Hi. We’re Media Cause. Everyone here has two things in common: a hunger to do good and the ability to do it. Our diversity in experiences, skillsets, passions and viewpoints ensure that good missions get the brains and heart they deserve.
Prior to launching Media Cause Eric co-founded a digital business accelerator, Tallwave, where he focused on building a customer-centric digital ad agency, which became Ethology. Eric worked at Google from 2004 - 2008 where he managed partnerships with some of the largest search and digital agencies in the world, working closely with sales leadership and product teams. He received an EMG/Founderâ€™s award for his work on the creation and rollout of the multi-billion dollar AdWords API program in 2007.
He founded Media Cause to give a bigger voice to those making the world a better place. He has always been passionate about creative problem solving and developing scalable solutions. Now he gets to do that with organizations that are solving some of the biggest issues facing our communities, people, and planet with the best team of digital marketers and nonprofit strategists in the world.
When not in the office Eric can be found hiking, mountain biking, playing old man hoops, yelling about Bay Area sports, and trying to soak up every minute of life with Cheryl, Carter, and Quinn.
Cody Damon is a strategic communications advisor known best for his work creating high-impact communications for the social good sector. His career spans a variety of communication disciplines, working with organizations like (RED), NRDC, Thorn and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and dozens more, where he has architected and managed the implementation of large-scale digital marketing programs.
He is based in Boston, where he champions new waves in digital marketing through entrepreneurship and technological innovation. An avid consumer of data, he specializes in turning analytics into sound digital communications strategies and identifying solutions for gaps in data. Cody loves working with organizations creating positive change within the world - whether it's a local startup incubator or an international NGO - through smart, strategic communications poised for digital.
He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and holds a Masters in Global Communications, Public Sphere Theory from the American University of Paris. Cody holds various board and advisory roles and is especially interested in high-impact organizations with a global reach or scope.
If Cody isn't in the office, he is probably talking in accents at hotel bars.
In 2018, after 15 years of creating award-winning campaigns, digital activations, and strategic platforms for major consumer brands including Kleenex, Krispy Kreme, and Keurig, Amy left the profit-driven world for the impact-driven side by creating a role for herself as VP, Creative + Brand Strategy at Media Cause.
Along with bringing a consumer-minded approach to building nonprofit awareness and impact (and MC’s Atlanta office), Amy is also on a mission to arm marketers, brands, creatives, and the next generation of innovators with the tools they need to drive progress of their own.
When she’s not working on a campaign or collaborating with her team, Amy’s efforts are focused closer to home—tag-teaming with her husband to wrangle two kids, two cats, and a dog, while somehow still finding time to occasionally bake on the weekends.
Jim co-founded Giving Assistant, a Certified BCorp which transforms everyday shopping into charitable action and has raised $5million for over 26,000 charities since 2014. He is the technical arm of the special advisory council to Pencils of Promise and has impacted development in global literacy in Guatemala, Ghana & Laos. While being a software engineer for over 2 decades, notably Jim most recently worked with The Pineapple Fund to assist in distributing over 10% of the $60million fund to Nonprofits via Bitcoin. Jim is faculty with (NTEN) The Nonprofit Technology Network where he teaches creative methods for charities in tech. He's an Eagle Scout, entrepreneur, husband and father of two, public speaker & trainer in the industry, and rocks a mustache with pride.
Jim is passionate about giving Nonprofits and changemakers the tools they need to succeed and thrive with technology. MediaCause offers both the connection to social impact organizations who are looking to “up their tech game” and brings together a team of driven individuals who love to make it happen.
When Jim is not behind the screen, he’s in front of it on stage sharing what he’s learned. To disconnect and recharge, Jim is typically found reading, playing with his daughters, eating his way through the Bay Area with his lovely wife or sipping coffee in the outdoors.
Michelle began her work with nonprofits as an intern for Californians for Justice, where she played a large role in event and grassroots campaign planning. Expanding her skillset, Michelle moved to GlobalMojo, where she helped execute user acquisition strategies for several foundation clients, including the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the Avril Lavigne Foundation.
Michelle joined Media Cause in 2013 to leverage her marketing skills to create a better world. Michelle is especially passionate about organizations that are working to improve the lives of people with chronic health conditions.
When not at work, Michelle can be found at the beach or local brewery.
After graduating from Boston University's College of Communication, Katey chose to build online communities for consumer education initiatives. This passion point led her to a number of unique opportunities, including managing the digital presence for a national food labeling campaign.
Katey believes in the power of leveraging digital media to influence social change. Her passion for nonprofits grew out of service trips to places like Nepal and the Dominican Republic, where she grew inspired to use her communication skills for the greater good.
When not at the office, Katey can be found teaching pilates, snowboarding at Jay Peak, or finding something new to pickle.
Ian has more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit marketing and communications with a focus on digital strategy. Most recently, Ian worked as the digital strategist for Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, where he developed and implemented online brand awareness and fundraising initiatives.
Ian is passionate about helping nonprofits tell their stories to increase awareness, engage supporters, and raise funds. Now at Media Cause, he can apply his skills to a variety of causes simultaneously.
When not at work, Ian can be found on the soccer field or out camping with his wife and dog.
After graduating with a degree in Marketing and International Studies, Dana moved to Chile where she taught English and volunteered with local nonprofits. Dana started her marketing career at a mentoring organization in Seattle where she managed their social media presence and digital efforts as they promoted their inaugural fundraising event. Most recently as a digital and SEM specialist at a Boston based media agency, Dana took a data heavy approach to dig through data to translate to digital marketing strategies and campaigns.
Realizing the power of marketing in our digital world - Dana was drawn to Media Cause's mission to use this power in a meaningful and impactful way to spread the good.
When not working you can find Dana climbing mountains, climbing rocks, or climbing out of the closest YMCA swimming pool.
Luke hails from the TV and entertainment industry, where he honed his digital marketing and social media chops on behalf of networks large and small. He got his start writing newsletters and website copy for CPG brands at the content marketing agency Story Worldwide.
A strong believer in the power of online communities to affect real world change, Luke has a passion for our worldâ€™s wild places and protected parks, and a love for animals everywhere. With his favorite green spaces and his puggle Little Bear in mind, Luke is inspired to use his digital marketing skills for the greater good.
When not in the office, Luke can be found planning his next road trip, walking Little Bear, tweeting, and tweeting some more.
Rob earned a Master of Arts in Visual Communication from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London and cut his teeth at a number of notable New York City and San Francisco design studios.
After several years helping small tech start-ups and big global brands tell their stories, Rob felt that something was missing. He joined Media Cause so he could help nonprofits tell their stories instead.
When not in the office, Rob can be found exploring the wilds of Oakland (both urban and natural) with his two-year-old son Jack.
Sara has always been inspired by the Desmond Tutu quote "Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." and hopes to do her little bit of good by helping mission-focused organizations grow and increase their impact through effective digital strategies.
When not in the office, Sara can be found enjoying life by the water, spending time with her crazy Irish-Italian family and trying to play with strangers' dogs.
Sarah joins Media Cause with 4 years of experience in digital marketing and communications for the higher ed industry. Her previous position sent her around the world to over 20 countries, building brand awareness for graduate business schools and establishing strategic partnerships with global education organizations. Coming from a small company where she managed the marketing department, she has a wide range of experience in the marketing sphere.
Sarah is passionate about sexual violence prevention and advocacy. In her spare time, she volunteers as a sexual violence advocate at a rape crisis center, working with survivors of assault in hospitals and on hotline calls.
Sarahâ€™s personal involvement in the SA/DV space and experience managing partnerships with nonprofits sparked her desire to work more directly with nonprofits in her 9-5. She believes in the power of digital marketing to raise awareness, create impact, and drive social change. She joined Media Cause to continue pursuing her love of marketing while helping the good guys be great!
When not at work, Sarah can be found at concerts around Boston, planning her next trip, running along the water, or posting up at a fun new cocktail bar.
Maggie's first internship was in high school at a nonprofit called WaterFire Providence. This is where her interest and passion for nonprofit work started. She then studied Economics and Sociology at Connecticut College with the goal of understanding how society and the economy can form a relationship to foster social good. After graduating, Maggie built the foundation for her digital marketing and communications career in the fashion industry and was reunited with her passion for social good work by partnering on a project with Make-A-Wish.
Maggie became part of the Media Cause family because she wants to use her experience and skills to make an impact for nonprofit clients and for the world.
When OOO, you might be able to find her training for a race, exploring nature trails, trying to perfect the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe or in the ocean.
Mina's love for digital marketing started in the college when she was studying business administration. Right after college, she started working on creating digital marketing campaigns and developing inbound marketing tactics for companies. To expand her knowledge on Digital Marketing practices, she came to Boston to pursue a master's degree in Digital Media at Northeastern University. While studying there she had the chance to work with startups and helped them to develop their branding and online marketing presence.
Mina joined to the Media Cause team because she is passionate about using her experience and education to help people and organizations to tell great stories and make a positive impact.
When not at work, Mina can be found scrolling down her Instagram feed, shooting photos and attending sports classes. She loves traveling and has a long bucket list of places to visit.
Safiyyah started her digital marketing career in the communications department at Earthjustice. She had the opportunity to work in user acquisition and growth marketing for Silicon Valley startups before returning to her roots in the nonprofit space. She is a graduate of Stanford University where she majored in Earth Systems.
Safiyyah joined Media Cause to help nonprofits and social enterprises create a lasting impact using the latest digital marketing tools and strategies.
Outside of the office, Safiyyah can be found watching cat videos on YouTube.
Ryan spent 3 years at SapientRazorfish delivering web design and development projects for Mercedes-Benz and UPS, 11 years at Studiocom/VML leading digital marketing efforts for Kleenex Brand, and managing engagements for McCormick, Kimberly-Clark, Coca-Cola and others.
Ryan believes in making positive change in the world and helping those who do the same realize those goals. Heâ€™s looking forward to the opportunity here!
When not in the office, Ryan can be found playing with his son, walking his dog, enjoying time together with his wife, trying to get his cat not to bite his feet, or just having a drink with friends.
Jess triple-majored in Marketing, Communication, and Journalism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has always been fascinated with how digital media impacts the spread of ideas and values. She has experience with research, social media management, video production, and public relations. She also holds a strong passion for content creation through video-editing, photography, podcasting, and more.
When not at work, Jess can usually be found wearing her Bose headphones while looking for new breakfast places to try, hitting the gym, or watching YouTube.
Having spent a number of years abroad in international development Jillian's most recently come from the start-up world of SF, where she's scaled operations at an education technology start-up. A native of Chicago, she received her Master's degree in International Management from King's College London.
Having seen and worked with many nonprofits abroad Jillian is very committed in helping social impact organizations spread their impact and reach. Jillian is committed to helping make this world a smaller, more connected place and is excited by the potential of digital marketing to further this along.
When not working Jillian can be found doing anything outdoorsy in the Bay Area, brewery hoping, and trying to figure out how to navigate SF's hills on rollerblades (while still figuring out how to brake!)
Melvin's path has not been traditional. Melvin started as a professional basketball player in France before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the press and communications officer for the Consulate General of France in San Francisco. Being in the Bay got him intrigued about Silicon Valley so he joined an early stage startup as their first employee. There, Melvin was leading all marketing efforts while also thriving as a jack of all trades. Last but not least, Melvin's been a part-time NBA journalist for the last six years.
A trip to Iceland made Melvin rethink my priorities and realize that he wanted to have a bigger, more positive impact on the world. Melvin's also always been interested in many societal issues and curious about working for a marketing agency so Media Cause became a no-brainer.
When not working, you can usually find Melvin hanging out in the city with his wife and his dog, planning their next adventure abroad or throwing dinner parties for friends. Melvin also spend a decent amount of time in the bowels of Oracle Arena interviewing NBA players.
Sarah started her marketing and communications career in the travel and tourism sector of Atlanta. From there, she moved to internal marketing at the Professional Photographers of America, handling their social strategy and conference communication. After growing membership and conference attendance year over year, Sarah transitioned over to the agency side where she worked with national consumer packaged goods in digital and print media space. She is a graduate of North Central College where she majored in Marketing and Finance, and attended Arizona State University for her masters in Recreation, Tourism and Non-Profit Management.
The first agency Sarah experienced sold frozen, deep-fried food. After writing copy that tried to put cheese logs as a healthier option than broccoli, she knew that kind of agency life wasn't for her. She's always loved helping people and causes she believed in, so marrying her love of creative with the incredible roster of Media Cause clients was a natural draw.
When not at work Sarah can be found improvising on stage at the Village Theatre, renovating a 1923 Craftsman with her husband, Jeff or hiking in the north Georgia Mountains.
Dan started his digital fundraising career at Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, developing peer-to-peer activities for two annual Greater Chicago Prostate Cancer Run Walk & Rolls. From there, Dan spent seven years at the Smithsonian Institution, managing the digital components of the Friends of the Smithsonian direct response program, mid-level donor program and working across the different Smithsonian units, supporting their digital fundraising efforts. While at the Smithsonian, Dan earned his Masters Degree in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy. Next, Dan moved to World Food Program USA, building out their digital fundraising program from the ground up and developing an award winning monthly donor program over the course of three years.
Dan sees working at Media Cause as an opportunity to work with a wide variety of nonprofits that are working to make the world a better place. He knows he'll be inspired on a daily basis helping passionate clients achieve their fundraising goals.
If Dan's not at the golf course, he's usually hanging out with friends or planning his next trip home to visit his family in Chicago.
Stephanie started her marketing career in Boston, where she spent 4 years at Digitas LBi, as a Paid Search Analyst and Sr. Paid Search Analyst for a large ecommerce brand. From there, she moved to Shoes.com, where she spent a year managing search and display campaigns and helping to drive revenue growth. Most recently, Stephanie relocated to the Bay Area, where she worked as a Sr. Account Manager at 3Q Digital, managing digital marketing strategy for B2B lead generation clients, and gaining valuable experience on social platforms and YouTube.
Volunteering and giving back to the community have always been a huge part of Stephanieâ€™s life as well. While in Boston, she served as a Volunteer Leader for Boston Cares, and upon relocating to the Bay Area, she immediately got involved at Marin Humane Society and looks forward to spending time with the cats there every weekend.
Stephanie feels happiest when she knows the works sheâ€™s doing is having a meaningful, positive impact. Working at MediaCause provides her the opportunity to take the skills she learned in the corporate world, and use them to help organizations achieve their missions to make the world a better place.
When not at work, Stephanie can be found hiking, snuggling with her dog and cat - Noodle and Doris, going to concerts, cooking/baking, reading, or hanging out with the cats at Marin Humane.
Christian started on his path at the University of Central Florida where he completed degrees in Marketing and International & Global Studies. Not too long after graduating, he packed his things and headed for Washington, DC. From there he went on to start working on international journalist exchange programs at the International Center for Journalists and quickly joined on to the development team, taking on managing fundraising, events, donor and program databases, and email strategy.
From there, Christian joined onto the digital fundraising team at World Food Program USA, where he rose through the ranks to manage digital fundraising strategy, reporting, campaign strategy, email production, and coordination with partners in Rome and Berlin, and operation in all things Luminate.
From day one back at university, Christianâ€™s always wanted to make a positive impact in the world using the power of storytelling and leveraging the best digital tools. Every job since has been a stepping stone to this goal. Joining Media Cause made a lot of sense for Christian as a way to make a bigger impact in the world -- working on everything from public health to animal welfare and the environment.
When heâ€™s not building emails or running reports, Christian can be found hanging out with his partner Krista and their cat, Mochi, watching movies and playing video games, or recording their podcast over a couple of bottles of wine.
Sarah got her start in fundraising straight out of college, when she accepted a nonprofit job in Boston on a lark and quickly found her niche. She’s worked with a variety of organizations within the PIRG network and, more recently, with Partners In Health as the Senior Manager of Digital Fundraising.
Sarah has seen first-hand the tremendous impact nonprofits can make in the world, and believes few jobs can be more rewarding. She came to Media Cause eager to help a range of organizations reach their fundraising potential, so they can act on their wonderful ideas and change the world.
When she isn’t working, Sarah can be found enjoying the great outdoors and the great indoors. She loves spending time exploring cities and wilderness alike and rarely passes up the chance to unwind with a good book at home with her lap cat, Astrid.
Janine comes from a background in international development and nonprofit work. She has experience in project management, fundraising, and digital communications and has worked in a range of organizations, within the U.S. and abroad. She most recently completed a Global Advocate Fellowship, where she was partnered with the Budondo Intercultural Center—a small maternal health clinic in rural Uganda. As a Global Advocate, Janine fundraised $23k for the BIC, conducted impact assessments on their income-generating programs, and implemented a digital strategy to raise awareness and support fundraising efforts.
Janine has always wanted to be part of changemaking — and has found that in non-profit and social impact work. Media Cause allows her to bring her digital communications skills to their range of social impact clients.
When she’s not working, you can find Janine on a long walk, planning her next trip, or finding a new cozy bar.
Ansley has worked as a designer since graduating high school. She has worked as a product and graphic designer in Thailand, where she partnered with local artisans to help market their small businesses. She has worked in the for-profit world for a small but mighty creative team that managed expanding cafe and restaurant brands in the Bay Area. She has also worked as a freelancer, on projects ranging from web design for elephant rescue resorts in Nepal to UI/UX design connecting the county of LA to a directory of over 50,000 health and human services.
Ansley has been traveled and worked all over the world. She holds an endlessly deep curiosity and compassion for the world’s people and places. She believes that in marketing if we’re going to sell something well, we should only sell something that does good for the world. She brought her variety of nonprofit and for-profit experience and drive for change to Media Cause to do so!
Ansley is usually either headed to the mountains or the coast to find the best Norcal hiking trails or camping spots or writing music with her band under a tree somewhere. When she’s not on the move, she’s enjoying the local Bay Area music scene, or making art in her home with her best friends.
Tori is a graduate of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., receiving a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution. She began her career in the nonprofit industry at the World Affairs Councils of America as a program assistant, where she drafted grant reports, liaised with local grantees and program sponsors, and implemented multiple grant-funded national education program series. In 2017, Tori joined the Newseum’s in-house marketing staff as its marketing coordinator and later transitioned to an email marketing position on the digital team where she strategized ways to expand the Newseum’s web audience and mailing lists. She also produced engaging content for the Newseum and Freedom Forum Institute websites, and expanded monthly reporting to include data metrics on performance and engagement across website platforms and over 300 emails annually.
Tori built and developed her professional skill set as an employee in the nonprofit industry and sought to continue using her talents to make a positive change in the world. She aspires to find creative solutions and provide effective support for nonprofits seeking to broaden the scope of their digital and fundraising programs.
When out of the office, you’ll find Tori cooking her latest creation (lately she’s been experimenting with several risotto recipes), over watering her herb plants or exploring local Virginia wineries.
Clara kicked off her career in New York City, working for the University of Oxford’s North American Office. While there, she learned from some of the best major gifts officers out there about stewardship and relationship building. Clara then started and managed Oxford’s social media channels to engage its alumni in North America. Her next job as the Advocacy and Mobilizations Communications Manager for International Justice Mission combined her international background and education with her passion for justice. Clara used her skills to develop a cutting-edge advocacy platform and leveraged digital media to mobilize thousands in the fight to end modern slavery. Clara went on to lead the charge in developing an organization-wide community platform for IJM, and building up and growing the organization’s peer-to-peer fundraising program. Throughout her career, Clara has supported causes and brands by articulating their purpose and voicing it on their behalf with professionalism, creativity, and passion.
None of us can change everything that’s wrong with the world, but if each of us does what we can, we stand a chance of making this blue marble the type of place we all want to live. Clara believes in doing what she can while she can and in helping people who are doing good do it better—and have an even bigger impact.
When she’s not working, you’ll find Clara at a restaurant (an old-favorite or a new-found spot) or cafe, playing Assassin’s Creed, nose-deep in a good book, or detoxing with some hot yoga. Wherever she is and whatever she’s doing, she’ll probably be with her person, Stephen, and her best fur-friend, Berkeley.
Nicola majored in advertising at The University of Tennessee and earned her Masters in Business Administration from the McColl School of Business at Queens College in Charlotte, NC. She began her career as a media planner at McCann-Erickson in New York then evolved into sales and customer analysis positions with Anheuser-Busch and Coca-Cola and also served as the Director of Customer Relationship Management at a clothing retailer. After several years on the for-profit side, Nicola was able to combine her personal interests with career interests and landed a digital fundraising role at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. (She was a Media Cause client five years before becoming an employee.) The common thread throughout Nicola’s career has been a keen interest in data and customer behavior and channeling insights into creative marketing and fundraising solutions.
Nicola truly believes that “once you go nonprofit, you can’t go back.” The foundation of her career is built on for profit experience that she leverages to build campaigns and strategies that seek to further the positive impact that nonprofits have on the world.
From 5 to 9, Nicola works for two littles that keep her running and learning things like new math. The weekends are full of yoga, swimming, camping with her family, gardening, U6 soccer, horse shows, reading and cheering on the Vols.
Courtney is a graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a specialization in New Media and Communication Technology and a minor in Human Development and Family Science. She started her career as a Marketing Strategist with an agency that helps small to medium business owners grow their business with various digital marketing strategies.
Courtney has always loved helping others and creating positive change. Media Cause has given her the opportunity to work with several different nonprofits who are trying to make a difference in the world.
When she isn’t working, Courtney can be found exploring D.C and trying to discover a new coffee shop or restaurant. She also loves spending time watching and playing soccer, rock climbing, and baking new creations.
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