Staff Spotlight: Ariel Goldberg

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Deputy Digital Director, Lambda Legal. Joined 2012.
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What’s always in your bag?

I’ve been very obsessed with growing my nails out lately because acrylics and gels absolutely ruin my nail beds, so I always have some cuticle oil and a bottle of OPI Nail Envy on me. #YesAllFemmes

What was the last show you streamed?

I’d like to pretend that it was something educational or impressive or interesting like Wild Wild Country, this new(ish) docuseries on Netflix that my roommate and I binged in a weekend, but honestly it was an old episode of Fixer Upper. I’ve been rewatching it from the beginning now that it’s over. I am pretty much obsessed with everything HGTV and Food Network put out.

What’s something you’ve done at LL that most people don’t know about?

When we were filing our Karnoski case against Donald Trump’s ban on transgender service members in the military, we broke the news pretty early one morning so I worked from home before heading into the office. Later that day, I discovered that our breaking-news tweet, which I had posted from my bed, had been shown on MSNBC. How many people can say that a tweet they wrote from bed ended up on MSNBC?

What are you most proud of?

I co-run an international summit for women digital media influencers in the travel industry. We’re about to have our biggest event yet in Québec City, Canada, and I’m moderating our closing keynote on #TimesUp, #MeToo, and the role of travel influencers in furthering the global conversation about sexual harassment and assault. I’ve been working in travel spaces for a few years now and am privileged to have been able to visit 15 plus countries, with more to come! I’m really proud that I’ve succeeded at helping to tell stories from people whose voices are frequently not prioritized in travel writing—in particular women, queer people, people of color, differently abled people, and people from non-Western countries.

What’s on your bucket list?

There are a few countries on my list that I’ve never been to but that my family is from, like Panama, Morocco, Greece, and Turkey. I’m also dying to visit Japan, South Africa, India, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Brazil, Venezuela, Australia, New Zealand, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Kenya, Thailand, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Alaska, Greenland. And that’s not all. The list is clearly endless.

What do you do at Lambda Legal?

I’m our deputy digital director. Everything from the website to social media to graphic design to video content to email communications. As the deputy director I tend to have my fingers in everything.

What‘s challenging about your job?

The 24/7 news cycle. My team is amazing at sharing the slack, but generally when you see the @LambdaLegal Twitter account tweeting at midnight on a weekend, it was probably me. I’ve had to pull out my laptop and get to work when news has broken during birthday parties and dates more often than I’d like to admit. It’s a lot, and I don’t think people realize how much work goes into every single piece of content that we put out. Also, the trolls are challenging.

What‘s rewarding about it?
Can you give us one example?

Getting to work with my brilliant, hilarious, smart, and passionate team. We all work so hard and manage to do so with support and respect for each other and our individual talents. Sometimes that support is sending each other long strings of GIFs of the Fab Five from the new series of Queer Eye, but hey—whatever works.