OUR TEAM OF CHANGEMAKERS, PASSION PURSUERS AND EXPERT CONSULTANT PARTNERS INCLUDE:
SARAH ACER, FOUNDER — BRAND STRATEGY & ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Sarah serves as managing partner for Align Communications and Creative and is an award-winning communications and organizational development strategist. For 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 Organizational Change with an emphasis on creative communications, implicit bias 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 & 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 amazing 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.
RINA KHADIVI, PARTNER – CREATIVE DIRECTION & BRAND STRATEGY
For over 10 years, Rina has worked across industries and agencies, leading design and branding efforts that push boundaries and deliver results. As Senior Creative Director and brand strategist for Align, Rina brings with her diverse agency expertise from her time at Redscout working closely with Fortune 500 brands, to tiny boutique design shops working with startups, to leading global brands as head creative director. In her years as designer, art director and creative director, Rina has overseen integrated advertising campaigns across emerging channels, print, digital and social, as well leading rebranding and design efforts for large-scale, corporate identity systems. In working directly with clients she has developed strong relationships to deliver strategic and emotionally-resonant creative that also successfully achieves business goals. When not delivering mold-breaking creative, Rina can be found creating beautiful public works as a street artist, costume designing, and styling humans and spaces.
NEHA AGARWAL, PARTNER – SOCIAL MEDIA & CONTENT STRATEGY
For the past nine years Neha has worked as digital marketing strategist across industries, agencies and brands. At Align, she supports social media strategy, implementation and content planning to deliver impact for the agency and its clients. Prior to joining the team at Align, Neha worked with WPP group agency and led a digital team which focused on clients in non-profit, B2B and in-house agency marketing. Equipped with diverse experience leading digital for Fortune 500 brands, multinational corporations, boutique agencies and startups, Neha guides Align’s partners through authentic, integrated campaigns across digital and social. Neha has an MBA with a focus in Marketing, as well as an Engineering degree from India. When not creating magic at work, Neha can be found traveling the globe and indulging in adventurous sports.
AMANDA KIPPERT, PARTNER – CONTENT DEVELOPMENT & EDITORIAL STRATEGY
Amanda Kippert is an award-winning journalist and custom content creator who brings 20 years of experience to Align and its social impact clients. Getting her start at a daily newspaper before people stopped reading them, Amanda’s wheelhouse is working under a deadline to create compelling copy, be it about the state of the world, equal rights, the best way to make snickerdoodles or how to raise tiny humans. For the last five years, Amanda has been the content editor of the national nonprofit DomesticShelters.org where 2 million people a year seek help and information regarding domestic violence. A Wisconsin native turned Arizona transplant, Amanda enjoys the organized chaos of raising two strongly opinionated daughters, volunteering her time with worthy causes and attempting to write a novel that will fund her future beach house.
HANNAH GRAY, PARTNER — DIGITAL STORYTELLING & ART DIRECTION
For the past seven years Hannah has served as a trusted art director and digital storyteller for nonprofits, lifestyle brands and inspiring humans and serves as Align’s lead photographer and digital marketing guru. A proud Ohioan turned Arizona transplant, Hannah received her degree in Fine Art Photography from Indiana Wesleyan University 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.
VIVIANNE PADILLA — PARTNER, GRAPHIC DESIGN & BRAND DEVELOPMENT
Designer by day, translator by night, Vivianne supports Align’s clients with her impressive branding and graphic design expertise. Equipped with over a decade of advertising and corporate identity experience, Vivianne lives for good design, statement typography and all things Adobe. A Guatemala native, Vivi is fluent in Italian, English and Spanish and supports Align’s international and US-based clients from initial design concept to final product and brand launch. From websites and business cards to billboards and promo gear, clients love Vivi’s approach to authentic and story-focused brand development. When not delivering award-winning designs to Align’s social impact clients, Vivi can be found using her passport and spending time with family and friends.
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 professional 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 company leaders 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 and savoring the simple things in life.