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James Duft

Founding partner
Business development

With 15 years of experience in the world of national event and magazine media,
James is a whiz at networking, partnership development, and operations and logistics. Among his greatest hits: creating the multimillion-dollar event series, Mother Earth News Fairs; partnering with UC Berkeley to host a beneficial business gala with speakers including Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts, and Jostein Solheim, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s; and helping produce large-scale music events.

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Jessica Kellner

Founding partner
marketing strategy

Jessica has more than a decade of experience in content creation and brand management, attracting vast audiences of enthusiastic print, online and social media readers in an array of niches. Most recently, she was the founding editor of Mother Earth Living, a national natural wellness magazine that’s amassed hundreds of thousands of print readers and a social media universe that includes more than 2 million fans. She’s also the author of Housing Reclaimed: Sustainable Homes for Next to Nothing.

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Jennifer Kongs

Founding partner
CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

Jennifer has spent a decade leading the editorial processes for national magazines. She was managing editor of Mother Earth News magazine, helping take the 30-year-old brand to record levels of print and digital readership. She was tapped to execute the editorial vision for a small media startup about conscientious businesses founded in conjunction with the nonprofit B Lab, and has since lent her skills to multiple mission-driven clients.

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Lindsey Siegele

Founding partner
digital performance

With a formal education in journalism and mass communications, Lindsey has spent her professional life helping national brands and publications hone their voices and grow their digital audiences. Lindsey has developed and directed entire departments dedicated to pumping out high-quality, effectively optimized web content for multiple media companies and brands, driving audiences of more than 5 million people.

 
 

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Susie Fagan

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Susie has more than 25 years of experience in communications, primarily as an editor for national and regional magazines, online news sites and newspapers. Her recent roles focused on health and environmental policy and included social media, public relations and event coordination roles.

Anna Archibald

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Anna Archibald is a freelance writer and editor whose work spans topics from food and cocktails to horticulture and the environment. Her work has appeared in The Daily Beast, B-Lab's B the Change, Wine Enthusiast, SHAPE, Mother Earth Living, and more. Her writing will also appear in the forthcoming Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails. Formerly based in New York City, she spent two years working with young women immigrant writers as blog manager and executive team member for the nonprofit New Women New Yorkers, and served as a judge for the 2018 American Craft Spirits Association competition.

 
 
 

Amanda Nagengast

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Amanda has more than eight years of graphic-design experience in both print and digital media. Rather than thinking solely about the design, she uses her background in marketing to insure that her work reaches out to the desired audience. Her aesthetic focuses on minimalist design, graphic images, and pleasing color stories.

Ashley Houk

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Ashley has spent nearly a decade working in digital content creation—from editing entertainment news to providing original web content for national publications and brands. She currently works with clients and contributors as a freelance content coordinator to deliver high-quality, SEO-friendly content and execute social media strategy across platforms.

 
 
 

Katy Ibsen

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Katy Ibsen is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys the opportunity to share others' stories. Investing over more than 11 years in magazine publishing, both in editorial and business, she has a keen understanding for publication development and values the creation of original content.

Johnna Harrison

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Johnna graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2011 with a B.F.A. in graphic design. Johnna has spent years doing graphic design for magazines, websites, advertisements, email and social media campaigns, white pages and case studies, and more.

 
 
 

Eileen Horn

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With a formal background in environmental studies and sustainability, Eileen has spent her career communicating about and advocating for tools to build vibrant and sustainable communities. Most recently, Eileen was the Sustainability Director for Lawrence, Kansas, and she currently serves as a State Representative in the Kansas House of Representatives. Eileen has deep experience communicating to wide populations and finding common ground on complicated issues.

Ryan Liston

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Ryan Liston is a senior at the University of Kansas pursuing majors in journalism and political science and a minor in German. Ryan has worked in numerous media positions, including serving as the opinion editor and the university administration reporter for the University Daily Kansan, KU's student newspaper.

 
 
 

Grant Trahant

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Grant is the founder of Causeartist.com, a social-enterprise digital media platform, which covers brands, startups, and social entrepreneurs positively impacting the world through social enterprise. Grant is a skilled web and app developer and an idea generator, all with a focus on positive impact on the world.