Alyson Gold Weinberg,

Founder and President

Alyson is an award-winning writer and communications strategist with more than 25 years experience conceiving clear, targeted and persuasive messaging and materials for government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses. She specializes in reaching diverse internal and external audiences and is adept at translating complex, technical, medical, or industry-insider-speak into cohesive, accessible language. Prior to launching AWC, Alyson served as personal speechwriter to Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the founder of Special Olympics, and as a speechwriter and senior communications team member for several international organizations.


She has written five non-fiction books—on such varied topics as conservation, executive leadership, and technical debt. Alyson earned a B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing (poetry) from the University of Maryland, College Park, and has completed graduate-level coursework in fiction and poetry at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University. She was a fiction contributor at the Skidmore Summer Writers’ Institute and a poetry contributor at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. 

Alyson’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in december, The New Guard Review’s BANG!, Coneflower CafeTiny Seed, among others. She is a finalist for december's 2021 Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize, judged by Carl Phillips, for her poem “Back to the body." Alyson’s play, Object Relations, a two-woman show containing six original poems, received a live-streamed premiere performance April 24 at 7:30 pm to benefit mental healthcare equity in DC. When it's safe, we'll take it to the stage.