Our Mission

As a living, developing business, Orange Umbrella functions as a student collective of experiential education beyond the classroom. Oranges become familiar with the working world through the guidance of our Advisory Board and seasoned alumni. Strong client relations and internal structure ensure members are immersed in a professional environment that’s constantly improving. Curiosity fuels Orange Umbrella’s collaborative efforts for exploration into untapped ideas.

It’s why we’re unphased by unfamiliarity. It’s how we’re constantly growing and serving the freshest ideas to our clients.

Our Vision

Orange Umbrella strives to be the premier student-run communication consultancy in the country, as it also helps redefine higher education and professional development.

Our Three Pillars

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MJ, Managing Director

Melissa Jane Barnes is dedicated to bridging the gap between education and real-world experience.

MJ (as her students call her) began her professional advertising career in Miami at CP+B, one of the most widely-recognized, award-winning agencies in the industry.  She managed culture-shifting campaigns for iconic brands like Volkswagen, MetLife, and American Express Travel.

At the University of Miami, MJ utilizes real-world, agency-style techniques when training and teaching students. MJ began serving as the Managing Director of Orange Umbrella and the Koenigsberg & Nadal Interactive Media Center in 2016.  

Melissa Jane attributes her success at the University of Miami to her best friend and co-professor, Captain.

 

Leadership

Abby Lloyd  Director of Interactive Design

Abby Lloyd
Director of Interactive Design

Jack Feldman  Creative Director

Jack Feldman
Creative Director

May Thu  VP of Internal Relations

May Thu
VP of Internal Relations

Nicole Arguelles   VP of External Operations

Nicole Arguelles
VP of External Operations

Alain Katsman  VP of Creative Development

Alain Katsman
VP of Creative Development

Josephine Argento  Director of Strategy

Josephine Argento
Director of Strategy

Miguel Tamayo  Director of Storytelling

Miguel Tamayo
Director of Storytelling

Symone Phillips  Director of Business Development

Symone Phillips
Director of Business Development

Caitlin Fryer  Director of Account Management

Caitlin Fryer
Director of Account Management

Leah Anderson  Director of Strategy

Leah Anderson
Director of Strategy

Molly McHugh   Director of Account Management

Molly McHugh
Director of Account Management

Tommy Huerter  Director of Account Management

Tommy Huerter
Director of Account Management

Hanna Droh  Creative Director

Hanna Droh
Creative Director

Maddie Fortna  VP of Strategic Development

Maddie Fortna
VP of Strategic Development

Nicolas Sambar   Director of Human Resources

Nicolas Sambar
Director of Human Resources

Staff


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