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Next Conference: September 14-18, 2015

Editorial Team

Meet our official 2013 Social Media Week Editorial Team! Throughout the week, be sure to check in to the Social Media Week Washington, DC blog to keep up to date with all of our awesome events!


Amber is a digital strategist and global community manager for Text100, a global communications agency. In this role, Amber is responsible for overseeing Text100’s social media presence, facilitating relationship building among their community of employees, clients and industry influencers, as well as managing the content for their blog and email marketing efforts. An experienced community manager, Amber regularly consults with global clients and colleagues on community building strategies as well as digital initiatives including content strategy, social media management, inbound marketing and SEO. Originally from Upstate New York, Amber studied public relations at Syracuse University where she learned to embrace the snow and appreciate the color orange. Outside of her professional life, Amber can be found exploring her city through food and drink, experimenting in the kitchen, DIY-ing her latest Pinterest find, or training for her next half marathon.

Twitter: @omgitsamr


Amber Williams is a digital strategist, online publisher, and content creator specializing in social media marketing and strategic communications. She is a consultant to companies and individuals looking to build an online presence congruent with their brand identity. She has worked with Armani Exchange, CVS, Volkswagen, SC Johnson, and EA Games. She is also the creator of The Psychology of Style – an editorial fuse of fashion, mental health, and consumer behavior.

Her insights on digital marketing and the shifting consumer landscape have been featured on DraftFCB’s Welcome to Matters, Merkle Inc.’s DonorPower Blog and TEDx’s Forces of Change. Amber served as the social media chair for the inaugural TEDx Adams Morgan event in 2012. She is passionate about social media’s ever-evolving influence on business and behavior and brings this zeal to Social Media Week DC as a contributing blogger.

Twitter: @Digital_Runway


Angie Sanders has over 10 years of experience helping companies develop their communications strategies and messaging and tell their stories in ways that excite their audiences. She is the owner of aiellejai (ALJ), a content creation consultancy specializing in marketing communications project management, social media engagement, book writing/publishing strategy, and writing tutoring and development.  aiellejai is a subsidiary ofesolutions360, a digital solutions agency that marries the creativity of content creation/marketing with the fundamentals of software engineering. She heads the independents special interest group for the DC Metro chapter of International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Angie holds a B.S. in media arts and design from James Madison University and an M.A. in professional writing from Kennesaw State University. She is the author of Twist, a novel about a young woman’s struggle to find herself emotionally and professionally.

Twitter: @pronouncedALJ


Autumn currently serves as the Development and Communications Coordinator for Mental Health Association of Montgomery County. She has been instrumental in developing the My Mental Health Day Campaign—an initiative designed to promote holistic wellness by reminding community members to relax and reduce daily stress by taking time for themselves. The Campaign touts an active social media network as well as an expansive blog. She is also responsible for developing fundraiser events and managing the non-profit’s public image.

For the past decade, Autumn has served in several political administrations including Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), Representative Jim Matheson (D-UT), and state Senator Patricia Jones (D-UT). From these experiences, Autumn has developed an extensive background in communication management and a professional style based on an excellent ability to make the best possible use of her personal networks.

Autumn has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of Maryland. Autumn is an active member of Dining for Women and routinely moonlights backstage in theater management.

Twitter: @MyMHDay


Brandon Andrews believes social media should be leveraged for social good. #SM4SG

In addition to working on Capitol Hill, Brandon is the chairman of the committee on political action for @DCNAACP. In 2012 he is leading the organization’s #ThisIsMyVote voter registration/empowerment campaign in Washington, D.C.

Brandon also serves the D.C. area’s largest volunteer organization – @GreaterDCCares, as a Project Manager and member of the Strategic Outreach Committee .  Brandon’s philanthropic efforts were recognized by the EnVest Foundation when he was tapped for inclusion in their 2009 40 under 40 in Washington, D.C. list.

He is a 2011 graduate of the @neworganizing #blackroots online organizing boot camp.

Twitter: @teambmichael


Bret Kinsella is Chief Marketing Officer of dwinQ where he oversees all marketing and sales functions. Prior to joining dwinQ, Mr. Kinsella served as Vice President of Commercial IT Services at Harris, Chief Operating Officer and Marketing Vice President at ODIN Technologies, General Manager supply chain service line at Sapient, Director of Product and Industry marketing for Formation Systems and manager Andersen Consulting (Accenture).

Mr. Kinsella holds a master of business administration degree in Marketing and Operations from The Anderson School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor of science in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  He has been a frequent speaker and published author on topics ranging from brand strategy, social media, mobility, wireless, radio frequency identification technology and supply chain.

Twitter: @bretkinsella


Christen McCluney is a communications strategist and social media consultant with over eight years of experience. When she’s not doing that she serves as a freelance writer for several online publications and plans small events and retreats for businesses and non-profits.

She prides her self in being a music lover, photography novice, world traveler, writer, musician, fashion & beauty lover, and generally speaking a woman trying to make a difference in the world.

Twitter: @simplychristen (her professional side) -or- @christenmc (where she rants about every day life)


Christine Archer is a Washington, D.C. native with a keen interest in digital media and visual storytelling / communications. She is currently an Account Executive at LEWIS PR, an international integrated communications and public relations agency. When she’s not busy blogging for Social Media Week or LEWIS PR 360, she can be found scouring the racks at her favorite thrift store or cuddling her adorable Himalayan cat. As part of a New Years resolution, she is committed to learning to cook one new dish every week, so in addition to commenting on her articles, feel free to tweet her your favorite recipe.

Twitter: @chr1st1nearcher


Erica Schlaikjer is a writer, editor and creative strategist, with a passion for storytelling, sustainable cities, technology, design and social change. She is the founder of Benevolent Media, a media and events company, based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to celebrating storytelling and design for good.

Formerly, she worked as the Media Relations and Online Engagement Coordinator for EMBARQ, the sustainable transport program of the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank. She was also Managing Editor of EMBARQ’s blog,

She is a StartingBloc Fellow from the 2012 New York Institute for Social Innovation.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and international studies from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. As a reporter, she has written for Triple Pundit, National Geographic, Crain’s Chicago Business, The Chicago Reporter, and other print and online publications.

Twitter: @benevolentmedia


This is the second year that Gina is taking part in Social Media Week and she is excited to be a part of the action again. By day, she is the Communications Coordinator at the nonprofit, First Book. At night, she is covering the DC music scene and then some on her blog, Mad For Music In DC, a DC-based music blog.

Twitter: @ginamarieru


Ijeoma Nwatu is a freelance writer and social media enthusiast. When not working on her blog, Color Her Lucky, you can find Ijeoma attending various startup events, reading about entrepreneurship and volunteering with organizations like Greater DC Cares and Capital Cause. She is currently enrolled in Georgetown University’s Digital Media Management program.

Ijeoma earned a BS in Public Administration and a minor in Communications from George Mason University.

Twitter: @Lucky_IJ


Jeffrey Chance is the director of H.O.P.E. and proud alumni of Howard University School of Business. The H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Education Scholarship) Initiative is a non-profit organization designed to empower students facing financial hardships. Primarily we assist college students with scholarships as well as serve as a repository of knowledge and motivation through our blog site and social media platforms. Our mission is to make quality education affordable to deserving students. No student should be denied access to a quality education simply because they lack the necessary funds.

Twitter: @unochance & @hopescholarship


J.J. created and curates The Durable Human, a blog about sensible living in the digital world, where topics range from connected vehicle systems to connecting with Nature. Her news writing has also informed millions on ABC News, PBS, Discovery Health Channel, and in The Washington Post.

Locally, J.J. is an award-winning community advocate who speaks about building bridges to greater well-being and contributes to blogs including Greater Greater Washington and The Tysons Corner.

Twitter: @JJmaddn, @DurableHuman & @TysonsTraveler


John attended Illinois State University where he studied Broadcasting and Graphic Design. Over the years, he developed a background in video, beginning as Operations Manager for the International Conference Resorts, providing corporate video support for clients such as NIKE, The United Nations Global Climate Conference, Deloitte and Touche, and several others.

In 2001, he began 11 years of service as a contractor for the NASA HQ in Washington, DC. John provided support to Conference Services, NASA TV, and the various Mission Directorates. He is currently operating as a Freelance Videographer, providing support to various events within the Washington area.

Twitter: N/A


Julia Coney is the editor of All About the Pretty, a niche lifestyle website dedicated to curated information on beauty, travel, food, and yoga. Created in 2006, All About the Pretty has been featured in the Washington Post, Texas Monthly, Glamour Magazine, Women’s Wear Daily, a Celebrity Cruise advertisement,, and the Washingtonian. All About the Pretty is your lifestyle and travel guide.

Julia believes in handwritten thank you notes, memorable food and wine, art, culture, foreign films, languages, and multiple stamps in her passport. She was born and raised in the South (Louisiana and Texas), is a Francophile at heart, and resides in the Washington, DC area with her husband.

Twitter: @JuliaConey


Making sure the daily grind only refers to her coffee, Kaitlin brings an open mind and a desire to never stop learning and incorporating new ideas into her work as a marketing associate at digital agency Carousel30. With a focus on social media communications, she assists with planning and operating digital marketing and communications campaigns for a variety of clients, including social media tactics, digital public relations and online media buying. Before joining Carousel30, Kaitlin worked on several student initiatives at her university, such as a public relations campaign for a nonprofit, interned on Capitol Hill, and spent a year volunteering at an English language school for adults. Kaitlin received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication at the American University School of Communication after completing an Honors senior thesis on social media communication.

Twitter: @suchthekaitlin


Kat Haselkorn is the New Media Associate for a local online marketing company, Go Fish Digital. She holds a B.A. in Psychology with Honors from The University of Chicago and has contributed to a number of blogs and online publications over the years. Her personal blog, Unemployed Kat, covers life and love as a 20-something Washingtonian.

Over the past few years, Kat has written for the popular health blog 365 Days of Wellness, which was selected as a featured blog in the Nutrition Blog Network, and Corporate Wellness Insights, which was named one of Wellsphere’s Top Health Blogs.

Today, Kat’s writing can be seen across a variety of fields including tech reviews on The Naked Tablet and minimalist running trends at MyFiveFingers.

Twitter: @unemployed_kat


Kim Chi Ha is the co-creator and co-writer of This Modern Affair (, musings on relationships, and the complications of technology, at the quarter life. Elsewhere she has written for theWashington City Paper and The Hill, and worked at WJLA/TBD (which is now dead). She formerly graduated from American University with a Master’s in Communication and spent some time living in Italy.

Twitter: @Kimchiha


Linda Walters is a Korean-American third culture kid, i.e., a modern-day global nomad. With an interest in innovation and an academic background in multimedia journalism, she engages in social media to connect with other creative global endeavorists. Currently, she works as a communications consultant at The Brookings Institution and is working on a social enterprise initiative called The Messenger Bag Project. She also writes weekly for Transparent Language’s Korean blog.

Twitter: @lindasauce


Lisa Nelson loves combining art with life.

She is a sketchnote artist, visual thinker, and founder of See In Colors where she captures conversations with hand-drawn pictures. Her visual summaries cover topics ranging from business and leadership to community and faith. Her work has been featured in Entrepreneur, with over 3500 social media shares.

She is a native New Yorker and a graduate of Howard University, where she earned her BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration). She received her Graphic Recording and Facilitation training from The Grove Consultants International (pioneers in graphical and visual thinking work). She is also a certified PMP (Project Management Professional).

Her favorite quote is “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” -Henry David Thoreau. Lisa shares her collection of visual summaries on her blog at and

Twitter: @seeincolors


Margaret Looney writes for the International Journalists’ Network (, a website produced in seven languages offering resources for journalists worldwide. She’s into online journalism, traveling and, as a native Louisianian, a good meal. She’s delving into blogging on the side and trying to add “outdoorsy” to her attributes.

Twitter: @margylooney


Rebecca Rubin is a digital marketing and social media specialist for DC area web design and development firm, Blue Water Media.  There she creates, implements and manages multi-tiered digital marketing campaigns for clients ranging from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies.  She also writes about online marketing for various digital publications including CEO Blog Nation and In The Capital, as well Blue Water Media’s corporate blog, The BlueH2O Blog.  Rebecca has a BA from Vanderbilt University in Communications and Psychology.

Twitter: @RebeccaIRubin


Renee Davidson is a feminist writer and activist living in Washington, DC. She works in the nonprofit sector and also serves as New Media Director for Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), formally HollaBack DC, a grassroots group aimed at fighting street harassment in DC. Her writing has been published by Fem2pt0, Flurt, The Feministing Community, and Ms. Magazine, and she has contributed to pieces in The Huffington Post, The Washington Examiner, and more. Renee graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in Women’s Studies and American Studies and a certificate in LGBT Studies.

Twitter: @reneetheorizes


Sarah Sonies is the Associate Editor for Wing of Zock, the health care innovations blog powered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) where she covers the latest innovations and best-practice initiatives at America and Canada’s teaching hospitals and medical schools in addition to health care policy and research initiatives. Her broad social media and health care communication skills stem from more than five years of journalism, non-profit and association experience. Prior to joining the AAMC, she served as the Communications Assistant at the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), where she worked to increase PLEN’s social media and press relations outreach, in addition to developing and managing the PLEN Intern Blog.

A Virginia native, Sarah earned a BS in Mass Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond and an MA in Public Communication from American University in Washington, DC. She is particularly interested in role social media and health information technology can play in driving change for overall public health. In her free time, Sarah enjoys the sounds of Pretty Lights (unapologetically a dubstep fan), the sights of Paris and Northern Ireland, breakfast bagels, and a good live-Instagram session.

Twitter: @ssonies & @wingofzock


I’m a digital and social media producer for Atlantic Media Strategies, a division of Atlantic Media Company. For the past five years I was a journalist based in North Carolina. I’m also a student in American University’s new Master’s in Media Entrepreneurship program, and I’m a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. My topics of interest include social media, innovation in media, media startups and digital journalism.

Twitter: @shanbow


Tanya R. Ellis has over 10 years of experience in television and multimedia production and has begun to broaden her expertise in the online and social media environment. Her background includes producing for Laureate Education Inc. and Retirement Living TV.

A native of Massachusetts, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies from Wellesley College, and a Master of Science in Television from Boston University’s College of Communication.

Twitter: @misstellis


Thoko Kachipande is a senior associate in the Strategic Communications and Marketing Division at ICF International, where she integrates digital and social media with traditional tactics. Thoko works with a diverse team of individuals who provide comprehensive communication services to clients with projects that pursue positive behavior and social change.  She loves to travel, experience new cultures, and snorkel in warm sunny places.

Twitter: @ThokoKach