Ad Fontes Media Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board comprises distinguished professionals having expertise in fields of startups, finance, technology, operations, marketing, management, law, academia, journalism, and content analysis. See the bios of our stellar team below.

 Brad Berens

Brad Berens

Brad is a futurist and researcher with an enabling perspective on digital user adoption trends. He is a leading digital media executive who has deep connections and a clear understanding of what advertisers, media properties, agencies and startups need from the fast-changing world of interactive technologies. Currently, Brad is the Chief Strategy Officer at the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg, where he leads strategy, works with the Center’s partners and sponsors, and is a member of the research team. He also leads both the Future of Transportation and Future of Health projects and participates in the rest. Additionally, Brad is the Principal of Big Digital Idea Consulting, a boutique digital strategy practice that connects companies, technologies, people and ideas,with wide-ranging expertise that includes ad:tech, ed:tech, mobile, innovation, events and event strategy. Learn more about Brad at his website: bradberens.com

Walter Dean

Walter Dean

Wally Dean works with journalists throughout the world to better understand the principles and identify the practices that distinguish journalism from all else in the media and information universe. He is co-author of the definitive analysis of U-S local television news and has served as Associate Director of the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, senior associate at the Project for Excellence in Journalism, training director for the Committee of Concerned Journalists, and director the University of Missouri Journalism School’s summer Washington Program. Working with “The Elements of Journalism” authors Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach, he helped develop a mid-career journalism curriculum that he’s presented to more than ten-thousand journalists over the past 15 years. Dean is co-author of “We Interrupt this Newscast” (2007, Cambridge University Press), considered the most extensive analysis of local TV news ever and shared the 2004 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism Research and the Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism for PEJ’s annual State of the Media reports.