Vice President, Digital Strategy
Kristi has been navigating the challenges of digital and social media on behalf of brands since the advent of the like button. A now seasoned veteran and digital native, she understands how to leverage her knowledge of the space to build brands and help them connect with their consumers no matter where they live. Kristi has served as the strategic lead on accounts such as, Volvo, Tiffany & Co., MSG Networks, Hasbro, Nobu Restaurant Group, EMD Millipore and a host of other Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty and Entertainment Brands. In September of 2016, Kristi joined The BrainTrust as Vice President of Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing and will serve as the East Coast Operations lead. She is excited to play an integral role in helping The BrainTrust bring great ideas to life on behalf of clients from coast to coast.
Brandon has a keen focus on people, organizations, and brands; with a desire to understand how they produce and consume, particularly in the digital space. He thrives on understanding and interpreting the nuances of culture, preference, style, and resonance. Brandon is a graduate of Purdue University. He began his career as a roadie for a rock band, then things got real; he completed the Macy’s Executive Development Program and had a progressive journey there with executive roles in operations, learning & development, diversity/inclusion, human resources and marketing. Brandon comes to The BrainTrust from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he was a business partner for The Met Store. Brandon concentrates on fashion and beauty, providing unique insight into multi-cultural audiences across the agency.
Nicole loves the passion, energy, and creativity that comes along with working in the advertising industry. She has experience working in social media marketing with a variety of clients such as Gap Inc, TheaterMania, Weight Watchers, Auntie Anne's, Pure Barre, CND Nails, SodaStream, and Juice Pharma. She has also worked in experiential marketing on a number of guerrilla marketing activations with clients like Burger King, Suave, Truvia, Alaska Airlines, and Ford.
Stephanie is a writer with over 15 years of marketing experience. She is also the award-winning author of the children’s book, Not A Nugget, and the founder of VeegMama, where she helps families cook together and eat healthier. Stephanie has been featured in VegNews and Chickpea Magazine, and is a contributor on the popular websites, World of Vegan, VegNews, and Girlie Girl Army. Stephanie holds a M.S. in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University and a B.A. in Communications from The University of California, San Diego. When she’s not writing at her laptop or chasing after her three kids, you can find her cooking something delicious or reading something wonderful.
Jerdane is a Columbia College graduate with expert capability as an executive assistant, administrative assistant and special events coordinator.
Two weeks after graduating with a Bachelor's in Journalism from American University, Iana cut her hair short and moved to Los Angeles to pursue her career in digital media. An East Coast Millennial, Iana was born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area and is often found writing, photographing, designing or exploring. Her past experiences include reporting news stories and creating multimedia content for the National Press Foundation, McClatchy Newspapers, the World Future Society and Better Homes & Gardens. She is thrilled and grateful to work with The BrainTrust and is excited to delve into the world of beauty and lifestyle.
Taylor has had a passion for all things influencer since gurus started infiltrating the YouTube space. When it comes to digital, Taylor has touched all aspects from production to strategy and everything in between. After graduating with her Bachelor's in Media Studies from the University of Virginia, Taylor returned home to New York to tackle the world of digital entertainment advertising. With a combination of experience under her belt, Taylor is ready to CARPE DIEM as she leaves the Big Apple behind for Los Angeles and her journey with The BrainTrust family.
Melissa is an Alum of Occidental College, an LA Native (#veryrare) and an all around great gal. As a graphic designer on our content creation team, you can count on her to pull together a silly little GIF, a Boomerang, a stereoscopic image, or a bizarre animation in a snap. With a background in music video and television production, she brings her unique style to every project that comes across her desk.
Jelissa is a proud New Yorker with roots bred in the Bronx. She attended SUNY Fredonia in upstate NY where she received her B.S. in Communications. She has always been passionate about media and creative expression. With an acquired eye for detail and efficiency, she always thinks ahead through a creative lens. She is excited to work with such an avid team at The BrainTrust.
Editor-in-Chief, BT Quarterly
A recent college graduate in public relations and strategic communications from Purdue University, Paige believes that when we think creatively and live adventurously, we can make beautiful things happen. A lifelong storyteller and content connoisseur, Paige has been using her passion for writing and strategy to create content that turns the ordinary into something personal and meaningful, most recently for mission-driven organizations such as liftUPlift Worldwide and theLala. She is humbled to work with talented, optimistic people who believe that every piece of work deserves time, attention and a dose of outside-of-the-box imagination. Personal stories, hikes, travel, writing, music, magazines (her subscription list is pushing obsessive), learning and long conversations are her cup of tea.