Building Brand Narratives that Inspire MICROcultural™ Movement
WHO WE ARE
We are your apostles of cultural competency
- We are a first-to-market, MWBE certified, media-led marketing agency.
- We were built to help navigate effective audience connectivity while creating authentic cultural connections to communities of color.
- Our services are delivered by a collaborative team that looks, sounds thinks, and feels like the audiences we reach.
- Through the lens of diversity, we bring an unmatched richness of thinking and background to the media, marketing and content solutions we offer.
What We Do
We dig beyond the obvious – authentically connect our clients to their consumers at the deepest levels.
Authentic and empathetic conversations are the foundation of our brand narratives, woven from the most trusted of data-driven intersectionality insights. Our multifaceted team operates with an unwavering eye toward delivering on a promise of focused CONTEXT + CONTENT + COMMERCE.
Insight driven strategy & analytics
What a brand is NOT – your product, your logo, your website or your name. What a brand IS – a promise, a defining purpose and why you wake up everyday to work. Let us help you find that purpose.
Holistic innovation translating for brands
Inspiring movement means we can help you achieve future growth and maintain a relevant product in the market. We love being “in the mix”. Let us partner with you to develop new products or maybe find a new approach or simply collaborate to enhance your existing products & processes.
Connected & Optimized Media Approach
We are seasoned at developing creative, idea-driven media approaches for every task, against any segment. We deliver every client a custom POA, leveraging our Connate strategic approach to elevate the conversation, delivering a single holistic design with a unique point of view.
Authentic & Empathetic original content
Why do marketing messages fail? Because they focus on the business and not the consumer. Why do our marketing messages succeed? Because we’ve learned, when you speak in their Native Tongue, people will listen.
Marissa Nance | Founder
Strategist, Innovator, Producer, Author and now Founder. There is very little in her nearly three-decade career that Marissa Nance has not accomplished. After over 25 years of award-winning service at Omnicom, working with iconic content (“Survivor,” “The Apprentice”, “Cast Away”, “Top Chef”, “The Chew”, “Despierta America” and “The Essence Awards”) and clients (Clorox, McDonald’s, Intel, State Farm, Visa, Nissan, Nike, Microsoft, RetailMeNot, Beiersdorf, JCPenney), Marissa launced a first-to-market minority and woman certified media agency, Native Tongue Communications.
Julissa Arambula | Insights + Brand Strategy
Julissa is the Senior Director of Brand Strategy & Insights for Native Tongue Communications. She is a 20-year industry veteran and an Adweek Agency of the Year award winner. Julissa is fluent in Spanish. In addition to her decorated career in Microcultural Insights and Brand Strategy, Julissa is house flipper.
Shelly De León | Media Strategy + Insights
Shelly De León is an all-around marketer with 18+ years’ experience in media + branded content across Hispanic, African-American, Women and General audiences who has held various roles at entertainment companies, media agencies and content start-ups. Her passion for the multicultural space stemmed from the lack of diverse representation on TV shows she grew up watching; propelling her mission to focus her marketing concentration on audiences that resonated and looked more like her. A true LA native, she resides in Burbank with her two kids, three dogs and enjoys soccer mom’ing it, writing, tending her plants and challenging herself with intense HIIT training/athletic conditioning.
Ellie Kim | Media Strategy + Insights
Ellie Kim is a versatile, bilingual marketing professional who is passionate about creating and executing strategic campaigns that help brands achieve their global and domestic business goals. Embedding strategic story based on data and creative insights into campaigns has become one of her strengths and passion for marketing. As an LA Native, she earned the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Film, Television and Digital Media from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her student internship as a Google Student Ambassador ignited her passion and placed her first foot into the world of advertising and media. Since then, she has strategized and executed numerous seasonal and evergreen integrated media campaigns for Fortune 500 companies.
Michael King | Branded Entertainment + Original Production
Michael is a content marketing professional working as a Project Coordinator on the Clorox account with responsibility’s ranging from Plan Development, Partnership Execution, and Brand Stewardship. He is a recent college graduate from the University of Nevada Reno with a bachelor’s degree in Business Marketing.
Adyson Phillips | Chief of Staff
Adyson provides administrative support to the Chief Executive Officer of Native Tongue Communications, Marissa Nance. Adyson has worked in the administrative field for the past five years. She received a BS in Finance from Murray State University with a focus in Commercial Banking. Adyson is well versed in the administration world and wears a variety of hats. She and her husband, Jared, currently reside in Murray, Kentucky with their son, Jace.
Keyanna Harrell | Content
Keyanna Harrell is a marketing and communications professional with 9+ years of experience in branding, messaging, and graphic design. She is skilled at Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign). Keyanna has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Africana Studies and a minor in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. She lived abroad for six months in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, where she developed a love for foreign culture, travel, and the Portuguese language. Keyanna has lived in 7 US states and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Jesse Ruiz | Branded Entertainment + Content
Jesse is Director of Branded Entertainment and Content at Native Tongue Communications (NTC). As such, he manages media partnerships – executing entertainment-based media strategies across various mediums (TV, Print, Digital, Social, and Grassroots Events).
Initiating his professional career at OMD and continuing at NTC, his expertise falls under developing original content and production, storyline, product integrations, and custom 360 media platforms for both General and Multicultural Markets.
Jesse received a degree in International Relations and French Studies from the University of Southern California. He has lived in Mexico City, Mexico and Paris, France. While in Paris he attended l’Universite Paris-Sorbonne where he concluded his French Studies. Jesse is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Currently, Jesse lives in Los Angeles, CA.