about Üma

üma kleppinger

THE BACKSTORY

With roots deep in publishing, I’ve worked on both the visual design and the narrative sides of storytelling. The publications I’ve written for, edited, designed and produced run the gamut from business to Buddhism, from politics to punk rock, and from wellness to wheels.

As a copywriter, I've got chops in both consumer facing content and B2B. I'm also a deft editor, accountability partner, and communications strategist. As a creative director, I know the intersection of visual and narrative storytelling cannot be underestimated.

Sustainability, social justice, and community activism drives me. Mountain biking and hiking in the Pacific Northwest restores me. Poetry moves me. Collaboration inspires me. Kindness is my religion and working to make a difference in this crazy world of ours gets me out of bed in the morning.

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Playfully Serious. Seriously Playful.

Whether provocative or illustrative, my stories are intended to evoke empathy—a deeper sense of connection within themselves and with the world around them.

Work With Me

Although I've worked as a consultant and freelance writer for most of my career, I've enjoyed long-term engagements with several clients in the publishing, fitness, consumer goods and health verticals. I am open to long or short-term contract work or a full-time engagement in a growth position. I always welcome the opportunity to make connections.

Here’s what my clients have to say about working with me.

The projects that Üma wrote copy for have been some of the smoothest projects, the best launches, and happiest clients in my years as an agency owner. Üma is very communicative and responsive, but beyond that, Üma understands the power of storytelling. She infuses the copy with a depth of feeling that clients love.

KRONDA ADAIR

FOUNDER, KARVEL DIGITAL MARKETING

“Üma worked for me on dozens of print projects. She’s was a strong team member and collaborator. I highly recommend her and I will continue to use her in the future.”

Bruce Raskin

Managing Editor,
Time Custom Publishing

"I originally hired Uma as a copy editor/strategist/project manager to keep my feet to the fire as my small business scales. Original scope of work was helping me produce monthly blog posts and email newsletter. I quickly realized what a strong collaborator she is, and she's now regularly ghostwriting, accountability partner, and improving all Radius content and messaging. I am so grateful I hired her to navigate how Radius shows up during COVID and as a values-driven company committed to antiracism.”

LORI EBERLY

FOUNDER, RADIUS ECD

“Üma has a unique skill set across several content mediums.  She’s also a joy to work with and a real producer. Clients love working with her!"

ADRIAN MONTGOMERY

VERDE PUBLIC RELATIONS

“Uma is smart, strategic, and has a passionate dedication to excellence. Her desire to create real results for her clients ensures effective engagements. She is a master storyteller, fearless networker, and strong communicator with the ability to engage a wide variety of audiences with honesty and authenticity.”

CIARA PRESSLER

EDITOR, PREGAME MAGAZINE

"Üma was a dependable and consistent editorial columnist with a high degree of integrity. She took her work seriously, had great attention to detail, and was driven to achieve success with everything she did as a contributor.”

CORNELIUS SWART

MANAGING EDITOR, GOLOCALPDX

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Üma Kleppinger is a freelance writer and communications consultant helping emerging businesses and nonprofits with content and authority marketing, communications strategy, and execution.

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