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.
Rosario Rivera oversees Accounts Payable at Fenton, joining the agency in 1999. She manages vendor invoices and expense reimbursements from employees and is consistently proud of her accurate and timely submissions of 1099s to the IRS every year. Prior to Fenton, Rosario worked at WETA TV Chanel in the finance department as an Assistant of the Controller. She is proud of being a grandma and enjoys being outdoors, gardening and spending time with her granddaughter. She loves Fenton as her second family!
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.
Nancy Chamberlin is the Office Manager for Fenton’s New York office and the Benefits Administrator for Fenton, agency wide. A veteran of HR and Office Operations, she believes in ensuring all employees have the resources and support needed to succeed inside and outside of the office. Her career started at Hotels in NY and overseas. In the years prior to joining Fenton, she developed her skills in the corporate world, so joining Fenton was a move that finally aligned her professional life with her personal values. Nancy also recently aligned her love of nature and fine wine when she participated in an outdoors grape stomping at a local winery.
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.
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.
Ryan Cunningham is Senior Vice President for Energy & Climate at Fenton, leading the execution of integrated global, national and local strategic communications campaigns focused on expanding clean energy solutions and addressing the climate threat. With an emphasis on organizational design, campaign management, digital integration and media relations, Ryan works to ensure that advocates for a more sustainable world have the best thinking and most effective tools at their disposal.
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."
Nicole's passion for marketing, communications and social change led her to Fenton as an account coordinator where she works on research, message development and media relations. When she’s not at work, Nicole enjoys being at the beach, spending time with her family, writing poetry and playing music.
Sofia joins Fenton with a background in political, corporate-crisis communications and a life-long passion for progressive change. Through the power of strategic messaging and media relations, Sofia works everyday to make the world a better place.
Abby is a passionate and energetic team player. She is the Washington, DC's Office Manager, and member of Fenton's Operations team and takes pride in being surrounded by "do-gooders!" Tseggai has an entrepreneurial background and is committed to helping and seeking the needs of those around her, while owning a positive attitude. She is intrigued by soulful music with photography being her passion. On her off time you can find her spending quality time with loved ones and annoying them by taking tons of pictures that in the end are loved dearly.
Emily has spent her entire professional career as a communications expert in the nonprofit sector, working with champions of civil liberties, human rights and racial and gender equality including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, among many others. She enjoys using her media relations super-powers to place her clients in major news and pop culture outlets. She recently tried deep-water running but plans to stay on dry land for now.
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.
Joshua brings 15 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.
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.
Lenore brings with her more than 20 years experience as a business professional in the non-profit and private sector. Her expertise lies in executive level management support and implantation of processes/procedures. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, reading, genealogy and photography.
Julia works on clean energy and climate change, 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.
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.
Nicole is a results-driven strategist with over 15 years experience advancing global health and development through integrated advocacy and communications plans that showcase results, impact policy, and drive forward a cohesive narrative. She has traveled and worked extensively throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia. Nicole was a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) during the Obama Administration and has held positions in external relations at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the World Health Organization’s Stop TB Partnership, and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In 2011, Nicole was recognized by her Alma Mater, Auburn University, with a Young Alumni of Achievement Award.
A seasoned communications specialist, Amy Clark brings 15 years of PR agency experience to Fenton. She has designed and run national media relations campaigns, national and international special events, and social media programming for iconic lifestyle and nonprofit clients. Aside from her adorable baby daughter, her greatest joy is the art of restaurant selection. As a result, her encyclopedic knowledge of food blogs is seldom rivaled.
Nora brings a decade’s worth of journalism and communications experience to Fenton, with past positions at several publications and in both public and private sector communications roles. Her passion for education policy has touched much of her work. When she’s not writing and editing client deliverables, Nora’s taking impromptu day trips and playing in the great outdoors. She loves sunshine, travel, laughing, and sending her friends snail mail.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.