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Nathan Imperiale

the ceo.

Home State

California

Alma Mater

George Washington University

When Not At Work, I

Am starting a new construction project at home

Always the consummate host, Nathan sets the standard for NJI’s exceptional client service — focused on deeply understanding clients’ goals and anticipating their needs. His insider knowledge of Capitol Hill and the White House is an asset when shaping campaigns and compelling digital assets.

Nathan’s instinct for a good cocktail is matched only by his expertise in guiding the growth of the agency, including business development and partnerships.

Fav Activity

Traveling

When Not At Work, I

Am starting a new construction project at home

Home State

California

Nathan Imperiale

the ceo.

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Josh Shultz

the president.

Home State

Texas

Alma Mater

Texas A&M

Fav Activity

Hanging out with my wife and three kids

Leading the day-to-day operations of the agency, Josh has a true sixth sense for advising clients. He guided the U.S. House of Representatives and the National Republican Congressional Committee into the digital age and is equally skilled at wielding a pen or camera to craft compelling communications campaigns.

Josh is the heart of NJI’s creative and dynamic culture. His biting sarcasm and contagious laughter are the foundation of the agency’s on-point wit.

Home State

Texas

Preferred Condiment

Cheetos

Alma Mater

Texas A&M

Josh Shultz

the president.

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Lara Kline

the chief strategy officer.

Home State

Illinois

Alma Mater

American University and University of Missouri–Kansas City

Dream Job

Arts Travel Writer for Conde Nast

Passport in hand, Lara leads the international client portfolio for NJI. In constant pursuit of new, market-shifting ideas, she works across the agency’s portfolio to advance client campaigns and shape new brands. Cultural institutions from the Kennedy Center to the White House Historical Association have relied on her expertise to elevate their communications and marketing efforts.

Dream Job

Arts Travel Writer for Conde Nast

Fav Fictional Character

Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia

Influencer Of

Unsuccessful Sock Matching

Lara Kline

the chief strategy officer.

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Nate Politi

the senior vice president.

Home State

New York

Alma Mater

American University

Preferred Condiment

Cheese

When you pick people to be in your life raft, start with Nate. Leading the U.S. client portfolio for the agency, he is the definition of calm under pressure and a true champion for clients and colleagues alike. A fearless problem-solver, his expertise in experiential marketing enables him to weave together the skills of strategists, designers, and developers to create award-winning campaigns.

Alma Mater

American University

When Not At Work, I

Am outside

Influencer Of

Bad jokes

Nate Politi

the senior vice president.

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Sarah Fritz

the senior vice president.

Home State

Ohio

Alma Mater

Miami University of Ohio

Fav Activity

Trying a new restaurant

If mathematical equestrian wizard was a job, Sarah would be the ideal candidate. Her finance prowess is matched only by the enormous amount of care and love she lavishes on the NJI team. Balancing the books and human resource roles, she expertly guides clients and colleagues through contracts, healthcare plans, and the occasional flaming sword swallower invoice.

Fav Activity

Trying a new restaurant

Alma Mater

Miami University of Ohio

Dream Job

Training unicorns

Sarah Fritz

the senior vice president.

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Astrid Limal

the managing director.

Home Country

France

Alma Mater

Chelsea College of Art and Design

Favorite Cocktail

Aperol Spritz

Visual feasts rich with beauty and grounded in strategy are Astrid’s signature, distilled from her keen sense for design and business. From Alexander McQueen’s studio to building ecommerce brands such as Perch & Parrow and Swoon Editions, she effortlessly pairs measurable results with beautifully crafted campaigns. Her Swiss knife approach to projects enables her to oversee multiple aspects of brands and channels — and to intertwine the conceptual and the commercial.

Alma Mater

Chelsea College of Art and Design

Favorite Cocktail

Aperol Spritz

Home Country

France

Astrid Limal

the managing director.

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Claudio Meira

the director.

Home State

Maryland

Alma Mater

University of Maryland

What are you an influencer of?

Sony Electronics

Knocking out dev challenges like a pro Rubik’s cube solver, Claudio leads NJI’s development team with extensive knowledge about creating and maintaining custom websites. He’s fluent in WordPress, HTML, CSS, MySQL, PHP, and Spanish — and explains the most complex subjects with a relaxed, approachable ease. Curious, authentic, and kind, Claudio’s adds exponential value to clients’ digital portfolios and campaigns.

Home State

Maryland

What are you an influencer of?

Sony Electronics

Alma Mater

University of Maryland

Claudio Meira

the director.

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Kara Mask

the art director.

Home State

Texas

Alma Mater

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Unexpected Talent

Barrel Raced Horses

Peaceful warrior and fearless designer, Kara leads the NJI creative team with a ceaseless drive for electrifying design that far exceeds client expectations. She invests in each team member and project with tremendous care and purpose. Kara’s captivating work has appeared across the globe, from China Vogue featuring Selena Gomez to Anthropologie. Her passion for criminal justice reform has paired her skills with Van Jones, Snoop Dogg, and Alice Johnson among others on justice system-related projects.

Home State

Texas

Alma Mater

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Unexpected Talent

Barrel Raced Horses

Kara Mask

the art director.

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Erin Bergmeister

the director.

Home State

Virginia

Alma Mater

Virginia Tech

What is your favorite activity?

Who can pick just one?! People watching, window shopping, eating, eating while simultaneously watching Food Network, traveling, eating...

Her infectious laugh disarms even the most reserved colleagues, and Erin’s relentless pursuit of deadlines and details ensures NJI delivers for clients every time. Thoughtful, compassionate, and eternally cool under pressure, she is a key liaison between clients and NJI’s creative and development teams. Her knowledge of audience-focused campaigns — ranging from lobbyist firms to national profits — is exceptionally well-rounded.

What is your favorite activity?

Who can pick just one?! People watching, window shopping, eating, eating while simultaneously watching Food Network, traveling, eating...

Home State

Virginia

Alma Mater

Virginia Tech

Erin Bergmeister

the director.

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Ryan Raybould

the director.

Home Country

Australia

Most Likely To

Host backyard Hunger Games

Influencer Of

Instapot Cooking

Ryan is the most likely to show up to the office with a broken nose, but his talents extend far beyond Aussie football. Here, he leads complex and diverse client projects that require technical and creative expertise. His entrepreneurial approach to leveraging new technologies, from 3D printing to virtual reality, and leading the video team provides NJI clients with unexpected and inspiring assets.Ryan shoulders all the Crocodile Dundee jokes with aplomb and inspires the team to game harder and cook extremely spicy curry.

Influencer Of

Instapot Cooking

Most Likely To

Host backyard Hunger Games

Home Country

Australia

Ryan Raybould

the director.

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Zakk Waleko

the associate art director.

Home State

New York

Alma Mater

Champlain College

Typography connoisseur and Renaissance man, Zakk brings his refined sense of design to NJI client projects that stretch across industries and media. He’s revved up creative for clients ranging from DC United to the World Bank, imparting a simple, thoughtful aesthetic to client work. Equally adept at refining a motorcycle engine and developing complex illustrations, Zakk elevates NJI cool by a factor of ten.

Home State

New York

Alma Mater

Champlain College

Zakk Waleko

the associate art director.

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Pixel

the chief panda officer.

Hometown

Alexandria

Alma Mater

Oxford and Cambridge

Hidden Talent

Croquet Expert

Always the most interesting panda in the room, Pixel captivates clients with her legendary wit and impressive bank shot. Each year, she leads a meditative dumpling retreat through the Sagano Bamboo Forest for adventurous clients. Currently working on an unpublished manuscript on the impact of black and white design, Pixel is always pursuing the unexpected. Resident mixologist, spin instructor, and all-around-badass panda.

Hidden Talent

Croquet Expert

Alma Mater

Oxford and Cambridge

Favorite Cocktail

Negroni

Pixel

the chief panda officer.

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