About Us

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.

Eric Facas

Eric Facas

CEO

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.

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Cody Damon

Co-Founder

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.

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Amy Small

Amy Small

SVP, Creative + Brand Strategy

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.

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Brad Blake

Brad Blake

Chief Client Officer

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.

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Michelle Thai

Senior Account Director

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.

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Katey Parker

VP, Marketing Services

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.

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Ian Gardiner

Ian Gardiner

Senior Account Director

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.

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Dana Wilson

Associate Director, Project Management

After graduating with a degree in Marketing and International Studies, Dana moved to Chile where she taught English and volunteered with local nonprofits. Dana started her marketing career at a mentoring organization in Seattle where she managed their social media presence and digital efforts as they promoted their inaugural fundraising event. Most recently as a digital and SEM specialist at a Boston based media agency, Dana took a data heavy approach to dig through data to translate to digital marketing strategies and campaigns. Realizing the power of marketing in our digital world - Dana was drawn to Media Cause's mission to use this power in a meaningful and impactful way to spread the good. When not working you can find Dana climbing mountains, climbing rocks, or climbing out of the closest YMCA swimming pool.

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Luke Dringoli

Senior Director, MarTech

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 world’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.

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Rob Shaw

Art Director

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.

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Sara Trubiano

Senior Account Director

Sara has always been inspired by the Desmond Tutu quote "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." and hopes to do her little bit of good by helping mission-focused organizations grow and increase their impact through effective digital strategies. When not in the office, Sara can be found enjoying life by the water, spending time with her crazy Irish-Italian family and trying to play with strangers' dogs.

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Sarah Swan

Account Director

Sarah joins Media Cause with 4 years of experience in digital marketing and communications for the higher ed industry. Her previous position sent her around the world to over 20 countries, building brand awareness for graduate business schools and establishing strategic partnerships with global education organizations. Coming from a small company where she managed the marketing department, she has a wide range of experience in the marketing sphere. Sarah is passionate about sexual violence prevention and advocacy. In her spare time, she volunteers as a sexual violence advocate at a rape crisis center, working with survivors of assault in hospitals and on hotline calls. Sarah’s personal involvement in the SA/DV space and experience managing partnerships with nonprofits sparked her desire to work more directly with nonprofits in her 9-5. She believes in the power of digital marketing to raise awareness, create impact, and drive social change. She joined Media Cause to continue pursuing her love of marketing while helping the good guys be great! When not at work, Sarah can be found at concerts around Boston, planning her next trip, running along the water, or posting up at a fun new cocktail bar.

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Maggie Rakovic

Designer

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.

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Mina Poyraz

Account Strategist

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.

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Safiyyah Abdul-Khabir

Senior Account Strategist

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.

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Ryan Fuquea

VP, Project Management

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. He’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.

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Jess Eklund

Account Strategist

Jess triple-majored in Marketing, Communication, and Journalism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has always been fascinated with how digital media impacts the spread of ideas and values. She has experience with research, social media management, video production, and public relations. She also holds a strong passion for content creation through video-editing, photography, podcasting, and more. When not at work, Jess can usually be found wearing her Bose headphones while looking for new breakfast places to try, hitting the gym, or watching YouTube.

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Jillian Ingram

Senior Director of Operations

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!)

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Melvin Karsenti

Account Director

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.

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Sarah Ackerman

Sarah Ackerman

Director, Copy + Content

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, renovating a 1923 Craftsman with her husband, Jeff or hiking in the north Georgia Mountains.

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Dan Reed, CFRE

Senior Account Director, Digital Fundraising

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.

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Christian Madonna

Digital Fundraising Strategist

Christian started on his path at the University of Central Florida where he completed degrees in Marketing and International & Global Studies. Not too long after graduating, he packed his things and headed for Washington, DC. From there he went on to start working on international journalist exchange programs at the International Center for Journalists and quickly joined on to the development team, taking on managing fundraising, events, donor and program databases, and email strategy. From there, Christian joined onto the digital fundraising team at World Food Program USA, where he rose through the ranks to manage digital fundraising strategy, reporting, campaign strategy, email production, and coordination with partners in Rome and Berlin, and operation in all things Luminate. From day one back at university, Christian’s always wanted to make a positive impact in the world using the power of storytelling and leveraging the best digital tools. Every job since has been a stepping stone to this goal. Joining Media Cause made a lot of sense for Christian as a way to make a bigger impact in the world -- working on everything from public health to animal welfare and the environment. When he’s not building emails or running reports, Christian can be found hanging out with his partner Krista and their cat, Mochi, watching movies and playing video games, or recording their podcast over a couple of bottles of wine.

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Stephanie Schug

Associate Media Director

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.

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Sarah Dunlap

Associate Fundraising Director

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.

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Janine Guarino

Senior Account Strategist

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.

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Ansley Luce

Senior Designer

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.

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Tori Baskind

Senior Account Strategist, Fundraising

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.

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Clara Campbell

Associate Advocacy Director

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.

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Nicola Leckie

Senior Account Director, Fundraising

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. 

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Courtney Williamson

Account Strategist

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.

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Sarah Jarvis

Sarah Jarvis

Account Strategist

Born and raised in the small state of Rhode Island, Sarah graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a degree in Public Relations. With an urge to take on the city and live a more fast-paced life, Sarah took on Boston by storm, kick-starting her agency career in social media strategy working with consumer clients. Sarah thrives on seeing her clients’ social media communities grow. With a proven track record of growing clients’ social followings and increasing engagement, Sarah is excited to bring her experience to Media Cause by helping clients and the agency flourish within the social media space. 

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Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson

Senior Account Director, Media

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.

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Taylor Cote

Taylor Cote

Director of Strategic Marketing

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.

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Stephanie Bina

Senior Media Strategist

Stephanie found her place in the nonprofit world as a volunteer and intern at various organizations throughout San Diego during her undergrad at SDSU. After graduation, she took her B.S. in Marketing to 3Q Digital where she learned the ropes of media buying and digital strategy across the B2B tech vertical.  Itching to get back to the nonprofit space, it only felt right to bring her experience in paid media to Media Cause to have a hand in all the impact being made.  When Stephanie’s not working, you can find her at a comedy show, playing spike ball at the beach or checking off another hike on the All Trails app.

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Ida Persson

Associate Creative Director

Ida joined Media Cause as our first ever ACD. Having spent the last decade designing strategic marketing campaigns for B2B, B2C, and non-profit clients, she recognizes the importance of a big idea and the impact of a great story. Born and raised in Sweden, the Scandinavian design principles of functionality and simplicity color everything she does. And with inspiration and influences from two worlds, she understands the importance of diversity and collaboration throughout the creative process. Through previous NPO work with the Center for Public Safety and Amnesty International, she’s seen how design can be a force for change if we use our power and privilege to direct our attention to the people and places who need it the most. As a part of the Media Cause creative team, she gets the opportunity to use her creativity to solve important problems and create big impact. When she is not thinking about how we can design a better world, she can be found watching documentaries, listening to podcasts and swimming laps with the local swim team.  

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Isaiah

Isaiah Schutz-Ramon

Associate Strategist

 Isaiah graduated from Cal State - East Bay in May of 2020 with a B.S in Business Administration - Marketing, with a minor in Advertising. Although beginning with experiences from areas including the service industry, warehouse work, as well as several leadership positions in college as a member of Delta Sigma Pi, he got his start in digital marketing as a Digital Marketing Apprentice at COOP Careers, where he learned basic fundamentals of Paid Search, Paid Social and SEO. While searching for his first entry level position in digital marketing, Isaiah expanded his skills by dedicating his time at several small nonprofits, working as an SEO volunteer at Whole Brain Health Initiative, as an Analyst at REM & Company, as well as a Captain at COOP Careers.  Isaiah came to us through the RiseUp marketing fellowship, where upon the program's completion, he was offered a full time position here at Media Cause. Media Cause matched exactly what he wanted in a career - being able to combine his passion for making a difference with starting his career. Working as a Senior Captain with COOP Careers - helping recent college grads secure that bag, hanging out with friends in the East Bay, playing sports, or driving somewhere new (while dragging his friends with him).

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Benjamin Doherty

Benjamin Doherty

Associate Strategist

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!

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Tiffany Rivers

Tiffany Rivers

Director, Social Media

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.

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Christine Straub

Christine Straub

Senior Technical Project Manager

Christine started out her career at Newell Brands and traveled to Taiwan, China, and Japan to help with multiple SAP implementations. Then, she transitioned to the tech world and joined MailChimp. Christine joined MailChimp into the QA team, then found a passion for project management, managed the test engineering team, and later moved onto the partnerships team. On the partnerships team, she managed the build of new integrations that the software would integrate with including eCommerce, POS, and design applications. Christine wanted to do good while working alongside a great team so she made it a mission to find an organization that did exactly that! And while she has learned so much from being in tech and large corporations, Christine really thrives in intimate, relational, small(er) group settings. Outside of work, you can find Christine cozied up on the couch dreaming/designing up her dream home, yelping a new/local coffee shop to go try with friends, or working out on her pilates reformer at home

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Nick Eppinger

Nick Eppinger

Senior Media Strategist

After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with degrees in history and anthropology, Nick applied his communication skills at Bounteous (formerly LunaMetrics), a full-service agency focused on digital transformation. For over 6 years, Nick developed and managed paid search, social, and display programs for clients ranging from local non-profits and small businesses to Fortune 1000 companies and professional sports teams. He eventually helped lead the paid social media practice at Bounteous and has taught public workshops on Google Ads and the Google Marketing Platform across the country. Outside of work, Nick always volunteered his skills for local organizations, and wanted to join a team of passionate and like-minded folks to create an even bigger impact. Outside of work, Nick can be found training Brazilian jiu-jitsu, practicing new juggling tricks, learning about history, collecting used sneakers, or cheering on his hometown Philadelphia sports teams and Liverpool FC through good times and bad.

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Hunter Rimmer

Hunter Rimmer

Account Strategist

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.

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Bianca Rosen

Bianca Rosen

Account Strategist

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.

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Nate

Nate Pressler

Account Strategist

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.

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Ethan Touch

Ethan Touch, MA, CNP

Senior MarTech Strategist

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.

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Stephanie Kong

Stephanie Kong

Senior Project Manager

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.

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Alex Piscatelli

Alex Piscatelli

Account Strategist

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.

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Nicole Thomas

Nicole Thomas

Associate Account Director

Nicole has been working in the digital marketing world since 2012. After spending a few years in various places, including a stint in Thailand, Nicole found herself in Washington, DC in 2016. While she was excited to spend her first year in DC at a small agency, she quickly found a new opportunity at Georgetown University. During her four years at Georgetown, she worked with internal clients to strategize, implement, and optimize marketing strategies to achieve enrollment goals. While working at Georgetown, she also received a Master's in Integrated Marketing Communications (which would also prove helpful in a different way as she met Cody Damon during one of her classes!). Nicole has both agency and client experience and is excited to drive impact by working with nonprofit clients across a variety of sectors and projects. That depends! Is there a pandemic? If yes, then she’s in her apartment with her boyfriend and dog, watching every season of every show ever. She thought about baking bread but found she’d rather just eat it. When there is no pandemic, she would rather be outside–paddleboarding, reading a book, hiking, or if we’re honest, probably napping. But she can also be found sharing champagne with friends at the park or enjoying live music of almost any kind (her first concert was Celine Dion during peak Titanic mania).

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Ryan Dobran

Ryan Dobran

Account Director

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.

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Patricia (Patty) Camerota

Patricia (Patty) Camerota

Social Media Strategist

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)!

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Mo Afzal

Mo Afzal

Senior Account Director

Mo has been in the digital marketing world since before it Google had ads. Starting in London as a TV buyer in 2003, Mo built up a career learning about the advertising landscape across all media types before focusing on digital when it was still in its infancy. Almost 20 years later, Mo has worked with clients across numerous sectors to plan, execute and manage campaigns in search, display, email, social and mobile amongst other digital channels. Just before joining Media Cause, Mo was a Lead Associate at Booz Allen where he lead digital strategy for a number of health focussed agencies, including HHS, FDA, NIH and CDC. His work for these agencies included, digital marketing strategy and execution, analytics and SEO. With a mission driven mindset and a drive to try and make the world a better place, Mo has found a home at Media Cause hoping clients to find continued success in their missions. Most likely you can find Mo in a little coffee shop enjoying a pastry and cappuccino with my wife. Other times, he may be on his spinning bike, working up a sweat in the gym, making stop motion animation videos or writing short stories. And of course, his day isn’t complete without a healthy dose of rolling around on the floor with his kids.

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