Sara Brissenden-Smith has twenty years of experience, primarily in community development and non-profit management. She has worked extensively on media engagement campaigns, serving as the National Community Engagement Manager at Independent Television Service (ITVS). Sara has supported community development at the grassroots level, mobilizing groups around issues of education, workforce development, housing and equity in neighborhoods with organizations like Habitat for Humanity. Sara holds a BA from Santa Clara University in Sociology with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies. Sara is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and an avid traveler.
Roseli Ilano: Strategic Consultant
Christina is the Managing Director of Lindstrom Impact Strategies. Prior to consulting independently for filmmakers and social entrepreneurs, she worked as the Senior Director of Strategy and Impact for seven years for Participant Media. At Participant, Christina co-developed the company's initial and only comprehensive impact measuring system and organized impact and evaluation strategies for various feature-length films and original programming for pivot TV. She’s assisted non-profits with their evaluation, communication and fundraising efforts and is passionate about social change. She has a BA in International Studies from American University and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
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Caits Meissner: Educator and Writer
Christina Lindstrom, Strategy & Impact Reporting
Zinna Riley: Graphic Designer
In Association With
IMP collaborates with a dynamic network of media and communications professionals around the country, including:
IMP is proud to have received certificates of appreciation form the City and the County of Los Angeles for our work with the veterans and Latino communities
Sara Brissenden Smith: Campaign Specialist
Dennis & Desiree with Bishop Gene V. Robinson in West Hollywood, CA at a screening of "How to Die in Oregon" for Compassion & Choices.
IMP founders Dennis Palmieri & Desiree Gutierrez
Dennis R. Palmieri
Co-Founder & Partner
Dennis has over 20 years experience in media and communications, specializing in the intersection of media, community, and public affairs. Dennis has worked for nearly 10 years in public media, serving as Managing Director of Communications at ITVS, where he led all promotional efforts for the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. Dennis also created ITVS’s groundbreaking Community Cinema® program, and OVEE®, an innovative online engagement platform for public media funded by CPB. Dennis spearheaded severalhigh-profile projects to raise visibility for public media on Capitol Hill, and oversaw some of the system's most successful community engagement campaigns, including Hip-Hop Beyond Beats and Rhymes, the Emmy-winning A Lion in the House FRONTLINE's Country Boys, Women and Girls Lead, among others. Dennis also served on PBS's Digital Advisory Council, and has presented to numerous media conferences and symposia. Beyond his decade in public media, Dennis led communications and public affairs efforts for Amnesty International in the western U.S. for over five years, and served as communications lead at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Common Sense Media.
Desiree G.S. Gutierrez
Co-Founder & Partner
Working across commercial and non-profit sectors, Desiree has spent the last 15 years honing her skills as an organizational communicator. As a sole-proprietor since 2007, Desiree specialized in developing impact and engagement campaigns for public media entities, which have included partnership development, public relations, marketing and fundraising strategy, event production, and audience expansion for clients such as ITVS, Kartemquin Films, Participant Media, and the Social Justice Learning Institute. Preceding her work as a consultant, Gutierrez was an in-house publicist with ITVS, public media’s largest documentary showcase. She managed the publicity efforts of the Independent Lens television series, with a weekly viewership averaging 1.2 million, and helped to earn an annual ad value equivalent of $125 million. Previously, Desiree worked at the Los Angeles public television station, KCET, coordinating media efforts for the organization, the broadcast line-up, and five original productions, including: Tavis Smiley, California Connected, and A Place of Our Own. Additionally, Desiree's experience includes extensive work with Amnesty International USA, TNT and TBS Broadcasting, American Express, The Craigslist Foundation, The Ginetta Sagan Fund, Outdoor Gear, Oxfam International, and The Pasadena Pops Orchestra.
With a significant history in community arts, Caits Meissner was an integral team member in developing programs for organizations such as Tribeca Film Institute, The Bronx Academy of Letters, Urban Arts Partnership, The Facing History School and The Lower Eastside Girls Club. She has taught, consulted and co-created extensively for over 15 years across a wide spectrum of communities with a special focus on incarcerated, women and youth populations. The author of two books of poetry, Caits holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, where she teaches writing in conjunction with the study of Narrative Medicine and social science fieldwork. She is a freelance educator, curriculum writer and diversity, equity and inclusion trainer. Learn more at www.caitsmeissner.com
Renee Gasch: IMP Account Director
Renee Gasch is a freelance writer, educator, and organizer with fifteen years experience. Her commitment to social justice and the arts led her to documentary film. She has collaborated on countless impact campaigns for independent documentaries through her work with Impact Media Partners and the Independent Lens series at ITVS. Her specialties: writing culturally relevant engagement guides and managing outreach to public media partners and community organizations. Renee has an M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a B.A. in Journalism from UW-Madison. She lives in the Midwest where she enjoys being active in local politics and spending time with her husband, young daughter, and dog, Pasta Batman. You can connect with her at: linkedin.com/in/reneegasch.
Zinna Riley has 15+ years experience designing and producing just about all types of print collateral and presentation materials including brand & identity packages, interactive slide decks, info/process graphics, five-piece invitation suites, brochures, postcards, direct mail pieces and websites. While freelancing, for the past seven years, Zinna has completed over 100 design projects for 30+ clients (many contracting her annually to create promotional materials for recurring events as well as branding for new initiatives). Her clientele includes an array of businesses and non-profit organizations, such as Homeless Prenatal Program, Social Justice Learning Institute, Healthy Generations Project, and the Santa Monica Public Library. Prior to freelancing, she was a Senior Graphic Designer at ITVS.
Roseli Ilano has more than a decade of experience as an impact producer, community organizer, educator, and as an outreach strategist with a focus on integrating storytelling into grassroots social justice campaigns. She has developed and implemented strategy for more than 50 ground-breaking films and interactive media projects. She served as the National Community Engagement Manager at The Independent Television Service (ITVS) and as an independent impact producer has spearheaded campaigns for award-winning transmedia projects including Immigrant Nation and Generation Food.