Our network includes some of the world’s best designers, strategists, writers, and researchers. For project work, we can assemble an ideal team whose members all have their names and reputations on the line doing work they love. We find this produces an excellent result without the overhead costs of a traditional agency.
Mark is a strategist and executive coach who for 20 years has worked with well-known global businesses and pioneers of positive system change. As the founder of The Next Us, he has worked directly with the leadership teams of Synopsys, Honor, Zazzle, OfferUp, Too Small to Fail, Mindful Schools, Omidyar Network, Nextag, LeapFrog, Art Center College of Design, Misnomer Dance Theater, and Sundance Channel.
Mark began his career as a grant writer for the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. After several years at small creative agencies in San Francisco, he eventually became a Director of Program Management at Sapient Corporation, leading large-scale web projects for Walmart.com, Gap, and Cisco Networking Academy.
In 2002, Mark joined Stone Yamashita Partners as a strategist helping CEOs and executive teams articulate visions for change, build cultures of innovation, and create unique customer experiences. Mark’s clients during his four years at SYPartners included Hewlett-Packard, General Electric, NBC Universal, Lifetime Television, Yahoo!, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.
In 2006, Mark started The Next Us to help organizations and individuals achieve breakthrough change.
Outside of work, Mark finds inspiration in the performing arts. He is a daily meditation practitioner and amateur singer. firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie will find the heartbeat of your story. With strategic thinking and creative collaboration as her touchstones, she helps organizations build powerful narratives across every touchpoint, from positioning and messaging to naming, taglines, ad campaigns, video, websites, social media, packaging, print collateral, speeches—even the occasional poetic stanza. Her expertise also crosses industries, from technology (Intel, Cisco Systems, Evernote, Healthagen, Nextag, Zazzle) to food, fashion, beauty, and culture (Peet’s Coffee, Cowgirl Creamery, Frito-Lay, JanSport, Quiksilver, Perricone MD, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco). Having worked in San Francisco’s design world since 1999, she thrives at the intersections of the creative process, translating strategy into ideas, and ideas into vibrant customer experiences. She has a particular passion for companies who make it their business to leave the world a little better than they found it. www.wordsforrentorsale.com
Andrea works at the intersection of foresight and strategy helping organizations adapt to a world of unexpected change. For more than 20 years Andrea has worked in Silicon Valley and around the world with businesses, foundations, and public institutions applying insights from futures research and emerging technologies to develop strategy and market opportunities. She currently focuses on the convergence of technologies of cooperation, strategies for collective action and commons building, platforms for enabling resilience, and amplified communities. This nexus of disruption and creativity offers unprecedented opportunity to regenerate community life, flexible institutions, and our capacity for wellbeing. www.andreasaveri.com
Brad is a partner at Codeless Interactive, LLC, a digital marketing consultancy that builds and optimizes results-driven websites and applications. Codeless helps businesses boost their bottom line through inbound marketing and a unique blend of technical + marketing know-how. Its clients span the software, e-commerce, real estate, financial services, hospitality, healthcare, journalism, and publishing industries worldwide. Brad has been featured in popular online publications including the New York Times, Business Insider, and Social Media Today. He has an MBA in marketing with years of in-house experience leading national online campaigns. www.codelessinteractive.com
Todd is an award winning creative director and graphic designer who believes in using the power of design for good. With 20 years of experience in brand identity, web/UI, print, packaging, and environment design, he has worked with nonprofits, educational institutions, and tech innovators alike. His list of clients include Apple, Evernote, Facebook, Google, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Micro-Documentaries, Mindful Schools, and many more. Prior to running his own studio he gained valuable experience working at several prominent Bay Area design and innovation firms such as IDEO, Factor Design, SYPartners, and the in-house design team at Apple. Todd holds a BFA in Graphic Design from The Academy of Art University, where he recently taught a level three Graphic Design class on User Experience Design. www.toddschulte.com
Jennifer Bostic is Creative Director of Paper Plane Studio. Since founding Paper Plane in 2000, she has worked with La Colombe, Apple, Wize Commerce, Chronicle Books, GlobalGiving, and the New Brooklyn Theatre. She led the Creative Direction of the 2010 TED Conference and design of the 2009 HP interactive space at the Consumer Electronics Show. She developed the worldwide HP event and exhibit design system, and traveled the world training local designers on the new brand. Jennifer’s work was featured at the San Francisco Museum of Design as part of an exhibition of the best designers in the Bay Area. Her work has also been showcased in Communication Arts Magazine, Graphis, AIGA exhibitions, Print Magazine, and the Art Director’s Club Annual. She is featured in the books Women in Graphic Design and Graphic Design America. She was named by HOW Magazine as one of the “5 Hot Designers to Watch”. Prior to Paper Plane, she worked at Landor, Pentagram, and SY Partners. www.paperplanestudio.com