Board of Advisors
Former CEO | President
Burson-Marstellar/WPP, Vivendi Universal/Bertelsman, RollingStone.com, Reuters NewMedia
New York, NY
Andrew M. Nibley has been a CEO or President in five different media industries — news, Internet, film, music and advertising. He has worked at four different media giants – WPP, Vivendi, Bertelsmann, and Reuters. Andy also has a long track record of running start-ups and turnaround companies. He has been a frequent lecturer at many universities, including Oxford, Harvard, Stanford and MIT and served on dozens of boards of directors. Andy started his career as a journalist at Reuters, where he covered four US Presidents. In addition, Andy has written and directed an award-winning HBO film, produced a gold record and done stand-up comedy at a number of well-known clubs.
Government Affairs & Media Consultant
Federal Affairs Director, Wildlife Forever
Tim Richardson is a Washington D.C.-based, multi-client government affairs and media consultant who has also been federal affairs director for Wildlife Forever for the last 20 years. After serving as special assistant to US Senator Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX) and editor of The Busby Papers, the newsletter of LBJ aide and political consultant Horace W. Busby, Tim has worked on Exxon Valdez and Deepwater Horizon oil spill restoration, related legislative issues, and land trust conservation. He is currently a managing member of Terra Nova, LLC. Tim also is the co-author of the book Kodiak Bears & The Exxon Valdez and was a consultant on the the National Geographic film “Giant Bears of Kodiak Island,” which was broadcast to a global audience of more than one billion people in 90 nations.
Business Development & Management
CEO | Founder, Duitch Consulting Group
Los Angeles, CA
Duitch Consulting Group is led by Dennis Duitch (MBA, CPA, Business Manager, Advisor, Mediator), who founded one of Southern California’s largest independent CPA/Business Management practices and has helped hundreds of business owners and executives define and achieve their professional goals. Dennis and his team serve entrepreneurs launching new businesses, C-level leadership of successful or troubled companies, high-income/high-wealth celebrities, individuals and families, directors and advisory boards, not-for-profit organizations, and professional service firms, across the country. Don’t ask when he has time, but Dennis also happens to be a musician with two bands, a gallery-sponsored sculptor and a published poet.
Branding & Graphic Design
President | Founder, Studio 318
Del Mar, CA & Brooklyn NY
Joan Maloney is founder and president of Studio 318, an award-winning graphic design agency with offices in Del Mar, California, and Brooklyn, New York. Joan has been responsible for the concept, design and implementation of hundreds of branding, marketing and advertising programs for a wide variety of clients, including Anheuser Busch Adventure Parks, Jazzercise, Inc., Los Angeles Philharmonic, Downtown Los Angeles Business Improvement District, UC San Diego, San Diego State University, TEDx Youth San Diego and Brookfield Properties and Offices. Her client list now spans four countries: U.S., Mexico, Canada and Great Britain. In 2006, Joan had the honor of being selected from over a hundred entries to design the graphics for the 2006 Academy Awards, including the 2006 commemorative posters. It was the first time the Academy decided to do two posters from the same concept, and the first time a woman designer was chosen.
Mark McDonald Award-Winning Journalist: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Boston Globe
Mark McDonald is a veteran foreign correspondent, educator and novelist. He has worked for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Boston Globe and Knight Ridder Newspapers. In addition to foreign postings in Paris, Moscow, Hanoi, Seoul and Hong Kong, he has reported from more than 100 countries, including a dozen combat theaters and disaster zones.
Mark served as the Howard R. Marsh Professor of Journalism at the University of Michigan from 2005-2007, and his first novel, Off the X, based on his reporting from Iraq, was published in the autumn of 2015. At the IHT and The New York Times he won several Publisher’s Awards, Human Rights Press awards, and he shared the Asia Society’s 2009 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism. He held the Knight Fellowship in International Business as a Michigan Journalism Fellow. While at the Dallas Morning News he worked on a team that went on to win the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting — a series on global violence against women. Mark’s sports journalism, foreign reporting and essays have appeared in a number of nonfiction books, including most recently Eddy van Wessel’s prize-winning memoir on war photography, The Edge of Civilization.
Born in Washington, D.C., and a political science graduate of Kalamazoo College, Mark did post-grad work at Columbia University (history), New York University (fine arts) and the Monterey Language Institute (Vietnamese). He stays busy these days migrating between his homes in New Mexico, Texas and Mexico.
Public Relations & Digital Media Consultant
CEO | Founder, X+PR, Blogalicious, Black Female Founder (BFF), Publicist for Congressional Black Caucus
Xina Eiland, President and CEO of X+PR, has established herself as an authority on digital media and multicultural communications. Xina began her career working on public health campaigns, where she was a vital part of developing and launching a national tech health campaign entitled “A Healthy Baby Begins with You.” This four-year campaign included celebrity engagement with Tonya Lewis Lee, the wife of Spike Lee, as well as a significant early adoption of social media to build awareness.
As an engagement builder, X+PR’s work has earned exceptional results for a diverse group of clients, such as: Digital DC, a national marketing campaign and economic initiative to increase the visibility of Washington, D.C., as a leading community in the innovation and high-tech economy; Blogalicious, a blogging community that celebrates diversity in digital media; and Ford Motor Company Fund, a nonprofit arm of Ford Motor Company that creates community outreach service programs.
Xina is the Co-Founder of Black Female Founders (BFF), an organization that serves as convener to provide conversations and solutions for Black female tech founders. For almost a decade, she also has worked as the publicist for the Congressional Black Caucus. Xina has her Masters in Health Administration and Bachelors in Communications, both from the University of Michigan. In her spare time, she is an avid runner and enjoys traveling to and experiencing new places.
Marketing & Communications Strategy
Professor, Communications Management, University of Southern California
CEO | Founder, Atomic Tango
Los Angeles, CA
Freddy J. Nager has more than two decades of professional experience in marketing and media. In addition to running the creative strategy agency Atomic Tango (atomictango.com), he teaches at the University of Southern California in the M.A. in Communications Management program. Freddy began his career at MCA Records/Universal Music Group, where he launched one of the world’s first commercial websites in 1994. He then joined major ad agency Saatchi & Saatchi as senior copywriter on the Toyota interactive account. Freddy has since served a diverse array of clients, and his work has been cited by the One Show, Communication Arts, and Adweek. In his spare time he enjoys shooting pool, watching too much football, and herding cats. Freddy received his BA from Harvard and his MBA from USC.
Creative Direction & Design
Creative Director, AZUBU
Los Angeles, CA
Chicago-born Anthony Wiktor is a seasoned vet in the design industry who is currently using his creativity to bring ideas to life in Los Angeles. He has traditional marketing and advertising experience, yet his focus lies in digital design where creating interactive consumer experiences drive him. Anthony’s portfolio showcases a range of exceptionally well-crafted campaigns for national brands in both digital and traditional media, and he has won multiple awards for both web design and branding. He is currently creative director at AZUBU. Prior to that, Anthony held the same position at Push PR and Starmen Design Group, which was named “No. 1 Web-Design Agency in LA” in 2012 under his leadership.