The Neustadt Creative Marketing team has expertise in market research, brand strategy, and creative implementation. We specialize in brand work for colleges, universities, and schools.
Start Date: January 1997
Mark plays a central role in every aspect of NCM’s work, from research to strategy to creative. Hire us for research and strategy, and he will spend time on your campus, conduct focus groups, and write your positioning statement, finally presenting research reports and strategy to your people. Hire us for creative, and he will oversee execution from comps to proofs. Hire us for a comprehensive brand project, and he will not disappear. On the contrary, he will become a fixture in your life for the duration. (You’ll get used to him.)
Prior to forming NCM, Mark served as vice president of North Charles Street Design Organization in Baltimore. Previously, he worked at Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Mark lectures internationally on a wide range of marketing topics and served for many years as adjunct assistant professor at Columbia University, where he taught educational marketing in the Klingenstein Center for Independent School Leadership.
Mark holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He writes a blog called Marketing Education.
Start Date: September 2014
Every client working on a project with NCM will work with Jessica, a seasoned account manager who serves as the primary point of contact from contract signing to product delivery. When she is not communicating with clients, she is ensuring that NCM's research and creative teams have what they need to deliver work of the highest quality on time and on budget.
Jessica brings years of experience in advertising to NCM, having worked as a media buyer and account executive for two agencies. In her past, she has developed media plans, placed media buys with national cable networks, and tracked results. Most important, she has communicated those results to clients. It is her ability to build relationships with clients that makes Jessica invaluable to NCM.
Jessica is now the Alumni Co-Chair of the McDonogh Fund.
Jessica earned a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Communications from Lehigh University.
Start Date: January 2011
When Meredith joined the NCM team, she brought with her 15 years of survey research experience and expertise in survey design and sampling. She applies her skill set – and her sharp analytical mind – to designing research protocols that guide strategic decision-making. She can be found drafting surveys, conducting focus groups, interviewing individual stakeholders, and poring over admissions data for a range of independent schools, colleges, and institutes.
Meredith came to NCM from the fast-paced world of political polling, having served as a vice president of the Mellman Group. In 2008, she was named a “Rising Star” by Politics magazine for her innovative approach to strategic research. She served as Colorado Political Director for the Kerry for President campaign in the 2004 election cycle. At NCM, her clients have included Pomona College, Middlebury College, Cardinal Stritch University, DePauw University, The Madeira School, St. George’s, The Blake School, and others.
Meredith earned a B.S. with honors from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Start Date: April 2007
Allison is the lead graphic designer of logos, identity systems, and print publications at NCM. She approaches each new project as a challenge, to which she brings a mix of artistic intuition and problem-solving skills. Her designs are fresh and straightforward. Her art direction is clear. Her creative solutions not only feel right but also make sense. Because her design sensibility is malleable, she is as comfortable working within the constraints of a brand platform as she is without them. She also has range. She can design for high school seniors and senior alumni and trustees, transitioning seamlessly from a sophisticated case statement to a youthful admissions campaign.
Seemingly predestined to work in marketing for educational institutions, Allison’s first industry job was at the in-house design and communications office of her alma mater. At NCM, her clients have included Middlebury College, Pomona College, The Madeira School, Tufts University, Wesleyan University, Cardinal Stritch University, DePauw University, Brooklyn College, and a cadre of others.
Allison earned a B.A. in Art with a concentration in Visual Communications from George Washington University.
Start Date: October 2007
Edit (ee-DEET) is a message disciplinarian. Her keen ear for language and clear thinking allow her to turn an abstract brand strategy into concrete execution in print and online. Edit has a hand in developing message architecture, information architecture, and creative concepts. As lead writer, she touches everything from captions to case statements; she interviews subjects for quotes and profiles; and she turns out taglines and ad campaigns – all in service of the brand strategy. She has a talent for writing in a variety of voices, with tone and style appropriate for aspiring collegians, heavyweight donors, helicopter parents, and everyone in between.
When NCM discovered Edit, she was producing textbooks and related materials for an educational content developer that serviced major publishing houses and media organizations. She had gained Web writing and editing experience with two Bay Area Web startups before coming to Baltimore to study political theory. In her time as in-house writer for NCM, Edit’s clients have included Pomona, Wesleyan, Tufts, Grinnell, DePauw, The Blake School, The Madeira School, and many others.
Edit earned her B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a major in English and distinction in Interdisciplinary Studies. She earned her M.A. from Johns Hopkins University.
Start Date: May 2014
Our Research Associate Elizabeth is meticulously organized, data-oriented, and an effortlessly friendly and clear communicator. That’s an essential skill set for someone who recruits participants for focus groups, oversees Adword campaigns, conducts communications audits, and helps Meredith prepare research reports for clients.
Before coming to NCM, Elizabeth was a metadata management librarian for the University of Maryland Health Sciences Library. Prior to that, she worked as project manager and digital imager of U.S. Coast Guard cutter and naval ship logs for a citizen’s science project for the National Archives and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Elizabeth earned her B.A. in Communications and Public Relations with a minor in French from Hood College and her M.L.S. from the University of Maryland. She wears many hats in our office: As executive assistant, Elizabeth keeps Mark’s schedule up to date and manages meeting and travel arrangements. As office manager, she keeps the NCM workspace running like a well-oiled machine.
Start Date: July 2014
Arsh has been bound for a career in print since she could hold a crayon, when her passion for typography expressed itself in drawings of words. That passion has taken Arsh, most recently, to an advertising agency where she designed in-store retail displays for a global cosmetics line and, earlier, to a financial services firm that engaged her in both graphic design and front-end Web design.
Arsh chose NCM because she sees us as one of the few places left that appreciates print. That is why we put Arsh to work supporting Allison on all creative projects. Arsh designs publications, either working off existing templates or developing her own. She also serves as production designer, working with printers to ensure that our viewbooks, mailers, and campaign pieces reflect our passion for print.
Arsh earned a B.A. in Visual Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design and a minor in Printmaking from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
Start Date: January 2015
Sarah produces high quality copy for NCM’s print and interactive projects. Working from leads generated by the senior writer, Sarah conducts interviews, gathers source material, and drafts copy for everything from tweets to viewbooks to websites. She’s also our resident copyeditor and proofreader, obsessing about client style guides and ensuring that no typos find their way to press.
Sarah learned the ropes of both print media and Web writing as an editorial assistant at a communications firm, where she published feature articles in The Hunt magazine. Before coming to NCM, she worked for a migrant workers’ rights nonprofit, drafting grant reports and fundraising appeals.
Sarah earned her B.A. in Writing and Spanish from Loyola University Maryland, where she received an Academy of American Poets College Prize. Her writing has been published online in The Journal, River & South Review, and Poets’ Quarterly and in print in The Florida Review.