Our Team

Marea Chaveco – Senior Associate

Marea joins our firm after decades of playing varying positions on the nonprofit field. She is the rare bird who moved into an executive director role out of the Business/Finance arena and the nonprofits she has worked with have been true beneficiaries of this rare inside/outside skill set.

Equally as important, Marea understands the power of relationships and brings that as well as an uncanny knack for connecting people, ideas and strategy.  Through the connections she creates and cultivates, the whole is inevitably greater than the sum of the parts.

Marea began her career in the world of the arts as an actor and then made the nonprofit leap. She remained committed to the arts with tenures at the Trisha Brown Dance Company and the Mark Morris Dance Group, one of the pre-eminent producers of modern dance in the world. In 2011, Marea leapt again, this time to follow her personal passion, public media (she is not a dancer J ).  She joined the team of Futuro Media Group, a nonprofit media organization committed to giving voice to the Latino community in the media.  She joined the team to add business acumen and her leadership skills were quickly recognized as she became the Executive Director in April 2013.

At Joan Garry Consulting, Marea is responsible for managing what has become Joan’s multi-platform business – a business that now includes consulting clients along with a blog, a podcast, a book and a monthly membership site for board and staff nonprofit leaders.

We call Marea the “managing director of Joanlandia.”  She is responsible for new business development, business analysis and serves as the Executive Producer of Joan’s podcast on iTunes, Nonprofits Are Messy.

 Marea lives in and loves Williamsburg Brooklyn where shares a home with her husband and a number of loveable and well-behaved cats. And let’s not forget Moe Landry, happy to play second fiddle to Charlie Garry as the Joanlandia mascot dog. Marea also has two “grown” children Jules and Zoe.

 

Scott Paley

 OnlineAudience Development / Social Media Strategist

Scott PaleyIn ancient times (the early 1990’s) while an undergraduate at Brown University, Scott had a vision.

A fellow engineering student had shown Scott the first graphical web browser, Mosaic. He was blown away. The next day he told his mother, “I just saw the biggest world-changing technology since the printing press. Nothing will be the same again.” She didn’t believe him*, but he was hooked.

Certainly nothing was the same for Scott. He spent every waking hour learning about website development (instead of studying for his engineering exams.) He built a website for his college a cappella group and quickly saw first hand the power the world wide web had for anybody to create a platform and develop an audience.

In 1999, after a four-year stint as a programmer and marketer at software behemoth Computer Associates, Scott co-founded Abstract Edge, an online marketing agency with a mission to empower do-gooders. Abstract Edge helps nonprofits, educational institutions, and mission-driven entrepreneurs and companies grow, engage, and motivate their audiences. And look great while doing it.

Shortly after launch, Abstract Edge pioneered the Internet as a tool for social change when, in only nine months, AE helped inspire and mobilize nearly a million people to participate in the Million Mom March.

As Abstract Edge’s Managing Partner, Scott has helped hundreds of organizations, including Joan Garry Consulting, build and motivate their audiences online.  Well known clients include Malaria No More, the Innocence Project, All Out, Opower, Harvard, Penn State, Clairol, Marriott, Discover Magazine, and so many more.

Scott’s extremely close partnership with Joan Garry Consulting has made him a de facto member of our team. Our collaboration extends our communications expertise to the increasingly important online world.

If you are interested in learning more about Abstract Edge’s audience development, website design, or branding services please visit the AE website at http://abstractedge.com

* Scott’s mom gets it now.

Debbie McNally – Project Coordinator/ Researcher

 

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 Debbie is essentially a juggler – a multi-tasker who keeps projects on time and on budget. She also conducts external stakeholder interviews and conducts targeted and custom research assignments.

Debbie comes from a legal and research background and has done consulting work for The Arkin Group in NYC and Treliant Risk Advisors in Washington, DC. In her consulting capacity with The Arkin Group, Deborah was part of a large scale document collection and review project for a catastrophic recovery system. Deborah has led efforts conducting foreclosure reviews, compliance reviews, and was a quality control specialist for OCC reviews of mortgage lenders’ practices. She has also done compliance consulting for Community Education Centers, Inc. (CEC), a leading provider of reentry, in-prison treatment, and jail/detention management services. Early in her career she managed a longitudinal, academic research project at Brandeis University where she oversaw data collection, coding and tracking. Debbie has been a contributing editor for the civil litigation journal Jury Verdict Review for twelve years.

Throughout her career, Debbie has utilized her strong interpersonal skills to foster robust partnerships with colleagues and clients to add value to strategic initiatives (this means she is a pleasure to work with). Her ability to breakdown complex concepts and sort through the details allows her to identify the core issues at hand (this means she cuts through the you-know-what to get to the heart of the matter).