OUR TEAM OF CHANGEMAKERS, PASSION PURSUERS AND EXPERT CONSULTANT PARTNERS INCLUDE:
SARAH ACER, FOUNDER — BRAND STRATEGY AND ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Sarah serves as managing partner for Align Communications and Creative and is an award-winning communications and organizational development strategist. For over 15 years, Sarah has worked with leading corporate citizens, nonprofits and government agencies, leveraging her diverse communications, organizational improvement and social impact marketing expertise. Prior to founding Align Communications and Creative, Sarah worked with brands such as vitamin water™, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arizona Attorney General's Office and the truth campaign™ and served as a proven brand builder, systems navigator and change agent focused on communications and organizational growth. Sarah holds a Master of Education, Organizational Learning, Performance and Change degree from Colorado State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Education with an emphasis on creative communications and behavior change. When not helping organizations enhance their triple bottom line, Sarah can be found collecting passport stamps and ensuring the world knows Bruce Springsteen is the greatest of all time.
TANYA SCANNIELLO, PARTNER — BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATIONS
Tanya is an Australian native, (who now refers to New York as home) and brings over a decade of diverse client service, account management and operations expertise to the Align team. Leading organizational operations and business development at Align, Tanya's finance, human resources and project management skills help to keep Align agile, efficient, and effective. Previously supporting GroupM's executive team in New York City, Tanya is no stranger to agency life and loves the creative world. She holds a degree in Psychology from Swinburne University in Melbourne as well as a diploma in Financial Services. When not working with dream team clients and kickass colleagues, Tanya can be found with her adorable one year old daughter, learning to play golf, catching local live music or squeezing in beach time when the weather allows.
HANNAH GRAY, PARTNER — DIGITAL STORYTELLING AND CREATIVE
A Lake Eire, Ohio native, Hannah supports Align's clients as lead photographer and digital marketing guru. For the past seven years, Hannah has served as a trusted art director and digital storyteller for nonprofits, lifestyle brands and inspiring humans. As an Indiana Wesleyan University alumni, Hannah received her degree in Fine Art Photography and is a master in color theory, with expertise in video content and event photography. Often referred to as Align's multipotentialite extraordinaire Hannah is an avid knitter, baker, and farm table maker (you read that right) who believes in the power of great stories well told. When not creating digital magic for our partners, Hannah can often be found practicing yoga, photographing humans, or on a hike taking in the beauty of Flagstaff, Arizona.
LARISSA MARULLI - PARTNER, STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS & DIGITAL MEDIA
Serving as a communications associate and special assistant to Align's Managing Partner, Larissa is a journalist and communications expert by trade. A frequent branded content writer and editorial contributor, Larissa's communication skills extend well beyond the page. Prior to joining the team at Align, Larissa led project management efforts for diverse teams in the hospitality sector and served as office manager and executive assistant to Colorado-based companies throughout the past decade. Larissa's unique background and professional experience in office management, hospitality and corporate communications, coupled with her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Northern Colorado, have earned her the title of Jane of All Trades at Align. When not writing copy and keeping Align's team organized, Larissa can be found with her two young children, enjoying a fine Colorado craft beer, baking sweet treats, and savoring the simple things in life.
LAUREN SMILEY, PARTNER — ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY & PARTNERSHIPS
Lauren has over eight years of project management, client development and financial management experience. Prior to joining the team at Align, Lauren was a project manager for a general contractor in Colorado. During her tenure in the construction industry, Lauren has worked with clients in the education, healthcare, brewing, restaurant, and non-profit industries. Her warm demeanor and optimistic attitude consistently lay the foundation for collaborative and trusting partnerships between Align and its clients. Lauren holds a degree in Construction Management from Colorado State University is an OSHA certified and LEED accredited project manager. When not managing all of the things like a boss, Lauren can be found watching CSU and Broncos football with her husband and son, cooking, or playing an intense game of darts.
BRITTANY DEGIROLAMO, PARTNER — CONTENT STRATEGY AND MARKETING
With over a decade of experience leading creative strategy and business development projects, Brittany heads up Align's content strategy efforts. She has worked extensively with highly visible, cutting-edge brands bringing them to new heights of brand excellence, profitability and success including the likes of IMG Worldwide, Ogilvy & Mather, production glue, Merchants Hospitality, Visa, United Airlines, Evian, HBO, Nike and Fairmont Hotels. With a focus on creative content development, brand messaging, and experiential marketing, Brittany specializes in designing authentic campaigns that meaningfully connect brands to their stakeholders, creating unique and results-driven content strategies that meet project objectives. She has led multiple award-winning campaign submissions, including the CLIO’s, Effies, Webby’s, and IAB awards. When not writing copy or storyboarding a new video concept, Brittany can be found eating at her favorite Italian restaurant in Brooklyn or on a European adventure.