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Jesse is the Art Director for AOL’s elite Experience Prototype Lab. Part usability expert, part researcher, part user-interface designer, part designer, and part business analyst, Jesse develops prototypes and creates conceptual blueprints for cutting-edge, online experiences across the AOL brand.

Prior to AOL, Jesse employed a range of design- and consultant-based skills at two of Washington DC’s premiere PR firms, Ogilvy PR and Qorvis Communications.

While at Ogilvy, Jesse assisted the 360 Digital Influence team providing both the high-level concepts as well as the technical- and design-based follow-through to service clients such as Intel, Lenovo, BP, The National Law Enforcement Museum and DuPont. An adage that holds true with his current position at AOL, Jesse was known as “the Idea Guy,” which he continues to view as both an honor and a responsibility.

Before Ogilvy, Jesse led the charge in developing the Creative Services Division at Qorvis Communications. The department has since grown into a 15 person team. Jesse won an Addy award for his work on Studley.com in 2005 and a bronze SABRE Award in 2006 for the Smithsonian Latino Center’s website design and development.

While also a disciple of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA), he has had the honor to work closely with its CEO, Andy Sernovitz, to develop a branded blog and to act as a designer/consultant on a host of other exciting projects with Andy and his Gaspedal label. Similarly, Jesse has occupied the member and designer space for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) by developing and creating a branded mini site.

Jesse continues to speak at industry events in DC and NYC, most recently featured at Podcamp NYC in April 2007, leading a seminar on "Blog Design."

He has also held a number of successful solo and group art shows both here in Washington DC and in New York City.

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