Tracey A. Greenstein is a strategic communications specialist, writer, photojournalist and avid traveler. She covers sustainability solutions, denim and textiles as a Senior Business Reporter for Strategic Content Development at Women's Wear Daily.
A lifelong fascination with textiles, minerals, and love of the outdoors piqued my interest in material culture and natural resource utilization. Through my beat at WWD, I report on purpose-driven brands, environmental conflicts, NGOs, think tanks, nonprofits and government actors that honor human rights, sustainability and transparent supply chains. As a photographer, I am drawn to mountainous landscapes and visual displays of culture through religion, jewelry and dress.
My first foray into publishing was at Forbes Magazine, where I was the Executive Assistant to the SVP and Group Publisher. Later, as a freelance travel writer, I circumnavigated the globe and reviewed countless hotels and destinations, traveling to 20+ countries within a single year. Many of my articles were published on Emerald City, my Forbes.com contributor page, by Forbes Travel Guide and Premier Traveler, among others.
Taste for adventure led me to live abroad in Tel Aviv, Israel, where I was the Director of Research and Content Development for a gemological non-profit organization at the Israel Diamond Exchange. In addition, I was the in-house editor of Fancy Color Diamonds: The Pricing Architecture, a coffee table book by diamantaire Eden Rachminov.
While in Israel, I was also a Visiting Researcher at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, a nonpartisan think tank at Tel Aviv University. I contributed research to Dr. Irit Bak's Ifriqiya: Africa Research and Analysis program, where I analyzed the role of tribalist folklore and mysticism in warfare. My area of focus was on the civil war in the Central African Republic (CAR) that involved Anti-balaka militias, Séléka coalition rebels and the government.
I hold a master's degree in Strategic Communication from Columbia University and graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy (topically oriented for Values and Social Policy), minor in Religious Studies and interdisciplinary certification in Peace and Conflict Studies. I also hold a Graduate Diamonds (GD) degree from the Gemological Institute of America.
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