Who We Are

WE’RE DREAMERS AND DOERS REVOLUTIONIZING THE EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE.

Brilliant Ink is a hybrid consulting firm and creative agency dedicated to designing meaningful employee experiences that translate into business results and improved engagement. For more than a decade, we’ve partnered with organizations of all shapes and sizes that all have one thing in common – a deep desire to inspire brilliance in their people.

WE'RE OBSESSED WITH THE EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE.

Understanding it, defining it and shaping it – so that our clients can make real, lasting changes in their companies, in their industries, and in the world. While some companies focus on employees as one small part of their work, it’s ALL we do.

Our work creates meaning that extends well beyond your imagination. We work as a seamless extension of your team, while always thinking through challenges, anticipating trends and sharing our best advice, even if it’s not the most popular opinion.

WE DREAM BIG BUT KEEP IT REAL.

WE GET INSPIRED BY INSPIRING YOUR PEOPLE.

Meaningful work stretches us to fulfill our purpose and our passion. Taking creative risks, anticipating trends, telling compelling stories, and sharing our best advice are what we do best. We’re more than word nerds; we’re game-changers who are pretty darn fun to collaborate with.

Our Team

Ann Melinger

CEO
Head honcho. Passionate about people. New York City girl. Broadway addict. Late-blooming schussboomer. Family organizer. Social planner and kid cuddler.

Kate Brinkerhoff Angus

HEAD OF ACCOUNTS
Running addict. Creative writer. Employee experience enthusiast. Francophile. Snow seeker. Jersey girl.

Anna Downing

HEAD OF PEOPLE & OPERATIONS
AKA “The Fixer”. Eternal optimist. Neat freak. Vino aficionado. Super mom. Dance party champion.

Jackie Berg

HEAD OF RESEARCH & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Visual problem-solver. Numbers geek. Fueled by Diet Coke and chips. Wannabe health nut. Generally conflicted.

Patty Rivas

VICE PRESIDENT
Workplace engineer. Proud momma to three crazy boys. Music addict. Beer lover. Risk taker. Soul seeker.

Jennifer Gunst

SENIOR CLIENT STRATEGIST
Comms strategist. Thinker and planner. Big Green alum transplanted to the Bay Area. Aspiring gardener. Lucky Mama of two littles. Running partner for best dog in the world.

Sara Forner Howland

SENIOR CLIENT STRATEGIST
Employee advocate. Writer. Joy seeker. Adventurer. Dog lover. Accomplished eater.

Becky Sennett

SENIOR CLIENT STRATEGIST
Employee advocate. Passionate about authenticity and good stories. Music lover and sometimes a DJ. Often found talking about food and healthy living (in a fun way!).

Lindsay McCleary

MANAGER OF CLIENT SERVICES
Energetic Project Manager. Assumes limitless possibilities. Aspiring yogi with questionable balance. Prefers red over water.

Claire Stuart

DESIGNER & PROJECT COORDINATOR
Creative problem solver. Blissfully unaware of the concept of strangers. A doodler and a list maker. Awarded best spontaneous dancer. Proud owner of world’s cutest dog.

Tess Palladino

MARKETING ASSOCIATE
Jack of all trades. Lover of people and words. D.C. transplant. Boutique fitness addict. Will work for truffle potato chips. Red wine and pink lipstick junkie.

Vanessa Bortnick

SENIOR CLIENT STRATEGIST
Coffee fiend. Communication-enabler. Full of wanderlust. Word nerd. Early Bird.

Dina Gomez

SENIOR CLIENT STRATEGIST
Comms strategist. Writer. Seeker of the simplistic. Multitasking mom to great kids - from college to elementary school! Hot yoga addict and beach lover. Believes red wine cures everything. One of ‘those’ crazy USC Trojan alums. Fight on!

Alison Harrison

SENIOR WRITER
Question asker. Expat Brit. Book addict. Political junkie. Dog lover. Cat staff.

Shazia Jivraj

SENIOR CLIENT STRATEGIST
Problem solver. Simplifying the complex. Fluent in the universal language of numbers. Lifelong learner and avid reader, because words matter.

Lindsey Tishgart

SENIOR CLIENT STRATEGIST
Obsessed with words. Live music lover. Devoted Texas Longhorn fan. Uncoordinated bootcamp addict. Mom to two crazy little dudes.

Sprig Studio

CREATIVE PARTNER
Passionate about bringing creative ideas to life through design and animations and video. Collaborators. Brainstormers. What-if-ers who get things done.

Rob Loud

DIRECTOR/PHOTOGRAPHER
Born and raised New Yorker. Frequent flier. Pizza connoisseur. Professional air guitarist.

Jennifer Cummins

ACCOUNTANT
Numbers guru. Straight shooter. First child overachiever. Multitasking wife and mother to 3 adventurous girls. Runner. Lover of music, food, Texas football and everything outdoors.

Liz Kelly

BRILLIANT INK FOUNDER
#1 fan (not in a creepy way). Employee experience revolutionary. Storyteller. Yoga junkie. Hippie mama.