RiseUP Marketing Fellowship

Meet our first three RiseUP Marketing Fellows

Last summer, amidst our country’s long-overdue racial awakening and social justice reimagining, we decided that it was time to stop simply talking about making our own progress toward greater diversity in the advertising, marketing, and nonprofit worlds, and take the lead in actually doing something about it. That something was investing $100,000 of our own money into creating the RiseUP Marketing Fellowship, designed to give aspiring professionals from all backgrounds and experiences the access, opportunity, and resources to launch successful careers.

For our first cohort, we partnered with COOP, an organization driven to overcome underemployment through digital skills and community, and hired three marketing fellows to work alongside the Media Cause team, and our clients, for four months.

Launching the program was both a labor of love, and necessity—and as our founder and CEO, Eric Facas, shared in a blog post last September, we learned a LOT along the way.

Though the last year has shown us that nothing in life, or business, is ever certain, we’re proud to share that the RiseUp pilot program has been as successful as we could have hoped for. In fact, we’re planning to open applications for our next cohort this February, with Fellows beginning their work with us in April. But we know that the program’s success took a village, and is due in large part to the incredible fellows who navigated the ups and downs of running this first-time program with us.

It’s been our honor to get to know, and work with, our inaugural group of RiseUP fellows, and we thought that you might like to get to know them a little bit better, too. If you’re an agency, nonprofit, or foundation interested in seeing how you can partner with us to provide more incredible talent like them with the opportunity to shine, check out our RiseUP Marketing Fellowship website. We’d love to hear from you.

Berenice MossoBerenice Mosso

Berenice was born and bred in Brooklyn and graduated from CUNY Brooklyn College with a B.A. in English. Her past volunteer and professional experiences include positions at Brooklyn Public Library, internships at Maimonides Medical Center, and roles as a Teaching Assistant. As a fellow at Media Cause, she worked with the Google Ads Grant team, where she collaborated across several accounts, conducting keyword research and generating stellar ad copy. In her spare time, Berenice enjoys reading, art, photography, sports and the outdoors.

  • What’s the strangest job you ever had? Can’t think of any.
  • What’s your favorite movie? I’m not really into cinema, but the last movie I saw (at an actual movie theater) was Todd Phillips’ Joker. It was so good I went to watch it again, twice.
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world (post-COVID), where would it be? Tokyo, Japan. Definitely in my bucket list!
  • Where do see yourself in 5 years? I see myself working in media, dabbling in creative projects, living away from the city with a pet dog.
  • What’s next for you? I’m planning to continue to pursue further education in the creative industry.
  • What was your favorite part of the fellowship program? Working on the self-paced trainings and getting certified!
  • Which skill(s) are you most excited about that you’ve learned? Conversion tracking via Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager.

 

Isaiah Schultz-Ramon

Isaiah Schultz-Ramon 

Isaiah is a recent graduate of CSU East Bay, where he was involved on campus as the president of his professional business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, as well as being a member of the Deans Board for the College of Business and Economics. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration – Marketing Option with a minor in Advertising. He got his biggest career jumpstart at COOP Careers, where he still serves as a Data Analytics Cohort Captain. In his free time, Isaiah will do pretty much everything (except read, but he’s working on that).

  • What’s the strangest job you ever had? Directing parking at the Alameda County Fair
  • What’s your favorite movie? Hell or High Water
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world (post COVID), where would it be? Singapore!
  • Where do see yourself in 5 years? Out of student debt
  • What’s next for you? I’ve accepted a full-time role at Media Cause! 
  • What was your favorite part of the fellowship program? All of the people who work here.
  • Which skill(s) are you most excited about that you’ve learned? Conversion Tracking

 

Benjamin Doherty

Benjamin Doherty

Benjamin graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in the spring of 2020 with a B.A. degree in Sociology. He is a two-time Kaiser Permanente (KP Launch) finance intern and served as a social media community manager for a small nonprofit in college. During his fellowship, he worked with the Media Cause internal marketing team where he was responsible for social media copywriting, data reporting, and SEO. Through the fellowship, he was able to not only get Google Ads certified, but perform Ad Grant setup and optimization for a small pro-bono nonprofit client.

  • What’s the strangest job you ever had? I don’t know if it’s strange, but I’ve been a certified soccer referee since I was 12 years old (10 years ago!). Refereeing was my main source of income growing up as a teen/young adult.
  • What’s your favorite movie? Anything from the Transformers franchise starring Shia LaBeaof. Shia is such a great actor and something about a Michael Bay movie, but I remember leaving theaters thinking that it was my duty to save the world from alien invasion. 
  • If you could travel anywhere in the world (post COVID), where would it be? Fiji Islands. It’s my birthplace, so I have a special connection with that place and the peaceful aura surrounding the island lifestyle.
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 5 years, I see myself at Media Cause, mentoring fellows and giving back all of the great knowledge that I’ve acquired from being here at this awesome agency.
  • What’s next for you? I’ve accepted a full-time role at Media Cause!
  • What was your favorite part of the fellowship program? BWBC meetings where everyone at Media Cause gets on a large group call and I get to get that large office feel even though I am working from home.
  • Which skill(s) are you most excited about that you’ve learned? SEO. I’ve wanted to learn before my time at Media Cause, but so many of the training courses were expensive. Media Cause covered the cost of my SEO training and now I know a lot more about SEO than I knew before.

There’s plenty more to learn about these amazing fellows. We’ve enjoyed every moment with them the past four months, even during a pandemic, and appreciate their eagerness to learn. You’ll be hearing more from Isaiah and Benjamin as they continue their Media Cause journeys and more from Berenice as she continues to develop her creative skillset.