Communications Coordinator Academic Advisor and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Elena Romero first joined CWE as an Adjunct Lecturer in 2004, teaching courses in advertising and public relations. She made the transition to Academic Advisor/Communications Coordinator one year later. In addition to her advising role, Romero is also responsible for coordinating all communication efforts at CWE including marketing, advertising, public relations and website maintenance.
Prior to joining CWE full-time, Romero served as a freelance special sections editor for the New York Post's Tempo, a monthly supplement devoted to Latino culture and lifestyle. Simultaneously, Elena taught a myriad of media courses at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT).
Having brief stints at WNYC-AM, WBAI-FM and WCBS-TV, Romero launched her print career in 1996 as a market editor for the now defunct DNR. Romero would eventually serve as an associate editor at DNR and contributing editor at Women's Wear Daily (WWD), both Fairchild Publications.
In 2002, she made her transition into academia as an adjunct in the Advertising Marketing Communications department of FIT. In 2008, Ms. Romero served as co-writer for the short CWE documentary entitled "Success in the City." She has also served as production coordinator & interviewer for CWE's 25th Anniversary documentary entitled "Step by Step," produced by Jezebel Productions. In 2006, Ms. Romero produced a 26-piece historical museum installation entitled "Celebrating 25." Romero is the co-founder of the City College Center for Worker Education "Is Hip Hop History?" Conference launched in February 2010.Elena's journalistic excellence and contributions to fashion journalism was recognized by the Urban Fashion Journalism Award from the Urban Fashion Awards Show in 2002. Romero is the recipient of the 2011 Colin Powell center for Policy Studies at The City College of New York's Faculty Leadership Award.
Romero is the author of Free Stylin': How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry (April 30, 2012) , a title in the series Hip Hop in America, published by Praeger.
BA in Journalism and Mass Communication, New York University
MS in Publishing, New York University
Courses Regularly Taught:
Intro to Advertising (MCA 21004)
Intro to Public Relations (MCA 20904)
Public Relations Writing (MCA 36204)
Corporate Communications (MCA 35004)
Intro to Publishing (ENGL 32514)
Print Journalism Workshop (IAS 31400)
Intro to Media Studies (MCA 10104)