Maria Valatkaite - Writer + Editor

I enjoy purple pens and eviscerating first drafts. I write stuff too.


A little about me

Lithuanian by birth, American by habit, Berliner soul.


You can usually find me chugging a Club-Mate while doing some desperate thrift shopping in an attempt to Berlin-ify my wardrobe.

Still, I've gotta eat — I currently work as a copywriter at a Berlin-based tech startup and moonlight as a freelance editor and writer. In addition to my regular degree, I trained as a writing tutor at Tufts University in Boston. I specialize in cross-disciplinary writing and in communicating complex topics effectively and clearly.

I edit primarily for communications agencies with nonprofit clients, with a focus on progressive campaigns and strategic communications plans. Previously, I spent over two years working in media and communications for a trade association, covering subjects as diverse as electric vehicles, renewable technology, sustainability, and energy policy.

Short version? I transform convoluted information into readable media. Check out some of my work below.

Recent work


Simple words on complex subjects.


Where does my electricity come from?

What happens when I flip a switch?

It may seem like magic, but that electricity has traveled a long way to get to your house. Let’s go on a field trip behind the wires.


Hamilton Utilities’ urban forestry program boosts safety, reliability

When Dave Bienemann joined Ohio’s Hamilton Utilities at the start of 2016, the utility had a problem: trees all over the city were leaning on power lines, causing outages and saddling the utility with endless repairs.


Grid security: It takes a community

Keeping the grid secure is a lot like keeping a neighborhood safe. It works best when the community comes together and shares information so everyone is aware, prepared, and ready to help each other.


The evolution of electricity

The beginning

Electricity was understood in nature - ancient Mediterranean cultures understood static shock

Patients suffering from gout, headaches advised to touch electric fish in hopes of a cure

Austin Energy launches EV 

transportation hub

Texas-based Austin Energy on March 27 cut the ribbon on Electric Drive, a transportation and charging hub aimed at supporting the city of Austin’s thriving electric vehicle infrastructure.



What do customers expect from your utility?

How do public power utilities adapt to changing customer expectations and new technologies? This was a critical question debated by the keynote expert panel at the American Public Power Association’s November 2016 Customer Connections Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.




Work History

June 2018 - Current

Contentful, Business Copywriter

Nov 2016 – Current

Freelance Copyeditor

May 2015 – Jan 2018

American Public Power Association, Integrated Media and Communications Coordinator

July 2014 – May 2015

Tagazu LLC, Manager of Marketing and PR

Aug 2011 – May 2014

Academic Resource Center, Undergraduate Writing Fellow

June 2013 – July 2013

European Parliament, Intern for Laima Andrikiene, MEP

June 2012 – Aug 2012

Imagination Playground LLC, Sales and Marketing Intern

May 2012 – Aug 2010

Susan Davis International, Public Relations Intern


Oct 2010 – May 2014

Tufts University, BA History and International Relations, Cum Laude

Sept 2012 – May 2013

University College London (UCL), Junior Year Abroad


Skills and Languages



Microsoft Office Suite

Google Suite 

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Photoshop


Traditional and headless CMS

Real Magnet/Mailchimp




In my free time, I enjoy hostel hopping around the world, honing my irreverent Instagram alter ego, and exercise in the form of running at a slightly below average pace.