Vice President, Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing + East Coast Operations
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.
Senior Account Executive, Creative Specialist and Content Producer, BT Studio
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, designing, or exploring. Her past experiences include reporting news stories and creating multimedia content for the National Press Foundation, McClatchy Newspapers, Isadora Design and Better Homes & Gardens. She is thrilled and grateful to work with The BrainTrust (her first real job) and is excited to delve into the world of beauty and lifestyle.
Content and Community Specialist
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.
Influencer Relations and Community Specialist
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.
Michelle, an LA native, has always had a passion for the arts and the beauty industry. She graduated from UC Irvine with a bachelor’s degree in Art History where she had the opportunity of interning at the OC Museum of Art in the Education and Public Programs departments. After graduating, she decided to pursue a career in beauty and has had the privilege of working with brands such as Sephora, Urban Decay and Jouer Cosmetics. Her expertise is in product development, supply-chain management and marketing.
Michelle loves to garden, visit museums, travel, and volunteers at the LA Natural History Museum in her spare time. She is extremely excited to enhance her knowledge of the digital media space and contribute her unique background to The BrainTrust team.
Adrienne S. Alexander is an attorney and strategist specializing in the entertainment, sports and new media industries. Her experience includes working with corporations to strategically improve their brand positioning and standing within the entertainment industry. In addition, Adrienne has provided brand development and lifestyle marketing services to professional athletes and entertainers.
Adrienne has significant experience in all aspects of entertainment law, including advising clients in the areas of music, film, new media, and intellectual property law. Adrienne also represents artists, producers, managers, songwriters, independent record labels and production companies in connection with a wide array of transactions within the music industry.
Creative Consultant, BT Studio
A recent graduate from UC Davis, Karen has been taking on the digital marketing and social media world with the drive to be the JILL Of All Trades. As a woman lead by passion, she's worked with brands that focus on humanity such as DUDE. be nice, health with ZOUQ Foods, and is now taking on the Beauty and Fashion realm with her collective expertise in Community Management and Influencer Campaigns. When she's not in the digital world, Karen takes on the entertainment and modeling industry with her acting chops and somewhat desirable looks.
The BrainTrust Quarterly, Editor-in-Chief
DaVida met Kendra at Purdue University and has believed in her vision ever since. The writer/director/producer was excited to jump on board with The BrainTrust. With over a decade of talent management and film and television production experience (including Ava DuVernay's "Queen Sugar", "American Horror Story: Freak Show", "Lee Daniels' The Butler", Seth Rogen's "This Is The End", "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts 1&2"), DaVida's storytelling background will be integral in creating compelling campaigns for brands and individuals as well as serve in the capacity of Editor of "The BrainTrust Quarterly".
Stephanie Dreyer is a freelance 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.