Advertising Creative Director & Founder
i fit in a few boxes
I carry several identities, starting with my blood: I am half French, half Filipino. I lived exactly 14 years in each country, so nope I am not one more than the other. My father's family is muslim, and my mother's is catholic. I've always loved math and art. Work and play. Pink and snakes. I enjoy bringing extremes together.
As a child, I was an oil painter and obsessed about programming and 90s adventure games. I coded my first website on Notepad in 1996 at age 12—with voting polls, midi and rollover animations 🤘
I'm straightforward like a French, caring like a Filipino and enthusiastic like an American. I love Muay Thai, philosophy, writing, things that scare me, and helping others.
✦ Next Creative Leader by 3% Conference and the One Club
✦ Cannes Lions 'See it, Be it' alum
✦ One of Mashable’s Rising Stars in Advertising
✦ One of 10 brilliant women in advertising by Campaign magazine contributors
✦ One of 200 Women Redefining the Creative Industry by The Dots UK
▸ Girlboss Foundation Winner
▸ Represented by William Morris/WME
▸ Project Entrepreneur alum—by the founders of Rent The Runway, the women who raised the most venture capital in Silicon Valley.
▸ Judge: One Show, Cannes Future Lions, Hong Kong Global Design Awards, Art Director’s Club Canada, Webby's Portfolios, Next Creative Leader.
▸ Lecturer at School of Visual Arts New York
ADVERTISING WORK HOMES
▸ Freelance (2016-...)
▸ 72andSunny/Sundae New York (2017) – Freelance
▸ AKQA New York (2013-16) – Agency of the Year
▸ Tribal DDB Toronto (2011-13) – Agency of the Year
▸ BETC Paris (2004-11) – Gunn Report 'Most Creative Agency in the World'
Director of Decision Science, Nike Portland
"Mara is one of those rare creative directors who is not only amazing at her job, but is awesome at mine too. She does her own research, asks provocative questions, making everything that we do stronger together. She then delivers original, innovative and thoroughly beautiful creative concepts that take the brief to new heights. Mara exceeds expectations every time. She is also a breath of fresh air, truly representative of a new generation of creative leadership - intelligent, inclusive, strong, caring, well-rounded and limitlessly talented. She's a full-service creative shop in one person. "
Creative Director, Digitas LBI London
"Mara is unique. Not only because she is one of the best creatives I've ever met, but also because she is one of these very rare types of people who puts true passion into their work. She loves to get into action and her fighting spirit combined with her unwavering positive thinking often lead the whole team to success. She has a great personality, humble and honest, and her high standards for creativity turn every single day you work with her into an awesome work day."