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Team Lily

(Jesse Dittmar for The Washington Post)
(Jesse Dittmar for The Washington Post)

Neema Roshania Patel is editor of The Lily. She joined The Washington Post in 2016 as a digital editor for The Post’s highly visual Select app, and went on to help launch The Lily in 2017. Before that, she worked at NPR member station WHYY as a community editor. Neema graduated from Rutgers University with a dual-degree in journalism and economics.

(Marvin Joseph for The Washington Post)
(Marvin Joseph for The Washington Post)

Lena Felton is deputy editor of The Lily. She joined the team as a multiplatform editor in 2018, and before that, she was a politics fellow at The Atlantic. She majored in English at Harvard, but spent more time running the Harvard Crimson’s weekly magazine than reading books. She proudly hails from Marin County, Calif.

(Marvin Joseph for The Washington Post)
(Marvin Joseph for The Washington Post)

Caroline Kitchener is a staff reporter for The Lily, covering all things women and gender. She is the author of “Post Grad: Five Women and Their First Year Out of College,” a nonfiction book about figuring out life after graduation. Before joining The Washington Post, she worked at the Atlantic as an associate editor, and taught English at a university in Nanchang, China. She lives with two cats, both named after Chinese dumplings.

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(Victor Jeffreys for G/O Media)

Anne Branigin is a staff reporter for The Lily, where she covers everything from the economy to your favorite poets. Before joining the Washington Post in 2020, she a was a staff writer at The Root. A beach girl at heart, Anne holds a BFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and an MS in journalism from the University of Southern California.

(Marvin Joseph for The Washington Post)
(Marvin Joseph for The Washington Post)

María Alconada Brooks is an art director for The Lily. Before joining The Washington Post, she worked with the marketing team at Florida’s Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, an 80-year-old nonprofit focused on preserving biodiversity. Previously, she worked for clients such as Cartoon Network, Discovery, Home & Health and Kellogg’s. She received her graphic design degree at the Fine Arts University in La Plata, Argentina, and became a specialized illustrator at the Polytechnic University in Valencia, Spain.

Team Lily's founding team in 2017, left to right: Amy Cavenaile, Amy King, Rachel Orr, Carol Shih, Ashley Nguyen and Neema Roshania Patel. (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)
Team Lily's founding team in 2017, left to right: Amy Cavenaile, Amy King, Rachel Orr, Carol Shih, Ashley Nguyen and Neema Roshania Patel. (Jesse Dittmar for The Lily)