Hi. We’re Media Cause. Everyone here has two things in common: a hunger to do good and the ability to do it. Our diversity in experiences, skillsets, passions and viewpoints ensure that good missions get the brains and heart they deserve.
Prior to launching Media Cause Eric co-founded a digital business accelerator, Tallwave, where he focused on building a customer-centric digital ad agency, which became Ethology. Eric worked at Google from 2004 - 2008 where he managed partnerships with some of the largest search and digital agencies in the world, working closely with sales leadership and product teams. He received an EMG/Founder's award for his work on the creation and rollout of the multi-billion dollar AdWords API program in 2007.
He founded Media Cause to give a bigger voice to those making the world a better place. He has always been passionate about creative problem solving and developing scalable solutions. Now he gets to do that with organizations that are solving some of the biggest issues facing our communities, people, and planet with the best team of digital marketers and nonprofit strategists in the world.
When not in the office Eric can be found hiking, mountain biking, playing old man hoops, yelling about Bay Area sports, and trying to soak up every minute of life with Cheryl, Carter, and Quinn.
Cody Damon is a strategic communications advisor known best for his work creating high-impact communications for the social good sector. His career spans a variety of communication disciplines, working with organizations like (RED), NRDC, Thorn and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and dozens more, where he has architected and managed the implementation of large-scale digital marketing programs.
He is based in Boston, where he champions new waves in digital marketing through entrepreneurship and technological innovation. An avid consumer of data, he specializes in turning analytics into sound digital communications strategies and identifying solutions for gaps in data. Cody loves working with organizations creating positive change within the world - whether it's a local startup incubator or an international NGO - through smart, strategic communications poised for digital.
He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds a Masters in Global Communications, Public Sphere Theory from the American University of Paris. Cody holds various board and advisory roles and is especially interested in high-impact organizations with a global reach or scope.
If Cody isn't in the office, he is probably talking in accents at hotel bars.
Amy Small is the SVP, Creative + Brand at Media Cause, a mission-driven digital marketing and creative agency that helps nonprofits grow and accelerate their impact. Before joining Media Cause and opening the agency’s Atlanta office in 2018, she spent 15+ years in the consumer advertising world, developing award-winning campaigns, digital activations, CSR initiatives, and strategic platforms for major global brands including Kleenex, Krispy Kreme, and Keurig. Now, having found a greater sense of purpose and fulfillment in her professional life, she strives to bring the same consumer-minded insights and human-centered creative approaches to building stronger nonprofit campaigns across a full-spectrum of issue spaces, from educational and social inequity to animal welfare and homelessness.
In addition to her official work at Media Cause, Amy serves as Program Director for the RiseUP Marketing Fellowship, volunteers her time as a mentor through various industry program, frequently speaks at conferences and webinars, and and has been a judge for the Webby Awards, Effie Awards, and The One Club Portfolio Review. She is also a passionate advocate of breaking down the barriers around mental health and wellness in our culture, and brings her personal studies of mindfulness, empathy, compassion, and resilience to her team and her work.
Brad started his career in television casting and development before moving to the new world of the World Wide Web, spending the next several years working in digital media at startups and marketing agencies. From 2007 to 2010, he served as Director of New Media and Online Strategy for the Massachusetts governor’s office where he worked to better connect citizens with their government by tackling organizational, cultural and technical issues around government use of digital and social media including privacy, copyright, accessibility, data security, employee training and customer service. From 2010 to 2019, he was with ad agency Hill Holliday working on digital and social media strategy for Fortune 500 brands' consumer and cause marketing programs, and leading internally on team training, management, and diversity, equity and inclusion. He's also led seminars and taught graduate classes on digital and social media marketing and lends help to various small businesses and nonprofits.
Brad came to Media Cause to work with a team and clients who are dedicated to doing smart, strategic, creative work that also makes a positive impact in the world at a time that it’s very much needed.
When not working, Brad can be found hanging out with his husband and cat binge-watching the latest and greatest, trying not to hurt his aging body at the gym, reading or watching any type of content on happiness and purpose in life, or getting outside for a walk, bike ride or hike.
Michelle began her work with nonprofits as an intern for Californians for Justice, where she played a large role in event and grassroots campaign planning. Expanding her skillset, Michelle moved to GlobalMojo, where she helped execute user acquisition strategies for several foundation clients, including the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the Avril Lavigne Foundation.
Michelle joined Media Cause in 2013 to leverage her marketing skills to create a better world. Michelle is especially passionate about organizations that are working to improve the lives of people with chronic health conditions.
When not at work, Michelle can be found at the beach or local brewery.
After graduating from Boston University's College of Communication, Katey chose to build online communities for consumer education initiatives. This passion point led her to a number of unique opportunities, including managing the digital presence for a national food labeling campaign.
Katey believes in the power of leveraging digital media to influence social change. Her passion for nonprofits grew out of service trips to places like Nepal and the Dominican Republic, where she grew inspired to use her communication skills for the greater good.
When not at the office, Katey can be found teaching pilates, snowboarding at Jay Peak, or finding something new to pickle.
Ian has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit marketing and communications with a focus on digital strategy. Most recently, Ian worked as the digital strategist for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, where he developed and implemented online brand awareness and fundraising initiatives.
Ian is passionate about helping nonprofits tell their stories to increase awareness, engage supporters, and raise funds. Now at Media Cause, he can apply his skills to a variety of causes simultaneously.
When not at work, Ian can be found on the soccer field or out camping with his wife and dog.
Luke hails from the TV and entertainment industry, where he honed his digital marketing and social media chops on behalf of networks large and small. He got his start writing newsletters and website copy for CPG brands at the content marketing agency Story Worldwide.
A strong believer in the power of online communities to affect real world change, Luke has a passion for our worldâ€™s wild places and protected parks, and a love for animals everywhere. With his favorite green spaces and his puggle Little Bear in mind, Luke is inspired to use his digital marketing skills for the greater good.
When not in the office, Luke can be found planning his next road trip, walking Little Bear, tweeting, and tweeting some more.
Rob earned a Master of Arts in Visual Communication from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and cut his teeth at a number of notable New York City and San Francisco design studios.
After several years helping small tech start-ups and big global brands tell their stories, Rob felt that something was missing. He joined Media Cause so he could help nonprofits tell their stories instead.
When not in the office, Rob can be found exploring the wilds of Oakland (both urban and natural) with his two-year-old son Jack.
Maggie's first internship was in high school at a nonprofit called WaterFire Providence. This is where her interest and passion for nonprofit work started. She then studied Economics and Sociology at Connecticut College with the goal of understanding how society and the economy can form a relationship to foster social good. After graduating, Maggie built the foundation for her digital marketing and communications career in the fashion industry and was reunited with her passion for social good work by partnering on a project with Make-A-Wish.
Maggie became part of the Media Cause family because she wants to use her experience and skills to make an impact for nonprofit clients and for the world.
When OOO, you might be able to find her training for a race, exploring nature trails, trying to perfect the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe or in the ocean.
Mina's love for digital marketing started in the college when she was studying business administration. Right after college, she started working on creating digital marketing campaigns and developing inbound marketing tactics for companies. To expand her knowledge on Digital Marketing practices, she came to Boston to pursue a master's degree in Digital Media at Northeastern University. While studying there she had the chance to work with startups and helped them to develop their branding and online marketing presence.
Mina joined to the Media Cause team because she is passionate about using her experience and education to help people and organizations to tell great stories and make a positive impact.
When not at work, Mina can be found scrolling down her Instagram feed, shooting photos and attending sports classes. She loves traveling and has a long bucket list of places to visit.
Safiyyah started her digital marketing career in the communications department at Earthjustice. She had the opportunity to work in user acquisition and growth marketing for Silicon Valley startups before returning to her roots in the nonprofit space. She is a graduate of Stanford University where she majored in Earth Systems.
Safiyyah joined Media Cause to help nonprofits and social enterprises create a lasting impact using the latest digital marketing tools and strategies.
Outside of the office, Safiyyah can be found watching cat videos on YouTube.
Ryan spent 3 years at SapientRazorfish delivering web design and development projects for Mercedes-Benz and UPS, 11 years at Studiocom/VML leading digital marketing efforts for Kleenex Brand, and managing engagements for McCormick, Kimberly-Clark, Coca-Cola and others.
Ryan believes in making positive change in the world and helping those who do the same realize those goals. Heâ€™s looking forward to the opportunity here!
When not in the office, Ryan can be found playing with his son, walking his dog, enjoying time together with his wife, trying to get his cat not to bite his feet, or just having a drink with friends.
Having spent a number of years abroad in international development Jillian's most recently come from the start-up world of SF, where she's scaled operations at an education technology start-up. A native of Chicago, she received her Master's degree in International Management from King's College London.
Having seen and worked with many nonprofits abroad Jillian is very committed in helping social impact organizations spread their impact and reach. Jillian is committed to helping make this world a smaller, more connected place and is excited by the potential of digital marketing to further this along.
When not working Jillian can be found doing anything outdoorsy in the Bay Area, brewery hoping, and trying to figure out how to navigate SF's hills on rollerblades (while still figuring out how to brake!)
Melvin's path has not been traditional. Melvin started as a professional basketball player in France before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the press and communications officer for the Consulate General of France in San Francisco. Being in the Bay got him intrigued about Silicon Valley so he joined an early stage startup as their first employee. There, Melvin was leading all marketing efforts while also thriving as a jack of all trades. Last but not least, Melvin's been a part-time NBA journalist for the last six years.
A trip to Iceland made Melvin rethink my priorities and realize that he wanted to have a bigger, more positive impact on the world. Melvin's also always been interested in many societal issues and curious about working for a marketing agency so Media Cause became a no-brainer.
When not working, you can usually find Melvin hanging out in the city with his wife and his dog, planning their next adventure abroad or throwing dinner parties for friends. Melvin also spend a decent amount of time in the bowels of Oracle Arena interviewing NBA players.
Sarah started her marketing and communications career in the travel and tourism sector of Atlanta. From there, she moved to internal marketing at the Professional Photographers of America, handling their social strategy and conference communication. After growing membership and conference attendance year over year, Sarah transitioned over to the agency side where she worked with national consumer packaged goods in digital and print media space. She is a graduate of North Central College where she majored in Marketing and Finance, and attended Arizona State University for her masters in Recreation, Tourism and Non-Profit Management.
The first agency Sarah experienced sold frozen, deep-fried food. After writing copy that tried to put cheese logs as a healthier option than broccoli, she knew that kind of agency life wasn't for her. She's always loved helping people and causes she believed in, so marrying her love of creative with the incredible roster of Media Cause clients was a natural draw.
When not at work Sarah can be found improvising on stage at the Village Theatre or hiking in the north Georgia Mountains.
Dan started his digital fundraising career at Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, developing peer-to-peer activities for two annual Greater Chicago Prostate Cancer Run Walk & Rolls. From there, Dan spent seven years at the Smithsonian Institution, managing the digital components of the Friends of the Smithsonian direct response program, mid-level donor program and working across the different Smithsonian units, supporting their digital fundraising efforts. While at the Smithsonian, Dan earned his Masters Degree in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy. Next, Dan moved to World Food Program USA, building out their digital fundraising program from the ground up and developing an award winning monthly donor program over the course of three years.
In 2021, Dan earned his Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation from CFRE International and has 15 years of digital fundraising experience.
Since joining Media Cause in 2018, the favorite part of his job has been the opportunity to work with a wide variety of nonprofits that are striving to make the world a better place. He’s been inspired on a daily basis helping passionate clients achieve their fundraising goals.
Stephanie started her marketing career in Boston, where she spent 4 years at Digitas LBi, as a Paid Search Analyst and Sr. Paid Search Analyst for a large ecommerce brand. From there, she moved to Shoes.com, where she spent a year managing search and display campaigns and helping to drive revenue growth. Most recently, Stephanie relocated to the Bay Area, where she worked as a Sr. Account Manager at 3Q Digital, managing digital marketing strategy for B2B lead generation clients, and gaining valuable experience on social platforms and YouTube.
Volunteering and giving back to the community have always been a huge part of Stephanie's life as well. While in Boston, she served as a Volunteer Leader for Boston Cares, and upon relocating to the Bay Area, she immediately got involved at Marin Humane Society and looks forward to spending time with the cats there every weekend.
Stephanie feels happiest when she knows the works she's doing is having a meaningful, positive impact. Working at MediaCause provides her the opportunity to take the skills she learned in the corporate world, and use them to help organizations achieve their missions to make the world a better place.
When not at work, Stephanie can be found hiking, snuggling with her dog and cat - Noodle and Doris, going to concerts, cooking/baking, reading, or hanging out with the cats at Marin Humane.
Sarah got her start in fundraising straight out of college, when she accepted a nonprofit job in Boston on a lark and quickly found her niche. She’s worked with a variety of organizations within the PIRG network and, more recently, with Partners In Health as the Senior Manager of Digital Fundraising.
Sarah has seen first-hand the tremendous impact nonprofits can make in the world, and believes few jobs can be more rewarding. She came to Media Cause eager to help a range of organizations reach their fundraising potential, so they can act on their wonderful ideas and change the world.
When she isn’t working, Sarah can be found enjoying the great outdoors and the great indoors. She loves spending time exploring cities and wilderness alike and rarely passes up the chance to unwind with a good book at home with her lap cat, Astrid.
Janine comes from a background in international development and nonprofit work. She has experience in project management, fundraising, and digital communications and has worked in a range of organizations, within the U.S. and abroad. She most recently completed a Global Advocate Fellowship, where she was partnered with the Budondo Intercultural Center—a small maternal health clinic in rural Uganda. As a Global Advocate, Janine fundraised $23k for the BIC, conducted impact assessments on their income-generating programs, and implemented a digital strategy to raise awareness and support fundraising efforts.
Janine has always wanted to be part of changemaking — and has found that in non-profit and social impact work. Media Cause allows her to bring her digital communications skills to their range of social impact clients.
When she’s not working, you can find Janine on a long walk, planning her next trip, or finding a new cozy bar.
Ansley has worked as a designer since graduating high school. She has worked as a product and graphic designer in Thailand, where she partnered with local artisans to help market their small businesses. She has worked in the for-profit world for a small but mighty creative team that managed expanding cafe and restaurant brands in the Bay Area. She has also worked as a freelancer, on projects ranging from web design for elephant rescue resorts in Nepal to UI/UX design connecting the county of LA to a directory of over 50,000 health and human services.
Ansley has been traveled and worked all over the world. She holds an endlessly deep curiosity and compassion for the world’s people and places. She believes that in marketing if we’re going to sell something well, we should only sell something that does good for the world. She brought her variety of nonprofit and for-profit experience and drive for change to Media Cause to do so!
Ansley is usually either headed to the mountains or the coast to find the best Norcal hiking trails or camping spots or writing music with her band under a tree somewhere. When she’s not on the move, she’s enjoying the local Bay Area music scene, or making art in her home with her best friends.
Tori is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., receiving a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. She began her career in the nonprofit industry at the World Affairs Councils of America as a program assistant, where she drafted grant reports, liaised with local grantees and program sponsors, and implemented multiple grant-funded national education program series. In 2017, Tori joined the Newseum’s in-house marketing staff as its marketing coordinator and later transitioned to an email marketing position on the digital team where she strategized ways to expand the Newseum’s web audience and mailing lists. She also produced engaging content for the Newseum and Freedom Forum Institute websites, and expanded monthly reporting to include data metrics on performance and engagement across website platforms and over 300 emails annually.
Tori built and developed her professional skill set as an employee in the nonprofit industry and sought to continue using her talents to make a positive change in the world. She aspires to find creative solutions and provide effective support for nonprofits seeking to broaden the scope of their digital and fundraising programs.
When out of the office, you’ll find Tori cooking her latest creation (lately she’s been experimenting with several risotto recipes), over watering her herb plants or exploring local Virginia wineries.
Clara kicked off her career in New York City, working for the University of Oxford’s North American Office. While there, she learned from some of the best major gifts officers out there about stewardship and relationship building. Clara then started and managed Oxford’s social media channels to engage its alumni in North America. Her next job as the Advocacy and Mobilizations Communications Manager for International Justice Mission combined her international background and education with her passion for justice. Clara used her skills to develop a cutting-edge advocacy platform and leveraged digital media to mobilize thousands in the fight to end modern slavery. Clara went on to lead the charge in developing an organization-wide community platform for IJM, and building up and growing the organization’s peer-to-peer fundraising program. Throughout her career, Clara has supported causes and brands by articulating their purpose and voicing it on their behalf with professionalism, creativity, and passion.
None of us can change everything that’s wrong with the world, but if each of us does what we can, we stand a chance of making this blue marble the type of place we all want to live. Clara believes in doing what she can while she can and in helping people who are doing good do it better—and have an even bigger impact.
When she’s not working, you’ll find Clara at a restaurant (an old-favorite or a new-found spot) or cafe, playing Assassin’s Creed, nose-deep in a good book, or detoxing with some hot yoga. Wherever she is and whatever she’s doing, she’ll probably be with her person, Stephen, and her best fur-friend, Berkeley.
Nicola majored in advertising at The University of Tennessee and earned her Masters in Business Administration from the McColl School of Business at Queens College in Charlotte, NC. She began her career as a media planner at McCann-Erickson in New York then evolved into sales and customer analysis positions with Anheuser-Busch and Coca-Cola and also served as the Director of Customer Relationship Management at a clothing retailer. After several years on the for-profit side, Nicola was able to combine her personal interests with career interests and landed a digital fundraising role at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. (She was a Media Cause client five years before becoming an employee.) The common thread throughout Nicola’s career has been a keen interest in data and customer behavior and channeling insights into creative marketing and fundraising solutions.
Nicola truly believes that “once you go nonprofit, you can’t go back.” The foundation of her career is built on for profit experience that she leverages to build campaigns and strategies that seek to further the positive impact that nonprofits have on the world.
From 5 to 9, Nicola works for two littles that keep her running and learning things like new math. The weekends are full of yoga, swimming, camping with her family, gardening, U6 soccer, horse shows, reading and cheering on the Vols.
Courtney is a graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a specialization in New Media and Communication Technology and a minor in Human Development and Family Science. She started her career as a Marketing Strategist with an agency that helps small to medium business owners grow their business with various digital marketing strategies.
Courtney has always loved helping others and creating positive change. Media Cause has given her the opportunity to work with several different nonprofits who are trying to make a difference in the world.
When she isn’t working, Courtney can be found exploring D.C and trying to discover a new coffee shop or restaurant. She also loves spending time watching and playing soccer, rock climbing, and baking new creations.
Over 15 years working agency side working on both B2C and B2B marketing campaigns. While Kim “grew up” in the digital media space she has since become skilled at planning cross-channel media campaigns including outdoor, print and audio. Past clients include Emirates Airline, Choice Hotels, BNYMellon, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, Bayer Pharmaceutical, Tribe Hummus, Toy State, Bright Horizons Child Care, Children’s Hospital Boston and Gallo Wines.
As an original Media Cause employee, Taylor’s career started during the early years of the agency. During her five years at Media Cause, Taylor evolved from an Intern to Account Director, leading Digital and Fundraising strategies for accounts such as Cornell Lab of Ornithology and NRDC. In the last two years, Taylor worked at an up and coming educational tech start-up—building their marketing department and strategy from the ground up.
Growing up Taylor always volunteered for various Best Buddies programs. She knew very quickly being involved and something “for good” was a career path she needed to go in. After studying digital and nonprofit marketing, it confirmed her desire to apply her marketing education and experiences as a tool to create impact and change.
When Taylor’s not working, you can find her trying new restaurants, at the beach or on the water—and helping coach ice hockey in the winter.
California native Benjamin started his career at Kaiser Permanente as a KP Launch intern in downtown Oakland, where he worked for two summers developing key analytical skills from working in both finance and program management. Being born in Fiji Islands and also being the son of two Nigerian immigrants, Benjamin navigated through his professional and educational life with undocumented status. He did not let his status define him, as he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, in the spring of 2020. During his time in college, his interests slowly shifted from finance to digital marketing, when he took on a social media coordinator role for a small organization on his college campus. His favorite thing about the digital marketing industry is being able to use advanced analytical tools + processes to influence positive decision-making in online social media/search users. Since joining Media Cause, Benjamin has done everything, from organic social, community management, and Google Ad Grant paid advertising.
In his final year of college, Benjamin joined COOP, a digital marketing program for underrepresented individuals looking to overcome underemployment in the tech industry. In the Fall of 2020, Benjamin ended up being one of three fellows of the first Rise Up fellowship cohort. After completing the fellowship, Benjamin was offered a full time role at Media Cause as an Associate Account Strategist.
Outside of work, Benjamin loves to spend time with family and friends. He also enjoys a sunny day at a beach or lake and loves exploring intimate outdoor locations in the Bay Area. He’s recently used his extra free time during the pandemic to brush up on his golf skills and hopes to be PGA Tour ready very soon!
Started her career in philanthropy and youth development. Pegged as the “millennial” I transitioned into social media and corporate communications. From 2010-2016 I managed social media for both for profit and non-profit organizations including Georgia-Pacific, Carters|OshKosh B’Gosh, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Assurant. Most recently I spent 4 years leading social media for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Been featured on The Social Pros podcast and at The Social Shakeup Conference, Social Fresh Conference, Social Strategies Summit and more.
Came to MC to build and strengthen MC’s Social Media Strategy capability and further establish Media Cause as a thought leader in the non-profit industry specific to social.
Taking a stroll on the Atlanta Beltline, in North Georgia Wine country or the South Carolina lowcountry.
After graduating from Appalachian State University in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Hunter traded in mountain life for seaside living in sunny Wilmington, NC, where she has spent the last three years as a passionate digital marketer. Hunter is experienced in creating inbound marketing strategies for a variety of B2B and B2C clients, focusing on full-stack marketing activities such as social advertising, paid search, email marketing, conversion optimization, content marketing, and lead generation.
A strong calling to do more purposeful work, fill the cups of others, and move missions forward with my skill set. To work alongside a team with shared values and find passion in my work!
Walking the beach with my silver lab, Winnie, boat cruising the ICW, practicing yoga, tending to my house plants, running, and eating good food with friends.
Bianca brings years of experience in digital communications, from issue and candidate campaigns to marketing in several verticals. As the Lead Social Media Strategist with Farinella, LLC., Bianca developed and executed digital communications strategies across organic social, paid media, and email. In the summer of 2020, she co-founded the Coalition of Local Anti-Rape Advocates (CLARA) to influence local policies, elect surivor-centered candidates, and build the survivor community’s political power. A few months later, CLARA launched its Voter Education Guide with Bianca as the Communications Lead. To this day, Bianca continues to use strategic digital communications to create real world political change.
Bianca is passionate about supporting organizations working to make the world a better place and believes in the importance of digital communications to achieve this. She is eager to work in community with a team of people who share these values.
When I’m not working, you can find me walking around Lake Merritt or soaking up the sun with a great sandwich in hand.
Nate graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Strategic Communication. He’s worked in a variety of different industries including nonprofit work, eCommerce, retail and healthcare, where he utilized his passion for marketing to help his clients achieve their goals through digital marketing efforts.
With a strong desire to help others and drive change, Nate wanted to take all the skills and experience he learned over his career to make an impact in the world with a team of fantastic, like-minded individuals.
Outside of work, you can find Nate hiking with his two pups, eating a large bowl of pad thai (extra peanuts) or hanging off a rock wall at his local climbing gym.
Ethan earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis, where he studied Sociology with a focus on Nonprofit Management. There, he also received the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential. In Spring 2020, he completed a Master's degree in Psychology from Northcentral University. Since then, he's been learning more about marketing technology solutions and data analytics through the lens of psychology and human behavior. To stay on top of trends and technology, he regularly researches, reads tech articles, and attends online certification courses.
In addition, he's also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS). NSLS is an organization that focuses on the personal + professional development of young and adult learners.
This may surprise you, but when Ethan is not working he likes to relax.
One of his favorite ways to relax is by taking his two dogs, Charlie and Oliver, on long walks and dog parks. He also enjoys volunteering at a local animal shelter, cooking meals for his friends, working on his lawn and rose garden, and scrolling through TikTok to find the best tips + hacks for everyday life. When he's feeling adventurous, he'll take his dogs on a weekend road trip to a nearby city to explore hiking trails, campgrounds, and local dog-friendly bars/restaurants.
Stephanie graduated Georgia State University with a degree in Social Work during the 2008 recession and saw severe cuts in social spending. Having witnessed so many organizations shutter, she transformed her skills to work with young children and became a founding staff member of Turning Sun School. As the Director of Curriculum and Community Engagement, she partnered with Atlanta experts, artists, and organizations to nurture place-based education. She eventually transitioned into the position of Program Director at WonderRoot, an arts organization focused on the intersection of art and activism. She oversaw public art projects, film and gallery programming, and school and community partnerships. Later, she accepted a position as Program Operations Manager at Moving in the Spirit. She led a team of teaching artists, managed community partnerships, and worked to embed justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion into program operations.
Stephanie spends her time out of the office using her hands to build ceramic pieces, tend to her bees and flowers, and cook any Ottolenghi recipe with her partner. She serves as a co-editor and co-curator of fLoromancy- an art publication. As a new mama, Stephanie shares all of her joys with her baby while their jealous dog tries to join.
Alex graduated from San Diego State University in 2018 with a degree in journalism and public relations. The role that made her love non-profit work was working in the programming department at San Diego's NPR and PBS affiliate, KPBS. She also worked on the social media team at E! News, where she spent time building community and setting record-breaking engagement, especially through live tweeting award shows and The Bachelor. (If you ever want to discuss the latest in reality competition shows, she's got you!)
Alex has always had a drive to make a difference in the world and in her community. After spending 2020 getting more involved politically outside of work, she realized she wanted to make as much of a difference in her day job as she does outside of work, too.
Probably either asking friends to get boba with her, planning her strategy if she were to be on The Circle, or singing and dancing in front of her cat Dory.
For the last 8 years, Ryan has led communications and marketing efforts on the client and agency sides, most recently as founding Director of Communications at Character Lab (former MC client!), a behavioral science nonprofit founded by Dr. Angela Duckworth. Prior to that, he led content and design teams at a 4-time Inc 5000 agency dedicated to small business growth. Before that, he completed a PhD in English at the University of Cambridge, where his research focused on challenges in the interpretation of literary language. And before that he was a carpenter in New York City.
Ryan first heard about Media Cause as a former client working at Character Lab. Working at MC is the ideal opportunity to combine his experience on the client and agency sides while working with clients across the social sector.
Jotting down a few odd sentences, eating pasta, sipping whisky, reading a book, or watching the occasional basketball game.
For 3 years, Patty worked in the fast-paced world of magazine publishing, and oversaw social media strategy and community management for Cosmopolitan magazine’s social media platforms. It was there that she gained the skills needed to scale and engage a large brand’s social audience—and in 2020, her team received recognition from the Webby Awards as an honoree for the Best Overall Social Presence Media/Entertainment category. Previously, she helped build the social audience and strategy at USA Today’s Reviewed in Boston. Patty is a proud graduate of UMass Amherst, where she studied Communication.
During quarantine, Patty felt a strong pull to use her social media skills for good and researched how she could make the pivot from magazine publishing to supporting nonprofits. Enter Media Cause, whose mission and breadth of award-winning work inspired Patty to reach out and ultimately find a place on MC’s social media team.
Outside of work, you can be sure to find Patty in the general vicinity of good food—whether she is cooking, eating, or both—or outside soaking up the sun (you know, when it isn’t wintertime in New England)!
Megan’s passion for nonprofit communication began when she wrote her high school thesis on the water crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa. Shocked that she didn’t know the intricacies of this crisis prior to her research, she made it a mission to share nonprofits’ messages with the world.
After studying Public Relations at University of Maryland College Park, Megan moved to Denver to start gaining advertising experience. For five years, she worked in the for-profit world managing paid media budgets, campaigns, and reporting for clients including Ford, InnovAge, Denver International Airport and Hack Reactor. While Megan’s work with ad agencies fulfilled her career growth goals, she frequently searched for nonprofit-focused agencies to fulfill her passion points. Megan is thrilled to bring her media experience to the nonprofit world. She thrives when she’s able to use her creative, big picture-oriented ENFP brain alongside nitty gritty performance data.
Megan loves the weekend warrior Colorado lifestyle. You can find her chasing fresh powder on her skis, galavanting around dog parks with her pup Karoo, hosting friends for backyard potlucks, and dancing at as many Red Rocks shows as possible. She grounds herself through hot yoga + meditation, journaling + reading, and learning about personality types.
Most recently, Alex was the director of development and marketing at nonprofit Village Enterprise, spearheading the organization's brand, marketing, communications, and individual fundraising efforts. Before Village Enterprise, Alex served as the director of communications at the global e-commerce platform StockX where she helped develop and execute the company’s public relations strategy through corporate social responsibility and nonprofit engagement, external, internal, and executive communications. With over 12 years of experience working on all aspects of communications and philanthropic initiatives — from celebrity publicity to nonprofits to startups — the majority of Alex's career has been spent working at nonprofit buildOn, where she held the roles of global director of communications and development director of Detroit. During her tenure, Alex built proactive relationships to generate media coverage, secured strategic fundraising partnerships, and helped raise the company's profile through innovative cause-marketing efforts.
Alex can be found hanging with her fur family, including her husband. She also loves getting outside year round, eating good food, cooking, baking poorly (Covid hobby), traveling, reading, running, watching reruns of The Office, or doing hip-hop yoga.
Kristen started her career at a small grassroots climate nonprofit in the DC region working to pass state and local climate legislation after earning a B.A. in Environmental Policy at a small liberal arts college in Vermont. After working on several successful advocacy campaigns, Kristen joined M+R, a nonprofit marketing agency, working with small to large organizations to help them grow their digital fundraising and advocacy programs. During her four years at M+R, Kristen worked with over a dozen clients to develop actionable marketing reports, create automated data pipelines and conduct test analyses for marketing experiments designed to optimize performance. During this time, Kristen also spent her evenings earning an M.S. in Geographic Information Science, graduating in the spring of 2021. Kristen brings deep experience in marketing analytics approaches and a variety of coding and scripting languages to support smarter, more efficient reporting capabilities to Media Cause.
You can find Kristen hanging out with her dog, checking out live music in town, crafting tasty cocktails, cooking crab cakes and spending time with family on her days off.
After receiving a masters degree in journalism from Northwestern University, Kjerstin wanted to find a way to make a bigger impact in the world. After working freelance and in-house gigs as a copywriter, account manager and editor at start ups, she joined an education advocacy and grantmaking organization focusing on closing the achievement and opportunity gap for marginalized students in South Seattle and South King County. Kjerstin helped create communications and brand strategy for nonprofits focusing on early childhood education, social emotional learning and helped grow college and career pathway exploration for all ages in partnership with local businesses, government and nonprofit agencies. She has also worked in homelessness services, helping guide the rebranding of a 100-year-old nonprofit. Most recently Kjerstin helped shape groundbreaking new fundraising initiatives in public media, including participating in NPR’s Public Radio Incubation Lab, where she was part of a six-person research cohort examining how NPR could best use digital platforms to support member station revenue generation. She also has a certificate from NTEN in Nonprofit Technology Management, and as a lifelong learner, is always eager to expand her skillsets to support important missions across service areas. Kjerstin’s favorite approach to working is human-centered design thinking to get teams thinking outside the box and furthering funding for critical causes that improve society.
Enjoying live music at one of the great venues in Seattle, or playing video games with a cup of tea and one (or both) of her two cats snuggling her on the couch. She also volunteers at food banks and serves on a nonprofit board, because of her deep commitment to making the region she grew up in accessible for all members of the community.
Amelia started her career as a field organizer for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign after earning a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Community Action from The University of Michigan. Amelia then made the move from Michigan to Seattle, where she joined a political fundraising firm focused on electing progressive candidates up and down the ballot in Washington State. After gaining several years of political consulting and fundraising experience, Amelia moved to the nonprofit sector to organize and drive membership for an environmental advocacy organization. Most recently, Amelia grew her specialization in digital media and paid advertising at Strategies 360, a public relations firm offering a full-service approach to public policy, marketing, communications, creative services, polling, and federal and state lobbying. There, Amelia combined her background in politics and policy with her growing interest in digital media as a Digital Account Manager, and led digital advertising strategy for political, nonprofit, government, and commercial clients. Amelia brings political savvy and an advocacy background to paid media, and builds compelling, data-driven, people-first persuasion, acquisition, and conversion campaigns for Media Cause clients.
You can find Amelia exploring the many parks, beaches, restaurants and bars of Seattle, reading a book, listening to a podcast, or spending quality time with friends.
Anna's love of all things creative led her to Framingham State University, where she earned her degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in Visual Media. In 2017, she began her professional career working as the Graphic Design and Social Media intern for Jack's Abby Craft Lagers, one of the largest craft breweries in New England. In the winter of 2018, she was hired on full time as their first in-house Graphic Designer, and within months she was their lead designer, maintaining consistent brand voice and image across Jack's Abby Brewing, their on-premise restaurant Jack's Abby Beer Hall and Kitchen, and their sister company Springdale Beer Co. She's collaborated with several local and national partners, including The Boston Celtics. Her work has been featured in Craft Beer and Brewing, Octoberfest Magazine, and on shelves throughout New England. In 2020, her work was recognized at the Craft Beer Marketing Awards, honoring the best marketing and designs from around the world. The Springdale Beer Co. team was awarded three Crushies for excellence in Tap Handle Design, Brewery Rebranding, and Pandemic Marketing Strategy.
You can find Anna decorating (and redecorating) her apartment, booking tickets to a new adventure, or fighting for her life in a mosh pit. But wherever you find her, her outfit will be on point.
Lydia started her career in media strategy as a digital associate at DDC Public Affairs where she was responsible for coordinating paid media launches and providing analytical reports on campaign performance to clients in the energy, healthcare and agriculture sectors. She also has experience in social intelligence as well as cross-channel campaign management. Lydia is a graduate of Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she majored in English with a focus in Business Writing and minored in Marketing and Management. While at Salisbury, Lydia was a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority where she was Director of Recruitment and first discovered her passion for advertising, PR and social media.
After gaining valuable insights into media strategy at her prior agency, but feeling as though she could be making a more positive impact on the world, Lydia found Media Cause to be the perfect home for her. She is inspired daily by the wide scope of clients and goals that MC dedicates themselves to and feels that she can come to work every day with the proper means to inspire effective change in the advertising industry and challenge herself to work harder and learn more than the day before.
You can find Lydia just about anywhere in the world! I have been to 23 countries, 60 cities and am fluent in French. When home, I am usually at a Caps games, enjoying good HH with friends, or hanging out with my big, loud Polish/Algerian family 🙂
Katherine got her start in digital marketing in 2018 when she decided to take the most hands-on approach she could think of: creating her own online shop. Being a self-starter, her goal was to learn the ins and outs of modern businesses and how to utilize marketing to take them to greater heights. In 2019 she stepped into the buzzing world of eCommerce startups where she applied her experience and built upon her digital marketing skill set. She led teams in customer experience and social media community management, as well as worked alongside performance marketing teams. Her musically oriented studies at Belmont University helped her approach her work in a creative and harmonious way and she soon found that paid media was the perfect marriage of her love for creativity and her drive to problem solve.
Media Cause immediately stood out to her as a team that cared just as much for its teammates as it does its clients. The work that this team does is nothing short of inspiring and she knew that was the kind of team she wanted to be a part of.
Outside of work you can find Katherine lounging around with her two silly cats, roller skating outdoors, belting out some Broadway hits in her kitchen or at karaoke, or taking some quiet time to breathe in the sunset at the beach.
Megan has 3 years of marketing agency experience working with all sorts of clients, mainly education, medical, and law. Additionally 3 years of non-profit experience which stemmed from a combination of a college internship and a love for volunteering for all sorts of causes (which led to some cool awards and scholarships). She has always loved marketing and graduated from UGA with a Marketing Degree with an Emphasis in Digital Marketing, and has had random roles from Marketing Specialist to Paid Facebook, until she found her sweet spot in SEO. SEO is ever-changing, with so many possibilities, that it keeps Megan on her toes and encourages her to continue education in SEO.
After experiencing toxic workplaces, and feeling as though she wasn’t making a strong impact in her work, she was immediately intrigued by Media Cause. While passionate about so many areas of life, her job didn’t give her that feeling of “I’m making a difference”. Drawn to making a difference and wanting to feel more fulfilled in work, Megan knew MC was the place for her!
Living in ATL and as active as I am, you can find me doing just about anything - swimming, running, taking tennis lessons, exploring, etc. Additionally, I started a food Instagram account, with the hopes of publishing a cookbook one day, so my husband eats a LOT of good food. But you can also find me with friends and family, those who mean the world to me.
Ben brings years of sales and management experience in digital marketing and advertising. Ben led the digital marketing team at Cumulus Media’s S.F. division, was a digital sales strategist for CBS radio and Entercom (after the merger), and he co-founded 2 Tall Guys Marketing. Ben played college volleyball at SDSU, was a member of the USA Men’s National Volleyball Team for 3 years, and played professionally in Finland. This led him to a 20 year college volleyball coaching career, prior to his marketing career. Ben serves on a number of nonprofit boards, and still gives back to the volleyball community giving occasional lessons at a local volleyball club.
Ben was drawn to MC from the philanthropic and educational messages he noticed on LinkedIn. The selflessness and desire to make a true impact led him to learn more about MC. It was clear that this was a unique opportunity to make a difference in a field that he loves.
When not working, he's taking in all that the Bay Area has to offer, from Napa wine tasting to volleyball, music shows in Oakland to restaurant hopping in SF.
Alyssa graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Communications. After college, she was a social media freelancer working with several small businesses. More recently, she worked at a marketing agency overseeing diverse clients across different industries. She prides herself in the involvement she has had in making small businesses thrive.
Alyssa has always had a passion for getting involved with social issues/causes and nonprofits. When she discovered Media Cause, she was ecstatic because she saw the potential to have her passions and career overlap in a new way. She loves that she now has the ability to combine her love for advocacy with her experience in marketing.
Outside of work, you can find Alyssa trying out a new recipe and binge-watching an outdated tv series with her husband or training for a marathon; there is no in between.
Shirley has always had a heart for humanitarian efforts and marketing since her college days at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Her first marketing gig was an open-campus event called Multicultural AIDS Awareness Day, where she was able to bring in about 4,000 participants. She was also the Marketing and Social Media Coordinator for a women’s business organization called Providing Opportunity for Women (POW). She was then recognized by the Marketing Department at SFSU, where she later became an event marketing intern. After obtaining her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, she grew her skills + network at COOP Careers, where she eventually taught other aspiring marketers and worked with many nonprofits via the Google Online Marketing Challenge. She now has 3+ years of experience working with nonprofits of all sizes and brings her love for marketing strategy + DEI to the table to help nonprofits serve their communities.
When not at work, you can find Shirley either on a hiking trail somewhere in Northern California, in a dance studio, or out with friends eating amazing local food.
Michelle considers herself a Jill-of-All-Trades. From building, managing, and marketing her own children-centric company with her team of five independent contractors from 2012-2017, growing a creative brand to over 100k combined across social platforms, to hosting online creative events, her internal drive has always been community building. Her education spans from a Business Management college track to a Digital Marketing Program from Thinkful. Whether team support and training during a pandemic or building a resource-focused website for a collaborative online community, Michelle has always strived to try new ideas and bring a new perspective to any challenge!
Michelle was part of the 2nd RiseUP Cohort as our Social Media Fellow! After her fellowship with Media Cause, she transitioned into the role of Associate Social Strategist.
Outside of work you can find Michelle living for the simpler joys in life: leisurely painting, drinking locally roasted coffee in Portland, or making dinner in preparation for game night with her familia-community. On the weekends you might find her East Coast swing dancing or stretching her legs around the Columbia River Gorge looking for waterfalls with her covid pup and mini husky Luna.
Bridget brings 15+ years of experience from both in-house and agency roles to the Media Cause team. Whether working as the Director of Communications for a national nonprofit or developing long-term marketing plans for clients as an agency Account Director, she has always enjoyed applying innovative approaches to her campaigns. Bridget holds a degree in Visual Communications from the American College of Applied Arts, and in Public Relations from the University of Virginia.
Creating meaningful, measurable impact for nonprofits has been a constant thread in the fabric of Bridget’s career. She was immediately drawn to Media Cause for its focus on accelerating nonprofit missions, and for the vast knowledge and resources it employs to create positive results for its clients.
Based in Charlottesville, VA, Bridget loves camping, hiking, and gardening with her identical twin boys. Much of her free time is spent riding her horse, seeing live music, exercising, or reading.