A writer and communications professional since 1998, Adriana Rambay Fernández has written about women and politics, environmental issues, international development, art and literature. She has won awards for her work as a journalist covering local news, arts, and politics in Hudson County, New Jersey. With family roots in the Dominican Republic, Adriana has also written about immigration, food, and Latino culture. Adriana is currently at work on a collection of short stories. She is pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts in Fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars beginning in June 2016.
Her published work includes investigations that uncovered illegal dumping in the Meadowlands as well as a lack of government responsibility over a Secaucus bridge in disrepair that led to state action to fix the safety issues. Her features include interviews with a range of artists from Oksana Prokopenko who creates micro-mosaic icons to Michelle Doll who is known for her intimate self-portraits. Her published work also includes interviews with food and celebrity chef Jennifer Iserloh as well as author and The New York Times writer Diana Henriques.
Adriana has been recognized with a Wilson Barto Award from the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists, a Robert P. Kelly Award from the New Jersey Press Association, and an Environmental, Health, and Science Writing Award from the New Jersey Press Association for her writing about a local Styrofoam ban.
As a nonprofit professional, Adriana has helped raise awareness about a number of global issues including access to education, extreme poverty, and youth engagement. She launched web sites for the Center for American Women and Politics, Elección Latina, Girls Inc., and NetAid. She has also specialized in the issue of access to education as a United States representative for the Global Campaign for Education. At Mercy Corps, she served on senior leadership teams charged with strategic planning and organizational development. A skilled facilitator, she has trained youth on advocacy planning, leadership development, and civic engagement.
In addition to writing, Adriana teaches yoga as a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and creates mixed-media art made of repurposed materials. She also appears in a Vonage television ad, which has aired across international channels.
Adriana studied Women’s Studies and Spanish at Rutgers College with an added emphasis on international relations and political science. She received high honors for her thesis on Latinas and domestic violence. She lives with her husband in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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