Michael Huttner is a corporate and political strategist, attorney and entrepreneur. Since 2016 he has been the CEO of Fenton. He previously served as President of the Huttner Group, Inc., a Boulder-based firm which helps solve complex financial, communications and public policy problems in a variety of industries. Michael has helped launch over 40 different political organizations and has led communications ‘war-rooms’ for political and private clients. He also is a Founding Partner of Triumph Strategy, LLC, in which he has worked with hedge funds, public and private corporations and other financial institutions. Michael is the Founder of ProgressNow, a network of state-based communications organizations that moves people to action through communications and digital media. Described as the “crown jewel” of progressive investors’ efforts to build messaging power in the states, ProgressNow continues to expand with more than 3.4 million members in 23 states. Previously, Michael was a founding partner in the Denver law firm of Foster, Graham and Huttner where he headed the firm’s political, nonprofit and lobbying practice. Prior to his private practice, he worked as Policy Advisor to Governor Roy Romer and clerked at the Clinton White House for the Office of the Counsel to the President. Michael also has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law. He earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings Law School, where he served on the Hastings Law Journal, and his B.A. from Brown University.
Elleni Almandrez is a Senior Account Executive at Fenton. She specializes in communications strategies, media relations, events management and media training. Elleni works to advance the issues she is most passionate about including: global women’s rights, equal opportunity and global development issues. Outside the office, Elleni enjoys traveling the world with her family and scoping out new restaurants. Elleni received her bachelor’s in Journalism from Howard University and a master’s in Corporate Communications and Public Relations from Georgetown University.
Bill Hamilton is Executive Vice President for Fenton and one of its senior strategists. He joined the company’s Washington office in 1998 after stints in journalism in Texas, New York and Latin America and extensive lobbying and communications work in the non-profit sector in the nation’s capital. Bill is an all-purpose communications operative who began professional life with ink-smudged hands as a print reporter and editor, and now advises clients on integrating their digital and print and paid and earned media activities. He also is a jazz and theater aficionado and a patient vegetable gardener.
Eteng Ettah is an Account Coordinator at Fenton. She provides day-to-day client support, through combining digital messaging, research and media relations with her passion for human rights and global development. A native to agency life, Eteng previously worked for Edelman’s Digital Health practice. When not devising a plan to save the world, she can be found brunching in foreign and familiar cities. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Communication.
Ira Arlook is Fenton’s Chief of Advocacy Campaigns. He’s led Fenton’s work on campaigns for organizations battling sweatshops abroad, the invasion of Iraq, support of President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, an end to toxic diesel emissions from container trucks serving all of America’s sea and inland ports, and many others. Prior to joining Fenton, Ira worked in the nonprofit sector for more than two decades, with a strong emphasis on issues of social and economic justice. He serves on the board of the Public Defender Service of Washington, DC.
Molly McGovern is the Senior Manager of Operations at Fenton. The firm is her one and only client, and it is her job to make everyone’s job easier. From financial projections and systems administration, to recruitment and HR, to project budget management and vendor contracts, Molly is the go-to for all firmwide operations questions, comments, concerns and curiosities.
Jennifer Hahn is a Senior Vice President in Fenton’s NYC office. A field leader with more than 20 years of nonprofit experience, she directs branding, messaging and advocacy campaigns for critical social issues such as education, social and economic justice, gun violence prevention, children, youth and families. With a strategic mind and an activist’s heart, she harnesses issue framing, messaging, media advocacy and public engagement to advance her client’s progressive goals. From strategic planning to CEO speechwriting, campaign management to opinion research, Jennifer isconsigliere to nonprofits and foundations. She is also an expert presentation, speech and media trainer who is passionately committed to ensuring her clients’ success.
Andrew Necola is Fenton’s IT Manager. Managing technical operations at Fenton, Andrew Necola juggles multiple responsibilities to provide agency-wide support to Fenton’s staff. He works to shape Fenton’s IT software, hardware, and infrastructure to improve user experience and staff productivity. Andrew also has an accounting background and loves to spend long hours reading the latest tech news and working to change the way we communicate globally.
Kitty Overton is Fenton’s Senior Strategic Content Producer. Working directly with clients and in conjunction with communications teams across offices, she oversees the creative development and execution of all video content. Kitty’s strategic story-telling skills and production expertise were developed over a long career in commercial production and working with some of the world’s best-known agencies and brands.
Abby Tseggai is the Office Manager for Fenton’s Washington, DC office. She joined Fenton in late 2014. She is a passionate and energetic team player and plays an active role within the operations team. Abby has an entrepreneurial background and is committed to helping those around her, while owning a positive attitude. She is committed to reaching operational excellence and strives to immediately resolve any day-to-day issues that may arise. In her off time, she spends quality time with loved ones and annoys them by taking tons of pictures, which in the end are loved dearly.
Amrit Cheng is an Account Executive at Fenton. With a passion for storytelling and building media partnerships, her previous roles include media relations for the Clinton Foundation and immigration legal advocacy. Outside of the office, Amrit is usually seeking out her next travel itinerary and a nearby body of water.
Alyssa Singer is a Senior Account Executive in Fenton’s San Francisco office. As part of Fenton’s social justice practice area, Alyssa spends her days helping changemakers tell their stories. She specializes in communications coaching, writing, brand strategy and project management. When she’s not tweeting about social justice, she enjoys traveling, cycling and sailing.
Ryan Cassidy is an Art Director at Fenton and brings many years of design experience working with major brands to his role at Fenton. He strives to bring a sense of simplicity, clarity, and authenticity to every project by looking for inspiration inside the world around him. When he’s not working on projects for the good of humanity by making things look awesome, he performs with an art/activism group and makes bundt cakes. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his partner and their collection of fashionable eyewear.
Kristen King is an Account Director at Fenton. She develops and executes media strategies, conducts media trainings and produces events. Kristen works with clients to craft their stories to ultimately change the way people think about and respond to important issues like climate change and extreme poverty. Kristen is a Florida Gator living in New York who, in her free time, takes dance classes and catches as many Broadway shows as possible.
Joshua Limbaugh is an Art Director at Fenton. He leads design for the DC office while contributing to projects agency-wide. Josh oversees the Fenton brand. He also works with his colleagues to engage each client to uncover a clear, concise vision for getting their mission and message out to the world. Using his powers only for good, Josh combines his education in architecture, art history, and music with his passion for social and environmental issues to create work that is beautiful, concise and impactful.
Breukellen Riesgo is the Executive Assistant to the CEO, Bill Werde, and owner, James Marcus. She joined Fenton in 2015. Breukellen’s diverse professional background as a figure skating coach, bartender, administrative assistant and photographer endowed her with a broad skill-set. Outside of the office, Breukellen enjoys sampling micheladas from around the city and watching Star Trek - Captain Janeway is her role model.
Julia Peek is a Senior Account Executive at Fenton. She works in the Climate and Clean Energy practice helping Fenton mobilize new audiences, sway public opinion and tell compelling stories about the sustainable revolution. Before joining Fenton, she worked on fossil fuel divestment, environmental justice, environmental conflict resolution and just transition. When not working, Julia loves to sea kayak, whitewater kayak, bike, camp, and go on adventures.
Mercy Albaran is a Senior Account Executive at Fenton. She uses her messaging and media relations skills to share the stories behind struggles for social justice, health access and education. Before joining Fenton, Mercy was the Communications Lead for a successful, legislative campaign for a Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in California. In her spare time, she likes to learn languages, eat cake, sing and beatbox.
Michelle Hunsberger is a Senior Account Executive at Fenton, where she provides project management and strategic counsel with a specific concentration in global development. With experience in public relations and behavior change communication, Michelle creates thought-provoking campaigns that motivate audiences to make positive changes in their lives. A true product of her multicultural upbringing in Asia, Africa and Europe, Michelle brings a unique perspective on the role communication interventions play in reinforcing and challenging cultural norms.
Myrna Chua-Miguel is the Accountant at Fenton, where she is responsible for managing accounts receivable and preparing reports. She has experience managing a wide variety of accounting information systems and is committed to operations efficiencies that increase accuracy and drive productivity. She takes her two kids, eight and six, biking and swinging at the monkey bars at the park when not at work.
James is an experienced entrepreneur, investor and private equity professional. He has founded, invested in or led companies in many different industries through periods of intense growth and development. James is presently focused on building successful businesses in the digital media and communication sectors. Notable current holdings include Collegium, a rapidly growing professional services holding company and Honor Capital, a leader in the specialty finance/insurance industry. He co-founded Watershed Company and 3BL Media and served as senior advisor to Donor Trends and True Givers. James received his MBA from Harvard and is a non-practicing CPA and former investment banker. He is a regular speaker/panelist at industry conferences and has been published, quoted and interviewed on: CNN, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, New York Times, Fortune, Red Herring, Financial Times, Ad Week and other leading publications. James currently resides in Westchester with his wife and three daughters.