizing her name (her Chinese name 鄧穎恆 is pronounced ‘Dung Wing Hung’ in Cantonese), and what it means to find grounding during Covid-19. She’s also 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’s 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. 

When she’s not curating interesting quotes for her Instagram project, she’s thinking about liberation politics, wandering the globe, and how to be a better plant parent.

What People Say

Samples of Work

  • Finding Grounding During Covid-19, in Civicist
    “As hard as it is to believe, managing the stir-crazies is only one of many realities that we’re all trying to balance. Thich Nhat Hanh tells us about a common state of being called ‘forgetfulness,’ and I share my tools of coming back to a state of mindfulness.”
  • Call Me By My Names: A Story of Shame, Trauma, and Liberation in a Chinese Name, in Philadelphia Printworks Zine
    “The stillness in the gym contradicted my pounding heart. My breath quickened and my folded hands tightened as I admitted to the group, ‘This is the first time I’ve ever introduced myself with both of my names.’ The gym erupted into applause and cheers, tangling in my throat a knot of emotions that rendered me speechless.”
  • Our Time is Now: The Case for and Imperative of Afro-Asian Solidarity, in Huffington Post
    “There is an important call to action for Asian Americans—that is to critically and emphatically challenge the history of anti-black ideas we have come to believe in, and then shed them. Once we recognize that the model minority myth has intentionally and thoughtfully bamboozled us, the renewed power of choice instantly awaits, and we are empowered to arch our misguidance against each other toward a solidarity in our fight against the true common threat: white supremacy.”
  • In the Holy Land with Grandma & Revisiting Family History, in On She Goes
    “In the intimacy of our bedtime hour, she painted the details of the large estate she grew up on and the extensive family that lived with her, blood-related or not. Grandma told me about challenges living with her father. Maybe history really does repeat itself, because her cold and distant relationship with her father seemed to mirror what eventually became a cold and distant relationship I had with my own father.”
  • Fatherlessness: The Presence of Dad’s Absence, in Huffington Post
    “Underneath petty fights, these insecurities were derived from a common place — a belief that my romantic partner would abandon me because I am not worthy of his love. Underneath what felt like absolute, visceral truths, the emphatic side of me intuited a profound need for exploration and introspection.”
  • Columbia University’s Center for Justice Website
    I spent one year working with the Center for Justice team, supporting the design of their new website, and edited or created new copy to more accurately match and organize the many programs at the Center.
  • Scholastic and Feeding America’s Hungry To Help Empathy Program
    I created lesson and engagement instructions for teachers and parents of students in grades 1–3 on the topics of access to healthy foods, emotional impacts of hunger, and what families can do to support.
  • Scholastic and HBO’s Moments in Focus Program
    Inspired by HBO’s groundbreaking documentaries and films, the Moments in Focus program offers free, dynamic, and current video content and lessons to grades 4–12 to build critical thinking and inspire discourse.
  • Scholastic and T. Rowe Price’s Money Confident Kids Program
    Games, lessons, and conversation prompts for kids in middle and high school to dive deep into financial literacy and planning for their own financial futures.
  • Zipcar’s DitchYourKeys Campaign Video
    In partnership with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Uber, and Capital Bikeshare, this dynamic campaign captures Zipcar members’ stories on living a car-free, alternative transit lifestyle.
  • My own DIY Indoor Composting Videos: Part 1 and Part 2
    When my local community garden where I typically take my compost to closed due to the pandemic, I decided to explore creating my own apartment-friendly indoor compost and share my findings.
  • Civic Hall’s Member Testimonial Video
    Since 2015, Civic Hall created the space and community for civic-minded members to connect and collaborate with one another. On our 5th birthday, we asked new and seasoned members to share more about their time with us.
  • NYU Entrepreneurial Institute’s Crowdfunding Video
    As a part of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute’s first crowdfunding campaign, graduates of our programs tell us how the Institute has impacted their professional development, networking, and entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Zipcar’s DitchYourKeys Campaign Video
    In partnership with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, Uber, and Capital Bikeshare, this dynamic campaign captures Zipcar members’ stories on living a car-free, alternative transit lifestyle.
  • An interview with Tysha Vulcain-Murrell and Asher Novek on the BLM Movement
    I interviewed two Civic Hall members, Tysha Vulcain-Murrell (she/her) and Asher Novek (he/him), about the Movement for Black Lives, what accountability looks like, and who’s inspiring them. Tysha Vulcain-Murrell is a former education administrator at NYU. Asher Novek is a civic tech community organizer, storyteller, and producer.
  • An Interview With Ryan Letada, CEO and Co-Founder of Nextdaybetter, on Battling Covid-19, Rising Anti-Asian Sentiments, and Practicing Humility
    I spoke with Ryan Letada, CEO and Co-founder of NextDayBetter, to share more about his experience fighting Covid-19, what he’s learned about humility, and how NextDayBetter is responding to the pandemic.
  • Speaking at a Senate press conference on student loan reform with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer
    In 2014, I joined Senator Warren, Senator Franken, Senator Schumer, Senator Blumenthal, and Senator Reed to discuss the impacts of their new proposed legislation. The Senate-proposed legislation will allow students to refinance their student loans.
  • Speaking on Al Jazeera America on the student debt crisis
    In 2013, I was interviewed on Al Jazeera America to share my personal story and experience with student debt. My story was a part of a larger segment on the student debt crisis in the U.S.
  • An interview with Matthew Davis on antiracism in financial investments
    I interviewed Civic Hall member Matt Davis on measuring racism in the financial system, how investment apps can do better, and on backing our words with our actions. Matt (he/him) is a strategic communications consultant focused on antiracist organizing.

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