Alison Ramer is a artist, writer and communications professional currently based in Seattle. Among other endeavors, I currently run a full service communications company, Geek Friend, with my partner.
Recurring themes in my work are social justice, identity and homeland. My work is interdisciplinary and often participatory or collaborative. I have worked intensively with children, youth and women, historic black communities in Boston, marginalized Palestinian communities in the occupied Palestinian territories, Bedouin communities in Israel and most recently, Native Americans in the United States. A bridge builder, I frequently travel between artists, grassroots activists and local representatives; policy makers, funders and corporations by creating unique projects and opportunities for collaboration and innovation.
For the past seven years I have been living and working in Palestine and Israel. Proficient in Hebrew and Arabic, my work explored the limits of binational identity and supported the arts and advocacy efforts of Israelis and Palestinians.
My employers and clients have included: The British Council, Oxfam, World Vision, Grassroots Jerusalem, The Palestinian Social Cinema Arts Association, Al Tariq – The Palestinian Institute for Development and Democracy, The Parent’s Circle Families’ Forum, the Massachusetts State House, Boston City Council and Boston Mobilization among others.
My writing was exhibited at the Berlin Bienalle and published in “Forget Fear” (2012). I’ve written about politics and human rights for The Huffington Post, Policy Mic and LookupPage, as well as published articles in Haaretz and several new media sources like +972 Magazine and Global Voices.
I have lectured at Boston University, Tufts University, MIT and have been profiled in several publications including Al Quds, The Boston Globe and Utne Reader.
I hold a B.A. in Politics and Jewish Studies from Mount Holyoke College.