President, Lead Strategist
Raj founded Provoc in 1999 and serves as President and Lead Strategist. Over twenty years of experience as a communications and technology strategist, he has worked with more than 400 nonprofits and socially responsible businesses on a variety of projects including internal and external branding, marketing and customer engagement. Raj keeps Provoc rooted in empathy-driven work by forging partnerships with values-aligned, visionary leaders and has led workshops and talks at dozens of national conferences. He serves on the boards of Think Local First, DC and Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation, and recently shared his personal story on NPR.
Co-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 delivering beautiful design solutions for Provoc’s clients. With twenty years of creative strategy experience, Will has an especially strong background in brand development. His work balances functionality, intuitive content delivery, and visually compelling aesthetics.
Mile has over 17 years of professional experience in digital strategy, user experience design and technology. His primary roles are leading discovery workshops, research and analysis, strategy, user experience design and development oversight.
Director of Partnerships and Equity
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 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 led her to the Provoc team, where she strives to make an impact by building partnerships with visionary clients and serving as lead strategist for brand and communications projects. 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 has more than a decade of experience managing online/offline strategic communications projects, and she’s adept at crafting long-term impact with clients through open communication and team participation. She 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 has worked as a design strategist for Provoc for more than 11 years, and as a commercial illustrator and designer for over 20 years. His education includes traditional and digital art studies at the University of California Santa Barbara and graphic design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. A resident of Washington, DC from 2002 until 2010, Cory now lives in Amsterdam, NL. Living in Europe gives him valuable perspective and insight on global social change and citizen engagement movements.
Kate’s background of progressive education, years of living abroad, a deep love of art and a passion for values-aligned work has fueled the creative work she has developed over the last ten years. After graduating from Marlboro College with majors in Visual Arts and Literature, Kate traveled to far-flung locations to work on issues touching on the environment and international development.
Kate designs strong, creative graphics supported by engaging, accessible text to ensure that organizations inspire their audiences. She has designed and led projects for large and small organizations, including Save the Children, the National Council of Churches and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Kate lives in Baltimore with her family. She teaches meditation and enjoys her urban farm complete with chickens, compost and goats.
Ellen is a seasoned storyteller who combines political strategy, creative writing and teaching expertise in her work with clients. Over the years, she has developed major campaigns and rebrands for environmental, economic, human rights, civil rights and social justice organizations. Some of her favorite clients include the Government Alliance on Race & Equity, Living Cities, URGE, Human Rights First, Waterkeepers Chesapeake, Roosevelt Institute, Longwood University and the National Brain Tumor Society. Prior to joining Provoc, Ellen led Free Range’s branding department, taught English in DC public schools, earned a master’s in education and worked for several human rights nonprofits. She moonlights as a classical soprano around DC and can cook a mean curry.
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.
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.
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
Co-CEO, 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.