President, Lead Strategist
Raj Aggarwal has over twenty years of experience as a communications and technology specialist leveraging his skills and expertise to foster social change. Raj founded Provoc in 1999 and serves as its Principal and Lead Strategist. In his role leading Provoc, Raj has worked with over 400 nonprofit organizations, as well as socially and environmentally responsible businesses on a variety of projects including internal and external branding, marketing and customer engagement. As founder and Lead Strategist of Provoc, Raj keeps Provoc rooted in empathy-driven work by establishing partnerships with value-aligned, visionary leaders, with the ever-present understanding that empathy unlocks everything.
CEO, Lead Strategist
As Provoc’s CEO, Will takes great pride in the company’s mission and collaborative values. He enjoys providing sound company structure, while also helping to produce quality design for Provoc’s socially and environmentally conscious clients. Will has twenty years of experience as a creative professional, with a strong background in brand development. He is an accomplished artist and designer, with a thorough understanding of the balance between functionality, intuitive content delivery, and visually compelling aesthetics.
Mile has over 17 years of professional experience in online strategy, user experience design and technology. His primary roles are leading discovery workshops, research and analysis, strategy, user experience design and development oversight.
Brand Lead, Lead Strategist
Vanice hails from years of experience working directly with members of various non-profits, so she’s all about participation and collaboration. Vanice began to hone her skills in social justice advocacy in an organic way, as a young girl of color in a small southern town, her existence in itself became a political statement. Those experiences gave Vanice practice in being critical of assumptions, dissecting polarizing arguments, and ultimately standing strong in her convictions. Her passion eventually led her to the Provoc team, where she strives to make an impact on those around her by using her skill set to effect change in even the smallest ways. By rooting her work in a womanist lens, Vanice has a particular passion for projects that combat the ‘isms’ — including racism, classism, and sexism.
Melanie brings more than a decade of experience in project management and online/offline strategic communications. She’s adept at helping clients craft long-term changes through open communication and team participation. Melanie loves to streamline processes, figuring out ways to save both time and money, hence the love of project management! She has an MBA from George Washington University, and enjoys volunteering. She’s also an avid hiker.
Senior Designer, Lead Strategist
Cory Osborn has worked as a design strategist for Provoc for over 11 years. He has been working as a commercial illustrator and graphic designer for over 20 years. His education includes studying traditional and digital art at the University of California Santa Barbara and graphic design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Cory lived in Washington, DC from 2002 until 2010, and currently resides in Amsterdam, NL. Living in Europe gives him a valuable perspective on social change movements and citizen engagement from a more international standpoint.
Ellen is a seasoned storyteller and strategist – her expertise combines deep knowledge of effective education with a passion for creative writing. Over the years, she has led major messaging campaigns and rebrands for environmental, economic, human rights, civil rights and social justice campaigns. Some of her favorite recent clients include URGE, Human Rights First, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Roosevelt Institute, Longwood University and the National Brain Tumor Society. Prior to joining Provoc, Ellen led Free Range Studio’s branding department, taught in District of Columbia public schools, earned a master’s in education and worked for several human rights nonprofits. She also moonlights as a professional singer around DC, and is therefore an awesome person to have at team Karaoke!
Project Manager, Lead Strategist
As project manager and strategist at Provoc, Carter Stowell brings almost twenty years of experience successfully managing distributed project teams. With a passion for data-driven strategy, user experience design, and agile project management, Carter is certified as both a Project Management Professional by PMI, and ScrumMaster by Scrum Alliance. Before bringing his talents to Provoc, Carter began building his foundation in web work at Wired Digital, where he provided production and project management for Wired.com and Hotbot.com.
Director of Project Management
Jacob has many years of experience in project and product management and systems development. At Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, Jacob built the digital products division from the ground up, managing a skilled team of technologists and activists and delivering successfully on a diverse portfolio of digital products. His pioneering work helping nonprofits build product teams has been featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy, and presented by Jacob at SXSW, The Personal Democracy Forum, and Dreamforce. Jacob also served four years in the United States Army and is an Iraq War veteran.
Erica Priggen Wright
CTO, Lead Strategist
Erica brings change-making strategies to life. With more than a decade of experience creating powerful storytelling campaigns, Erica has perfected her ability to manage teams and generate high-level collaboration with a highly intuitive, creative process. Her impressive resume before joining the Provoc team most recently includes leading the entertainment department for almost a decade at Free Range Studios, producing the agency’s marquis video projects, as well as freelance consulting as an executive creative producer in the San Francisco Bay area. Prior to that, she worked in production on large-scale feature film, television and commercials. She has a Master’s in Consciousness Studies, her area of focus being integral theory and the use of storytelling for behavior change.
Erica VanDorn brings to Provoc’s Washington, D.C. office nearly 5 years design agency experience as an IT/UX Project Manager and IT Business Analyst working on federal websites. She adds value with a solid understanding of research design, survey methodology, and content analysis. Erica earned a B.S. in statistics with a minor in computer science at University of Michigan, where she served as an undergraduate student instructor of statistics. Erica is highly collaborative and well versed in marketing, interactive, and technology.