Executive Creative Director

Christopher Powers is the Executive Director of Arts & Culture at Situation – a digital agency based in New York City. He earned his stripes by working at Mezzina/Brown, Bates Worldwide, Wunderman, and Draft Worldwide on Fortune 500 clients including IBM, Verizon Fios, AstraZeneca, and Computer Associates before finding his true home at Situation. For 10 years and counting, he has helped Art & Culture brands effectively and authentically tell their stories.

At Situation, Chris leads the creative team to produce award-winning, effective campaigns that connect people to cultural experiences. He has worked with clients like The Metropolitan Opera, Roundabout Theatre Company, NYU Skirball, NY Tenement Museum, and Broadway shows like Spring Awakening, Anastasia the Musical, and Dear Evan Hansen. Chris grew up in Worcester, MA and graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA before moving to NYC to begin his career in advertising. He now lives in beautiful Rego Park, NY

Judging panel

Aaron Duncan

CMO & Creative Director
The Sak Brand Group

Anna Griffin

Senior Vice President
CA Technologies

Chris Powers

Executive Creative Director

Christi Olson

Head of Evangelism for Search

Clare Risman

Head of Marketing
UK Department for International Trade

Emily Wasserman

Manager, Global Digital Innovation
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Esther Raphael

VP Marketing

Jim Rosenberg

Chief Communications Officer

Kate Pratt

Director of Marketing Partnerships
Madison Square Garden Company

Neil Shahe

Global Marketing Director

Qianna Smith-Bruneteau

Director, Social Media & Strategy
United States Tennis Association

Shani Bess

Senior Vice President
Borro Private Finance

Yolanda Lam

Global Head of Agency Partnerships