MORRA AARONS-MELE, FOUNDER
Morra Aarons-Mele has worked with the world's leading companies and institutions on digital marketing campaigns since 1999. She helped Hillary Clinton log on for her first Internet chat, was the Director of Internet Marketing for the Democratic National Committee during the 2004 Presidential Election, founded Edelman’s digital public affairs team, and has worked in various roles at leading online companies including iVillage.com and eBookers.com. She founded Women Online and created the influencer network The Mission List in 2011.
In addition to her work in the digital marketing space, Morra is passionate about creating dialog about women in relation to politics, social change, leadership, work, and family life. Her book Hiding in the Bathroom will be published by Harper Collins in fall 2017. She was founding Political Director for BlogHer.com, and has written for The Harvard Business Review Online, The Huffington Post, MomsRising, The Wall St. Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. She has taught at the Yale Women’s Campaign School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and at the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders forum at Harvard, as well as at the Johns Hopkins Graduate School of Communication. Morra is a graduate of Brown University and the Harvard Kennedy School. She lives in Boston with Nicco Mele, and their three kids. As the Founder of Women Online, Morra is the point of contact for onboarding new and returning clients, and she also offers her strategic counsel to client campaigns.
JENNIFER VENTO, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Jennifer Vento‘s experience blends digital strategy, marketing and production expertise, as well as a passion for research and analytics. Jennifer began her career in New York’s entertainment industry as head of technology and production for a music company and has consulted on media-related projects for organizations including PBS, the US Navy’s Maritime Civil Affairs Group, Gilda’s Club Worldwide, Public Agenda, and The Nation Magazine. In 2006, she co-founded a film production company and worked with clients including the United Nations Development Programme, The United Nations Environment Programme, UNAIDS, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Stanford University, and Tony Bennett’s Exploring the Arts. She has produced work appearing on ABC, PBS, CNN and TechCrunch. Prior to joining the Women Online team, Jennifer served as Chief Operating Officer of the award-winning organization, Personal Democracy Media, which produces the annual Personal Democracy Forum conference and techPresident (now Civicist.org) news site, dedicated to covering the intersection of technology, politics, and civil society.
Jennifer is a graduate of the George Washington University and the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at the New School. She lives in New York. As the Managing Director of Women Online, Jennifer handles client contracts, offers strategic counsel to client campaigns, and manages market research and campaign analysis.
CHRISTINE KOH, CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Christine Koh’s spent a decade as a music and brain scientist before leaving academia for the Internet in 2006. She founded Boston Mamas in 2006, a stylish resource portal for families in Boston and beyond, created the design firm Posh Peacock in 2007, published Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More by Doing Less in 2013, and launched the Edit Your Life podcast in 2015. Christine has been featured in Boston Magazine, The Boston Globe, Woman’s Day, Parents Magazine, National Public Radio, ABC News, Metro Boston, FOX 25 Boston, and other fine media outlets. She has been named to Babble.com’s Top 50 Mom Bloggers, Top 50 Twitter Moms, and Top 30 Parenting Listserv lists. Her design work has been featured in Cookie, Brides, Pregnancy & Newborn, Daily Candy, and more.
Christine holds degrees from Wheaton College (MA), Brandeis University, and Queen’s University. She lives in the Boston area with her husband Jonathan and daughters Laurel and Violet. As the Creative Director of Women Online, Christine blends her expertise in the blogging space with her passion for creative engagement and beautiful design across all strategic and aesthetic levels for client campaigns.
MELISSA FORD, DIGITAL CAMPAIGN MANAGER
Melissa Ford is a social media amplifier and content creator, helping messages and ideas go viral. She employs her background as a storyteller and editor with over ten years experience covering a diverse range of topics including health, social media trends, technology, parenting, and politics, when building and managing digital campaigns for Women Online.
Prior to joining Women Online, she was the blogging and social media editor for BlogHer, an online magazine reaching more than 60 million women each month in addition to 40 million followers via social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. She also specialized in covering White House events, policy discussions, and campaign work, including writing for President Obama's second election site. She is the author of six works of fiction and nonfiction (http://www.melissafordauthor.com/), as well as writer of the award-winning blog, Stirrup Queens (http://stirrup-queens.com), named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top ten parenting blogs. She earned her MFA from University of Massachusetts – Amherst.
KRIS-ANN RACE, DIGITAL CAMPAIGNS ASSOCIATE
Kris-Ann joined the team at Women Online in 2017 as the digital campaigns jack-of-all-trades. Before Women Online, Kris-Ann spent 15+ years as a marketer and communicator for a Boston area child care company. There she was tasked with increasing brand awareness, creating marketing materials (both print and digital), growing enrollment and making things like the annual open enrollment period and updated employee handbooks sound fun and exciting. In addition to her work in the corporate world, Kris-Ann has done editorial work for websites like Boston Mamas and Parent Hacks and chronicled her parenting journey at both The Family Room blog and CT Working Moms.
Kris-Ann lives in central Connecticut with her husband, two sons, and the only other girl in the house, Lilly, the black lab mutt.
NATALIA TIRUMS, FINANCIAL DIRECTOR
THE INFLUENCER NETWORK
The Mission List is Women Online’s online database of online influencers who are passionate about using their voices in social media for social good and to spread the word about amazing initiatives and products.