Storytelling. For Change. For Good.

WHO WE ARE

Pon Angara
is Principal and Creative Director. As partner to nonprofits, he is passionate about creating their distinct brand using his depth of real-world experience in communication design, event marketing and storytelling. Part artist and part engineer, Pon fuses seemingly disparate concepts to spark bold, new ideas that can lead to meaningful transformation. He has served as Nonprofit SIG Director for the American Marketing Association, Marketing SIG Chair for the Association Forum and Program Chair for the Chicago Area Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association. Pon's unique approach is driven by his understanding for how principles and methods in science, business and the arts can converge for innovative problem solving. He has a BS Engineering Management, BFA Industrial Design and BFA Communication Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Patty Cooper
is a writer, coach and expert in cultural competency. Through thoughtful conversation, insight, lightheartedness and reflection, she encourages clients to move forward, grow and challenge themselves in ways that best suit their learning. She helps others see missing links and uncover blind spots so that individuals and groups can focus on what is most important to them. For nearly 20 years, Patty has had the time of her life coaching and facilitating groups across the country with The Second City of Chicago and as a corporate trainer for LVMH, the largest luxury group in the world. She is a recent graduate of the Newfield Network, a transformational coaching program that focuses on why we do the things we do, how to find new paths of learning and being able to do things that were once thought impossible.

Geraldine Martinez-Benz
has over 20 years experience in design. She has worked as a creative art director in the Philippines and had a short stint as a designer in China. She is also a fine artist and was passionate about sharing the love for the arts in her hometown through numerous classes including non-profit workshops for the indigent and streetchildren. She worked with Publications International Ltd. here in the U.S. then turned to freelancing in order to spend more time with her family. She continues to be involved with the community through various volunteer services. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Painting from one of the best universities in Asia.

Nalani McClendon
is a consultant to organizations, businesses, and political campaigns creating strategies for media, fundraising, and marketing. Nalani has a wide range of experience in the nonprofit sector that includes teaching at University of Hawaii, managing a community media arts organization, and creating partnerships for New Frontiers of Knowledge, a program focused on preparing underrepresented high school students for college-level course work. Building constituencies and coalitions in the metropolitan Chicago region has been one of Nalani's passions. Her volunteer commitments have included leadership positions in Latinos in Development, National Association of Artist Organizations, and Women in the Director's Chair. She has a BA in Asian Studies from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and has done post-graduate work in Information and Library Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.