Who's behind this, anyway?

 
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Ilana manaster, co-founder

A novelist and essayist, Ilana has also spent the last decade writing brand and marketing copy for corporations. Clients include multi-national engineering firms, mobile companies, insurance, real estate, food and restaurant groups and utility companies. Ilana has created a range of copy, but her specific expertise is in the creation and implementation of brand voice, a manner of speaking that expresses the character of each organization. Her desire to use her expertise to help Democrats stymie the current administration started a conversation that led to the founding of Prolog on November 9, 2016.

Author of Doreen, a YA Novel published by Running Press Kids in 2016, her essays have been published in Cosmopolitan, Real Simple Magazine, Blunderbuss and elsewhere. She has also taught writing at Columbia University in New York and Yeshiva University. 

 

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Julie demler honness, co-founder

A creative director, artist, graphic designer and photographer, Julie’s career path over the last 15 years has led from fine art to graphic design, to marketing strategy, to interior design, and back again.

As a creative director, Julie has provided leadership for integrated teams specializing in creative, technical and strategic roles in a wide array of creative and marketing solutions for a variety of clients ranging from large, Fortune 100 brands to small and non-profit advocacy organizations. Julie’s extensive marketing experience covers a broad range of digital and traditional media.

As a graphic designer and creative strategist, Julie’s primary passion is brand development, and she enjoys building something from the ground up. 

Newly re-engaged in the political sphere, Julie has activism is in her blood. As a youth she attended peaceful protests and rallies with her parents, who were active in movements related to nuclear disarmament, environmental concerns, and social justice.  

 
 
 
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LIZZIE REINHARD, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

Lizzie Reinhard is a fiction writer, social media addict, and sudden activist. She's worked at various online magazines, including PureWow, and does freelance copywriting and editing.

our ADVISORY BOARD

 
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Arthur w. hahn

Arthur W. Hahn is global co-chair of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP Financial Services practice and a member of the firm's Board of Directors. He represents major international banks and brokerage firms, international equity and commodity exchanges, and clearinghouses and technology companies in connection with their regulatory, business and litigation needs.

His clients include the LCH.Clearnet Group, Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, The Mexican Derivatives Exchange (MexDer), Barclays and CalPERS. Arthur also provides experienced counsel on legal issues involving high-frequency trading. He is regularly involved in enforcement matters and securities litigation and is a certified mediator, focusing on resolving financial instruments and markets disputes. He is a sought-after lecturer and author on subjects relating to all facets of financial services.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Futures Industry Association, Arthur is involved in rulemaking and policy discussions involving industry leaders, regulators and legislators.

 
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John del cecato

John has worked at the highest levels of Democratic politics for two decades. As a partner at AKPD Message and Media he has created winning media and communications for clients such asPresident Obama, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and former Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who now serves as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. He wrote, directed and produced many of Obama’s nationally broadcast television ads – including several spots that internal research found to be the most effective of the presidential campaign. In 2013, he developed the campaign message and television ads for New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, including the celebrated “Dante” spot, which featured de Blasio’s teenaged son. Time praised it as “the ad that won the New York Mayor’s race,” while the Washington Post named it as the “best ad of 2013.”

John has lectured on the political process at the University of Virginia, George Washington University, Columbia University, Hunter College, the University of Pennsylvania, ESADE Business and Law School (Madrid), and his alma mater Northwestern University. 

 
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keith reinhard

Keith Reinhard is Chairman Emeritus of the DDB Worldwide Communications Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most awarded advertising agency networks.  As a working creative director, Keith and his team gave birth to McDonald’s “You Deserve a Break Today,” named the number one jingle of the 20th Century by Advertising Age magazine. Over the years, his agency has been responsible for award-winning campaigns for Volkswagen, Audi, Anheuser-Busch, Michelin Tires, Philips Electronics, Diesel Jeans and many others.  

A member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, Keith has been referred to as the industry’s “soft-spoken visionary” by Advertising Age, which in 1999 named him one of the 100 most influential figures in the history of advertising.

Among many other civic and philanthropic activities, Keith has served on the boards of New York City Ballet, Sesame Workshop and Jazz at Lincoln Center.  He was a founding director of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership and is currently a board member of the PowHERful Foundation. He is also the author of Any Wednesday, a collection of notes on advertising and life.