Connie Chaplan

Connie Chaplan

Connie Chaplan

Connie Chaplan

Principal

Connie has always excelled at asking smart questions when she finds something confusing. She listens to the answers and then figures out ways to use that new information to help others be less confused. Connie believes that while thoughts and ideas can be complex, writing should be clear and accessible. Her clients and colleagues recognize her knack and superpower at untangling the meaning behind the words. Connie is currently excited about editing for progressive organizations that provide direct services as well as advocate for policy change at the local, state, or federal level.


B efore becoming an editor, Connie received a master’s degree from the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs and Governance and worked in the nonprofit sector with a focus on nonprofit management, public policy, education policy, program design, and program evaluation. In 2004, Connie earned a certificate in editing from the University of Washington. Connie has also worked in-house at a kayaking magazine to help paddling experts convey their information and stories, taught English as a second language here in the United States, taught English as a foreign language abroad, and worked for adult literacy organizations. Connie loves working with people who are subject-matter experts first, and writers second, and sees editing as a way to translate technical and complex material to a wide audience. Her motto: Ideas can be complex; writing should be clear.

When Connie is not editing, you can find her taking her dog for a walk, planning a trip to somewhere colder than Seattle, or attending really loud live music concerts.

Connie’s past work experience includes:

  • Owner and editor
    Icon Editing, Seattle,WA
  • Associate editor
    Sea Kayaker Magazine, Seattle, WA
  • Research assistant, nonprofit management
    UW Evans School of Public Affairs, Seattle, WA
  • Project director
    Philanthropy Northwest, Seattle, WA