OBERLAND is thrilled to be recognized as “Agency to Watch” as we help create a new generation of conscious capitalists. Thank you to our dedicated team, clients, and collaborators.
We’re honored to be acknowledged by our industry as the Gold Winner for Small Agency of the Year for the big impact we’ve made for purpose-driven brands and marketing-driven foundations.
For generations, society created a culture of greed and careless consumption.
It was only about making the Benjamins. But those days are over.
Consumers crave purpose-driven brands.
Employees thrive when working for purpose-driven companies.
Investors declare purpose as the key to long-term financial success.
And they’re all right.
Purpose isn't charity. It should be your growth plan.
OBERLAND is the intersection of Madison Avenue pedigree and fearless social advocacy. We’re passionate about the power of creativity to change the world and empower a new generation of conscious capitalists. That’s why we collaborate with like-minded leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors to build purpose-driven brands and a better, more prosperous future for all.
We are an award-winning, multi-disciplinary, full-service agency that has proven results in providing clients with brand strategy, marketing, design, storytelling and event planning. We offer flexible working models to give clients what they need.
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Davianne joined OBERLAND as VP, Head of Strategy to help drive brand relevance through the power of purpose. Before joining OBERLAND, Davianne spent 11 years in the branding and cultural insights space identifying opportunities for deepening consumer engagement and affinity. She most recently led strategy at youth and cultural insights agency, Cassandra, where she repositioned brands through the lens of culture, working with Nike, Google, Vans, Coca-Cola, American Eagle, Uber, Target, Red Bull, and Disney. Davianne holds a B.A. in Communication and Consumer Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University.
Rohit is the Finance Director of OBERLAND and manages the financial activities of the company. He has an affinity for numbers and scaling businesses. Rohit has been working as a CFO and strategic advisor to startup and growth companies for the past seven years. Previously he worked as a Vice President at Morgan Stanley focused on capital raising and M&A transactions, an Engagement Manager at a restructuring management consulting firm called Alix Partners, and an investment banker at Credit Suisse. Rohit received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester, and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Colleen Lauria manages all human resource issues at OBERLAND. Her specialties include workforce planning, employee relations, organizational design and HR strategy and she has driven initiatives in all areas of HR including operations, compensation, L&D and compliance. Prior to consulting, Colleen led the North America HR Operations for Hogarth Worldwide through their US and LatAm expansion. While the company grew from 25 to 250 employees and 7 offices throughout North America. Colleen received her B.S. in Business from Concordia College. She is a Board member of NAMI NYC, the largest chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is also a member of various HR organizations and participates in several initiatives aimed at improving female representation in corporations at management levels.
Jennifer helps tell the stories of the agency, it’s people and its client’s brands. A Journalist with 25+ years of experience writing news and feature stories, Jennifer is a skilled storyteller and creative writer who makes the mundane seem exciting and the exciting more incredible. Easily segued from journalism into agency content-creation role.
Having honed his account management skills at high-profile agencies Droga5, Grey, and Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Trevor is determined to deliver purposeful and profitable solutions for brands. AIRnyc, Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Luck Companies and The Life is Priceless Foundation are among the OBERLAND accounts under his purview. The one-time intern at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, who joins as account director at OBERLAND, has worked with mega marketers including Procter & Gamble, Domino’s Pizza, and Prudential Financial. There’s little doubt that his B.A. in American Civilization from Brown University will help the agency’s growing roster of social justice clients.
Debra is a Brand Director at Oberland with a track record of delivering successful integrated campaigns on local and international scales. She began her career working at DraftFCB launching Verizon FiOS and has worked on a range of accounts since including; Pur water filters, The Holocaust Memorial Museum, Walgreens, Teva, Simmons and many more. Debra has a deep passion to help brands find their higher purpose while helping consumers make smarter choices which is why she chose to become a member of the Oberland team.
Andy is an account director with a track record of delivering successful integrated campaigns on local and international scales. He began his career on the client-side as a marketing coordinator at Truth Initiative before honing his account management skills at Havas Worldwide, Pereira & O’Dell, and Rauxa. Clients he has elevated in all mediums include GlaxoSmithKline, Timberland, Verizon, and New York City icons The Rockettes and the American Museum of Natural History. Born, raised, and educated in Maryland, he maintains his lifelong affection for Baltimore sports teams and always finds a reason to put Old Bay on his food.
Megan is an account executive who is involved in the creative process and supports it with strong business acumen to deliver the best results for her clients. Coming from Melbourne based agency Zinc Group Pty Ltd, she worked on a portfolio of industry-leading clients including BP & Honda specializing in campaign and promotional marketing activations. 2014 graduate with Bachelors of Business (Marketing) & Bachelor of Arts from Monash University. Megan takes her fortune 500 experience to our purpose-driven work.
Sarah Kasarsky joins Oberland with expertise in social impact & public health communications. Sarah has a positive track record of implementing national disease awareness initiatives for leading nonprofit organizations, including the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association, as well as managing cause-driven initiatives for consumer health brands, such as RB and GSK. Sarah holds a BA in communications from Tulane University and is excited to bring her passion for creative, purpose-driven work to the Oberland team and clients.
A recent graduate of University of Delaware, Kailee hoped her first full-time job would be for a company with a conscience where she could do well and do good. At OBERLAND, her personal and professional passions collide as the agency’s newly minted creative coordinator. Her support ensures the agency’s diverse teams seamlessly deliver for the purpose-driven brands they steward.
Ty is a strategic mind with roots in politics and public relations. With experience at both the local and national level, he leverages his campaign background to provide creative insight to his clients. Ty also puts his PR knowledge to use for OBERLAND, helping amplify projects and stories to a greater audience. His accounts include Red2Blue and Youth, Inc. Ty is a born and raised New Yorker, who graduated Colby College with a bachelor’s degree in Government and American Studies.
Dhruv is a creative director and a writer who uses humor, copy and art to win minds and hearts. He directs and manages a team of six creatives who deliver positive yet disruptive ideas for all campaigns and projects. Dhruv comes to OBERLAND by way of San Francisco, Toronto, and Dubai, bringing a strong global view to all of the agency’s work. His passion for creating compelling communication for brands is only surpassed by his love for doing stand-up in front of a room of complete strangers.
Haye brings powerful visual storytelling to our purpose-driven clients Happy Egg, Autism Speaks, Ad Council and Blockchain. She’s worked for agencies like Edelman, NA Collective, and Grey on Suave, Vaseline, Dove, Soundcloud and Twitter. She holds a BFA in Fine Art from Denison University. Haye’s vivid imagination will continue to drive profit through brand purpose.
Arnau constructs brand identities and visual systems for a multitude of clients, both digital and print. He has a graphic design degree from Pratt Institute, where he received the Outstanding Merit Award. Previously, he earned a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona. Arnau has worked in agencies such as Anomaly, Cadre, Stag&Hare, and small studios such as Dungjai Studio and Once&Future. Some of his clients include Converse, Northside Festival, and The Climate Week NYC.
Sophie Forman is a digital designer, fine artist, illustrator, and creator of dynamic digital experiences. Sophie applies her cyber creativity to the clients Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Hadassah and Luck Ecosystems. She previously worked as a designer at Phoenix House, the national nonprofit committed to ending addiction in America, and holds a BA in digital arts and painting from Scripps College in Los Angeles. Sophie has worked at galleries on both coasts, not to mention as a staff painter in Jeff Koons' studio. Her passion for color theory, social justice, and collaboration combine to find great solutions to world problems.
Alexandra is a designer who puts things into motion and brings them to life. She also has a passion for illustration, branding, hand embroidery, and social advocacy. Before joining Oberland, Alexandra animated for social media for brands like Qualcomm and Think with Google, as well as designed campaigns for an education reform nonprofit. She received her BFA in graphic design from Pratt Institute.
Devon is a copywriter armed with creative moxie. A wordsmith with an affinity for the unconventional, Devon strives to find dynamic solutions that can help meaningful causes generate major impact. She received her degree in Advertising Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she was featured in multiple exhibitions and won a 2016 D&AD New Blood Award.
Carly is a multifaceted creative who does everything from design to illustration to metalsmithing. Carly has a long history of work within the art world - from cutting her teeth as an intern at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop to working as a Curatorial Assistant designing and installing exhibitions for private clients. She received her BFA from SUNY New Paltz.
Mike is a multidisciplinary designer who makes everything from layouts to motion graphics. Before joining Oberland, Mike worked in experimental graphics and illustration at Delcan & Co. for clients including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He received his BFA in graphic design from SVA.
Matthew Bock is a lifelong New Yorker, former cheesemonger and passionate brand and advertising strategist. Leveraging the critical thinking skills he honed as a student of the classics, Matthew is committed to evolving OBERLAND's strategic offering, helping brands become both more purposeful and more profitable. He brings particular strengths in the areas of market research, communications strategy and big idea development. Prior to OBERLAND, Matthew was a Planner at Grey Group; he loves Pedro Almodovar, The IFC Center and washed rind cheeses.
Kelsea is the Operations Director who oversees every aspect of OBERLAND’s delivery to ensure the agency runs efficiently. A graduate from The College of New Jersey, Kelsea brings a wide range of background experience from account management to post production. And, as co-chair of the UN Women Young Professional committee for the Metropolitan New York chapter, Kelsea uses her tenacity for good to advocate for gender equality.
Swiss-born director and editor Gaspard Nemec came to New York City in 2010 to earn his master’s degree at The New School and stayed stateside. At OBERLAND, Gaspard is responsible for all of the agency’s video content creation. His expertise lies in crafting feature length documentaries, short documentaries and bite sized stories. His deep knowledge of storytelling, cinematography, filming techniques and video software makes him a diverse, multi-faceted creative. Gaspard’s latest documentary project Richie’s was screened at Rooftop Films, DOC NYC, and Bend Film Festival.
Helen Todd uses her editing skills to bring to life the creative vision of our content studio. Her expert Adobe Premiere skills are focused on editing interviews, documentaries, music videos and sizzle reels flawlessly. Helen, an alum of Binghamton University who honed her design chops at ceft and company. An enthusiastic visual artist with an insatiable thirst for knowledge and justice, Helen enjoys watching documentaries and getting lost in autobiographies in her spare time.
Coco (they/them) joined OBERLAND as Office Coordinator to help power the daily magic behind the agency’s Leadership Team. Before joining OBERLAND, Coco spent 10 years in the non-profit sector as a storyteller, cultural activist and an administrative swiss-army knife specializing in the intersection of arts, culture and social change. Coco has supported brands across the U.S. and Mexico including American Documentary, 651ARTS, The Department of Cultural Affairs NYC, New Museum, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, CaosmosMX and Amplifier Foundation. Coco holds a B.F.A. in Painting and Art History from the University of Texas Arlington and an M.A. in Art and Public Policy from New York University.