Emily Paterson, CEO and Creative director

Emily Paterson, founder of EP Writing, specializes in writing and editing website content, blog posts, content marketing, manuscripts, book proposals, white papers, and more.

Emily Paterson, founder and CEO of EP Writing, holds a bachelors in English from Yale University and a masters from the University of Maryland. With a career spanning academia and marketing, Emily brings unique depth to her writing and editinga knowledge of various styles and research methodologies combined with a strong understanding of search engine optimization (SEO), social media, blogging, and online marketing strategy.

Emily has worked in the writing and editing industry for over a decade in a variety of roles, including back-to-back stints as Senior Editor for two different startups. In this capacity, she wrote and edited blog posts, press releases, marketing proposals, white papers, website content, and other content marketing pieces on a daily basis. She also managed a team of 100 bloggers and taught classes on social media and SEO.

Emily founded EP Writing in 2009, expanding the business to bring in several other crackerjack writers and graphic designers. At any given moment you'll find her working with clients, performing a wide variety of writing and editing work, or managing her team. In her spare time, Emily enjoys being outside with her family, sailing, skiing, or hiking, depending on the season.

Marshall cesena, CFO and design lead

Marshall Cesena, CFO of EP Writing

As CFO of EP Writing, Marshall brings his strong business and organizational background to help EP's operations run smoothly. Marshall spent five years working in the U.S. Senate, first as a systems administrator for Senator Kay Hagan (D, North Carolina), and then as a deputy administrative director for Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D, Hawaii). During that time, he created and managed a $300K budget, handled procurement of office equipment and implementation of technology for both the D.C. and Hawaii offices, and managed the senator’s staff assistants and interns. Marshall also made a name for himself as Senator Hirono's in-house graphic designer, drawing on his arts background to design many of the Senator's invitations, flyers, one-sheets, infographics, and other marketing collateral. 

Marshall spent his undergrad years in the Integrated Conservatory Program at the elite American Music and Dramatic Academy in New York City, after which he moved to North Carolina, where he co-founded The Warehouse Performing Arts Center with his wife, Allie. The couple lives in Alexandria, VA, with their two children, where they enjoy biking, hiking, cooking, and breaking into spontaneous song.