Ilana Ross

Ilana Ross


Ilana Ross began her career in Hollywood, where she spent years looking for the next franchise hit — or at least something that could star Will Smith. She went on to work on HBO’s Emmy-award nominated show Real Time with Bill Maher, where she honed her skills alongside some of the best and most incisive minds in political commentary.

At West Wing Writers, Ilana has helped script and stage major events, coordinating hundreds of speakers from around the world. She’s worked with global leaders to speak out on climate change. And she’s crafted messaging for CEOs and unicorn startups as they navigate a changing global economy. 

In 2019, as part of Women’s History Month, she spearheaded West Wing’s project to shine a light on women whose contributions had been overlooked on Wikipedia. The project—which produced new articles on influential women writers, journalists, and poets — was profiled in The Washington Post

Originally from the suburbs of Washington, DC, today Ilana lives in San Francisco. She has a detailed opinion on virtually every coffee shop in the Bay Area. Just ask.

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