Chong + Koster is a media firm that specializes in digital communications for high-profile clients.

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Chong + Koster Team


  1. Josh Koster

    Managing Partner

    Josh Koster is the Managing Partner of Chong & Koster. He started in politics where he was one of the early pioneers of online voter persuasion, publishing some of the first case studies about online ads in politics and winning the first statewide election using online advertising as the primary form of voter persuasion. He’s also helped retailers prove online ads can move brick-and-mortar sales, helped accelerate the audience development of a number of top-tier media companies, and helped grow numerous startups and ecommerce companies. He has deep direct-response experience having driven millions of email opt-ins, millions of social media opt ins, millions of dollars in purchases and millions of dollars in donations. Although he firmly considers himself a digital strategist, along the way he’s done everything from national TV spots, radio, outdoor, and print. He has been with Chong & Koster since he was in college at Duke (where he commuted to DC to work, while still a student). On the side he occasionally teaches and guest lectures at academic institutions around the region.

  2. Tyler Hill Davis

    Senior Partner

    Tyler Hill Davis is a Senior Partner at Chong & Koster. He joined the company in early 2009 to expand the firm’s quantitative capabilities and to develop the company’s private sector business. Since then, Tyler has quarterbacked a wide array of both large-scale brand campaigns and highly-technical direct response campaigns in electoral politics, cybersecurity, travel, retail, non-profit advocacy, international sports, healthcare, television, and more. Tyler graduated with honors from the Wharton School with dual concentrations in Marketing and Management (and a minor in history), and before Chong & Koster, Tyler has also worked in traditional retail, real estate, and pre-smartphone mobile apps. Tyler and his wife are avid travelers.

  3. Steffi Decker

    Senior Partner

    Steffi Decker is a Senior Partner at Chong & Koster. She is an expert at digital persuasion, acquisition, and stunting and has pioneered now-industry-standard techniques for all three disciplines. Her focus is on advocacy and electoral work, helping some of the largest professional advocacy organizations in the country as well as competitive House, Senate and Gubernatorial races. In her personal time Steffi works with organizations to help raise the profile of women in advertising and media and provides networking opportunities for women in the field. Steffi just completed her first 1/2 Ironman event, and loves good restaurants. ​​

  4. Carlos Johnson

    Strategy Director

    Carlos Johnson is a Strategy Director at Chong & Koster. Carlos has an extensive background in brand management and digital media in both the consumer goods and the political sector, and works with technology and e-commerce clients. Prior to joining Chong & Koster in 2017, Carlos was an Account Executive at Google where he advised Fortune 500 consumer goods companies and political organizations on digital advertising solutions. Carlos is from Detroit, Michigan, and graduated with both a BA in Marketing and an MBA from Michigan State University. When he's not launching campaigns, Carlos dabbles in film-editing and graphic design. He also loves cheering on his beloved MSU Spartans during football and basketball season.

  5. Hillary Price

    Strategy Director

    Hillary Price is a Strategy Director at Chong & Koster. She helps her political, advocacy, and corporate clients with acquisition, persuasion, and visibility campaigns, with a special focus on high-impact stunting buys. Before joining the Chong & Koster team in 2014, Hillary worked in political communications for Congressman Pomeroy (D-ND) and Senator Conrad (D-ND), and served as a public relations consultant for for several prominent advocacy groups in DC. She also served as Communications Director on on a Congressional race in 2012. Hillary is originally from Nashville, TN and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in Political Science and English.

  6. Nick Sementelli

    Strategy Director

    Nick Sementelli is a Strategy Director at Chong & Koster. He joined the team in 2012 and is an expert in political advocacy and publishing. Previously, he worked in the faith-based progressive advocacy world at Faithful America and Faith in Public Life. He graduated from Georgetown in 2009 with a degree in Culture and Politics, but has maintained his overzealous enthusiasm for Hoya basketball by co-founding an alumni supporters club called The Stonewalls.

  7. Eric Bolton

    Senior Digital Strategist

    Eric Bolton is a Senior Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster. Eric has a background in political messaging and strategy, and works with various political, advocacy, and e-commerce clients. Prior to joining Chong & Koster in early 2014, Eric was a Programs and Communications Manager at Winning Connections, a DC-based political consulting firm, where he worked on dozens of ballot initiative, electoral, and interest group campaigns. Eric is from Charleston, South Carolina, and graduated with a BA in Political Science from the College of Charleston in 2010.

  8. Stef Claus

    Senior Digital Strategist

    Stef Claus is a Senior Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster. She works with political, advocacy, and e-commerce clients. Before joining C+K in 2015, Stef worked as Legislative Aide for Senator Mark Begich (D-AK) on transportation and energy issues, and at the U.S. Department of State. Originally from Craig, Alaska, Stef graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Foreign Service. In her free time, Stef enjoys cooking and finding fun ways to be outdoors.

  9. Caitlin Cleaver

    Senior Digital Strategist

    Caitlin Cleaver is a Senior Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster. She works with various political, advocacy, and e-commerce clients. Prior to joining the team, Caitlin was a field organizer for OFA in the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election. Caitlin joined Chong & Koster as an intern in the summer of 2012. She stayed on with the team as an intern again in 2013, and worked through her senior year until joining the team full-time in May of 2014. Caitlin is from Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from Duke University with a BA in International Comparative Studies.

  10. Hannah Morgan

    Senior Digital Strategist

    Hannah Morgan is a Senior Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster. She works on a wide array of issue advocacy clients (including environmental and women’s issues), corporate and political clients. Hannah first became interested in digital communications while in college and is thrilled that she gets to spend every day fighting for causes she believes in. Prior to joining Chong & Koster, Hannah worked as an event planner and writer for The Cville, a local Charlottesville newspaper. Hannah graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 with a BA in American Studies, specializing in popular & visual culture. In her spare time you’ll find her curled up with a strong cup of coffee and a book, doing yoga, or exploring new cities.

  11. Jillian Andrews

    Senior Digital Strategist

    Jillian Andrews is a Senior Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster where she works with various advocacy and e-commerce clients. Prior to joining Chong & Koster Jillian was a communications specialist for a Pittsburgh-based advertising agency working with one of the nation's top hospitals, as well as a number of women's advocacy groups and startups. Jillian graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Communication and Rhetoric.

  12. Swami Kumar

    Digital Strategist

    Swami Kumar is a Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster. He works with corporate clients in industries such as cybersecurity, publishing and broadcast media, as well as with advocacy. In 2015, he graduated from Duke University with a Master’s in Engineering Management; and in 2014, from VIT University, India, with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. His professional experience also includes quantitative and strategy internships in venture capital, small business consulting, space technology, facility management, automotive engineering. Outside of work, he is an avid yoga practitioner and a passionate Indian-classical musician.

  13. Savannah Woolston

    Digital Strategist

    Savannah Woolston is a Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster. She works on a variety of e-commerce, advocacy, and political clients. Before joining Chong & Koster, Savannah worked as a Field Organizer for Mark Begich's 2014 U.S. Senate campaign and as an Outreach intern at Third Way. Her introduction to digital communications was through Organizing for Action's Digital Fellowship and her time as the OFA State Digital Lead for her home state of Alaska. Savannah graduated from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Political Science.

  14. Leah Kennebeck

    Digital Strategist

    Leah Kennebeck is a Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster, and currently works with advocacy and technology clients. Leah previously worked on the communications team of Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) before coming to C+K in 2017 to translate her knowledge of the political world to the expanding digital landscape. Originally from Seattle, Leah graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state with a degree in Politics and Government and Communications before moving to D.C. in 2013 to pursue a career helping further women’s involvement in politics, technology, and the business world. In her free time, Leah enjoys hiking, camping, discovering new music, and all things irish.

  15. Devin Cordero

    Digital Strategist

    Devin Cordero is a Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster. He works on corporate and public affairs clients. Before coming to C+K, he worked for a successful LGBT advocacy group in Florida, and he consulted as a communications strategist and producer for various nonprofit, small business and electoral clients as well. He graduated from the University of Miami in 2013 with a degree in political science and visual journalism. He enjoys spending his free time exploring the great outdoors and volunteering for community organizations.

  16. Karl Lugo

    Associate Digital Strategist

    Karl Lugo is an Associate Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster. Prior to joining the team, Karl worked at a national public opinion research and political consulting firm, where he worked on numerous candidate, ballot measure, and issue advocacy campaigns providing targeted, data-informed communications programs. Karl is from New York City, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Language and Literature. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and podcasts, but mostly runs around and plays peek-a-boo with his son.

  17. Laura Edwards

    Associate Digital Strategist

    Laura Edwards is an Associate Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster working with corporate and advocacy clients. Prior to joining C+K she was part of the operations and marketing team for Leidos Digital Solutions. Laura grew up in southern China and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Analysis from Pomona College in California. In her free time, you can find her exploring one of DC's many art galleries or reading a good book.

  18. Gabriel V. Laforge

    Associate Digital Strategist

    Gabriel V. Laforge is an Associate Digital Strategist with Chong & Koster. He joined the team in early 2018 after a decade-long career in China. Having worked under a variety of different roles with developers and publishers in the video game industry, he brings a ‘unique set of skills’ to the table that range from localization and PR to marketing and 2D animation. With a passion for foreign languages, he graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a degree in German and Economics and spent two years pursuing German and Mandarin at the Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany. In his free time, he enjoys drawing and animating pixel art and spends way too much time creating elaborate open-world Pathfinder/D&D campaigns.

  19. Umarah Mughnee

    Junior Digital Strategist

    Umarah Mughnee is a Junior Digital Strategist with Chong + Koster. She joined the team in 2018 after completing her master's degree at Georgetown University where she studied Integrated Marketing. Prior to joining the team, Umarah was an active freelancer in the DC area acting upon her passion for digital and content strategy. By internalizing the lessons learned from being a Division I tennis player, she worked as Community Programs Manager for the United States Tennis Association as well. In her down time, you can find her being a committed competitor in several flag football leagues in the DMV and usually at a ramen spot.

  20. Pooja Patel

    Junior Digital Strategist

    Pooja Patel is a Junior Strategist at Chong & Koster and works on political advocacy clients. Prior to joining Chong & Koster in 2017, Pooja worked as a pollster on immigration, health care, and voting rights issues, as well as electoral campaigns. Pooja is originally from the Bay Area where she got her start in politics as an organizer in local elections for candidates and affordable housing measures. In her free time, Pooja enjoys visiting all the fantastic free museums in DC.


  1. Leland Hodgkins

    Creative Director

    Leland Hodgkins is the Creative Director (and a partner) at Chong & Koster. By leading a talented team of artists, he ensures the agency delivers effective, compelling creative for its clients, often on tight deadlines. Leland takes pride in producing pixel-perfect solutions to design challenges in every sphere of digital media, and enjoys working in print and other traditional media as well. He is a self-taught graphic designer, with a background in studio art, including drawing and sculpture. Prior to joining Chong & Koster in mid-2008, Leland earned a degree in Economics from Duke University. He has a love for animation, a weakness for coffee, and an obsession with details.

  2. Bethany Funkhouser

    Senior Graphic Designer

    Bethany Funkhouser is a Graphic Designer at Chong & Koster. Since joining the team in mid-2011 she has had the opportunity to create unique designs for a variety of clients in the non-profit, political, and commercial world. Previously, Bethany worked as a designer in the marketing department of Lender Processing Services, a Jacksonville, FL-based company that provided technology and service solutions to the financial industry. Bethany grew up in Jacksonville and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in graphic design. She is also a bibliophile and cat enthusiast.

  3. Emily Boyer

    Senior Graphic Designer

    Emily Boyer is a Graphic Designer at Chong & Koster. Before joining the agency in early 2014, Emily worked as designer for a venture capitalist group, but developed an interest in advertising during a college internship. Working at Chong & Koster has allowed her to broaden her skills as a digital artist and produce creative for clients and causes she supports. In addition to making awesome ads, Emily enjoys doing yoga, baking, and frolicking with her rescue dog. Emily was born in Miami, FL and graduated with a BFA in Communication Arts from VCU in 2012, where she specialized in illustration.

  4. Keekee Winslow

    Graphic Designer

    Keekee Winslow is a Graphic Designer at Chong & Koster, and works on a wide variety of clients and campaigns. Before joining C+K, Keekee studied Interactive Design at American University, where she developed her skills in graphic design, digital communications, and print design. When Keekee is not designing she can be found hiking, biking or drinking a lot of tea.


  1. Nick Chong

    Founding Partner

    Nick Chong is the Founding Partner of Chong & Koster. Nick started the company in mid-2007, designing and building websites out of an apartment in Arlington, Virginia. With a background in Computer Science and a passion for practicality, he persistently codes with the user experience in mind, building powerful systems while creating a user-friendly environment. Nick is a full stack developer who can build pretty much anything, including a number of ad tech tools for our internal use. His core competencies are all things code, but he can wrangle a PSD or AI when necessary. Last year, Nick's wife gave birth to their second child—he looks forward to cultivating more coders “in-house”.

  2. Justin B. Evans

    Senior Developer

    Justin B. Evans is a Senior Developer at Chong & Koster. Justin is a professionally trained fine artist and a self-taught developer with a passion and affinity for technology. Justin’s unique experience enables him to contribute to, and offer perspective on, the full website production cycle. Before joining Chong & Koster in 2015, Justin worked as a web designer and developer with dozens of nonprofits, government agencies, and commercial clients. In his increasingly spare time as a father of twins, Justin loves to drink coffee, draw, and watch football. Justin was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and graduated with a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2006.


  1. Dawn Perla

    Operations Director

    Dawn Perla is the Operations Director with Chong & Koster. She has over 30 years of office operations expertise, handling day-to-day operations, accounting, budgeting, marketing, event planning and logistics. Prior to joining Chong & Koster, Dawn worked for a Public Affairs firm specializing in health care issues. She also served on the editorial board for Disruptive Women in Health Care®. Prior to that she worked at a consulting firm specializing in satellite based K-12 distance education programs for populations such as migrant workers and incarcerated juveniles, she also served as an onsite monitor for a multi-media based summer school program for the District of Columbia’s Middle Schools.