Levine & Associates

I am a business communicator. As a journalist’s daughter, I always enjoyed a passion for language and writing. My ability in foreign languages -- French, Mandarin Chinese, smatterings of others -- gives me heightened awareness of the ambiguity, double meaning, and just plain bad writing prevalent in the business world. I address these problems with a unique style of direct and confident communication. And I bring a sophisticated, global sensibility to my assignments.

I have worked in corporate marketing communications since 1999. I was previously the director of corporate communications for the investment management firm, Payden & Rygel, and for commercial real estate firm, Insignia/ESG. I now specialize in the investment management industry, but I'm an all-rounder equipped write about most types of business. Here is my firm’s client list.

I began my career in Hong Kong after earning a degree in Asian studies from the City University of New York in 1983. As a China market specialist with the Hong Kong offices of Banque Paribas and the First National Bank of Chicago, I helped U.S. and French multinational corporations make their first direct investments in the then unknown China market.

Throughout the 1990s I commuted between Los Angeles, Beijing, and Tel Aviv, completing projects for Institutional Investor's conference division and managing a consumer products project for renowned Israeli investor Shoul Eisenberg. I am also a freelance cultural journalist specializing in dance. My essays and reviews have been published extensively in The Huffington Post, the South China Morning Post, Long Beach Press Telegram, Los Angeles Downtown News, La Opinion, and the Los Angeles Times.

The association for graphic designers published a fun professional profile of me in early 2007.

I teach a short course for effective business writing: Guiding Principles to Make Text Communicate & Zing.