People

In a business where people are your first, best and only asset, culture is queen. That’s why we’ve spent over two decades doing our damnedest to build an agency where talented people want to come and stay. An agency where they can do the finest work of their careers. Read More

So, together, we can deliver the real-world results our clients require. And if we happen to have a little fun doing it, well, all the better.

Leadership
Allison Bart
Allison Bart
Director of talent
Andy Berkenfield
Andy Berkenfield
CEO, partner
Parker Channon
Parker Channon
CMO, partner
Amy Cotteleer
Amy Cotteleer
Chief experience officer, partner
Kumi Croom
Kumi Croom
Group account director
MJ Deery
MJ Deery
Director, purpose practice
Leslie Diard
Leslie Diard
Comms planning director
Robert Duncan
Robert Duncan
Chairman, founder
Anne Elisco-Lemme
Anne Elisco-Lemme
Executive creative director
Keenan Hemje
Keenan Hemje
Senior broadcast producer
Noël Johnson
Noël Johnson
Director of marketing and client engagement
Jamie Katz
Jamie Katz
Director of account management
Jen Kellogg
Jen Kellogg
Design director
John Kovacevich
John Kovacevich
Executive creative director
Eric Kozak
Eric Kozak
Senior digital producer
Shaz Kuerschner
Shaz Kuerschner
Manager of studio and art production
Michael Lemme
Michael Lemme
Chief creative officer, partner
Tina Montemayor
Tina Montemayor
Senior creative services manager
Kelleen Peckham
Kelleen Peckham
Director of brand strategy
Renée Phipps
Renée Phipps
CFO
Rosheila Robles
Rosheila Robles
Director of project management
Danielle Spencer
Danielle Spencer
Director, influencer and social media strategy
Gary Stein
Gary Stein
Chief integration officer
Allison Bart
Allison Bart
Director of talent

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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.

Amy Cotteleer
Amy Cotteleer
Chief experience officer, partner

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Amy founded award-winning experiential and social influencer agency, A2G, 15 years ago. A pioneer in the space, Amy’s agency landed household names like Gap, Citibank, Samsung and Nintendo. A2G was twice named a small agency of the year by Advertising Age and their work for Product (RED) was awarded Promotion of the Year. An expert in helping companies harness the power of social media to amplify consumer experiences, while inspiring trial, conversion and sales, Amy’s been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, O Magazine and USA Today. As CXO, Amy leads the development of social, influencer and live experiences that create two-way relationships between brands and customers. It’s her job to ensure that integrated ideas for clients and prospects have online and offline experiences built into their DNA. She is a magna cum laude graduate of USC’s Marshall School of Business (Go Trojans!) and the mother to two young daughters and a Jack Russell Terrier named Wrigley (Go Cubs!).

Andy Berkenfield
Andy Berkenfield
CEO, partner

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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.

Anne Elisco-Lemme
Anne Elisco-Lemme
Executive creative director

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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.

Gary Stein
Gary Stein
Chief integration officer

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Gary started his advertising career in the late nineties, right around the same time the number of TV stations people watched went from 4 to 500 and the Internet became a “thing.” As communications channels got complicated, Gary got simple: building focused strategies that honed in on people and what they wanted, needed or hoped for, and could be expressed across multiple channels. The list of clients he did this for includes Coca-Cola, Nike, Electronic Arts, Jim Beam Global, Virgin America, and Google Cloud. At DC, he is focused on integration: bringing together many practices into focused and impactful campaigns and platforms.

Jamie Katz
Jamie Katz
Director of account management

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Jamie leads the account management group here at DC and, in just her first few years, has been instrumental in guiding some of the agency’s most recognized work — including the Effie-winning campaign for the California Tobacco Control Program. With a degree from the University of Missouri’s prestigious School of Journalism, Jamie is all about a brand’s story — and keeping her team aligned on that story. Prior to DC, Jamie worked across a wide range of categories at The Richards Group, Kirshenbaum Bond and Arnold NY, where she was SVP and group account director. She also sits on the board of We Are One Malawi, supporting education for children in Northern Malawi. An inveterate adventurer, Jamie has been swimming with the sharks off the coast of Belize, a skill that, it turns out, has many applications in the advertising world.

Jen Kellogg
Jen Kellogg
Design director

LinkedIn

Jen used to freelance here, then she worked here, then she didn't work here, now she works here again. The circular flight course points to a simple fact. We can't quit Jen. Other stops on her career trajectory include Kendo where she worked on branding and advertising for Kat Von D, and FitBit where she directed a new product launch. It's exactly this taste for the never-been-done that fires Jen up. In her role as design director, she keeps us honest...pushing us to open new doors for clients and for ourselves. Through pitches and productions and all the rounds of creative in between, Jen stays committed to the belief that brands can always evolve into more interesting versions of themselves. From upstarts to old guards, Jen's take is the same: there's a gem in there somewhere.

John Kovacevich
John Kovacevich
Executive creative director

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John originally came to DC as a freelancer and we liked him so much, we didn’t let him leave. As ECD, he helps lead the agency’s creative team. In his pre-DC days, he did stints at Goodby Silverstein & Partners and FCB West and spent years as a freelance CD/writer for different agencies as well as direct-to-client projects for brands like Facebook, Airbnb and Google. He’s worked on campaigns for everything from cars to cat food, pants to pretzels, hamburgers to HR software, and other less alliterative categories. Before his ad days, he was well known in the Bay Area improv and sketch comedy scene, performing with groups like BATS Improv and Killing My Lobster. And you, of course, recognize him from his small (but pivotal!) role as Young Executive #2 in “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

Kelleen Peckham
Kelleen Peckham
Director of brand strategy

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Kelleen, pronounced like “Kelly” with an “n,” is a strategy director by trade and a cultural anthropologist by nature. Her passion for planning began as an adolescent growing up overseas in Switzerland. It was here at an International School that she developed her more-than-a-casual interest in analyzing people. Seriously, it’s kind of nerdy. She gets a kick out of thinking about culture and how it impacts us as consumers. While at Arnold in Boston, she wrote the strategy for the Effie-winning teen tobacco prevention ad campaign called, ‘truth.’ At DC, she runs the strategy department, uncovering consumer and cultural insights that inspire breakthrough advertising strategy.

Kumi Croom
Kumi Croom
Group account director

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Kumi got her degree in journalism from San Diego State and actually began her career writing for the 11 o’clock news. After switching to the slightly more lucrative field of advertising, Kumi worked in account services at Young & Rubicam as well as the Attik. At DC, she leads the cross-function teams for the sprawling California Tobacco Control Program account — a job requiring herculean effort and serious juggling skills. Kumi brings expertise in integrated marketing having led result-driven advertising and marketing programs for such world-leading brands as McDonald’s, Mattel, Hilton Hotels, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Toshiba, Chase and Scion. Raised by a family of singers, Kumi can, upon occasion, be persuaded to belt out a tune and a sweeter sound you will never hear.

Leslie Diard
Leslie Diard
Comms planning director

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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.

MJ Deery
MJ Deery
Director, purpose practice

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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.

Noël Johnson
Noël Johnson
Director of marketing and client engagement

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Noël is DC’s first director of marketing and client engagement and what the hell is that exactly? Think of her as a new business person who doesn’t ghost when the pitch is over. Rather, she stays on to make sure the onboarding is smooth and continues to check in regularly to ensure all clients stay happy clients. We’re told it’s her dream job. And she’s had lots of dreamy jobs, beginning with her days in sports marketing where she had access to free golf 24/7. Noel comes to us after helping launch Most Likely To, a creative consultancy, and years of leading client relationships at MH VCCP and Adaptive Path, working on clients including HP, Airbnb, Deckers and SoFi. You might think she’s most proud of orchestrating complex campaigns during March Madness and the Super Bowl. Yet, after navigating the adventures of her young daughter, Piper, nothing seems quite as challenging. Ahem, rewarding.

Parker Channon
Parker Channon
CMO, partner

LinkedIn

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.)

Robert Duncan
Robert Duncan
Chairman, founder

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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.

Keenan Hemje
Keenan Hemje
Senior broadcast producer

LinkedIn

Ever met a metal guitarist who cycles to BART, cries at commercials, and bleeds red and gold for the San Francisco 49ers? Meet Keenan. His special brand of leadership — think kindhearted straight talk — earns him the trust of production partners at every level. If Keenan were the prideful type, he’d pride himself on his grace under pressure. As head of broadcast production (not to mention dad of two small children and one incorrigible cat) Keenan navigates all manner of bumps in the road. Yet, as far as anyone else is concerned, the ride is perfectly smooth. And his tunes are seriously hardcore.

Eric Kozak
Eric Kozak
Senior digital producer

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Eric is the swiss army knife of digital production (and beyond). He first cut his teeth at a non-traditional design shop servicing the underground music scene. This led to a career with cutting-edge independent agencies (along with a couple of sprawling conglomerates) where his DIY attitude translated well into getting awesome creative into the world in spite of any perceived challenges. As a result, his portfolio is as diverse as his record collection, including everything from AR, iOS apps, CMS platforms, video content, 360 assets, audio production, and even a burning billboard (literally). Oh yeah, and your standard campaign deliverables, too. Nowadays Eric prefers vipassana retreats and daddy/daughter dates to 48-hour parties at Berghain.

Shaz Kuerschner
Shaz Kuerschner
Manager of studio and art production

LinkedIn

Shaz began her advertising career at Y&R Australia, after realizing her prior stint at a men's shoe factory wasn't the stellar career trajectory she sought. Embracing her production assistant role with wide eyes and big dreams, she soon became a dedicated and nimble producer. With production experience and green card in hand, she landed in San Francisco with one suitcase and a husband, quickly finding good fortune at agencies such as OWNP, Goodby Silverstein & Partners, Popgun Design, BBDO, Eleven and Williams Sonoma. From a helicopter shoot of Hawaii's volcanic landscape to meeting Steph Curry and Questlove, Shaz has produced work for clients such as Electronic Arts, Teva, Saturn, H-P, GAP, Apple, Visa, Oakley, Haagen Daas, Adobe, CTCP and the Golden State Warriors. Shaz loves bringing great ideas to life and sprinkles her Aussie sense of humor on every project she touches. On that note, she will tell you that Grease-era ONJ has been her guiding star and life coach.

Michael Lemme
Michael Lemme
Chief creative officer, partner

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Designer turned Chief Creative Officer, Mike’s background is equal parts brand strategy, design and advertising. He has led rebrand and UX efforts for, among others, Esurance, StubHub, Sephora, Stride Rite and Hard Rock, winner of the Global Rebrand 100 Award. Prior to DC, lo these many years, Lemme was CD of the Bay Area design firm Method (not the soap company), leading efforts for Autodesk, Reuters and American Apparel. In addition to the Rebrand 100 prize, he has been recognized in the Communication Arts’ Advertising, Typography and Interactive annuals, and was a One Show Interactive winner for SFMOMA’s “Making Sense of Modern Art” interface. As CCO at DC, he is responsible for continuously elevating the agency’s creative standards, if not its morals.

Tina Montemayor
Tina Montemayor
Senior creative services manager

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Tina’s been a copywriter, media buyer and even dabbled in PR, so she brings a wealth of knowledge and perspective to her job. She understands creative people (she is one) and she understands how to mold and shape a great creative environment for those people to thrive in. Tina led recruiting for crosstown agency Cutwater before we were lucky enough to recruit her ourselves. In addition to making sure we always have a roster of top-flight talent, Tina continues to flex her creative muscle on our events team — and if you haven’t been to one of our events, what are you waiting for? She even helped design our office for optimal awesomeness. What she looks for when hiring: creatives who haven’t made their best work yet. And when she’s not wrangling talent, you can find her wrangling daughters Harper and Liv for a DIY art project or designing her next room.

Renée Phipps
Renée Phipps
CFO

LinkedIn

Among this endless scroll of braggarts and blowhards, it’s refreshing to encounter the occasional blush of reserve. But in the case of our money maven, the modesty is entirely unearned. After graduating from Santa Clara University, Renee found her true calling in advertising at FCB, “applying order via numbers in a creative environment.” Not sure what this “order” thing is, but she was good enough at it that when a couple of co-workers left to start Rathje Chadwick & Co, they inveigled Renée to join them as Finance Director. Which she did for five years – before another ex-FCB’er by the name of Berkenfield inveigled her to join yet another agency startup. Now DC’s CFO, she is also progenitor of two highly creative girls, a fluent speaker of German and host of her own authentic annual Oktoberfest celebration, to which, alas, she has never invited this biographer.

Rosheila Robles
Rosheila Robles
Director of project management

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With a passion for food, Rosheila began her career as a culinary photojournalist back before everyone with an iPhone fancied themselves a food photog — and back when there were these quaint things called newspapers. Transitioning to a career in project management, Rosheila was able to capitalize on her other life’s passion: calendars. Oh, how she loves them. After stewarding award-winning national campaigns for Lexus at Team One in LA, she moved to SF and became the first official director of project management at DC. The quintessential iron fist in a velvet glove, Rosheila manages projects for DC across all platforms and clients. She’s also been instrumental in multiple new business wins for the agency which she enjoys working on — but not as much as those damn calendars. For real, don’t get her started. 

Danielle Spencer
Danielle Spencer
Director, influencer and social media strategy

LinkedIn

When social media burst upon the scene not so many years ago, the marketing world scratched its collective head and said: “Now what in the hell are we supposed to do with this stuff?” Danielle knew from the start. A trailblazer in the space, she has developed countless engagement strategies, built all manner of influencer communities and commissioned user-generated content for top brands across the country and around the world. From Nintendo to GAP, from e.l.f. Cosmetics to Citibank, Danielle has managed both short- and long-term brand-building social media programs that garner real-world results. But unlike most social media folks intent on broadcasting every last microscopic detail of their lives, Danielle is decidedly tight-lipped. We know only this: She’s beyond accomplished at her job. She’s a Southern California native. And she likes, get this, music. Mysterious.

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