Cindy Reeh is a professional editor who focuses on plain language and clarity to help her clients better engage with their audiences. She enjoys wrangling unruly information and creating order out of chaos.
As a co-owner of Tandem Editing LLC, Cindy performs copyediting and substantive editing for clients who are working to find solutions to complex problems. She edits for correctness, clarity, consistency, adherence to an editorial style, and appropriateness for the audience. Typically she edits reports, proposals, training manuals, web content, curricula, fact sheets, newsletters, nonfiction books, journal manuscripts, and more. She queries authors as needed for clarification and edits to improve readability, flow, and diction. She often works with authors for whom English is a second language. Recent clients include the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Global Health: Science and Practice, PATH, Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth, Committee for Children, World Health Organization, and the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. For a full list of clients, please visit our website.
As an on-call editor for ICF International, Cindy edits publications for some of ICF’s largest clients, including the US Agency for International Development, Department of Labor, National Cancer Institute, Children’s Bureau, National Eye Institute, Columbia University, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Ranked in 2016 by PRWeek as the fourth largest independent agency in the country, ICF’s award-winning strategic communications and marketing group includes more than 400 public relations, marketing, digital, and creative professionals.
Through her solo business, Cindy has provided copyediting services to dozens of clients, including nonprofit organizations, corporations, individual authors, and a small press that publishes award-winning children’s books focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics. Visit the Innovation Press to see a list of all children’s books she has copyedited. She is currently looking for freelance opportunities to work with authors of children’s books and general fiction or nonfiction books.
Before launching her career as an independent editor, Cindy worked at two global nonprofit organizations focused on improving health among people in lower-income countries. As a program officer and program associate at AED (now FHI 360) and PATH, she worked on projects related to behavior change communications, reproductive health, family planning, procurement, and sustainable supply chains. At PATH she was the lead proofreader for the reproductive health team. She also wrote and edited content and managed the publication process in coordination with authors, program managers, editors, designers, clients, and donors.
Skills and education
Cindy completed a certificate in editing from the University of Washington in 2010. In 2003, she earned a master’s degree in international development studies (focusing on public health) from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her bachelor’s degree was in international studies and German (double major) with a double minor in political science and Spanish from Central College of Iowa in 1999.
Since 2010, Cindy has edited a wide a variety of materials for dozens of clients. She has advanced knowledge of editorial style and guidelines, including Chicago, AP, AMA, GPO, APA, Yahoo! web style, and multiple in-house style guides. She is an expert in Microsoft Office programs and has invested in continuing education classes at the Editorial Freelancers Association and Copyediting.com and regularly uses editing tools from Intelligent Editing, Editor Software, and Editorium to help speed up the editing process, ensure consistency in style, and deliver cleaner copy.
Cindy was born on the island of Guam to an adventurous Air Force family. Her family moved often to within the United States and Europe. She attended a small college in Iowa where she studied international affairs, political science, German, and Spanish. During that time she also studied abroad in Spain, Germany, and Austria. After college, Cindy moved to Washington, DC, where she interned at the Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Environmental Protection Agency before deciding to pursue a career in global health. She joined AED, an organization focusing on global health and education, where she worked for five years while completing her master’s degree in international development studies, focusing on public health. In 2005 she moved to Seattle, Washington, where she worked for a few years at PATH, a global leader in health and technology. In 2010 she launched her freelance editing business and has enjoyed editing for many global health organizations since.