Who We Are

Passion + Tenacity

We attribute our success to working exclusively with clients that we believe in and putting everything we have into every partnership.

Clearstream is an amalgam of seasoned communications pros: media mavens, creative directors, agency vets, award-winning journalists, marketing gurus, digital divas and research junkies. While we come from diverse backgrounds, we share a singular objective: real passion for championing great ideas that build brands.

Clearstream Leadership

Wendy Watson

Managing Director & Founder

Wendy believes in the power of a great idea and its ability to transform a brand. An agency veteran, Wendy has more than two decades of experience creating award-winning campaigns that spark conversation, drive engagement and positively impact the bottom line. Wendy has been recognized as one of the Most Influential Woman in Strategic Communications – Los Angeles by Acquisition International (AI), named a Game Changer by Finance Monthly, and was one of PRWeek’s 40 under 40 Stars of PR. She has directed campaigns for the world’s most well-known companies including: Anheuser Busch, Disney, HP, Marriott, Mattel, Mercedes-Benz, MGM, Procter & Gamble and Verizon. Previously she served as Executive Vice President of global PR firm, Porter Novelli, working for the agency for 18 years. Her results-driven campaigns have been recognized by dozens of press and marketing organizations including PR Prism, PRSA, PRWeek, The Ad Club and Golden Bell Awards. She is a guest lecturer at UCLA Anderson School of Business where she teaches a workshop on PR for startups.

Rachel Hancock

Brand Strategist

Rachel believes everyone has a story that can be thoughtfully crafted, creatively connected, and passionately shared. Rachel is a 16 year digital/agency account veteran who brings her enthusiasm and strategic marketing and content experience across brands including Starwood, Kia, Becton Dickinson (BD), LG Mobile, Gartner, and more! Rachel loves partnering with start-ups and established organizations to bring brand strategy and exceptional creative communication to life. Rachel has worked at the nation’s top agencies including David & Goliath and Team One. Her deep experience leading clients and cross-functional teams helps us raise the bar with thoughtful, clear, and detailed communication and exceptional service and outcomes.

Beverly Durham

Director, Multicultural and Philanthropic Communications

Beverly has more than 25 years of experience providing strategic communications counsel to several well-recognized consumer, food and non-profit brands.  She is recognized for guiding organizations to a deeper understanding of who they are and how they make an impact in their community and society overall. She has developed campaigns that influence behaviors through media relations, community outreach and multicultural marketing for brands such as McDonald’s, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Nike, The Muse Rooms, Wells Fargo, Procter & Gamble, Disneyland Parks, the Harlem Globetrotters, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and Baskin Robbins. Beverly was awarded the 2016 Women of Color in Communications Circle Award for her contributions to the communications industry.  She currently serves as Program Director for ColorComm Los Angeles, Communications Chair for Los Angeles Diversity Council and a committee member for the Debbie Allen Dance Academy Capital Campaign Committee.

 

Rhian Humphries

Media Director

Rhian is a seasoned PR executive with close to a decade of experience working with a range of early-stage startups, technology, consumer, B2B and fintech clients, including Indiegogo, SoFi, Aspiration, LifeLock, Ashley Chloe, and more. Rhian has garnered coverage in top-tier media outlets, including TechCrunch, The New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, and more. Rhian previously worked at Grayling PR, a technology and consumer PR agency in the Bay Area, and after graduating from the University of Warwick in England, Rhian worked in marketing and advertising at London-based agency TCA, developing integrated campaigns for high-profile clients including Disney and Amex.

Rod Kurtz

Content Strategist

For over a decade, Rod Kurtz worked as a journalist and advocate on behalf of entrepreneurs—until finally becoming one himself. Today, he oversees advising startups and Fortune 500 companies alike, on all things content, branding, and marketing. He is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Venture Accelerator at UCLA Anderson. Previously, he served as Executive Editor of HuffPost Small Business, which he launched in 2011, Executive Editor of AOL Small Business, Senior Editor at Inc. and Inc.com, and Small Business Editor at BusinessWeek Online. As a longtime TV contributor, Rod has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Bloomberg, and The Today Show. He also speaks regularly at entrepreneurship and media events nationwide.

Danielle Dorfman

Media Strategist

Known among her peers as a media bulldog, Danielle Dorfman is a public relations professional with more than twenty-five years of experience working with some of the world’s largest consumer brands. After nearly eight years working for leading Los Angeles public relations firms and fifteen years working as a consultant, Danielle has a proven track record for generating targeted strategic recommendations, PR programs and most importantly, media results. Clients Dorfman has worked with consist of some of the nation’s most recognizable brands in the entertainment, consumer product, food and lifestyle categories including Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, The Television Academy, Amazon.com, Samsung, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Red Bull Media House, T-Mobile, Quiksilver, Le Bernardin Restaurant, Cesar Brand, and many many more.

Kim Pierce

Digital Director

Kim has more than 20 years of public relations, digital marketing and content development experience and currently serves as digital director of Clearstream. Kim’s work always steps outside the box and identifies ways to position clients for growth. From leading journalists on a wild mangrove island wave runner tour to providing a power toothbrush to every household in Brush, Colorado for Oral-B, Kim creates campaigns designed to turn heads, inspire loyalty and take business to the next level. Before joining Clearstream, Kim managed accounts with leading agencies across the country, including Porter Novelli Los Angeles, the Zimmerman Agency and Geiger & Associates. Pierce was also the communications manager for Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Dana Rhoden

Managing Director, Miami

Dana has been named one of the top PR executives in Miami and leads the Miami team. She has managed the reputations of more than 150 lifestyle brands from yachts and real estate to fashion, health/beauty, ‘green’ initiatives and consumer brands. In addition to executing national and regional PR campaigns, Dana has built a strong reputation for event management working with clients at the Oscars, Grammy’s, MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Movie Awards, Sundance Film Festival, New York Fashion Week, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Swim and South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Dana and Wendy have worked together for more than 15 years, since they first met in the awarding-winning Youth Marketing practice for global PR firm Porter Novelli.

Finn and Winnie

Head of Barketing
& Pup-lic Relations