THe emerald group
Amplifying cAUSES anD caNDIDATES to build a more equitable and inclusive world
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Who we are
The Emerald Group is a public affairs firm, specializing in strategy and media for causes and candidates. In partnership with an array of experts – including researchers, campaign managers, and field organizers – we identify what is most compelling about organizations and campaigns; determine what narratives are most resonant with their audiences; and create vehicles to deliver effective messages, marked by memorable insight, in order to advance the missions of our clients. Our team brings unique, diverse and often underrepresented perspectives to the work.
Jordan Thomas is a strategist, organizer and filmmaker. He’s worked on many political campaigns and as an advocacy consultant for non-profits. Jordan produces, directs and writes short films, as well as public service announcements and ads for progressive causes and campaigns. His first major foray into politics was as a Co-founder and Lead Organizer of Brooklyn for Barack, a grassroots organization, widely recognized as a model for organizing during the groundbreaking Obama ‘08 campaign. Jordan’s ability to craft a compelling narrative, combined with a strategist's and organizer’s understanding of the power of connecting with what is centrally important to a diverse array of audiences, makes him a uniquely effective advocate. He holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.F.A. From the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Christopher Gerson is a filmmaker, video artist, and digital media director. He worked for a number of years for Walt Disney Imagineering in research and development. He was a lead producer of “Live@Sundance,” the daily video content stream for the Sundance Film Festival. He is the co-creator and editor of the web series Darwin, and is the editor/visual effect engineer for numerous films including Fort Greene, Happy Lucky Golden Tofu Fun Fun Show, Lord Gordon Gordon and Light Sleep. He recently created projections for Hang a Tale’s off-Broadway production of The Little Prince, as well as the Hartford Symphony Orchestra's New World Visions Concert. He has created numerous video campaigns for organizations such as the Annenberg Foundation, The Sundance Theatre Lab and The Ember Charter School in Brooklyn, NY.
Sophia Hunt is a researcher, organizer and storyteller. Sophia developed her interest in politics and political communication while working at Harvard Kennedy School's Institute of Politics. She is committed to using storytelling to build coalitions and foster community. Sophia has worked for numerous non-profit entities, including the ACLU, the Boys & Girls Club, the Center for Court Innovation, and most recently, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's organization, E Pluribus Unum. A researcher and millennial, Sophia possesses experience and perspective that make her successful in engaging audiences that have previously felt neglected by our political system. She recently completed her B.A. in History & Literature at Harvard College and is a doctoral student in Sociology at Stanford University.