Danielle Austen, fluent360 and Doug Melville, TBWA Named as AAF’s Mosaic Council Leadership


The AAF elected Austen and Melville to Chairman and Co-Chairman, respectively, to its Mosaic Council for the 2016-2017 year and expanded Mosaic Center’s initiatives.


WASHINGTON, D.C., Jun. 14, 2016—The American Advertising Federation’s (AAF) award-winning Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism has expanded its leadership and influence this week with the appointment of two additions to the AAF’s Board of Directors and the first meeting of the newly established Mosaic Next Generation Leadership Council (MNGLC). The election and inaugural meeting both took place in conjunction with ADMERICA, the AAF’s annual national conference, in Anaheim, CA.

Last Tuesday, the AAF announced its 2016-2017 list of Board of Directors that appointed Danielle Austen, CEO, fluent360 as Mosaic Council Chair and Doug Melville, Chief Diversity Officer, NA, TBWA as Mosaic Council Co-Chair. Austen and Melville have long championed the Mosaic Center’s programs and their continued support has had a meaningful and impacting influence on the program’s initiatives. In addition, the composition of this year’s leadership board makes it one of the most diverse among the AAF’s sister trade organizations.

“After serving more than five years with this accomplished group, I am excited to step into the role of Chair for the AAF Mosaic Council,” said Austen. “With our eyes firmly set in creating new opportunities that impact change, I look forward to contributing to the Mosaic Council’s greater mission: to serve as the leading resource for our industry in creating programming and content that demonstrate the importance of inclusion.”

The AAF's Mosaic Council is an established infrastructure of national advertisers, general market and multicultural agencies, media organizations and suppliers and is the advertising industry’s premier think tank on diversity and inclusion. The Council serves as the advisory board to the Mosaic Center, which develops and implements AAF's programs to promote multicultural talent within the industry.

”We are thrilled to have Danielle and Doug continue their tireless commitment to the Mosaic Council,” said Constance Canon Frazier, COO of the AAF. “Their genuine commitment to the Mosaic Center’s mission and programs makes them ideal for their upcoming roles.”

The inaugural meeting for the Mosaic Next Generation Leadership Council also took place this week during ADMERICA. To position the Mosaic Council for continued success, the AAF has introduced the MNGLC as a way to mentor aspiring young talent to become future leaders of the Council and advertising industry and make various updates and improvements to the Mosaic Center’s programs and networks.

The newly appointed members of the MNGLC include:

Kandace J. Barker, Associate Marketing Manager, General Mills​​

Bennett D. Bennett, Copywriter, BBDO

Amber Jackson, Sr. Account Manager, 360i

Alix Montes, Account Executive, LMO Advertising​

Abu Ngauja,​ Account Executive, Leo Burnett

Candace Queen, Associate Art Director, DigitasLBi

Jake Quintanilla, Account Executive, DigitasLBi

Frazier also shared her enthusiasm for the newly minted MNGLC. “These bright, eager young professionals are equally committed to ensuring that all talent is recognized in our industry and are given every opportunity to not only succeed, but to excel. They have fresh perspectives and we welcome their contributions."

The AAF Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism implements all of the AAF’s diversity initiatives and is an established leader on multicultural marketing/advertising and inclusion issues. It is responsible for the development of new programs and services to recognize and cultivate diverse talent and promote broad and realistic portrayals of multicultural communities. Mosaic Center programming includes the Most Promising Multicultural Students Program, Mosaic Career Fairs, Mosaic Awards and an array of research surrounding diversity and inclusion.

To learn more about the Mosaic Council, the Mosaic Center for Multiculturalism or its programs, contact Kai Jones Weidie via email or at (202) 898-0089 or visit