Meet the Founder

Carrie Barnes

I work with clients to help them develop their most authentic voice, shape their narrative and identify new audiences.

One of my first jobs out of college was working for an invention program at MIT. Surrounded by the likes of Steve Wozniak, Ray Kurzweil and John Maeda, I fine-tuned my ability to translate complex ideas into bite-size pieces. These soon became building blocks for strong narratives.

I liked deconstructing language and rebuilding so much that I took some time off to attend the Harvard Graduate School of Design summer program. I spent three intense months conceptualizing words into three-dimensional designs.

I have found that the most effective way to communicate to media, customers and the general public, is to understand what you are building and why.

Fast forward to now. I have been running ELISE communications since 2007 with that same focus on leading thinkers and changemakers in the social innovation sector. I get to talk to interesting people, convert their ideas into meaningful content that resonates, and then implement a strategy that reaches and expands their target demographic. I help establish brands by creating new audiences and converting and challenging their thinking. And, that sticks.

Our Services
Core Features

Marketing Communications Strategy

ELISE can develop annual marketing communications strategies, considering all program goals and moving parts.

Thought Leader Panels

We can create thought leadership panels to further engage influencers in your field.

Brand Positioning and Messaging

We can work with you to forge powerful messaging and talking points.

Content Development

ELISE can generate content and blog posts to position you as an expert in your field.

Media Outreach

We can create and execute media campaigns to further persuade and engage your audience.

Pitch Development

We can work with you to help forge a compelling pitch that will attract attention.

Happy Customers

Randall Kempner

- Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

"ELISE communications has been instrumental in helping ANDE with our media outreach and ensuring that we are in contact with the writers and publications that are covering this space. They definitely go above and beyond to make sure our story is being told."

Paul Polak

- Founder of International Development Enterprises (IDE)

"ELISE is a miracle worker."

Joseph Steig

- CFO, Long River Ventures and Senior Advisor, Village Capital

"Good communications produces simplicity out of complexity. That's ELISE Communications and Carrie Barnes. Clients of Carrie routinely slap their head and say "Why didn't I think of that??" But they didn't and they wouldn't have been able to without Carrie's help."

Julia Novy-Hildesley

- The Lemelson Foundation

"ELISE communications has been a wonderful resource for the Lemelson Foundation, helping us build our communications strategy and forging meaningful partnerships with writers and thought leaders in the media. Most importantly, Carrie and her team are tireless in their commitment to deliver excellent work and creative in their generation and execution of new ideas. They are a joy to work with!"

Judith Appelbaum

- Sensible Solutions, Inc.

"Carrie Barnes is a master at activating media people and other key players in the arenas that matter to a particular project, and at creating high quality materials that win attention."