Brian Pagels

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Brian Pagels is an independent consultant who has spent his career helping influential and progressively responsible organizations increase their impact through strategic and digital communications. He's designed multi-channel campaigns to disseminate research for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that led to hundreds of press clips, helped the Brady Campaign significantly increase end-of-year fundraising in only six weeks, and co-produced a local not-for-profit music festival that was featured on NPR and in the Washington Post. Prior to starting his own business in 2016, he served as Chief Impact Officer & Director of Data Services at Forum One, a digital agency that works for mission-focused organizations. In 2016, he conducted an original research study on nonprofit communications effectiveness and wrote the corresponding white paper 'Do Your Communications Efforts Measure Up?: Measuring the Impact of Nonprofit Communications,' which was published by Forum One and the Communications Network. He has spoken at several NTCs and webinars over the years, in addition to speaking engagements including the Communications Network webinar series, Public Performance Conference, Do Good Data Conference, TechChange, Transparency Camp and more. Outside of his day job, he plays guitar and sings in the Washington, DC-based band The Beanstalk Library. More at


Georgetown University
Washington, District Of Columbia, United States
MA, 2005
Communication, Culture & Technology
2003 To 2005

University of Richmond
Richmond, Virginia, United States
BA, 2003
Journalism and Political Science Major, Music Minor
1999 To 2003

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Brian Pagels Consulting
November 2016 - present