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David Fenton

David Fenton

Chief Executive Officer

David Fenton, named “one of the 100 most influential P.R. people” by PR Week and “the Robin Hood of public relations” by The National Journal, founded Fenton in 1982 to create communications campaigns for the environment, public health and human rights. Over four decades he has pioneered the use of PR, social media and advertising techniques for social change. FENTON has 50 employees in four offices – New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Some of Fenton’s best-known campaigns include aiding the rise of MoveOn.org, stimulating the rise in organic food sales, a decade representing Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress, passing sanctions against apartheid, saving swordfish from extinction with a coalition of top chefs, working with Al Gore and the United Nations on climate change, public health campaigns against tobacco and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, publicizing the nation’s first gay marriages, keeping hard-liquor ads off broadcast television, the founding of Business for Social Responsibility and many others. David and the firm have also worked with governments and international NGOs in Africa, Israel, Europe, Japan, Latin America and the Caribbean. David is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. David has helped incubate and launch a series of non-profit organizations, including the pro-peace, pro-Israel group J Street, Climate Nexus, the Death Penalty Information Center, the Central America Media Project, the Southern Africa Media Project, New Economy Communications, Environmental Media Services (which later became Resource Media), and the American Freedom campaign against the abuse of executive power. He serves on the Board of EcoAmerica and the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International. Fenton started his career as a photojournalist in the late 1960s – his book “Shots: An American Photographer’s Journal” was published in 2005. He was formerly Director of Public Relations at Rolling Stone magazine and Co-Producer of the No-Nukes concerts in 1979 at Madison Square Garden with Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and other artists. David is a native of Manhattan where he lives with his wife and two teenagers.

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Erika Schuetze

Erika Schuetze

Account Director

Erika Schuetze brings more than a decade of public relations and marketing experience promoting companies in the sustainability, corporate social responsibility and cleantech space as well as nonprofits and educational institutions. She loves crafting her client’s story to match the right publication and helping these great companies and organizations get the recognition they deserve.

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Beth Kitzinger

Beth Kitzinger

Chief of Operations, Senior Client Lead

Beth is a passionate and experienced PR professional with nearly 20 years of agency, in-house and consulting experience.  She has represented industry leaders across categories, creating and managing strategic communications programs, corporate responsibility programs and crisis plans. She is known in the PR industry as a dynamic team leader and skilled client manager with an outstanding record of driving long-term strategy while managing day-to-day client services and corporate/agency steering.

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Sandy Skees

Sandy Skees

Managing Director, California

Sandy believes in the power of "Yes, And..." to change the world, bringing more than 25 years of communications strategy to the intersection of business and social good. An expert in sustainability and CSR, she takes a global approach to social and environmental progress. She spends as much time as she can hiking in forests, training for triathlons and learning something new every day.

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Joe Wagner

Joe Wagner

Managing Director, DC

Joe Wagner has more than 20 years of communications experience, designing and implementing integrated communications campaigns for advocacy organizations, companies, foundations, government, non-profits, trade associations and think tanks. As the Managing Director of the Washington, DC office, Joe brings a seasoned communications approach, having expertise in all aspects of strategic positioning, media relations, coalition building and stakeholder outreach. Joe’s expertise includes public affairs, issue management and brand management consulting.

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Elke Dochtermann

Elke Dochtermann

Chief Creative Officer

Elke is the creative lead for the network who applies her over 20 years of experience working for global advertising agencies and passion for innovation to every project. When she's not working from one of the five offices, she's tromping around NYC hunting CHUDs.

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Ira Arlook

Ira Arlook

Chief of Advocacy Campaigns

Ira Arlook is a lead communications strategist on a number of Fenton accounts, including MoveOn.org, the Iraq Policy Information Project, Win Without War, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

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William Hamilton

William Hamilton

Executive Vice President

A journalist, political activist and congressional lobbyist before joining Fenton in 1998, Bill brings a lifetime of strategic thinking to making sure our clients get what they need through smart messaging, advocacy, media outreach and paid advertising.

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Lisa Witter

Lisa Witter

Special Advisor

Lisa is an experienced executive, social entrepreneur, communications strategist, writer, and commentator. As special advisor for Fenton, the largest global social change communications firm, she leads the firm’s work in innovation and behavior change and co-leads the practices in women’s issues, health, violence prevention, philanthropy and global affairs. Witter is co-author of The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for the Changing the World and How to Reach Them and serves on numerous advisory boards.

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Anne Purdy

Anne Purdy

Vice President

Anne is passionate about developing innovative strategies to help people take better care of themselves. Her unique blend of experience in community health, professional health care services, and social justice enables Anne to work across sectors to advocate for social change. When Anne grows up, she wants to be Tami Taylor.

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Rosario Rivera

Rosario Rivera

Accountant A/P

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Molly McGovern

Molly McGovern

Senior Manager of Operations

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Nancy Chamberlin

Nancy Chamberlin

Office Manager/Benefits Administrator

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Jennifer Hahn

Jennifer Hahn

Senior Vice President

Message and mission have driven Jennifer Hahn’s 20-year career in public interest communications. Using her superpowers for good, she loves crafting strategies and telling compelling stories. She brings a caffeine- and passion-fueled energy to clients who fight the good fight.

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Andrew Necola

Andrew Necola

IT Assistant

Andrew joins Fenton as a computer wiz applying his knowledge in the technology world pushing forward in applications and systems. Part of Fenton’s IT team, Andrew works effectively as an assistant with the ability to juggle multiple responsibilities.

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Kitty Overton

Kitty Overton

Senior Strategic Content Producer

Kitty has built a career developing and producing persuasive media. What makes her happiest is connecting great creative messaging with innovative communications strategies and watching maximum impact happen.  Her favorite words are "we can do that."

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Meredith Fenton

Meredith Fenton

Vice President

Between her knack for smart social change communications and her last name, it was predestined that Meredith Fenton should join the team. She brings a strong background in nonprofit communications, programs and media and is fiercely committed to social justice, good food and sparkly things.

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Clara Vondrich

Clara Vondrich

Account Director, Climate & Energy

Clara is a trained attorney who helps build movements to slow the climate crisis. At Fenton, she leads client efforts on a range of campaigns, including the divestment and investment movement, defending and promoting climate science, carbon pricing and the clean energy transition. Her diverse background in law and policy, science, and foreign affairs drives creative problem-solving for maximum results.

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Quincey Smith

Quincey Smith

Account Executive

After a year of PR experience helping corporations make money, Quincey quickly decided to return to the advocacy world. He has been involved with numerous progressive movements including LGBT equality campaigns and President Obama’s re-election. When not helping Fenton’s clients change the world, he can be found in Brooklyn watching MSNBC with his two cats.

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Ashwin Warrior

Ashwin Warrior

Account Coordinator

Ashwin is most interested in the intersection of economics and social justice, a product of his education and many years working with homeless youth in Seattle. After five years in the Pacific Northwest, he is happy to return to the Bay Area and support Fenton’s corporate social responsibility efforts as an account coordinator.

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Alyssa Singer

Alyssa Singer

Account Executive

Alyssa can generally be found writing, tweeting, or avidly consuming news. She is always scheming on ways to help her clients change hearts and minds and get the public attention they need to change the world. Messaging is her specialty.

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Alison Channon

Alison Channon

Account Coordinator

Alison earned her feminist bona fides studying women’s history at Brandeis University and working on behalf of women’s economic security at the National Women’s Law Center. Between sorting through rolls of microfilm and tracking federal legislation, she fell in love with digital advocacy. Once a Social Media skeptic, Alison couldn’t be more thrilled to use those tools for social change at Fenton.

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Amara Fisher

Amara Fisher

Administrative Assistant

A New England transplant, Amara joined the Fenton team shortly after stepping foot in the Bay Area for the first time – her cat, her passion for social and environmental justice, and her History and Public Humanities degrees in tow. In her free time she explains what "Public Humanities" is, watches and rants about sports, and fights the patriarchy.

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Ryan Cassidy

Ryan Cassidy

Art Director

Ryan brings many years of graphic design experience working with major brands to his role at Fenton. 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.

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Kristen King

Kristen King

Senior Account Executive

Kristen has knacks for media relations, writing, research and strategy. When she has free time, she enjoys basking in sunshine, immersing herself in musical theatre and dance, hanging out with cats, watching the Florida Gators win everything and searching for the very best New York-style cheesecake.

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Catherine Bright

Catherine Bright

Account Director

Catherine Bright specializes in strategic communications and media relations. Her three continent, multi-pronged communications experience spans agency, in-house, corporate, nonprofit and TV & film production.  Her combined idealism and pragmatism – plus an ear for a good story - led her to Fenton, where she advises clients on their media and brand strategies, and manages projects from idea to fruition.

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Calisa Hildebrand

Calisa Hildebrand

Vice President, Digital

Calisa Hildebrand is passionate about the intersection of technology and social change. She has worked with nonprofits, foundations, and purpose-drive companies to use digital media to support economic growth, reduce hunger and poverty, and empower youth to create positive change. When not partaking in San Francisco’s latest restaurant opening, you’ll find her enjoying one of the many beautiful outdoor spaces the Bay Area has to offer.

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Gil Duran

Gil Duran

Senior Vice President

Gil started his media career at the age of 10, when he penned the winning entry in his hometown newspaper's "My Mom Is the Best" essay contest. He went on to serve as a chief spokesman for Governor Jerry Brown, Senator Dianne Feinstein, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris.

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Joshua Limbaugh

Art Director

Joshua brings 14 years of experience to Fenton in his continuing mission to seek out new opportunities for promoting social and environmental causes. He rejects fear and chooses love. If you use power to beat down your fellow man in the name of money, then he is coming after you.

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Tiffany Neal

Tiffany Neal

Senior Account Executive, Digital

Tiffany specializes in helping Fenton’s clients craft compelling content for digital platforms, and through extensive A/B testing and optimization, making sure supporters are only being hit with their strongest assets.

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Sarah Grossman

Sarah Grossman

Account Coordinator

Sarah brings her passion for addressing issues of poverty and opportunity to Fenton, where she helps organizations better tell their story of social change. Before joining Fenton, Sarah spent time in Latin America working with NGOs on issues of education, financial inclusion and gender equality. When not at work, she can usually be found nose-deep in a novel or fantasizing about her next trip to a new corner of the world.

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Kate Murphy

Kate Murphy

Senior Account Executive

Driven by her passion for education, women’s rights and global development, Kate helps to build and grow movements at Fenton. Before joining Fenton, she lived in Cambodia teaching the world’s cutest kids English and soccer.

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Kaitlin Swarts

Kaitlin Swarts

Senior Account Executive

Kaitlin credits a trip to Haiti at the age of 14 with impressing her commitment to help movers and shakers around the world craft compelling communications strategies that effect change. At Fenton, Kaitlin informs her clients' messaging, digital and media relations strategy through qualitative research and analysis.

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Zakiya Scott

Zakiya Scott

Account Coordinator

Zakiya joins Fenton with a B.A. in Journalism and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- a combination which led to her passion for using media as a tool to shed light on and find solutions to issues facing communities of color. Outside of her affinity for storytelling and social justice advocacy, she enjoys cheering on Tar Heel basketball and living life with curiosity, courage and compassion.

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Mercy Albaran

Mercy Albaran

Account Executive

Mercy is a born and raised Oaklander, with a strong background in non-profit communications. She is passionate about sharing the stories behind struggles for social and economic justice. In her spare time she likes to learn languages, eat cake, sing, and beatbox.

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Jessica Scadron

Jessica Scadron

Vice President

Jessica brings more than a decade of experience planning and executing strategic communication campaigns for nonprofits and do-gooder for-profits. When she's not designing a media relations campaign or making her clients' messages sing in snazzy design collateral, she's exploring the mysterious world of beekeeping.

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Jamie Joyce

Jamie Joyce

Senior Vice President, Digital

Jamie is the digital lead in the New York office who uses his 15 years of web marketing experience (Lycos or Alta Vista, anyone?) in the for-profit, nonprofit, and agency spaces to create kickass campaigns for clients such as Warner Bros., Save the Children and Oxfam America. And when he's not making waves on the internets, he's catching them in Long Beach or Montauk.

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Victor Neufeld

Victor Neufeld

Executive Producer

Victor Neufeld is an award-winning executive producer with a 25+-year career of success driving production for leading informational television broadcasts and news magazines such as “20/20,” Paula Zahn Tonight,” “The Early Show” and “World News Tonight.” Neufeld is recognized for building “20/20” into major broadcast institution for ABC on Friday nights. Neufeld is the winner of dozens of George Foster Peabody, Emmy, Christopher and Gracie Awards.

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Vaishalee Raja

Vaishalee Raja

Account Director

Vaishalee brings more than a decade of experience specializing in media relations, advocacy and strategic communications for high-stakes issue campaigns and social movements.   When not securing story placements in major national and California news outlets, Vaishalee desperately tries to get her baby daughter to sleep for more than two hours at a time.

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Jeremy Morgan

Jeremy Morgan

Director of Creative Technologies

As technical lead for Fenton's digital practice, Jeremy Morgan uses various technology, development, and design tools to further social change for Fenton's clients. Using his expertise in web trends and best practices, he implements a variety of technical components for Fenton's digital projects including front and back end web development, responsive design coding, user experience design, and digital marketing.

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Eric Antebi

Eric Antebi

Senior Vice President

Eric is one-third strategy, one-third creativity, and two-thirds grit. He spends his days (and sometimes nights) helping clients like the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation solve big social problems with unconventional solutions. He lives on an island, is passionate about Tee Ball and writes taglines in his spare time.

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Sarah Christiano

Sarah Christiano

Account Executive

Sarah provides day-to-day support for a variety of clients to implement effective communications and media relations strategies. You can generally find her writing, combing the news or connecting with reporters to make sure their stories are reaching the public.

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Elizabeth Bartolomeo

Elizabeth Bartolomeo

Vice President

Elizabeth Bartolomeo leads day-to-day outreach for clients and help sets their communications strategy. She brings a decade’s worth of national, nonprofit communications experience to Fenton’s D.C. office, and her work has garnered media attention from the New York Times to local radio to even late-night comedy.

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Zack Langway

Zack Langway

Vice President, Digital

Zack is a nonprofit veteran who has worked on cutting-edge digital initiatives to fight voter restriction, empower low-income communities of color, give voice to undocumented immigrants, and connect global communities for social good. He leads Fenton's digital practice in DC, and is a senior member of Fenton's digital team. Zack is passionate about service, and volunteers for a number of progressive organizations locally and nationally.

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Tim Pate

Tim Pate

Account Coordinator, Digital

Tim implements digital strategies for a variety of clients at Fenton as an account coordinator. Tim is a transplant from Colorado, where he first found his progressive voice working on issues such as women's rights, marriage equality and advocacy for the disabled.

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Paul Hernandez

Paul Hernandez

Senior Vice President

Paul leads Fenton’s Los Angeles office and applies his more than sixteen years of experience in public affairs and strategic communications to successfully help organizations navigate through complex political environments at the state and local levels to impact a wide array of policy issues. And when he is not acting as a strategist, Paul can also point you to the best restaurants and bars throughout L.A.

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Laura Deeb

Laura Deeb

Account Director

Laura has a passion for public health issues and has devoted her career to creating sustainable social change. When Laura is not working to mobilize people to action through strategic communications and advocacy, she is likely out exploring with her camera and enjoying dessert.

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Shineh Rhee

Shineh Rhee

Account Director

Shineh loves working with a diverse range of clients to drive social change through strategic communications campaigns, messaging, capacity-building and community organizing. In her free time, she can be found exploring the many unique neighborhoods of LA while hunting for unusual new foods.

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Kelly Osmundson

Kelly Osmundson

Account Director

Kelly joined Fenton with a background in labor and political organizing, but she now specializes in media relations and messaging. When she is not fighting the good fight, Kelly enjoys reading graphic novels and talking about the San Francisco Giants.

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Myrna Chua-Miguel

Accounting Assistant

Myrna Chua-Miguel, a member of Fenton’s operations team, is responsible for managing accounts receivable and preparing reports. She has experience managing a wide variety of accounting information systems and is committed to operational efficiencies that increase accuracy and drive productivity.

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James Marcus

James Marcus

Chief Business Officer

Bio forthcoming...