Our Team

Jessica Clark, Founder and Executive Director

Clark is a media futurist, journalist, and strategist whose work connects ideas across art, technology, and politics. She founded Dot Connector Studio in November 2013—clients have included the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Wikimedia Foundation, the Internet Archive, and other philanthropic and media organizations.  She is the co-author of Making a New Reality: A toolkit for inclusive media futures, published in 2020. In 2016, she co-founded Immerse — an online publication designed to spur creative discussion of emerging storytelling—and now serves as its publisher. Currently she is a research affiliate at MIT’s Open Doc Lab; previously she held fellowships at USC Annenberg’s Norman Lear Center and the New America Foundation.  From 2011-2014, she served as AIR’s media strategist, working to develop the  national public media transformation production Localore. From 2007-2011 she led the Future of Public Media Project at American University’s Center for Media and Social Impact.  She has produced research and convenings with high-profile universities and media networks, including NPR, PBS, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, USC Annenberg, and MIT. The co-author of Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media (The New Press, 2010), she was the Executive Editor at national news magazine In These Times, and has written for PBS MediaShift,  the American Prospect and other outlets. She holds a BA/MA from the University of Chicago. Learn more: jessicaclark.com.

Carrie McLaren, Art Director

McLaren has over twenty years’ experience in web and print, as a web designer, editor, researcher, and marketing strategist. Her clients have included Benjamin R. Barber, Mark Crispin Miller, the Center for Media and Democracy, City Limits, Metropolis, David Byrne, and Tom Waits. She is the co-author of Ad Nauseam: A Survivor’s Guide to American Consumer Culture, published by an imprint of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. For over a decade, McLaren edited and designed Stay Free! magazine and its sister blog, Stay Free! Daily. Her media projects have been covered in many major outlets, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, ABC-TV, and NPR.

Mark Glaser, Associate

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Mark Glaser is a media advisor and consultant with a focus on the sustainability of local and independent news. He supports organizations such as Knight Foundation, the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) and LION Publishers in communications, sponsorships sales, event planning, social media marketing and more. Glaser is the founder of MediaShift.org, an online publication covering the intersection of media and technology that was part of PBS for nine years. During that time, he ran a weekly podcast, produced various events focused on media innovation and supported journalists with online and peer group trainings.

David Fitzpatrick, Associate

David Fitzpatrick

David has over 10 years of experience as an arts administrator and project and operations manager. He specializes in strategic planning, effect organization, and best practices for small businesses. Prior to joining Dot Connector Studio, David worked at Sentry Arts LLC, Studio IQL, and CWP Graphic Design Studio. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College, University of Arizona. He also holds a certificate in Project Management from Temple University and a certificate in nonprofit management from Drexel University.

Emily Costello, Communications Associate

Emily CostelloEmily Costello is a photographer and digital artist based out of the Greater Philadelphia area. They earned a BFA from Moore College of Art & Design and have a demonstrated work history in the Philadelphia arts and culture sector. Costello specializes in social media communications and marketing, analytics, content management, customer relationship management (CRM), and member relations. They previously worked with WHYY, Philadelphia Film Society, and Sentry Arts, LLC.

Katie Donnelly, Co-Founder

Donnelly has collaborated with businesses, nonprofits, universities, and independent media producers to create, evaluate, and amplify projects for social good. With a decade of experience in content creation and evaluation, she develops effective programs through research, strategic planning, and curriculum development. She has authored numerous engagement toolkits, including curricula addressing social issues including body image, substance abuse, and gender-based violence. Formerly a contributing writer for PBS MediaShift, she has written about the power of media to drive behavior in a range of journalistic and academic publications. Learn more: katiedonnelly.net.


8 Bridges Workshop

8 Bridges WorkshopLed by Sarah Lutman, 8 Bridges Workshop collaborates with leading social sector clients in culturepublic media, and philanthropy. Dot Connector Studio has partnered with 8 Bridges on research and strategy projects for the National Endowment for the Arts, Media Impact Funders, the Wikimedia Foundation, the Knight Foundation and more. By connecting clients with research, data, people, ideas, and resources, Sarah and her team help explore directions, analyze options, set intentions, and implement solutions. The firm is known for  creative, future-facing projects that help organizations navigate transitions like leadership succession, business model changes, shifts in audience or participant needs and expectations, or the availability of unexpected opportunities.

Anika Gupta, Digital Strategy Consultant

Anika Gupta headshotGupta is a digital strategy consultant, author and community builder. She spent more than ten years working in the news and media industries, first as a science and tech journalist and later as a product manager for organizations like National Geographic and the Atlantic. She works with clients on finding and understand new audiences, building out online community spaces, and envisioning more just and equitable media futures. Her first book, “How to Handle a Crowd”, was published by Simon and Schuster in 2020, and profiles online community moderators from across the internet.

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Nancy Watzman

Principal Nancy Watzman is an award-winning investigative journalist, researcher, and strategist with a focus on launching data-rich journalism projects on emerging platforms. Formerly Dot Connector Studio’s director of strategic initiatives, she has more than two decades of experience doing research, writing, strategy, communications, and policy analysis. Her reporting and commentary has appeared in many leading publications, including Harper’s Magazine, The Nation, The New Republic, USA Today, The Washington Monthly, and she has appeared on NPR, Fox News, and C-SPAN, and other networks. She is co-author, with Micah Sifry, of Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? Washington on $2 Million a Day (John Wiley & Sons, 2004).

Multiply Bureau

San Francisco Bay Area-based impact and innovation consulting firm Multiply Bureau is led by Hannah Eaves. Hannah has worked with our executive director to develop rigorous methods of media impact assessment on and off over the last several years as part of a field-wide effort to help funders and outlets better track outcomes, experiment with emerging platforms, and become more sustainable. We have also worked with her on projects for the Knight Foundation. She brings to the table a wealth of experience in digital project development and innovation.

Joyce Rice

Joyce RiceJoyce Rice is a designer and cartoonist with a focus in journalism, education, and advocacy. Dot Connector Studio has worked with her to develop various illustrations for The Democracy Fund. She takes a multimedia approach to sticky design problems and develops graphics, comics, games, and other digital solutions for a wide range of clients. She believes fervently in the power of visual storytelling to create deep connections between audiences and complex content.