How You Move Forward: Neimand Collaborative. Social Impact Marketing.

You move forward by working all the angles that create impact.Working all the angles that create impact.

Government is too small to do it all. Philanthropy doesn’t have enough money. Private enterprise needs incentive to meet public needs. People, when properly motivated as consumers of policies and products, greatly influence the marketplace of public and private innovation.

  • Politics

    The best politics creates the best policies.

  • Policy

    The best policies meet public needs.

  • People

    Popular support drives the best politics.

Politics drives policy
and people drive both.

A simple method for social impact.

We have an intuitive way to move you forward: meet people where they are, find connecting interests and lead them to a better place.

  • Goals

    What you’re trying to achieve with whom and how fast.

  • Research

    Where your value connects with what people value.

  • Brand & Message

    One message that builds valued relationships with different people.

  • Market

    A practical and measurable strategy that moves everyone to act in their own interest and the interests of others.

We simplify the complexity of rallying government, philanthropy, private enterprise, practitioners
and people around something new and better.

Impact:
Monterey County Behavioral Health

Moving forward together.

Through our work with Natividad and the Natividad Medical Foundation, we know first-hand the remarkable health outreach efforts present in Monterey County communities. We were thrilled to be connected with Monterey County Behavioral Health to take a closer look at their brand needs and help them understand how to best communicate the value of their services to individuals, families and communities in the region.

Problem

Monterey County residents face significant barriers when it comes to seeking, receiving and sticking with the mental health, substance abuse and behavioral health services that we know are crucial to overall wellness. More than two-thirds of individuals served by the behavioral health system have been impacted by trauma in their lives. Residents fear or experience stigma as a result of seeking behavioral health services, and when they do pursue the help they need, they often lack the information necessary to navigate the system. Monterey County needed a warm and welcoming brand and visual identity that encouraged families and individuals to seek assistance during difficult times.

Solution

On-site conversations with leadership and providers on staff revealed a deep commitment to the communities in Monterey County and a system of integrated and culturally-relevant services. Monterey County Behavioral Health has drawn passionate health providers from all over the nation and from the communities which it serves. A tagline that resonated in English and Spanish was necessary to reach all of Monterey County’s communities, and it needed to communicate that they would not become stronger as one, but stronger as a whole.

Outcome

The result—Avanzando Juntos. Forward Together.—captures the determination and solidarity that Monterey County Behavioral Health extends to all clients and their families. The colors of the new visual identity represent the welcoming environment clients can expect and the sense of peace that staff strive to foster, elements of Monterey County’s approach that help all move forward. We created a logo and visual system that help residents of Monterey County identify clinics to reduce intimidation and overcome language barriers. Clients are now greeted at behavioral health clinic locations with a unified and welcoming message—Monterey County Behavioral Health is a partner in helping residents overcome difficult seasons and traveling the path forward, together.

NEIMAND COLLABORATIVE

  • Branding
  • Messaging
  • Research
  • Materials development

Team

Rich Neimand

President

Rich quickly grasps the forces that drive behaviors and decisions. Whether it’s surveys, white papers, journalists, politicians, policies, sound bites, Facebook or Twitter—Rich sees the battleground from the outset and his insights influence how we research and build brand, message and marketing strategies. As President, he helps bring these solutions to life in finished products. A witty and engaging speaker and trainer, Rich helps people move from where they are to where they need to be to create social and economic impact. Many clients rely on him for consultation and advice to maintain brand fidelity, respond to emerging issues and tailor evolving strategies. Raised in Los Angeles by two wonderful parents from Brooklyn, Rich’s career path was blazed through writing, graphic arts, fine arts, commercial advertising and political consulting—all of which contribute to his work in social impact marketing. Rich lives in his beloved Silver Spring with his wife, two sons and a dog that controls everything in decidedly existential ways. No cause is too small or too big for Rich—as long as it holds the promise of moving people forward.

Sarah Hutchinson

Partner, Vice President Creative Services

In addition to mastering content and strategy, Sarah has the twin gifts of knowing how to get things done and knowing how to get people to do them. Combining these abilities with her expertise in creative development and campaign execution, she’s a part of our work from beginning to end. Sarah’s leadership includes digital and print materials, website development, advertising and social media campaigns. Her skills enable many of our clients to mount powerful and effective campaigns even when they are on relatively small budgets. Sarah also leads project teams and manages internal and external team members to ensure the quality and timeliness of our work. Born in Boulder, Colorado, Sarah grew up in Minden, Nevada, on a ranch in the Sierra foothills. At 15, she attended a campaign training workshop where she met Rich, who casually offered her a job once she got out of college. Much to Rich’s surprise, Sarah came to D.C. to claim her job after earning her degree in English at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. Now eating and drinking her way through every D.C. hotspot, Sarah is married to a great guy—we doubt that she will ever settle down.

Shannon Rosenthal

Vice President Operations

Shannon’s collaborative energy and find-a-solution mentality help to ensure our company is doing right by its clients. With a wealth of direct client and project experience, she now runs our business and us with great instincts for what our team needs on a daily basis to make great impact for our clients and their causes. Her passion for logistics, numbers and organization has made her our go-to person for just about everything that needs to go right. Shannon is the rock who rocks. A native of New Jersey, Shannon moved to North Carolina during her high school years and later completed her degree in marketing at East Carolina University. In 2000, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she honed her skills in marketing, production and team management—and found her husband. She, her husband and their two daughters are here for good with family and friends that make the D.C. area home.

Armando Molina Bou

Creative Director

With more than 20 years of experience in strategic branding and political communications, Armando has worked on every conceivable type of advocacy, grassroots, lobbying and corporate campaign. For web and print campaigns, Armando plays many roles—creative and art director, designer and writer. He has an uncanny ability to visually translate the message and help clients understand their brand, values, audience and long-term goals. Armando grew up in Puerto Rico and earned dual degrees from Pennsylvania State University in communications and graphic design. His work has been showcased by International Papers and Mohawk Papers and included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian. Armando has served as a key creative partner with Rich Neimand since 1995, most recently collaborating from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he and his daughter make their home—and share a love for photography…and vintage Fisher Price toys.

Peter Hershey

Graphic Designer

Simplify and clarify: that’s the approach Peter uses as a visual problem solver. He has a diverse creative background and uses a mix of design, illustration and photography to get to the heart of stories. He studied Communication Design at Kutztown University but finds that his experiences as a traveler and avid reader inform his design work as much as his professional training. Although he spends most of the work day behind his desk, he is passionate about getting out and exploring the world behind the lens of his Canon 6D, and often spends his weekend volunteering his photography skills for local non-profit organizations. Peter leaves the country as much as possible, most recently spending several months in Southeast Asia for a music research project he co-founded.

Kristen Keesee

Communications Manager

Kristen comes to Neimand Collaborative bringing her background in writing and design along with a passion for making a positive impact. Between her Type-A personality and knack for getting it right, Kristen stays busy tracking deadlines and keeping everything moving at rapid speeds. A Pennsylvania native, Kristen moved to Charlottesville, Virginia for high school before returning to her northern roots to study international relations and multimedia journalism at Boston University, where she fell in love with learning about cultures and storytelling. Kristen’s never been one to take ‘no’ for an answer—which is particularly handy when making sure our clients have everything they need. When she’s not dreaming up new content strategies or solving seemingly impossible requests, Kristen’s usually found exploring all the hotspots around D.C. or planning her next globetrotting adventure—with a cup of coffee in hand.

Danielle Lee

Communications Coordinator

Danielle’s desire to make an impact and her ability to stay calm in high-pressure situations started as a teacher in the classroom. Prior to joining Neimand, Danielle also freelanced as a writer for national websites and engaged in communications work with organizations focused on making quality education real for all children. Her degrees in sociology and public relations from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill give her a keen insight into how people think and what drives them to action. She uses those skills to manage digital and creative strategy projects. When she’s not in the office, you can find her roaming the shelves at a craft store—always ready to bedazzle something at a moment’s notice.

Alyssa Murphy

Communications Manager

Alyssa comes to Neimand Collaborative with a background in scholarly publishing. Having worked for child psychiatry and literary journals, Alyssa brings a knowledge of mental health and child development as well as an understanding of narrative structure. With a B.A. in English from Yale and an M.A. in History of Art from the University of Pennsylvania, she can pinpoint what will take copy and graphics from good to great. And never content to focus on just one content area, Alyssa is always busy learning about new concepts and credits a constant consumption of podcasts for keeping her informed. She lives in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with her husband and fills her free time with barre classes, classic murder mysteries, historic house tours, and lots and lots of coffee.

Catherine Solomon

Communications Manager

Through experiences in the fields of public health, nonprofit management and social entrepreneurship, Catherine has developed a passion for social impact and helping organizations reach their full potential. She immerses herself in the topic at hand and ensures thorough management of client projects, particularly those focused on K-12 education, vulnerable populations and community health. Prior to joining our team, Catherine worked with causes ranging from development, relief and social business ventures abroad to school music program support in her home state of Maryland. She holds a B.A. in advertising from Penn State University and a Master of Public Administration from the Trachtenberg School at George Washington University. When she isn’t planning her next getaway, Catherine loves running and taking advantage of D.C.’s live music venues at every chance she gets.

A hop, skip and a jump away.

If you stay in the same place long enough you realize how far you’ve come. On February 1, we’re leaving our home of 15 years, 1025 Vermont Avenue, to new offices across the street at 1100 Vermont Avenue NW on the second floor.

I built two companies at 1025 Vermont: BatesNeimand with my good friends Ross Bates and Armando Molina Bou, and then Neimand Collaborative, with equally great colleagues Dave Clayton and Sarah Hutchinson.

It took every cent we didn’t have to build out 1025 Vermont for a firm that was more a vision than a reality. Ross would have been happy with folding tables and milk crates for desks. Somehow Armando and I prevailed on Ikea furniture, Aeron chairs and colorfully painted walls. Unfortunately, it took us an entire week for Armando and me to assemble all the furniture. Ross never forgave me for the expense and Armando kept saying, “Why do I let jew get me into these things?” It’s strange, but Armando’s English is perfect with everyone but me.

But it was worth it. The other day Kristen took down all the industry awards won by BatesNeimand and put them into a binder album that I equated with an urn for cremated remains. A lot of great people worked hard to win those awards, competing against the top agencies in DC and the best design firms in the country. So many talented people came through here to make an impact on electoral politics and policy. They have gone on to found their own companies or work as top professionals in their fields.

Shannon Rosenthal and Armando Molina Bou have been my two constants across the companies. I wanted Neimand Collaborative to be a small, boutique firm that created social impact. Shannon took one look at a half empty suite of offices and promptly went looking for compatible tenants while I was busy recruiting our greatest asset, Dave Clayton, and convincing him that there was something called social impact marketing even if nobody knew what it was. Shortly thereafter we hired Sarah. On her second week of work I found her staring at our company logo in the reception area and asked her what was up. “I’m just wondering how you’re going to fit my name in there without it being too long. Maybe we can get rid of the Neimand part.” Two weeks later she asked me to send her to graduate school. “This is graduate school and I’m paying you to attend so get to work,” I told her. She hasn’t stopped since, and has worked with Armando to build our firm’s formidable creative capabilities.

Shannon found us the perfect tenants in our friends Jean Statler and Tom Nagle who were starting Statler Nagle as industry marketing experts. Dave Richardson, Jon DeWitt and Anne Aldrich also moved in with their Artemis Strategy Group. Our three new firms grew up together. There’s nothing like having a question about research, branding or marketing and being able to go down the hall to talk to the smartest people in the business. They paid me to go to graduate school, but don’t tell them because Jean will hit me up for reduced rent.

We eventually outgrew a conference room that was below zero in summertime and Death Valley in the wintertime. Our once quiet building also became the home of a nursing school and our hallways soon became clogged with young women and men struggling to become health professionals, often in a language that was their second or third. There were a lot of tears around test time and tuition payments. They needed more space and so did we.

Shannon found us the perfect place just across the street at 1100 Vermont Avenue, on the second floor above the 7-11. Being a mere ten feet above Corn Nuts and Slurpees keeps you real. As usual, Shannon did an incredible job of managing every detail and making things happen on time and budget. Armando lent his keen design eye for the right colors and textures as well as provided lectures about the need to use coasters and keep our hands off the walls, which he accented with cascading felt. We have an entire floor that is all ours, an expanded conference room, showers for our runners and bicyclists, and state of the art climate control that we are hoping will win the approval of Kris Perry, our client and neighbor down the street at First Five Years Fund, who claimed that our previous conference room moonlighted as a CIA black site for illicit torture. Best of all, our friends Statler Nagle and Artemis Strategy Group have come with us.

While our move from 1025 to 1100 Vermont is probably no more than 55 yards, it seems like it took a long time to get there. We’re going to keep moving forward and help you do the same. So change your address books to Neimand Collaborative, 1100 Vermont Avenue NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20005—and come by for a visit any time.

 

Let’s talk.

We work for a wide range of groups on a wide range of issues with a wide range of budgets.
Big organization or small, what we care about most is helping people move forward. If you’re doing something great, give us a call and let us help you make a greater impact.

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1100 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20005