Soraya Chemaly is a writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion and media. She is the Director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project and organizer of the Safety and Free Speech Coalition, both of which are involved in raising public awareness about issues related to online abuse, media and tech diversity and women's freedom of expression.
Soraya started her career working as an associate editor and writer at Time Out Magazine in Paris. She was cofounder and editor of DC-based city magazine, Key DC, for several years before joining the Gannet Corporation as Precision Marketing Manager. In 1994, she left Gannett to help launch the News and Media Division at Claritas (now part of Nielsen, Inc.), a pioneer in consumer data technology. She left the company after serving as Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing, responsible for market development, marketing strategy and communications. She returned to writing full time in 2011.
Soraya serves on the boards of several organizations dedicated to diversity in media, including Women, Action and The Media; In this Together Media, No Bully, and the Women's Media Center. She sits on the advisory council of the Center for Technology and Democracy. Soraya writes and speaks regularly about gender, media, tech, education, women's rights, sexual violence and free speech.