Despite being an Alabama Hatfield by lineage (of the famous feuding Hatfields and McCoys), Allison brings a special brand of sweetness and light to the agency. She takes care of us. She keeps us honest. She explains convoluted insurance bullshit. And she emcees the DC pre-Thanksgiving breakfast shot that has become as much a part of our collective holiday as turkey and stuffing. Allie began her career at Jack Nadel in LA, before relocating to SF to work at Hal Riney, then Grey. Should you come for an interview, it is likely her smiling face that will greet you. Unless you’re a McCoy, in which case, you might as well go on and git.
When it comes to relaunching brands, Andy brings a remarkable depth of experience in brand strategy. Not to mention he’s one of the only guys in the advertising business with an advertising degree, earned from the distinguished Newhouse School at Syracuse. He cut his teeth working on packaged goods in New York, before moving to FCB/San Francisco for a series of senior positions running Taco Bell, Levi’s and the $100 million Sega Dreamcast launch. Joining DC in 2000, Andy led successful strategic efforts for Clos du Bois, Birkenstock, Hard Rock and, more recently, StubHub and John Muir Health. Having spent seven years of his childhood in Paris, Andy is fluent in French. He’s also an avid photographer, oenophile, crossfitter and — don’t be alarmed — knife collector.
After earning scores of creative honors and setting sales records for clients like StubHub, DriveTime and Kona Brewing, Parker now devotes the bulk of his time to “advertising” the advertising agency he co-founded with Robert Duncan. He works to raise the company’s creative profile, preserve its nefarious and sordid culture and seek out those new clients ready to do the most memorable and effective work around. As a side hustle, Parker still works as a humble copywriter on various client businesses just like he did when he first started right out of school at FCB/San Francisco. (It’s probably his favorite part of the job.)
As head of DC’s social purpose practice, MJ brings a deep understanding of how consumer expectations, social media and politics are transforming the role of brands as citizens. She’s so passionate about the opportunity for brands to power social progress, in fact, that she’s the one who dreamed up the idea of building a dedicated practice within the agency to develop social purpose strategy and programs for clients. She racked up bonus points for pitching the idea over beers. MJ hails from agencies including EVB, R/GA and Mekanism, where she worked on Wrigley’s, Microsoft, and Alaska Airlines, and also brings brand-side perspective from copywriting roles at Gap and Levi Strauss & Co. In her pre-advertising life, she earned an MFA in Creative Writing and Literature and earned her all-time favorite nickname, The Bullsh*t Detector.
While one supposes it’s important to tell you that Leslie Diard is our deeply experienced communications planning director, one can barely wait to say that she started her professional life as a purchasing agent for Shell Oil in Houston, wore a hard hat to work and frequently visited offshore drilling platforms. Since then, Leslie has veered sharply toward the marketing mainstream, serving as a media supervisor at Foote, Cone & Belding/San Francisco, as a VP, group account director, at Hawk Media and as media director at Swirl. Her pre-DC client experience includes Taco Bell, Dreyer’s Ice Cream, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Pearle Vision and The Wine Group. And at DC, she oversees a communications planning department that has over the years been responsible for the planning and purchasing of media for, among others, StubHub, John Muir Health, Tishman Speyer, Clos du Bois, the Palms and Hard Rock. Leslie has an MBA from the renowned Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is also a former professor at the Art Institute of California, and, in recent years, was elected president of the American Marketing Association, San Francisco chapter.
DC’s founder and original storyteller, Duncan got his start writing about pop culture in Rolling Stone, Life and Creem, where he was managing editor alongside Lester Bangs. He authored four books, including The Noise. As a rock critic, he interviewed such luminaries as Bruce Springsteen, Freddie Mercury, Patti Smith, Ronnie Van Zant and Kraftwerk, along with a bevy of jagoffs (we’re looking at you, Ted Nugent). He’s flown on a private jet with Keith Richards, jammed with Blue Öyster Cult and serenaded Sammy Hagar and Liza Minnelli, but not at the same time. Along with scrivening brand stories, Duncan works with the partners to ensure the DC ship stays on course.
As ECD, Anne has the final word on the agency’s creative product. During her tenure at DC, Anne’s ascended from AD to senior AD, ACD to CD and finally to the much-deserved top spot. Along the way, she’s either created or helped shape some of the agency’s most awarded, enduring and successful work. Recent efforts include the Effie-winning anti-vaping campaign for the California Tobacco Control Program, the Dear Mainland campaign that launched Kona Brewing into the top 10 of craft beers, and pot-stirring new creative for Kettle Chips. She’s received most every major ad award, served as judge for the Communication Arts Advertising Annual and spoken at the influential 3% Conference. And, as any musicologist can tell you, Anne got her start playing Pennsylvania taverns as the underappreciated and underage keyboardist of seminal Zeppelin tribute band Black Dog.
Rachel is the agency’s resident matchmaker. The first person a potential client meets, she has an instinctual knack for assembling just the right team and most equitable working arrangement. From obvious stuff like relevant category experience to more nuanced things like interpersonal dynamics, Rachel has made many of our most successful and enduring matches. She has over 16 years’ experience in account management and, prior to DC, was a VP at Ketchum leading integrated marketing and PR campaigns for Haagen-Dazs, ConAgra, Kikkoman, Lindemans and the Almond Board of CA. Plus, she can serenade you on the accordion.