- On May 26, 2020
Eissa Saeed serves as the Director of Digital Content at New Heights. As a writer and media strategist, he brings seven years of experience ranging from running communications for nonprofit organizations to reporting for a wire agency to researching representation of police violence in American media. Eissa began his tenure at NHC as a Summer Fellow in 2016.
At New Heights, Eissa helps clients identify and implement the right digital solutions to meet their goals. He specializes in social media strategy, helping clients—ranging from nonprofits to public interest law firms—expand their reach to a wider, online audience. With over a decade of design experience, he also offers clients creative expertise to develop their brand identity, digital assets, and publications. With every project, Eissa believes in a goal-based approach to scoring digital wins.
Eissa has worked with the United Nations Population Fund and Population Council to design campaign strategies to promote family planning use in Pakistan. He has also worked in several communications capacities for The Citizens Foundation, Oxford Policy Management, and The Citizens’ Archive of Pakistan.
In a past professional life, Eissa spent time in newsrooms at Reuters and PAPER Magazine — his reporting experience provides instrumental insight to his media relations work at New Heights.
Eissa is also a published poet, playwright, and screenwriter. His creative work merges strategic communication tactics with performance to create narratives that center queer Muslims. His 2019 screenplay, In His Name, received recognition from the Richmond International Film Festival, Filmmatic Screenplay Awards, the WeScreenplay Feature Contest, and Outfest.
Eissa holds a BA in Media Studies & Public Action from Bennington College and an MA in Media & Strategic Communication from the George Washington University.
Fun fact: Eissa grew up in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he attended a Nepalese-Tibetan school, which is why he could understand seven languages by the age of 10 (at least three are gone now).