Don Waisanen (@DonWaisanen) is an associate professor in the Baruch College, CUNY School of Public Affairs, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication—including executive speech training, communication strategy, media analysis, and seminars on leadership, improvisation, and humor. All his research projects seek to understand how communication works to promote or hinder the force of citizens’ voices. Previously, Don was a Coro Fellow and worked in broadcast journalism, as a speechwriter, and on political campaigns. He writes for The Huffington Post, serves on the board of the nonprofit Resilience Advocacy Project, and has been an improvisational comedian at theaters in Los Angeles and New York for close to two decades. He is the founder of Communication Upward, and received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.
Marti Fischer is the principal at Marti Fischer Group, LLC. Her work guides individuals, nonprofit organizations and businesses to position themselves and communicate effectively about their work and its value. Marti is a co-author of The Nonprofit Consulting Playbook, radio host of “Community Discussions” on WPKN-FM, adjunct professor at Baruch College and frequent presenter and trainer in communication tools, professional development skills and fundraising. She received a B.A. in Art History and Economics from Sarah Lawrence College and a professional certificate in Fundraising from NYU.