writer iin Costa Rica and communications specialist


I’m a writer in San José, Costa Rica who’s passionate about telling stories and helping others tell theirs. The first 20 years of my career took me to the helm of a media organization, the front of a classroom, the daily beat of news reporting, and a variety of nonprofit leadership roles, with my love of the written word running through it all. I’ve learned first-hand how a clear and compelling story on the tip of your tongue can make or break your efforts to make a difference. And I’ve found my calling: to share my experience and skill to amplify voices with the power to change a planet in dire need of leadership.

Today, I’m writing about the subjects I love most – Costa Rica, parenthood, social justice, and changemakers everywhere – and providing my services to organizations and businesses that want to better articulate their own story and share it with the world.

Explore the links below to read my work, or learn how you can work with me. I offer services in copywriting, communications coaching, translation, blog posts and more.

My work includes “Love in Translation: Letters to My Costa Rican Daughter” (2016), the “Maeology” column at The Tico Times (2015-2019), and “Shadow Cabinet,” a weekly series of interviews of women leaders in the United States (2016), as well as years of reportage and essays you can browse on this site. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook, my Amazon.com page, or my HuffPo Author Page.

I’m the former director/editor-in-chief of The Tico Times, a blogger at The Huffington Post, co-founder of JumpStart Costa Rica, former English Communications Assistant to Nobel Peace Laureate Oscar Arias, and an experienced freelance writer, editor and translator. I also work to build capacity in Costa Rican nonprofit organizations.

Contact me at kstan.cr@gmail.com or connect through the social media links to the right. I’d love to hear from you!