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Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, Co-Founder

Elizabeth began her career in advertising introducing leading international brands, like Sony Ericsson, into the North American market. This work lead her to co-found StudioE9 in 2004. StudioE9 was an independent digital laboratory servicing global advertising agencies including IRIS Nation and TBA Global.

Through the course of her career, her interest shifted from selling consumer products to promoting ideas with the potential to change lives in meaningful ways. Starting in 2010, while still running StudioE9, she began to develop social initiatives, Choose Haiti and Maiden Nation. This new work focused on job creation for women in developing countries through ethical fashion. The initiatives represented some of the first public/private partnerships of their kind. In 2013, she co-founded Uncommon Union to build awareness around the activities of social businesses and global leaders intent on changing their industries. Over time she has built a network of partnerships bringing together celebrities, governments, businesses, and non-profits. Uncommon Union has used these networks to advance such issues as women’s rights, countering violent extremism, war crimes accountability, global public defender systems and ethical supply chains.

Ancillary to this, she is a founding member and co-executive director of UNODC Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad’s Foundation, writes on the subject of women’s empowerment and serves on the board of The Digital Citizen Fund.


Paul Rene Johnson, Co-Founder

Paul began his career as a founding member of a small interactive agency that grew to over 200 people in five years with no outside investment. IN2 was an early and prominent presence within Silicon Alley, pioneering what became the conventions of ad-tech.

Following the acquisition of IN2 by Monster, he founded StudioE9, an independent digital laboratory servicing global advertising agencies. StudioE9 introduced leading international brands into the North American market. StudioE9 also opened a lab within TBA Global to service clients while assisting in the productization of several technologies. Paul then co-founded Uncommon Union (UU) to build strategic partnerships with media companies, governments, businesses, celebrities, activists and NGO’s around underreported narratives. To build out UU’s technical offerings, he helped launch UU Labs.

Ancillary to this, Paul develops his own video game projects which have been exhibited around the world in venues including the Museum of Modern Art / PS1, Galerie Lambert, Postmasters Gallery, ZKM, InterCommunication Center, Eyebeam, Seoul Museum of Art, and others. Paul also likes to teach and mentor. He has recently taught New Media and Programming courses at Rutgers University.