Liza Bennigson, Senior Writer and Content Strategist

Liza Bennigson


Senior Writer & Content Strategist


I started my nonprofit journey in 2002, shortly after moving from New York City to San Francisco. After working in Development at the Sierra Club and Low Income Investment Fund, I joined Menlo School, where I spent nearly 10 years as Director of Alumni Relations. In 2015, I was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug and joined a startup alumni relations software company based in Ireland. It was there that I discovered my passion for writing.

In addition to the content marketing pieces I wrote to raise the visibility of our product, I began blogging about my journey as a “startup mom.” My days were a comical juxtaposition of pitching potential investors and cutting turkeys out of construction paper in my son’s kindergarten classroom. Because my stock options didn’t exactly pay the bills, I moonlit as a Brand Sponsored Content Writer for Houzz, telling stories about countertops, kitchen islands and towel warmers.

Because young kids and long hours don’t mix, I transitioned back to nonprofit life as Associate Director of Marketing and Communications at Children’s Health Council (CHC) where I’d spend the next 7 years. There, I was able to combine my newfound writing prowess with my passion for mental health, launching a blog for the organization to showcase the compassionate expertise of our clinicians. I also wrote short and long-form content for the website, social media, presentations and print publications.

As the sister of a novelist and the daughter of an editor, I’m amazed that it took me this long to realize that I wanted to write full-time. And when the opportunity arose to rejoin the community that I care about so deeply, I was not about to let it pass me by. I’m thrilled to be coming back to Menlo as part of the Communications team.

I live in San Carlos with my husband, two kids and our German Shepherd mix, Willow. I am happiest in the mountains or on the beach, on a trail run, or around a campfire with family and friends.