Erin believes that engaging communications can drive meaningful social change. In her 20+ years of work, she’s seen communications campaigns prevent youth from smoking, create access to better education and jobs, protect pristine habitats and underscore the value of scientific research. A proud Florida Gator, Erin works with her alma mater to support the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications–the first of its kind for the field.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nick came to Fenton to fight the good fight and help create actual change for the better. His passions lie in preserving wilderness, protecting endangered species, and fighting the agents of climate change. When he's not at work, he's reading about the Dodgers and planning his next vacation.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Richard's 15 plus years of experience is primarily in operations and project management in the nonprofit, marketing, real estate and hospitality industries. He currently heads the operations team in our Washington DC office and manages IT and benefits firm wide.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the course of more than a decade at Fenton, Barrie Koegel has served two distinct roles. For the past six years, Koegel has overseen and streamlined financial and human resources for the New York office, helping colleagues manage budgets, contract and staffing decisions.
Tim returned to California after ten or so years on the East Coast, looking for a tad more sunshine in San Francisco — emphasis on "tad." Since his move, he has discovered "very Bay Area" pursuits like building bicycles in cooperatives, yoga, mandated composting, volunteering at 826 Valencia, and working at companies like Fenton. He is the art director of Fenton’s West Coast offices.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tim combines digital and media relations skills to implement Fenton's strategies 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.
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.
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.
Caroline Perez joined Fenton six years ago after a substitute teaching stint taught her that she prefers bossing adults around instead of children. Perez is a key member of the operations team assisting account staff manage client budgets and contracts. She earned a B.A. in politics and a minor in economics at Saint Mary's College of California. She lives in Oakland and in her free time enjoys cheeseburgers, karaoke and bad television.
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.
Elizabeth Lewis Brooks has more than a decade of experience working with nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad. She has worked with homeless parolees at a residential substance abuse facility in San Francisco and with international students and scholars in San Francisco and Washington, D.C.