Elyssa Pachico

Hola! Thanks for coming to my site. I’m a big believer in brevity, so here you’ll find a summary of my most relevant writing and communications experience.

(I go by she/her/ella pronouns)

I write prolifically, often under tight deadlines

I grew up in Cali, Colombia, and have been living in Medellín on and off since 2010.

I’m passionate about human rights, security policy, and writing that is fact-based, clear, and concise.

My Expertise:

  • Producing timely, accurate research and communications materials

I collect, monitor, and analyze information from a wide variety of sources, in order to produce materials ranging from reports to op-eds to grant writing. If there’s a particular platform or type of content where I lack previous experience, I teach myself how to do it.

  • Strategic thinking about how to best disseminate online content and reach target audiences

I help organizations maximize their visibility and impact. This ranges from overseeing a website relaunch, managing digital projects, or figuring out how to best adapt to a rapidly changing media environment.

  • Engage with diverse partners to tell stories more effectively

I’ve collaborated with investigative journalists, activists, digital strategists, and web and design teams, helping mission-driven organizations report the facts and engage their audiences.

What I’m Working on Right Now:

Since September 2017 I’ve worked as a communications consultant for the Washington Office on Latin America, a D.C.- based human rights group. It’s been a challenging and rewarding time to write about migration and border security, anti-corruption efforts in Central America, and Colombia’s efforts to implement its historic 2016 peace deal, among other issues. Since January 2021 I’ve been serving as the organization’s acting vice president for communications.

From August 2020-April 2021, I’ve been leading a website relaunch process for the Due Process of Law Foundation in Washington D.C., including overseeing the production of Google Analytics reports of website visitor behavior, surveying staff,  the development of a brand manual and new logo, the development of a communications manual, and a comprehensive website redesign.

Past Experiences

International Center for Journalists
(2016 – 2017)
Project Manager

I managed a team of editors, writers, and translators based around the world in order to produce IJNet, a website that reports on media innovation and press freedoms in seven languages.

InSight Crime
(2014 – 2015)
Managing Editor

Ran editorial programming, content, and special research and digital projects for a foundation dedicated to studying organized crime in Latin America.

American University – Journalism fellowship
(2013 – 2014)

Awarded merit-based graduate fellowship at the American University MA program for Journalism and Public Affairs. As part of the fellowship, I completed research and data analysis for projects at the Washington Post and PBS Frontline.

InSight Crime
(2010 – 2013)
Writer and researcher

Produced analysis, research, and reports about organized crime in Latin America and its impact on human rights, drug policy, and governance.

The Nation

Fact-checking and research.