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The School of Communications Advisory Board unites highly respected leaders from the communications field to share crucial industry insights, ensure that our curriculums remain relevant and provide bridges for students to some of the most well-known media companies.

Advisory Board Overview

Our window to the world of modern media

Preparing communications students to meet the current demands of the media fields means keeping our finger on the pulse of an ever-changing landscape. To that end, the School of Communications has established an advisory board to provide vital guidance to faculty, staff and administration. Board members bring decades of experience, and serve as chief executives and other high-powered leaders in the fields of national broadcasting, digital and print media, film, design, advertising and public relations.

The board members will act as liaisons to the companies they represent, which include Conde Nast, ESPN, Ad Age, Nielsen, Forbes, Univision, Dow Jones, NBCUniversal and many other leading nationally-known media companies. While the board members officially meet twice a year to share how they've handled their company’s various challenges, they will remain an accessible resource throughout the year to both faculty and our student population.

Students from a range of disciplines may have the chance to display their work for board members. They also may participate in projects with board member companies with the permission of their department chair and school dean. These exchanges allow world-class leaders in the media field to closely gauge the skill sets, talents and interests of current Quinnipiac students.

The Advisory Board secures bridges to leading companies in the communication field, allowing us to keep pace with new trends and provide real-world exposure for students.

Advisory Board Member List

Advisory Board 2018–19

Name

Company

Title

Ad Age 

President & Publisher

Blinkhorn LLC 

Founder, Media Executive Recruiter

Broadcasting Board of Governors

Director & CEO

Cadence13

Writer, Executive Producer, Media Consultant

comScore, Inc.

Executive Vice President, Local Markets

Condé Nast

Executive Vice President, Consumer Marketing

Cunningham Collective

Founder & President  

Dow Jones

Chief Operating Officer  

Edelman

Chief Strategist

ESPN

Vice President, Global Digital Product Operations

F+W Media

Chief Executive Officer

Forbes

Head of Product & Tech

GFR Media

Chairwoman of the Board of Directors

Graham Media Group

President & CEO

Grass Valley

President

Magid 

President & CEO   

MediaSilo

Vice President, Marketing  

National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts 

Chairman & Co-Founder

NBCUniversal Media, LLC 

SVP, Head of Digital and Emerging Technologies at NBCUniversal  

Peanuts Worldwide LLC

Senior Vice President, Marketing and Communications

Piano

CEO

Raycom Media

Executive Vice President, Digital Media & Strategy

RealClear Media Group

President  

Report for America

Co-Founder & President 

Simulmedia

CEO & Founder

SmartBrief

President & CEO 

SmithGeiger

President & Co-Founder 

Social Starts

Venture Partner

Southern California Public Radio

President & CEO

Television Academy

President & COO

Univision

Chief Digital Officer

Weber Shandwick

Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Corporate Content and Media Strategy

WideOrbit

Executive Vice President

Staff

Quinnipiac University

Dean, School of Communications

Quinnipiac University

Director for Advising and Student Development

Advisory Board Members

Josh Golden

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Josh Golden

Publisher & President
Ad Age


Josh Golden was named publisher and president of Ad Age in June 2016. His appointment marks the first time in the publication’s 87-year history that the leadership role was selected from outside the industry to drive the brand’s vision and growth. In September 2017, he relaunched the brand (originally Advertising Age) to reignite the marketing, agency and creativity icon with a bold new look and strategic focus on widening the aperture of coverage on every platform. 

Prior to joining Ad Age, Golden served as vice president, global digital marketing at Xerox. There he led a global team with responsibilities including the website, social platforms, e-commerce, content publishing and film production.  

Before Xerox, his 15-year, agency-side career highlights include serving in key leadership positions in large agencies such as chief digital officer at Grey NY, managing director, Digital at Euro RSCG and interactive strategist at Y&R NY.

Ann Blinkhorn

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Ann Blinkhorn

Media Executive Recruiter, Founder
Blinkhorn, LLC


Ann Blinkhorn specializes in building leadership teams for businesses at the intersection of media and technology.

Blinkhorn founded Blinkhorn, LLC in 2009 following seven years as a leading executive recruiter at Spencer Stuart. She has reshaped senior leadership teams for established media companies transforming their businesses, and has also recruited talent to earlier stage digital companies working to rapidly grow their brands and franchises. Blinkhorn has led CEO and other senior-level engagements for a diverse range of clients including Comcast, Discovery Communications, Microsoft, Dow Jones, MTV Networks, PBS and Huffington Post, among others. She has worked closely with financial sponsors, including top private equity and venture capital firms to recruit talent to portfolio companies.

Blinkhorn’s background includes more than 20 years of traditional and digital media operating experience combined with executive search experience.

John Lansing

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John F. Lansing

CEO & Director
Broadcasting Board of Governors


John F. Lansing joined the BBG in September 2015 after nine years as president of Scripps Networks, where he is credited with guiding the company to become a leading developer of unique content across various media platforms including television, digital, mobile and publishing. As president of Scripps Networks, Lansing was responsible for strategic and operational oversight of the $2.5 billion division of Scripps Networks Interactive, including the company’s portfolio of six cable networks — Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY, Cooking Channel and Great American Country — and the $100 million Scripps Networks Digital division. Prior to joining Scripps Networks in 2004, Lansing was senior vice president for television in the broadcasting division of the E.W. Scripps Company, managing the company’s portfolio of 10 network affiliated television stations.

Earlier, Lansing held various senior management positions at Scripps-owned affiliates, including WEWS TV in Cleveland, Ohio, and WXYZ TV in Detroit, Michigan. Most recently, he was president and chief executive officer of Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), a marketing association composed of 90 of the top U.S. and Canadian cable companies and television programmers.

James Andrew Miller

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James Andrew Miller

Writer, Executive Producer, Media Consultant
Cadence13

James Andrew Miller is an award-winning journalist who has worked in politics, media, and entertainment in a career spanning more than 20 years. He is the author of the recently released NYT best-selling book Powerhouse, The Untold Story of Hollywood’s Creative Artists Agency. Prior to that, he was the co-author of the national #1 NYT bestseller Those Guys Have All the Fun, Inside the World of ESPN and Live From New York, An Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live.

Miller is the creator and host of the podcast, “Origins" currently produced in coordination with Cadence13, one of the country’s largest producers of independent audio content. Students from the School of Communications will be eligible for internships based on availability at Cadence13.

Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics at Occidental College; an M. Litt. from Oxford University, and an MBA from Harvard University, all with honors.

Steven Walsh

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Steven Walsh

Executive Vice President, Local Markets
comScore


Steven Walsh brings more than 25 years of proven strategic sales and sales management experience to his role as executive vice president of local television at comScore. A recognized sales and client relationship leader in the multi-screen audience research industry, Walsh has held key sales leadership positions at research industry startups and current standard-bearers before joining comScore (then called Rentrak) in 2009.

Prior to comScore, Walsh played a critical role in significantly shaping and expanding revenue, client base and strategic positioning for companies such as Integrated Media Measurement, Inc. (IMMI), Experian Research Services, IAG Research, Kantar Media Intelligence and Nielsen Media Research. He was instrumental in growing IAG from an eight-employee startup in 2001 into a 250-employee syndicated advertising effectiveness measurement company by 2006, eventually leading to the acquisition of IAG by Nielsen Media Research in 2008 for $225 million.

Monica Ray

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Monica Ray

Executive Vice President, Consumer Marketing
Condé Nast


Monica Ray is executive vice president, consumer marketing at Condé Nast, charged with overseeing all consumer revenue and marketing activities for Condé Nast’s portfolio of media brands, including Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and Vogue. With a deep background in direct-to-consumer marketing, Ray has been a change agent for Condé Nast’s consumer marketing discipline, using data, segmentation and creative messaging to cause digital channel subscription volumes to double in three years.  In addition, she led a business transformation for The New Yorker, building it into a highly successful consumer product with a paid digital content subscription model, leading to a more than two-fold increase in consumer revenue since her arrival.   

Prior to joining Condé Nast in September 2010, Ray led Time Inc.’s paid content strategy as senior vice president, corporate digital development. Before assuming that position, she served as vice president and general manager for Entertainment Weekly and EW.com, where she managed the brand’s print and digital businesses. Ray joined Time Inc. in 1992 and held a number of other senior positions within the company — among them senior vice president and general manager of Time Inc.Time Inc.’s digital group, and vice president, consumer marketing, overseeing all subscription, newsstand and consumer research activities for Sports Illustrated, People and Time.

Andy Cunningham

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Andy Cunningham

President & Founder
Cunningham Collective


As an entrepreneur at the forefront of marketing, branding, positioning and communicating “The Next Big Thing,” Andy Cunningham has played a key role in the launch of a number of new categories including video games; personal computers; desktop publishing; digital imaging; RISC microprocessors; software as a service; very light jets; and clean tech investing. She is an expert in creating and executing marketing, branding and communication strategies that accelerate growth, increase shareholder value and advance corporate reputation. Her first book, Get to Aha!: Discover Your Positioning DNA and Dominate Your Competition, was published by McGraw-Hill Education in October 2017.

Cunningham came to Silicon Valley in 1983 to work for Regis McKenna and help Steve Jobs launch the Macintosh. When Jobs left Apple to form NeXT and acquire Pixar, he chose Cunningham’s public relations agency, Cunningham Communication, to represent him. She continued to work with Jobs for several years and has developed marketing, branding and communication strategies for game-changing technologies and companies ever since.

Cunningham is the founder and president of Cunningham Collective, a marketing, brand and communication strategy firm dedicated to bringing innovation to market.

Anna Sedgley

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Anna Sedgley

Chief Operating Officer
Dow Jones


Anna Sedgley is the chief operating officer of Dow Jones, a role she assumed in January 2017. She was previously chief financial officer and held the dual roles of COO and CFO until November 2017. 

As chief operating officer, Sedgley leads the Dow Jones operations group and oversees the print products and services unit, legal and risk management services as well as technology, facilities and security. Sedgley continues her oversight of the company’s financial performance via the chief financial officer. 

Sedgley joined Dow Jones in October 2009 as vice president, finance, after 10 years at BSkyB, now known as Sky, which is part of 21st Century Fox. At Sky, she provided financial support for a number of business functions including marketing, circulation, supply chain and technology.

Sedgley began her career as a trainee chartered accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers in London. After qualification, she spent two years working in finance at Debenhams PLC, a leading U.K. department store.

Lynn Hanessian

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Lynn Hanessian

Chief Strategist
Edelman


Lynn Hanessian is the chief strategist for Edelman. In her position, she brings together industry, content and media expertise to craft campaigns to achieve the business objectives of her clients. Her focus is on health and science engagement initiatives reaching a wide range of audiences.

Hanessian has a deep background in health, medical and science strategic positioning, and communication working with health systems, pharmaceutical and device companies, health technology companies, medical societies and patient advocacy groups. Hanessian has led regional, national and global teams providing support to pharmaceutical and medical products at all stages of the product life cycle. She has also been actively involved in marketing, communications, advocacy relations, professional society engagement, corporate positioning programs and crisis communications efforts. Hanessian has worked on a wide range of therapeutic areas including infectious diseases, CNS, allergic diseases, oncology and metabolic diseases.

Adam Deutsch

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Adam Deutsch

Vice President, Global Digital Product Operations
ESPN


Adam Deutsch is vice president, global digital product operations, at ESPN. In his role, he leads the rollout of international digital properties, including editions of the ESPN app and ESPN.com, ESPNcricinfo and ESPN international streaming platforms. He also oversees product operations for third-party digital global business partnerships, including ticketing, e-commerce, sponsored links and Accuweather.

Deutsch was the architect behind the ESPN “Editions Platform” that allowed ESPN to deliver digital products and services around the world in a unified, consistent way. In the past 18 months, ESPN has debuted 11 editions in both English and Spanish, and with more markets and languages to come as the company expands its global efforts. Deutsch was elevated to this position in March 2017.

Previously, Deutsch held the role of senior director, global digital media, where he served as general manager for ESPN’s international digital businesses, leading growth initiatives with an emphasis outside the U.S., including Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Southeast Asia and India.

Gregory J Osberg

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Gregory J. Osberg

Chief Executive Officer
F+W Media


Gregory J. Osberg is the CEO of F+W Media, an enthusiast publishing company headquartered in New York City. F+W publishes 40 magazines and 100 websites serving a variety of vertical markets including crafts, writing, fine arts, collectibles, woodworking and genealogy.    

Prior to F+W, Osberg was the founding CEO of Revlyst, a revenue catalyst firm dedicated to accelerating the digital transformation of the media industry. Osberg also served as CEO and publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network (PMN), publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. In 2012, Osberg managed the sales process of PMN, successfully selling the company to a group of local business leaders.   

Before arriving in Philadelphia, Osberg spent an extensive publishing career in New York City. He held several senior-level positions at The Washington Post company, rising to become president and worldwide publisher of Newsweek and Newsweek.com. Osberg also served as president of CNET, where he guided the the company to its first year of profitability, after going public. 

Salah Zalatimo

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Salah Zalatimo

Head of Product & Technology
Forbes


Salah Zalatimo heads the product and tech group at Forbes Media. He joined the company in 2015 through the acquisition of his mobile startup, Camerama. He has since led an organizational transformation to enable end-to-end product management and continuous deployment. His team recently rebuilt Forbes.com article pages to be the fastest among major publishers.

Zalatimo is a leader in the New York tech community, working closely with the Department of Education and other industry associations on the proliferation of tech in media. He is an undefeated amateur boxer and serves as a board member for the Haymakers for Hope organization.

Zalatimo has a BA and MBA from Columbia University. He was a founding member of the digital music group at Bertelsmann in 2003. He then joined the media practice at McKinsey & Company. Over his career, he has worked for or with 8 of the world’s top 10 media companies. He currently lives with his wife, Tala, and son, Sina Akram, in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Maria Eugenia Ferre Rangel

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María Eugenia Ferré Rangel

GFR Media
Chairwoman of the Board of Directors

María Eugenia Ferré Rangel is the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of GFR Media, a multimedia communications company that includes El Nuevo Día, one of the largest Spanish-languages newspapers in the United States.

Under her leadership, GFR Media transformed from a solid print operation into a multimedia communications conglomerate. The company holds multiple brands focused on providing long term, audience specific business solutions to its clients. Consumer behavior intelligence is now at the core of GFR Media’s integrated and contextualized brands and services, with innovative platforms such as the data driven Audience Profile and BrandShare.

Previous to her appointment as Chief Executive Officer of GFR Media, she held positions as President and CEO of El Nuevo Día, Vice President of Administration and Operation; Assistant to the Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and as Director of Corporate and Community Relations at the newspaper.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, in Political Science and Spanish from Holy Cross College in Worcester, Massachusetts, and completed a Master’s Degree in Communications at Boston University. Ms. Ferré is married to Dr. Miguel Santaella and is the proud mother of two children.

Emily Barr

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Emily L. Barr

President & CEO
Graham Media Group


Emily L. Barr is president and chief executive officer of Graham Media Group, the television broadcasting division of Graham Holdings Company. She has held this position since July 2012.

Barr oversees seven local television stations — each in a top-70 market, representing nearly 7% coverage in the U.S. All stations are recognized as news leaders on air, on the go and online. Under Barr's leadership, Graham Media Group was awarded “2016 Station Group of the Year“ by Broadcasting and Cable Magazine.

Prior to joining Graham Media Group, Barr served as president and general manager of ABC 7 Chicago (WLS-TV), president and general manager of WTVD-TV, director of creative services and advertising and promotion manager at KHOU-TV in Houston, Texas, writer and producer for WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. Barr began her career in broadcasting in 1980 as a news editor at KSTP-TV in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Barr serves on the boards of the Associated Press and the Television Bureau of Advertising, the first vice chair for television for the National Association of Broadcasters and is the immediate past chair of the ABC board of governors.

Timothy Shoulders

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Timothy Shoulders

President 
Grass Valley


Timothy Shoulders was appointed president of Grass Valley in January 2018 and is responsible for all worldwide operations. Shoulders comes to Grass Valley following a successful career in the Belden Broadcast and AV business as well as the Industrial Cable business. He leverages his varied experiences to deliver increased value for customers and partners. Shoulders joined Belden in 2011 and held roles in various business units starting with the Enterprise Connectivity platform. He led the global Broadcast AV Cable business as vice president/general manager and, most recently, served in the same role for the global Industrial Cable business. Throughout his time with Belden, he’s led numerous M&A projects, integrations and cross-business initiatives.

Before joining Belden, Shoulders developed his finance and accounting background managing finance functions and forecasting/reporting for large, diverse businesses.

Shoulders holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Accounting from Ball State University - Miller College of Business.

Brent Magid

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Brent Magid

President & CEO
Magid


Brent Magid is president and chief executive officer of Magid. Prior to being named CEO, Magid served in several roles with Magid, including president, North American Television; senior vice president, mergers and acquisitions; and president, international, based in London. After graduating from Princeton University and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Magid was an associate in the media and entertainment corporate finance group at Chase Manhattan Bank.

Magid serves on the boards of Lee Enterprises and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Mitzi, and has two sons, Harrison and Parker.

Dina Pradel

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Dina Pradel

Vice President of Marketing
MediaSilo and Wiredrive


Dina Pradel is a startup executive with expertise in brand marketing, product strategy, and lead generation for SaaS and internet companies. She is currently the vice president of marketing for MediaSilo and Wiredrive, which came together earlier this year to form the largest provider of video collaboration software to the post-production space. Clients include a who’s who of leading media and entertainment companies and advertising agencies.

In the past, Pradel has grown small startups such as StyleFeeder, FirstGiving and Y2M:Youth Media and Marketing Network and orchestrated their acquisitions by companies including Time, Inc., Frontstream Payments and Viacom.

She has bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Felix Sanchez

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Felix Sanchez

Co-Founder & Chairman
National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts


Felix Sanchez is a principal with Terra Strategies LLC, a government affairs and public relations firm in Washington, D.C. Sanchez is also the pro bono chairman of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA), which he co-founded in 1997 with actors Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales and Merel Julia. The nonprofit foundation has become a leader in promoting Latinos in the media, entertainment and telecommunications industries.

For the past several years, Sanchez, as NHFA chairman, led the fight to desegregate the Kennedy Center Honors, which resulted in major administrative and personnel changes at the Kennedy Center, and yielded the following Latino honorees in 2013: Carlos Santana and Martina Arroyo; in 2015: Rita Moreno; and in 2017: Gloria Estefan. Sanchez’s efforts, on behalf of NHFA, led to the induction of 22 new Latino members into the Association of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (Oscars).

Altaf Rupani

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Altaf Rupani

Senior Vice President & Head of Digital & Emerging Technologies
NBCUniversal


Altaf Rupani serves as the senior vice president and head of digital and emerging technologies at NBCUniversal. As a member of the executive leadership team, Rupani is responsible for strategy and technology related to NBCUniversal’s digital and emerging media platforms as well as overseeing the technology execution of NBCUniversal’s external digital partnerships.

Prior to this role, Rupani served as chief technology officer at the NBC News Group, which includes brands such as NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC across all platforms. Rupani has a BS in computer science from University of Mumbai and has participated in the Executive Management Program at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Melissa Menta

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Melissa Menta

Senior Vice President of Marketing & Communications
Peanuts Worldwide


Melissa Menta is a seasoned publicity and marketing executive with over 25 years of experience in the entertainment field.

A savvy marketer, Menta currently serves as the senior vice president of marketing and communications at Peanuts Worldwide, a subsidiary of DHX Media. In this role, she oversees major global marketing initiatives, a robust consumer communications program, and a highly engaged social media audience for the timeless property Peanuts by Charles Schulz.

Adweek and The Washington Post have both recognized Peanuts marketing for its relevance in the pop-culture zeitgeist. Recent highlights include a partnership with Rock the Vote in 2016 and collaborating with the PR team at 20th Century Fox on the release of the feature film “The Peanuts Movie.“

Throughout her career, Menta has worked on such iconic brands and characters as the Muppets, the dotcom breakout mascot, the Pets.com Sock Puppet, and Scott Adam's Dilbert.

Menta received her bachelor of arts from Middlebury College, and a master's in performing arts administration from NYU.

Trevor Kaufman

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Trevor Kaufman

CEO
Piano


Trevor Kaufman is the CEO of Piano, a global software company that provides content monetization tools to digital publishers. Piano’s suite of SaaS tools includes analytics, subscription commerce and experience management. The company serves thousands of sites, including many of the world’s top media businesses, such as The Economist, Gatehouse, Condé Nast, Bloomberg, Bonnier, AOL and NBCUniversal. Piano was formed in 2015 as the result of a merger between Tinypass, where Kaufman had been CEO, and Piano Media, a larger European competitor.

Kaufman came to Tinypass in 2012 after serving as CEO of Possible and co-president of Kaufman Patricof Enterprises (KPE).

Kaufman’s reputation is as an innovative and creative leader, and the teams he has brought together have won countless awards for their ground-breaking media and technology work, including Webbys, Emmys and Cannes Lions, as well as top lists in OMMA, AdWeek, Newsweek and other publications.

Joe Fiveash

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Joe Fiveash

Executive Vice President, Digital Media & Strategy
Raycom Media


Joe Fiveash is executive vice president, digital media and strategy, at Raycom Media. In that role, he looks for ways to build digital usage and revenue from the web, mobile and OTT audiences for content produced by Raycom’s 60+ TV stations. In addition, he is responsible for developing new digital revenue from internal startups (like The Southern Weekend, a multiplatform video service about having fun in the South), and acquisitions (like PureCars, a leading provider of digital marketing services for car dealers).

Fiveash has a deep digital media background, including EVP/GM of Weather Channel Interactive, with overall responsibility for web, mobile and interactive television platforms; president of Vertical Acuity, a venture-backed content marketing platform that was sold to Outbrain; and SVP of e-commerce for CafePress Services.

Fiveash graduated from Princeton University and has a JD/MBA from the University of Virginia.

Erin Waters

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Erin Waters

President
RealClear Media Group


Erin Waters is president of RealClear Media Group (RCP) and oversees all business and editorial functions across the company, including RealClearPolitics and 14 additional platforms.

RCP is ranked in the top 5 for Washington insiders and under Erin's leadership, peak election readership grew by over 50% and revenue increased by over 25%.

Prior to joining RCP, Waters served as publisher of Governing, a media organization focused on state and local information. During her tenure, Governing received industry recognition, including Jesse H. Neal Award, ASBPE Magazine of the Year and FOLIO Eddie, and achieved revenue growth across the business platform.  

Previously, Waters was at Atlantic Media and Congressional Quarterly.

Steven Waldman

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Steven Waldman

President & Co-Founder
Report for America


Steven Waldman is an entrepreneur, journalist and advocate for robust accountability journalism. Most recently, he co-founded Report for America, a new national service program for journalists, and LifePosts.com, a new platform for online memorials and other life milestones.

Waldman spent the first part of his career as a magazine journalist. He was national correspondent for Newsweek, national editor for U.S. News and World Report and editor of the Washington Monthly.

He created and ran Beliefnet.com, a vast multifaith religion website. The site won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online in 2007 and the Online News Association’s General Excellence Award. Time Magazine named Waldman one of the “innovators” of the new millennia. As CEO, he led Beliefnet to profitability, rapid revenue growth, several rounds of venture capital financing, and a successful sale to News Corp in 2007.

Dave Morgan

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Dave Morgan

CEO & Founder
Simulmedia


Dave Morgan is the CEO and founder of Simulmedia. He previously founded and ran both TACODA, Inc., an online advertising company that pioneered behavioral online marketing and was acquired by AOL in 2007 for $275 million, and Real Media, Inc., one of the world’s first ad serving and online ad network companies and a predecessor to 24/7 Real Media (TFSM), which was later sold to WPP for $649 million. After the sale of TACODA, Morgan served as executive vice president, global advertising strategy, at AOL, a Time Warner Company (TWX).

A lawyer by training, Morgan served as general counsel and director of New Media Ventures at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association in the early 1990s.

Morgan is a political science graduate of The Pennsylvania State University and holds a JD from the Dickinson School of Law. He is the former chairman and ex-officio member of the board of the International Radio and Television Society and currently serves on the board of directors for the Advertising Research Foundation. Morgan, his wife, Lorea Canales, and their two daughters live in Manhattan.

Rick Stamberger

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Rick Stamberger

President & CEO
SmartBrief


Rick Stamberger is president and CEO of SmartBrief, which he co-founded with Dan O'Brien and Tom Wheeler. He has spent much of his career at the intersection of business, public policy and the not-for-profit sector.

Before his work at SmartBrief, Stamberger was a founding partner of Quest Partners LLC, a management consultancy based in Boston. He also served as executive vice president and director of a Washington, D.C.-based technology firm owned by nine cable television companies and NBC. Stamberger began his career in Washington with the National Cable Television Association.    

Stamberger served as a White House Fellow in 1984–85 in the Office of the Vice President. From 2008–09, he was a member of President-elect Barack Obama's Transition Project, serving as an agency lead for the Executive Office of the President.   

Stamberger is chairman of the board of directors of the Van Eck Funds, independent trustee of the Van Eck Market Vectors ETF Trust, an active board member of numerous nonprofit organizations and was executive producer of “John Gardner, Uncommon American,“ a documentary for public television that aired in 2001. He is a graduate of Williams College and the Harvard Business School.

Seth Geiger

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Seth Geiger

President & Co-Founder
SmithGeiger


Seth Geiger directs the development of strategic research partnerships and oversees research innovation and product engineering. He has consulted with clients across the broadcast, cable, satellite, digital platform, syndicated television, telecom and web industries, including: ABC, AT&T Broadband, CNN, DIRECTV, Discovery, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NBC, Raycom, Scripps Networks, TiVo, Visa and Warner Bros., among others.  

Prior to forming SmithGeiger, he served as vice president of professional and e-commerce services for BizRate.com.  

Before joining BizRate.com, Geiger worked for Frank N. Magid Associates, where he established the company’s strategic research direction and designed research initiatives in new media and television convergence.   

Geiger joined Magid from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was an assistant professor in the Department of Communication. His academic research is recognized internationally in the fields of media processing, research design and mass media effects.

Charles Smith

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Charles C. Smith

Venture Partner
Social Starts


Charles C. Smith currently serves as a venture partner for Social Starts, a venture capital fund that invests in start-up social and mobile technology companies. He has a particular interest in content experiences and the changing media landscape.   

He is also an active angel investor in early-stage companies assisting the leadership with strategy and operations as they get off the ground. One of the many companies he's helped launch is Etsy, which grew from 6 to 75 employees in the 3 years he was there.  

Smith entered the startup world in the mid-90s through RealMedia, an internet advertising company. He was in charge of marketing and sales before launching the company internationally. After, he helped start another ad tech company, Tacoda where he ran sales until taking on more responsibility at his family business, Calkins Media.

Bill Davis

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Bill Davis

President & CEO
Southern California Public Radio


Bill Davis is the founding president of Southern California Public Radio, a California-controlled subsidiary of the American Public Media Group. 

He joined SCPR in January 2001, and prior to his appointment was senior vice president for programming at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., where he directed NPR’s programming divisions: news, cultural programming, new media and satellite. For 10 years, he served as general manager of WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he directed all aspects of this NPR affiliated station licensed to the University of North Carolina, making it one of the nation’s most-listened-to NPR stations. Prior to joining WUNC, he managed WBFO-FM in Buffalo, New York, and KALX-FM in Berkeley, California.

Davis earned an AB from Occidental College in Los Angeles, a master’s in journalism from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley, and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at UNC-Chapel Hill. While in journalism school, he produced and edited reports for the statewide news operation at California Public Radio.

Maury McIntyre

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Maury McIntyre

President & COO
Television Academy


Maury McIntyre leads the Television Academy as its president and chief operating officer, following a two-decade career as a senior executive and specialist in global brand/digital media marketing and entertainment franchise development. While McIntyre has been president, the academy has launched online voting and viewing platforms for its annual Emmy competition, begun the rebuild and expansion of its NoHo Arts District campus, and extended member, student and educational outreach.

Prior to being named president of the Television Academy, McIntyre served as vice president of digital, overseeing digital initiatives and content development for all academy activities, including the Primetime Emmy Awards. McIntyre elevated the academy’s digital presence with an award-winning new website and a major content distribution partnership with Yahoo. His focus on social media tripled the academy’s reach in that area, and his expansion of the organization’s digital content around the Primetime Emmys helped secure and augment partnerships with companies like Audi, Chase Sapphire, McDonald’s, Samsung and Target.

Sameer Deen

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Sameer Deen

Chief Digital Officer
Univision


Sameer Deen is chief digital officer at Univision. He is responsible for establishing and leading the digital strategy to reach new audiences by enhancing the user experience across the company’s growing digital and mobile portfolio, expanding digital offerings and maximizing digital-linear TV integration.  

A seasoned executive with extensive experience in new media development and corporate strategy, Deen was most recently senior vice president of multiplatform distribution and strategy for Scripps Networks Interactive, where he led digital video distribution efforts. He was also founding president of CityEats and senior vice president of corporate development, helping SNI establish its international presence. Earlier in his career, he served as director, new media for NBC Universal and director of financial and strategic planning for NBC Universal Networks.

Deen was recently honored by the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications with its prestigious Luminary Award and has been recognized by Cablefax in the magazine’s “Most Influential Minorities in Cable” list. He has a bachelor’s degree in commerce, with distinction, from McGill University in Montreal.

Brett Pulley

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Brett A Pulley

Executive Vice President, Director of Corporate Content & Senior Media Strategist
Weber Shandwick


Brett A. Pulley is an executive vice president, director of corporate content and senior media strategist at Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading communications firms. His work includes writing op-eds and speeches for corporate executives, issues and crisis management, developing communications marketing content and overseeing various other content-related projects.

A veteran journalist, author and educator, Pulley most recently served as dean of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications at Hampton University, a 150-year-old historically black university in southeastern Virginia, with nearly 5,000 students. In that role, he operated a school with 400 student majors and managed a faculty and staff of 25.

Prior to becoming dean at Hampton, Pulley spent three years covering the media and entertainment industries at Bloomberg L.P. He also was senior editor at Forbes Magazine, and national correspondent and local reporter at The New York Times, as a national correspondent. His work at The Times was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Pulley also was a correspondent at The Wall Street Journal, and served as the president and chief executive officer of NewYork.com.

Ian Ferreira

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Ian Ferreira

Executive Vice President
WideOrbit


As executive vice president, Ian Ferreira is charged with building the WideOrbit ad marketplace as well as the supporting cloud-based services of the WideOrbit platform suite.

Prior to joining WideOrbit, Ferreira was director of engineering at a Seattle-based predictive analytics startup focusing on using distributed machine learning techniques for the financial industry.

Spending a decade at Microsoft, Ferreira owned the tools and publishing platform for the new MSN.com and Bing Windows and Windows Phone apps.

Prior to that Ferreira owned building the Windows Ads-in-Apps ad solution for Microsoft Display Advertising business. He led an engineering team focused on ad products for both the web and application platforms.

Before this role, Ferreira served as the chief architect for the Microsoft Ad Exchange (formally AdECN) helping build out the first federated RTB exchange technology, marketplace design and business strategy for scaling to the entire volume of the Microsoft remnant inventory.

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Mark Contreras

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Mark Contreras

Dean, School of Communications
Quinnipiac University


Mark Contreras is dean of the Quinnipiac University School of Communications.

An experienced chief executive officer and media executive with roughly 30 years in the media industry, Contreras most recently served as CEO of Calkins Media, a Pennsylvania-based company, which operated three ABC local affiliates, five daily newspapers and an extensive digital media operation.

Contreras oversaw Calkins’ successful development of a presence on a variety of streaming device platforms including Roku, Amazon Fire and Apple TV. This OTT presence helped the local media brands extend their brand and also enabled Calkins to serve as an OTT app developer for other leading media companies, foundations and organizations.

Contreras also has extensive experience working in the newspaper industry as senior vice president for Pulitzer Inc., as senior vice president of the E.W. Scripps Company, and as president and publisher of The Times Leader.

His love of mission-oriented local journalism began with his work with U.S. Senator Paul Simon (D-IL), who was a former newspaper publisher himself. Contreras served as a legislative assistant for Simon on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.

Contreras devoted many years to numerous organizations serving the media industry. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Woodward Communications, GFR Media and Futuro Media. He is a past chairman of the American Press Institute and the Newspaper Association of America.

Contreras received his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, an MBA from Harvard Business School and completed the Media Management Center program for Advanced Media Executives at Northwestern University. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

A native of Minneapolis, Contreras later moved and grew up outside of Chicago. He and his wife, Marybeth Sughrue, have one son, Michael.

Lila Carney

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Lila Carney

Director for Advising and Student Development
Quinnipiac University


Lila Carney is the director for advising and student development in the School of Communications and she is the point person for the school’s advisory board. In her role, Carney assists students with academic planning and decision-making. She also works closely with students involved in the school’s internship program both in the Northeast as well as the Los Angeles program.  

Carney began working at Quinnipiac University in 2010 as the assistant director of student media where she advised students involved with Quinnipiac’s multiple media groups, including the university newspaper, “The Chronicle;” the university television station, Q30; the university radio station, WQAQ 98.1-FM; The Summit yearbook; Montage, the university literary and art magazine; and the Quinnipiac Bobcats Sports Network.

She has also taught journalism as an adjunct instructor both at Quinnipiac and at SUNY Brockport.

Carney holds a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York, and a bachelor’s degree in communication sciences from the University of Connecticut.

Before coming to Quinnipiac, Carney worked for several years as a reporter and multimedia journalist in central and western New York. Most recently, she worked for the NBC and CBS affiliates in Syracuse, New York.

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