The Team

 
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Erin Allweiss

Co-Founder

Erin has overseen media relations for some of the most recognized organizations, artists, brands and individuals. With a diverse background in art, sustainable design and public policy, her professional work is an extension of her personal interests.

Erin began her career in Washington working in the communications shops of the ONE Campaign, Oxfam, the Natural Resources Defense Council and on Capitol Hill. Based between New York and Paris, she has led media campaigns for game-changing artists, French brands and disruptive institutions – among them the TED Prize (from artist JR in 2010 to this year’s winner, satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak); artists who include Arne Svenson, Rachel Sussman, Oliver Jeffers, and the many involved in the massive photo project This Place; acclaimed film and girls education platform Girl Rising; French and sustainable sneaker brand VEJA; international sustainable investment fund Aqua-Spark; and the architecture-driven, space sharing platform Splacer.

In her spare moments, Erin can be found running in Prospect Park or acting as virtual tour guide for her beloved hometown of New Orleans. She’ll share her PDF of favorite NOLA music venues, restaurants, shops and hidden gems.

erin@thenumber29.com

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Melody Serafino

Co-Founder

Melody is a writer and media relations professional who understands the importance of telling a good story — from both sides of the page. After nine years on the agency side, and as a freelance reporter for Time Out New York, she and Erin partnered to launch No. 29. With more than a decade in PR, Melody has overseen major media relations and thought leadership campaigns for non-profits, startups, artists, filmmakers, and brands including the Sundance Institute, TEDx, Africa4Tech, and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s global film HUMAN. She has worked with reporters across a range of countries, outlets and beats – from arts and technology to science and fashion. Melody has been invited to speak on the power of PR and storytelling at TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar, and the International Conference on Family Planning Youth Pre-Conference in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. In her “free” time, she serves on the Fairfield University Alumni Board and the Rising Leaders Council for New York Cares, a non-profit organization that engages thousands of volunteers every year to help New Yorkers in need. She has also taught “Writing Across Media” at New York University. An avid global traveler, attempts at breaking her smartphone addiction have included riding the Trans-Siberian railway through the steppes of Mongolia, camping with lions in the Serengeti Plains, and teaching junior high students in Ho, Ghana. She’s taking recommendations for her next adventure.

melody@thenumber29.com

 
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Karen Navarre

Director

Karen Navarre is a natural storyteller who began her career in the magazine world. A creative (and hyper-organized) force, she has brought her experience in media relations and branded content to No. 29 where she works with renowned startups, businesses, non-profits, artists and brands. She has worked with UNESCO, TED, French sneaker brand VEJA, WIRED and the massive art project This Place – which showed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in February 2016. Karen has worked with every major publication and news outlet, spanning countries and beats. When not listening to her favorite literary podcast Lit Up, she can be found reading a book by one of the featured authors.

karen@thenumber29.com

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Stephanie Sica

Managing Director

Stephanie is a creative wordsmith who's admittedly a true, hyper-organized Type A. Having formerly worked in wedding planning and events, she moved on to start her own PR firm for sustainable brands, which she owned and operated for three years prior to joining The Number 29. Her experience lies heavily in branding and media relations for ethical and sustainable startups. Stephanie has worked with a host of brands in the fashion, food & beverage, beauty industries and beyond. When not working or working out (she's also a certified yoga instructor), Stephanie can be found cooking in the kitchen or curled up with a good book--preferably with her dog, Oliver, close by.

stephanie@thenumber29.com

 
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Clémence Poles

Director of Special Projects

Clémence Polès is a creative strategist & marketer based in New York City via way of Nice, Dubai & London. Prior to consulting, she was leading the marketing efforts and digital content of tech start-up, Splacer. Since, she has worked with clients such as Sonos, West Elm, Glossier, Standard Hotels, Casper, Canal Street Market and more. She is also the co-founder of the female filmmakers festival FFFEST and the creative mind and photographer behind Passerbuys, a website built around the real recommendations of the people that pass us by, gaining press from the likes of Time Out, PaperMag Refinery29, Sight Unseen & more.

clemence@thenumber29.com

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Lindsey Green

Media Relations, Special Projects

Lindsey Green is an award-winning media relations and strategic communications expert, with extensive experience across a range of industries including media, startups, technology, consumer products, and politics. Most recently she was the Vice President of Communications at Bustle Digital Group, parent company to premiere millennial publications Bustle, Romper, Elite Daily, and the Zoe Report, which have a combined audience of 80 million uniques a month. At Bustle Digital Group, Green oversaw all strategic internal and external communications and served as a key stakeholder for brand initiatives such as: events, acquisitions, and international expansion. Green was previously Senior Vice President at SKDKnickerbocker where she led the firm’s technology and startup vertical, and Director of Communications for Jill Stuart International. She has a passion for Bald Eagles and presidential biographies.

 
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Michael Keller

Storyteller

Pulitzer Prize-winning communicator Michael Keller untangles complexity to tell compelling stories about our modern world. His work translates and brings to life subjects ranging from cutting-edge science and technology to political affairs, energy, climate change and the arts. As a writer, producer, author and editorial consultant, his work has appeared online, in print and over the airwaves. Publications including Scientific American, Reuters and Forbes, among many others, have featured his independent editorial work. His high-impact multimedia brand storytelling and content marketing have helped propel the messaging of international clients from GE to HP, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, the U.S. Department of Defense, the New York Times and Texas Instruments. Whether it’s a video documentary, infographic series or magazine-length written story, he makes content that wins the attention of discerning audiences. Before finding his calling as a storyteller, Keller worked as a cook in high-pressure New York City restaurants and as a cartographer for government, news organizations, a presidential campaign and UN peacekeeping operations. Now operating from a farmhouse in rural upstate New York, he spent years living in China, East Africa and Europe.

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Emily Thomas

Director

Emily Thomas is a strategic communications professional with deep experience counseling Fortune 500 companies through complex situations (think: billion-dollar M&A transactions, crises and reputation management). Having worked across a range of industries – CPG, tech, pharma, finance, business services & more - Emily's true passion of social impact won out and led her to No.29. She leverages her years on the corporate side to provide account management, media relations and content creation services to clients. When not working, Emily can be found strolling around Brooklyn & working on her small-batch textile line.

emily@thenumber29.com