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

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Chong + Koster Team


Strategy

  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. 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.

  4. 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 several prominent advocacy groups in DC. She also served as Communications Director 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Caitlin Cleaver

    Strategy Director

    Caitlin Cleaver is a Strategy Director at Chong & Koster, with a focus on issue advocacy and electoral work. Caitlin has worked on a range of projects across the progressive issue set, but has deep experience in the reproductive rights and justice space. She has worked with dozens of organizations, from the largest national organizations to the smallest state-based groups, to help increase their organization visibility, build their bases of support, and create change in their communities. Caitlin joined C+K full-time in 2014 after interning and working part-time for C+K since 2012. Caitlin is from Durham, North Carolina, and graduated from Duke University with a BA in International Comparative Studies.

  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. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Berlian Ayudya

    Senior Digital Strategist

    Berlian Ayudya is a Strategist at Chong & Koster. Before joining the team, Berlian worked as a social media marketing specialist in Sydney, Australia. She has both B2B and B2C marketing experience spanning across many industries including professional and financial services, technology, retail, government and FMCG. Berlian has a bachelor degree in Communications specializing in Public Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney. In her spare time she loves to cook up a delicious feast and enjoys a good karaoke session.

  11. Stef Claus

    Data Analytics Developer

    Stef Claus is a Data Analytics Developer at Chong & Koster. She is passionate about data automation and loves working at the intersection of coding, data, and digital marketing. Stef studied software engineering at the Flatiron School in 2019 and graduated from Georgetown University. Originally from Craig, Alaska, Stef enjoys cooking, backpacking, and yoga.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Karl Lugo

    Digital Strategist

    Karl Lugo is a 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.

  15. Laura Edwards

    Digital Strategist

    Laura Edwards is an 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Jordan Jez

    Associate Digital Strategist

    Jordan Jez is an Associate Digital strategist at Chong & Koster. Before joining C+K Jordan worked as marketing lead for a global development tech platform and has led digital strategy and acquisition efforts for a number of early-stage startups in his hometown of Richmond, VA. Jordan graduated from Appalachian State University in North Carolina with a degree in Appropriate Technology in 2015. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys reading, biking around DC, beating his roommates in jeopardy, and trying out new pizza spots.

  18. Kier Strader-Monaghan

    Associate Digital Strategist

    Kier Strader-Monaghan is an Associate Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster. Prior to joining the team, she served as Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s digital director during her 2018 gubernatorial bid. Kier is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from American University in 2016 with her Bachelor’s in International Relations and Communication Studies. In her down time, Kier likes to check out the DMV’s newest breweries, hike, and bake gluten-free goods.

  19. Sam Batiste

    Associate Digital Strategist

    Sam Batiste is an Associate Digital Strategist at Chong & Koster. Before joining Chong & Koster, Sam worked as an Account Executive at Comcast Spotlight in Memphis, TN where he worked with businesses and organizations to advertise on traditional TV and streaming video. Sam is originally from Atlanta, GA and graduated from Harvard University with a degree in History with a minor in Political Science. In his free time, Sam enjoys board games with friends, hanging out with his cat, and exploring DC.

  20. Umarah Mughnee

    Associate Digital Strategist

    Umarah Mughnee is an Associate 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.

  21. Carson Pierse

    Associate Digital Strategist

    Carson Pierse is an Associate Strategist at Chong + Koster. She joins the team after completing her master's degree in Digital Marketing and Analytics from Regent's University London. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Carson began her career with the BASIS Schools Network. As the Admissions Manager her focus was in marketing and student development for the opening of their fifth independent school in New York City. Outside of the office, Carson is an avid cinema and television buff and enjoys exploring new restaurants in the DC area.

  22. MyKala E. Johnson

    Associate Digital Strategist

    MyKala E. Johnson is an Associate Digital Strategist at Chong + Koster. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a Strategist at a branding agency serving various clients across the nation. Since beginning her career, MyKala has gained experience in Agile project management, brand strategy, communications, marketing, advertising, event planning, fundraising, and community engagement. MyKala is a Birmingham, Alabama native and graduated from The University of Alabama in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Science degree. She is an avid learner with interests in current events, national security, and foreign affairs. In her spare time, Mykala enjoys learning Farsi, traveling, visiting museums, exploring local hidden gems, and attending cultural events.

  23. Pooja Patel

    Associate Digital Strategist

    Pooja Patel is a Associate Digital 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.

  24. Jonathon Skavroneck

    Junior Digital Strategist

    Jonathon Skavroneck is a Junior Digital Strategist who joined C+K in the summer of 2019 after graduating from The College of William & Mary and the University of St Andrews with Bachelors’ in International Relations. Originally from Southwest Florida, Jonathon is passionate about media literacy, grassroots organization and the everyday impact of local politics. He enjoys the fast pace of digital and the many opportunities it provides for working with numbers. When Jonathon is out of the office, he is trying DC’s newest restaurants, enjoying the golden age of television, or shopping too much.

  25. Matt Singer

    Junior Digital Strategist

    Matt Singer is a Junior Strategist who recently graduated from the University of St Andrews, where he was heavily involved in competitive debating, with a degree in International Relations and Arabic. Growing up in Baltimore, he began working in the political field as an organizer for local and state level campaigns. Matt is keen to bring his love of learning to the world of digital marketing. In his free time, Matt likes to cook, travel, and watch movies.


Art

  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

    Design Director

    Bethany Funkhouser is the Design Director 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

    Director of Video

    Emily Boyer is the Director of Video 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.

  5. Patricia Covarrubia

    Junior Graphic Designer

    Patricia Covarrubia is a Junior Graphic Designer at Chong & Koster. Her work ranges from print collateral to delightful interactive experiences. Prior to working at Chong & Koster, she worked with GE Transportation and BWM of North America to create solutions for their internal users, ranging from data visualization tools to social media educating campaigns. She also worked for different clients at FirstPage Marketing, a digital marketing agency, while pursuing a BFA in Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is an advocate of women in the field of design, a supporter of the Double or Nothing movement by AIGA and lover for peaches.


Dev

  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. This year, Nick's wife gave birth to their third 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.

  3. Farishta Haider

    Junior Developer

    Farishta Haider is a Junior Developer at Chong & Koster. In 2004, She began her professional career in Marketing, working for as a Program Accounts Manager in Summit Marketing and then a Marketing Buyer at GEICO. Farishta’s passion for Web Development started by researching marketing solutions. Her curiosity and thirst of knowledge led to Farishta enrolling and completing General Assembly DC’s Web Development Immersive program in 2016. Before starting at Chong + Koster in late-2018, she interned for a startup, ProTrakr, and worked at TekSystems as a developer. At Chong + Koster, Farishta merges her love of marketing and development, using the skills she acquired when to create sites that make the most impact for the client. Farishta spends much of her spare time coding to developing her skills. As a female developer, she is active in the DC Tech and Women in Tech community. And wants to help & support women/girls in tech, especially people who want to make, or made, a similar career/life change. When not coding for work and fun, she is lover of music, TV, movies, comedy and all things pop culture. Farishta grew up in Maryland and is a proud alumni of University of Maryland, College Park’s 2004 class where she majored in Communications.


Operations

  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.


  1. Steffi Decker

    Partner Emeritus

    Steffi Decker is a Partner Emeritus at Chong & Koster. During her time at C+K, Steffi became an expert at digital persuasion, acquisition, and stunting and pioneered now-industry-standard techniques for all three disciplines. Her focus was 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. Steffi is currently a MBA candidate at the Haas School of Business, at the University of California Berkeley. 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.