Meet a Staffer: FFRF’s editorial assistant is a woman of action (alerts)


Bailey Nachreiner-Mackesey

Where and when I was born: Madison, Wis., in 1995.

Education: I graduated from UW-Madison in 2017 and majored in journalism and mass communication and political science with a certificate in gender and women’s studies.

Family: Both my parents still live in the house I grew up in and my two older sisters also live in the area.

How I came to work at FFRF: A very lucky Google Jobs search!

What I do here: I am the editorial assistant and have a pretty wide range of responsibilities. I am a part of the Strategic Response Team, so I work closely with our Legal Team to coordinate all of our Action Alerts, as well as our responses on developing news. I assist Communications Director Amit Pal with a number of press releases and coordinate sending those to media. I write up the FFRF legal victories for Freethought Today. I also manage most of the content on FFRF’s Twitter page, as well as jump in on other random tasks as I am needed.

What I like best about it: I like getting to work across teams and have a hand in so many different areas of the work we do. I also love having the opportunity to help people get involved and take action on important issues.

What gets old about it: Keeping up with social media can be a bit draining on days when there is an overwhelming amount of bad news.

I spend a lot of time thinking about: Climate change and also the prevalence of ugly typefaces.

I spend little if any time thinking about: Professional athletics.

My religious upbringing was: Nonexistent. I never went to church or observed a religion and my parents always championed my curiosity and discernment. I am so grateful for that.

My doubts about religion started: I never had a religion to doubt. But, when I pronounced the “p” in “psalm” during a class presentation once and everyone snickered, I started to get the inkling there was something I missed.

Things I like: Graphic design, traveling and reading about history.

Things I smite: When people say, “I just don’t read the news, it stresses me out!” and decaf coffee.

In my golden years: I will have outgrown my dog allergy as everybody has promised me I will someday and will own three English Cream golden retrievers and have a full library in my house.