Meet the people who are transforming how brands succeed with purpose.


Phillip Haid

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Phillip Haid

Chief Executive Officer + Co-Founder

Born and raised in the icy tundra of Winnipeg, left in my mid-twenties to travel the world, get a Masters in International Relations, and work in Parliament, a think tank, a youth research firm, and social marketing agency, before starting my own company. Love my family (my kids make me smile everyday), cottage vacations, hiking the Himalayas, U2, politics and the Raptors.

Close to my heart.

Social innovation, creative disruption, Food Allergy Canada, and civic/voter engagement.

Give Phillip a shout at 416.898.1700

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Paul Estey

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Paul Estey

Chief Innovation Officer + Co-Founder

If life is the journey, not the destination, there's no doubt this is the best leg yet. Math geek. Sports nut. Foodie. Closet artsy. Husband. Proud father. And now at Public, on the cusp of something great. Good can be better. Good for you. Good for business. Good for everyone. So when are we having lunch together?

Close to my heart.

Education. Social enterprise. Crowd moments. Disruptive models.

Give Paul a shout at 416.473.7743

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Marc Lavine

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Marc Lavine

Co-Founder

An explorer and inventor at heart, I am constantly in search of exciting opportunities, new conspirators, and transformative ideas. Ideas that can have real impact and truly do some good. On the ocean, in the mountains, or spending time with my family, a good day is a day that I didn't forget to smile :)

Close to my heart.

Loyalty. Theatre. Children. Travel.

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Pat Pirisi

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Pat Pirisi

Chief Creative Officer

With over 20 years of experience, Pat has served as Creative Director for some of Toronto’s most storied agencies. He has helped shape leading brands in every category including automotive, packaged goods, financial, retail, and the public sector, and has won dozens of awards both domestically and internationally. His work has been featured on CNN, CBC, Global News, Funny or Die, Eddie Izzard’s website, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, and more.

Close to my heart.

Education. Philosophy. Classic Jazz. Film. The Sea. Food and Wine (Bordeaux). Wilful defiance.

Give Pat a shout at 416.704.8672

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Adam Kahan

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Adam Kahan

Senior Advisor

Adam has led nonprofit and for profit organizations in 5 different countries and consulted to both sectors. He has designed strategic plans, marketing, communications and branding campaigns and in his role leading fund raising drives has raised over $3.8 billion. His most recent role was Vice President, Advancement at Ryerson University a position he held for 13 years until his retirement. Here he was responsible for the rebranding of the University and led its fund raising realizing over $300 million. He also focused on driving innovation and entrepreneurship and is a Senior Fellow of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He is on the Board of the Canadian Club, Toronto and on the Advisory Board of Flybits a unique, cloud-based experience management software product.

Close to my heart.

Family – especially my 5 grandsons; social justice; sports of all sorts and helping young people develop their skills and realize their dreams.

Give Adam a shout at 416.545.7333

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Adrian Bradbury

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Adrian Bradbury

Executive Director | Football for Good

I escaped Oshawa for the nation's capital for school, hoops and general high-jinx. I then ventured off to Japan and all over Southeast Asia for a couple years, before spending the past decade playing the role of (or masquerading as) a fundraiser, human rights advocate, social media experimenter, writer and journalist. In those roles, I’ve been lucky enough to sit court side at MSG, share the podium at the UN, play footy in the fields of northern Uganda and be the proud co-founder of Athletes for Africa and GuluWalk. And, we’re just getting started.

Close to my heart.

Kim and my boys, Isaac & Owen. Northern Uganda. Grassroots advocacy. BIXI. My underachieving teams (Blackburn Rovers, Toronto FC, etc.).

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Adrienne Rand

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Adrienne Rand

Director of Strategy

Born and raised in LA, I studied at U.C. Berkeley and the Universitá di Padova (Italy) before getting a Masters in anthropology from U.C. Santa Barbara. After that I made my way to Toronto 6 years ago for the weather. For the past 6 years I’ve worked in the cause space, with a special interest in the relationship between cause and human behavior (which, unfortunately, is all too often left out of the cause equation).

Close to my heart.

Education, arts education, sustainable food, slow food, and childhood nutrition.

Give Adrienne a shout at 416.705.5305

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Alex DeMaria

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Alex DeMaria

Copywriter

I’m a copywriter by trade and that means I’m in the business of words. I say them, think them, write them, and sometimes I even make them up. I’ve written ads, articles, blogs, essays, letters, resumes, speeches, love notes and one day I’ll write a book. But without people to read them, say them and give meaning to them, all those words are useless.

Public is my new challenge. It’s a new adventure, a new experience and a new audience to read the words I write.

Close to my heart.

Good food, good friends and good wine. But not always in that particular order.

Give Alex a shout at 647.680.4648

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Amanda Javier

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Amanda Javier

Office Manager/Executive Assistant

After studying nutrition and sustainable agriculture in college, I aspired to have a career rooted in creating more good in the world. I spent a few years in post-secondary administration followed by a 2 year stint in real estate, before finding my place at Public Inc. I’m proud to now be part of a collective of individuals that believes in creating the greater good and making every day a reason to celebrate. When I’m not in the office, you can find me exploring in the forest, gardening on my balcony or watching horror movies.

Close to my heart.

Road Trips, The Ocean, Ferris Wheels, Animal Advocacy, Sustainable Food.

Give Amanda a shout at 416.508.9367

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Amy Flores

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Amy Flores

Art Director

It is such a privilege to have been and continually be around people that are adventurous travellers, are hungry for new experiences, are brave enough to have lived in a foreign place… and the list goes on. I look up to my team at Public because their passion has lead them to live creative lives – from the things they do, to the way they think, and how they envision a world beyond their imagination. Even though I lack the experience of travel, I crave adventure and fresh creative ideas, just like the rest. I absorb their experiences with perched ears and wide eyes. My friends and the people I work with ignite inspiration in what I create. For now, I’ll live vicariously through their adventurous stories, until it is time for me to go on mine.

Close to my heart.

Skyscrapers. The desire to travel. Motorcycles. A wide range of music genres. Animals of all kinds. Family. Friends. Pizza. Lots of Pizza. And drinking coffee with him.

Give Amy a shout at 416.575.4057

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Caleigh Farrell

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Caleigh Farrell

Research Strategist

Torontonian, born and raised (though never adjusted to the cold). Before joining the PUBLIC team in 2013, I received my Masters in Anthropology from Western University. Getting me out the door each morning: a strong belief in the power of the collective consumer voice and the fact that people have traditionally underestimated how big of a force it really is.

Close to my heart.

My fiancé and our blue heeler pup. Anthropology. Animal and environmental conservation. Sharing good food and great wine with my nearest and dearest.

Give Caleigh a shout at 416.464.3629

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Cole Banning

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Cole Banning

Account Manager

Much of my experience in life can be boiled down to an interest in bringing people together. Ultimately I look to create experiences where individuals can connect, understand each other, and work together to improve our world. This common theme can be seen throughout my life. Initially studying religion and history at the University of Toronto, I transferred to Ryerson University, where I received my undergraduate degree in marketing. At the same time, I founded the public event organization, Improv in Toronto, where I ran free events attended by thousands. Moving forward, Public Inc. was the obvious next step for me to continue this journey.

Close to my heart.

Board games, debating, microfinance, travel, reading and finding new experiences.

Give Cole a shout at 647.786.2149

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Dan Dunsky

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Dan Dunsky

VP, Insights & Impact

Dan has been in the business of opinion formation for 25 years creating and overseeing broadcast, print, and digital media, as well as strategy, marketing and communications.

Prior to joining Public, he founded Dunsky Insight, a strategic communications consultancy and, before that, created and was Executive Producer of “The Agenda with Steve Paikin”, Canada’s premier prime-time broadcast of long-form analysis and insight journalism.

As an analyst, Dan is heard on NewsTalk 1010, has appeared on CNN and CTV, and has written for numerous Canadian and American publications, including The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The National Interest, and The National Review.

Dan regularly speaks on the promise and peril of digital change.

Close to my heart.

My dog, history, big-picture thinking, writing, the visual arts, my family, solving problems, reading, skiing, and the Montreal Canadiens (not necessarily in that order).

Give Dan a shout at 416.434.0721

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Dave Moran

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Dave Moran

Head of Communications

David is a senior communications professional with a proven record of improving the reputation of leading brands. David has held leadership positions as the Chief of Staff to the Attorney General and Head of Communications for Coca-Cola Canada. David is known for his passion for the environment and an ability to create platforms of national significance that change the image of globally recognized brands. With experience in providing strategic counsel to executives and a seasoned media strategist, David provides his clients with communications support that helps them achieve their business goals.

Close to my heart.

My little girl. Spending weekends by the lake. Cycling.

Give Dave a shout at 647.463.5445

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Elise Ondet

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Elise Ondet

Social Media Manager

I was raised with the idea that as long as I had a plan, I could go after any of my dreams. From a little village in France, my dreams led me to Russia, Minsk in Belarus and then Toronto. They also led me to Public where I can give meaning to my work. I don’t know where life is going to lead me next, but I am here to enjoy the ride, learn from you and overshare on social media.

Close to my heart.

Djoumé, Souleymane and Malik. My mom and dad. Tea. Chocolate. Always strive to show respect, to myself, to others, to the world around me.

Give Elise a shout at 416.407.8125

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Greg Gray

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Greg Gray

Associate Creative Director

Over the course of the past fifteen plus years, I’ve written big, integrated campaigns for national brands, smaller, more nimble campaigns for not-for-profits and pretty much everything in between.
 
My work has been recognized by the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, The One Show, the Art Director’s Club or New York (ANDYs), Marketing, the ADCC, the New York Festivals, the London International Advertising Awards and the Extras.
 
When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my wife and kid or running.

Close to my heart.

Family, ideas, great writing, Asics GT2000s.

Give Greg a shout at 416.388.2321

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Holly Thornton

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Holly Thornton

PR Account Manager

My passion for people & communications has led me to amazing experiences over the past few years. From working with an incredible non-profit in Peru, to studying in a small town in Austria, I am happy to now call Toronto home and love exploring my city. 

As a  Laurier Communications & Humber Public Relations grad, I have a special interest in strategic communications & social media impact.

Close to my heart.

A large cup of tea, a good book, yoga, dogs, my loved ones and seeing the world.

Give Holly a shout at 647.642.6846

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Indra Persad

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Indra Persad

Director of Finance

As Director of Finance at PUBLIC, my passion for doing good merges with 15 plus years as a seasoned accounting executive directing timely financial reports, forecasting, optimizing financial strategies to boost profitability, mitigating risks and enhancing business performance. Education trail: Economics and Finance - University of West Indies - Trinidad & Tobago, Accounting and Financial Management - Centennial College, Business Administration/Certified Management Accountant Program - University of Toronto. I'm passionate about setting/achieving goals, always asking, “Am I doing the most productive thing?" at any given moment in time. When I am not chasing my goals you can find me at a Yoga studio, working out or reading Deepak Chopra books.

Close to my heart.

My family – they are the best thing of my everyday!

Give Indra a shout at 647.282.0436

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Jay Rosenthal

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Jay Rosenthal

Account Director, Accelerator

I was born in Boston, educated in Atlanta, then did a short stint in DC then a 12-year stint in San Francisco and followed it all up with a giant move to Toronto, my wife’s hometown. During my time in California, I launched and ran my own boutique public affairs consulting firm that worked for a Presidential campaign, Fortune 500 companies, large government agencies as well as tiny non-profits and school board candidates. At PUBLIC, my work focuses on innovative ways to engage people around health issues. I have two kids who like riding on my bike and waking up very early.

Close to my heart.

My family. My adopted hometown: Toronto. Boston sports teams. Cycling through Toronto with my wife and daughter. Educating Americans on all things Canadian.

Give Jay a shout at 416.705.8382

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Jessica McGraw

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Jessica McGraw

Director, Communications

After getting a taste brands that focus on social purpose, I knew there was no turning back. I have been so fortunate to surround myself with colleagues, friends and family who believe doing good is just the right thing to do. My work experience lies in sustainability, branding, strategic planning and stakeholder management and purpose driven marketing for award winning brands. Outside of work, you can find me in a yoga pose, digging for records or spending time with family and friends.

Close to my heart.

Family, friends, yoga, records, lakes and hammocks.

Give Jessica a shout at 647.385.9158

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Kayla Ross

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Kayla Ross

Account Manager

Origination: Aurora. Subsequently: Montreal > Madrid > London > Nairobi > Copenhagen > Toronto. Living, studying, and working away from home for five years has brought me back to Toronto at last, to excitedly work with the inspiring Public team. After completing a double major in business and psychology, as well as working in non-profit social consulting abroad, I’m enjoying discovering a “new” Toronto with a fresh perspective. I'm passionate about using business as a force to generate large-scale social impact, and feeling good about the work we're putting out into the world.

Close to my heart.

My closest's. Social change. Travelling and experiencing how different people live around the world.

Give Kayla a shout at 416.305.4244

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Keltie Doolittle

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Keltie Doolittle

Account Director

I am incredibly passionate about the work I do, about the people I work with and for pushing the boundaries of what is expected. I have spent the last 10 years in marketing and communications including roles in custom publishing, fundraising and advertising. I love when there is true collaboration between all team members. I love when we uncover a truth. I love seeing the work come to life. I love the thrill of what we do. I also love good coffee and sleepy Saturday mornings.

Close to my heart.

Travel, dinner parties, good great wine, interior design, all animals, yoga, France, Italy and Australia, swimming in the ocean, sunshine and of course my son Parker and my better half Ridley.

Give Keltie a shout at 647.296.2966

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Martha Grant

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Martha Grant

SVP, Marketing & Communications

Martha’s high energy and creative spirit have taken her across Canada, to New York City and now back to Toronto. Over the last seventeen years, Martha has provided strategic communications counsel within the healthcare, public policy, not for profit, technology and corporate sectors internationally. Focused on media relations and global brand strategy & positioning, Martha has expertise integrating marketing and communications programs. No challenge is too big.

Close to my heart.

Family, health, social change, running, seeing the world, and having fun!

Give Martha a shout at 416.302.4957

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Megan McClean

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Megan McClean

Research Coordinator

Every moment is an opportunity to make the world a bit brighter, or at least put a smile on someone's face. I live my life with this intention, along with that to feed myself nutritious grub, listen to tunes that make my soul sing and to consume responsibly. Since moving from a small British town to this big beautiful country, I've acquired a journalism degree from Carleton University, created a blog that I run with my best friend and pursued a number of other creative hankerings. I feel blessed to be surrounded by the enthusiastic and experienced team at Public and am excited to bring my own ideas to help create positive change in the world!

Close to my heart.

Equality. Compassion. Self expression. Flowers. Sweet treats. Beer. An appreciation of the environment and all the creatures we share it with.

Give Megan a shout at 647.834.7746

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Olga Bratsun

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Olga Bratsun

Business Development Manager

Originally from Russia, my Master’s studies brought me to Kingston, ON, then to Vienna, Austria, and now Toronto! My “A-ha” moment happened during the first months of my International Business program when I realized that there must be more to business than solely profit. After doing projects for corporations, social enterprises and non-profits, and writing my thesis on social startups, I have landed at Public. I am more than happy to be here and excited about the work we can do together to improve the world around us.

Close to my heart.

Family and friends. Travelling and cultures. Education. Yoga. Nature. Music – I love Muse!

Give Olga a shout at 416.858.5938

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Rob Paron

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Rob Paron

Senior Art Director

I have a passion for design and doing great work. I’m a team player with a keen eye for detail who strives to produce high quality creative that gets results and delivers on a client’s needs. I love what I do with both professionalism and passion and I’m always looking for my next creative challenge.

Close to my heart.

My kids and their success in life. My family. Health and happiness. Sports.

Give Rob a shout at 416.912.2794

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Robyn Lobay

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Robyn Lobay

PR Account Manager

Fresh off the prairies with a more than diverse background in psychology, art history, health promotion, communications and wandering the world, I have now found myself at Public Inc. A place where my creative and analytical skills are used to tackle important social issues and help advance worthwhile causes that serve to better our community.

Close to my heart.

Travelling. Nature. Documentaries. Photography. Humour. Equality. Education. Mental health advocacy. All animals all the time. List making.

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Sally McConnell

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Sally McConnell

Account Director

I’m a passionate, multi-disciplined gal who’s spent more than 20 years honing my account service skills by working with top talent at some of the Canada’s most successful advertising agencies (Publicis, Cossette, Zig and TAXI), on some of the country’s most iconic brands, including Bell Mobility, Canada Post, Canadian Tire, CIBC, Mr. Sub, Purolator, The Globe & Mail and Telus Mobility.

After a 3-year stint in New York City, where I worked with Capital One Bank and Verizon, my enthusiasm for helping gigantic brands make billions of dollars waned, so I sought a new path that would allow me to use my powers for good. Thankfully, I found PUBLIC.

Close to my heart.

MMIW, Child Welfare and making the world a better place, one person and one day at a time.

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Sheri Hachey

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Sheri Hachey

Group Account Director

I have had some amazing opportunities throughout my career to lead teams building complex integrated programs and campaigns that included everything from broadcast and digital production, to rewriting a dictionary, to even software development. These projects spanned across many clients, brands and categories, and the chance to work with amazing agency talent and great clients. But something was missing. Now I get to have all of those things, and take all of my skills and learning and put them to “good” use and actually make a difference.

Close to my heart.

Family, friends, Gigi (best dog ever), all dogs, manatees, all animals really, travel, great food, great wine, peonies, Windsor pizza, more dogs.

Give Sheri a shout at 416.528.7411

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Simon Newman

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Simon Newman

Senior Art Director

Art Director. Graphic Designer. Professional Disc Golfer. I’ve crafted new campaigns for one of Canada’s most prestigious beer brands, designed logos for blue chip companies, helped build one of Canada’s largest and most successful advertising agencies and nailed a 30 foot disc golf putt on the island. I believe that the work that goes into the process is directly proportional to the work that goes into market.

Close to my heart.

Christiane.

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Steve Steck

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Steve Steck

VP, Strategy

I really want to know what makes you tick. Call it an insatiable curiosity or an itch that can’t be scratched. I can’t help myself. In fact, my quest to understand why people do what they do has led me to a variety of social experiments over the last twenty years. As a bartender, I learned the importance of listening. As a ghostwriter, I learned the importance of empathy. As a university lecturer, I learned the art of persuasive argument. And as a creative strategist for some of Canada’s largest brands and ad agencies, I learned the art of patience. Of course, it wasn’t until I became a husband and father of four boys that I learned how to navigate chaos without any sleep in the tank, arguably the best trick of all. Finally, as a Director of Strategy at Public, I am in the perfect place to meld my curious nature and all the skills I’ve picked up along the way so as to ensure that everyone profits in the name of good. My family is proud of me and I love what I do. Doesn’t get much cooler than that.

Close to my heart.

My lungs, my bronchi and my thoracic diaphragm.

Give Steve a shout at 416.565.1430

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Vivian Gagliano

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Vivian Gagliano

Director, Digital Strategy & Analytics

My fascination with technology, sustainability, and social change developed at an early age from the time I built my first kinetic energy powered film canister car and butterfly terrarium for a series of science projects. Since then, my career has taken me across a broad range of industries and environments. From creating Afghanistan’s first post-Taliban kite festival and leading the United Nations’ media implementation efforts for the first Afghanistan Parliamentary elections to architecting real-time social media analytic dashboards and reporting frameworks for Fortune 500 enterprise clients, I’ve felt fortunate in life’s uncanny way of feeding my ever persistent curiosities. Today, while I’m no longer building rubber-band powered vehicles or green habitats for six-legged friends, I’ve redirected my passion to building platforms and systems of a more virtual variety, through my work as a digital marketing strategist. When I’m not planning social impact programs and aligning KPIs with my team and clients, I can be found nurturing my passion for cooking, old-world crafts, travel, and rough-housing with my baby.

Close to my heart.

Technology. Food. Art. Travel. Green spaces… and blue ones too. Making things. My sweet men – big and little.

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