Willa Köerner is a future-focused creative strategist, editor, writer, mentor, and idea wrangler.
She is the Program Director of The Strange Foundation, an internet-and-nature-infused residency and retreat space in New York’s Catskill Mountains, which she co-founded in 2018. By day, she works in publishing at The Creative Independent, a resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people. By night, she wrangles The Strange’s Decelerator residency program, designs and edits publications, plans mindful-internet workshops, and cultivates libraries and gardens. She also acts as a mentor through NEW INC—an incubator for people working at the intersection of art, design, and technology—and with other pioneering creative practitioners looking to refocus on their work’s vision and impact. In the past, Willa has worked as a digital strategist for museums such as SFMOMA and The Smithsonian, and as a writer and editor for publications and organizations such as Art21, SFAQ, Complex Magazine, and Are.na. She has given talks on topics such as digital curation, internet culture, and what it takes to grow a creative career at places like the Internet Age Media conference, SXSW, Pratt, NYU, and others. To learn about working with Willa, email willa.koerner @ gmail.com.