About Spoke

Communicating clearly builds powerful connections.

Spoke helps people and organizations who are making our world a better place do more. We work with you to sharpen your vision and amplify your voice, to better connect with your donors, partners, grantees or clients. Here’s how…


Erin Fogg | Founder + Principal

Erin Fogg has dedicated her career to making the world more equitable, prosperous, and just, working with a wide array of charities, philanthropists, government agencies, political candidates, and elected officials. Prior to founding Spoke Consulting, Erin was the vice president and highest producing consultant at a boutique strategic communications firm in Marin County.

Before making the shift to consulting, Erin served as a legislative assistant to Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA 29). She caught the media relations bug working the press for her boss at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Following her stint on the Hill, Erin worked as a political research analyst, specializing in international affairs.

Erin brings a richly cross-cultural personal background to her work. She has called both Indonesia and Spain home, and has traveled extensively across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2000, Erin helped coordinate donor retention efforts for the Southern California office of the U.S. Fund for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She went on to found the U.C. Berkeley affiliate of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (Bears for UNICEF) which will celebrate 15 years of service this year.

Erin graduated with high honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Minor in Spanish. She earned an M.A. in International Policy from the Monterey Institute of International Studies, where she specialized in negotiations and conflict resolution. She studied abroad at the Universidad de Alcala just outside of Madrid, Spain, and completed a graduate-level course of study at the Universitas Sam Ratulangi in Sulawesi, Indonesia. She is an alumna of Emerge California and the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Erin’s husband Trevor owns Blink Optometry in Carmel. Their son Rowan attends public elementary school, and their two dogs, Delilah and Toby, work with Erin at Spoke.

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Brianne Spiersch | Operations Manager

Brianne has an incredible array of talents stemming from solid management and customer service backgrounds. Her eye to detail and ability to lead and manage others on the team helps keep the ‘wheel’ at Spoke moving forward.

Raised in Reno, Nevada and eager to join the work force, she quickly progressed up through the ranks at Bank of America before ultimately deciding to take a major leap and move to Monterey. Once here, she joined a local publishing company where she applied her impeccable organizational and creative skills to a variety of tasks, from sales support to event planning and materials development, quickly becoming the preferred point of contact for the famed National Geographic Explorers. The Explorers trusted Brianne to handle every detail of their demanding events schedules and globe-trotting lifestyles.

In her off-work hours Brianne is a professional cyclist who is passionate about getting more girls on bikes. She is also the proud volunteer coach of the successful local Salinas High School cycling team.

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Kelsey Linder | Design Associate

Kelsey is Spoke’s graphic design guru, leveraging her strong writing skills and experience with a wide array of communications tools to craft maximally effective visuals of all kinds. Kelsey returned to her native Monterey Peninsula after attending Principia College in Illinois where she earned her B.A. with an emphasis in Graphic Design. While attending Principia, Kelsey served as captain of the women’s lacrosse team and managed the women’s soccer team.

Prior to joining Spoke, Kelsey worked as the interim Communications Director at the prestigious Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) Foundation in Monterey. At the NPS Foundation, Kelsey led communications and graphic design for the school’s largest annual membership events. In her spare time, she enjoys being with friends and family, taking photographs and blogging on her beauty and fashion blog, Blonde & Blushing.

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Cord Bynum | Senior Project Associate

Cord brings a wide range of writing, research, content development, and instructional design experience to his role at Spoke. Prior to joining the Spoke team, he supported advancement efforts at an independent, nonprofit K-12 school, where he crafted messaging and communications, managed the school’s extensive grants portfolio, and built relationships with foundations, allied professionals, and fellow community members to support students who learn differently. After several years working on the front lines in the nonprofit sector, Cord has valuable experience and insight in leveraging client strengths and potential to inspire engagement, action, and change for social good.

Prior to his efforts in the nonprofit sector, Cord worked as a writer and content coordinator in support of the Defense Language Institute, where he helped develop area studies, cultural orientation, and language training materials. His work in this and other areas reflects his passion for communicating knowledge, ideas, stories, and strategies to support organizational effectiveness, community-building, and lifelong learning.

Originally from Wyoming, Cord has lived throughout the western U.S. and is happy to make his home in Monterey County, where he enjoys hiking and spending time with family. Cord holds an M.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.S. in Instructional Science and Technology from California State University, Monterey Bay.

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Autumn Hays | Project Associate

Autumn implements her strong communication, marketing, and organization skills to provide excellent guidance and support to many of Spoke’s clients.

She graduated magna cum laude from California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) with her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing. At CSUMB, she worked on campus for three years as a Student Assistant where she scheduled, promoted, and managed a variety of events for students. While earning her degree, she interned with one of the top interior design firms on the central Californian coast, where she gained valuable experience in effective communication and how to produce design concepts that met the client’s expectations, while working within their budget.

Originally from Fresno, Autumn has fallen in love with the Monterey Peninsula where she can often be found teaching barre classes, practicing yoga, and hiking.

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Kathryn Doorey | Junior Project Associate

Kathryn brings a great passion for do-gooding, and multifaceted nonprofit fundraising and communications experience to the Spoke team.

Prior to joining Spoke, Kathryn worked as Development Associate and Executive Assistant at Common Sense Media,  helping educators, parents, policy-makers navigate media and technology for kids. She got her start in the nonprofit world leading development events for the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS), a job-readiness and professional training organization. Before that, she interned with the San Francisco City Attorney’s office, crafting videos and press releases on headline-grabbing legal cases. Harnessing her nonprofit administration skills, Kathryn opened World Wildlife Fund’s regional San Francisco office. She organized events around the country,  securing partnerships and grassroots support for the panda-centric organization. A highlight: meeting Jane Goodall!

Kathryn has a B.A. in English from Saint Mary’s College of California, studied abroad at Oxford University in England, and earned a Masters in Public Affairs and Politics at the University of San Francisco.

As a Carmel High grad, Kathryn is excited to return to Carmel (home to the best beach in the world). She spends her free time reading up on politics, dancing, running, watching indie movies, and corralling her mini dachshund, Cocoa.

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Rashmi Umarji | Junior Project Associate

Rashmi operates with a lens of compassion and a focus on sustainable outcomes.

Prior to becoming a Spokie, she managed grant establishing programs and services for culturally underserved minority women and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, while also assisting with fund development and marketing for a nonprofit residential substance abuse treatment center for adult homeless men. She brings a deep love of learning, cultural competence, and diverse perspectives to the Spoke team.

After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Sciences with a focus in community governance and advocacy, Rashmi moved to India where she taught 70 second graders at a low-income school for two years as a Fellow with Teach for India. This grassroots experience allowed her to work with marginalized communities directly. While there, she also had the opportunity to unite her research skills with design thinking to create holistic, community-driven solutions to help combat educational inequity.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Rashmi is thrilled with her move to the Monterey Peninsula. When she isn’t at Spoke, she can be found living life with rose-colored glasses, learning what will now be her fifth language, practicing yoga or curling up to read Harry Potter for the umpteenth time.

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Kendra Brown | Administrative Associate

As Spoke’s Administrative Associate, Kendra keeps communication and scheduling flowing smoothly. She holds a BA in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and is currently pursuing her MA in Organizational Communication from Ohio University via their online master’s program. Prior to joining Spoke, Kendra worked remotely as a Public Relations Writer for an internet marketing firm in Virginia Beach, VA. She also has experience in the nonprofit world having interned and worked for Community Solutions, a nonprofit that helps youth successfully transition out of foster care.

Kendra, a Texas native who has lived in the Middle East and the nation’s capital, is happy to call Monterey home. She and her husband, an officer in the United States Navy, spend their free time hiking with their rescue dog and exploring all that Northern California has to offer.

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Jennifer Guzowski | Bookkeeper

Jennifer has been keeping Spoke’s P’s and Q’s in order since we opened our doors. She brings decades of accounting experience for organizations big and small, for-profit and nonprofit, to her work with our clients and team. Jennifer is a Monterey native, raised along the rugged coast of Big Sur. She loves sunrise walks along the dunes with her dog Tobey, reveling in the genius of the incomparable Dave Mathews Band, and adventuring with her husband Ted and son Parker.

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