The Team


 
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Sarah Adolphson

Co-CEO

Sarah is an expert in entertainment strategy & engagement with extensive philanthropic experience working with many of the world’s leading global celebrities. Her work mirrors the agency’s proficiencies—from advising clients on public/private partnerships, to organizational strategy, to brand building and measurement, to creating a corporate social responsibility program.

Drawing on a broad array of multi-faceted local, national and international relationships, Sarah has collaborated with foundations, corporations, NGOs and The White House across numerous issue areas, including improving the quality of America’s public education system, the passage of the Affordable Care Act and increasing economic support and employment opportunities for veterans.

Before joining The Artemis Agency, Sarah led all philanthropic efforts for WME|IMG, working with high-profile clients to create successful, robust charitable initiatives designed to raise awareness about their individual causes and interests. She also established all of the structure and programming for employee charitable matching, company drives, corporate event sponsorship models, and WME|IMG’s global company-wide day of service (Walk the Walk), which facilitated volunteer activities for nearly 5,000 employees in more than 130 communities around the world.

Sarah began her career by serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia where she developed a passion and commitment to community engagement and philanthropic service. She is a graduate of USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. Her thesis, which reported on the smart practices of public engagement through mobile government solutions, was nominated for the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation Recognition Award. Sarah is a member of the Pi Alpha Alpha and Nu Lamda Mu honor societies, and serves on the boards of The Art of Elysium, Imagination Foundation and the Artists & Athletes Alliance.


Catherine Kimmel

Co-CEO

Catherine is a skillful connector who harnesses her unique and powerful network of global leaders across diverse sectors to transform the philanthropic landscape. She produces campaigns and events for some of the world’s most renowned and respected actors, directors, performing artists, politicians and nonprofit organizations.

Drawing on an extensive production, theater and campaign management experience, Catherine founded her own strategic consulting firm, CK/LA where she helped clients achieve success by utilizing the private sector and cultural influencers to amplify important social messages. Currently Catherine serves as the west coast lead consultant for Bono’s ONE and (RED) campaigns, and Al Gore’s Climate reality project where she recently helped produce “24 Hours of Reality/Live Earth”, a world-wide broadcast in multiple languages across the globe that awakened people to the climate crisis.

Her commitment to raising public awareness and elevating the profile of various non-profits has enabled her to direct a number of national and global advocacy projects for organizations including The City of Joy – a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence, located in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo – and a variety of national political policy initiatives including events at the 2012 Democratic National Committee Convention with Former U.S. President Bill Clinton. She has also proudly worked with Action Against Hunger International, Malaria No More, Global Green International (founded by Mikhail Gorbachev) and Children’s Health Council.

Catherine is passionate about theater and storytelling. She graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA and began her career in television at ABC. Following that she served as assistant director at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, and as Literary Manager at the Ojai Playwright’s Conference.


Courtney Appell 

Chief OperationS Officer

Courtney brings nearly 10 years of experience connecting the needs of the entertainment community and the social sector to The Artemis Agency. She has created and helped manage the charitable campaigns, program strategy, and structure for numerous high profile clients, including Giada De Laurentiis, Lilly Singh, Julianne Hough, and Olivia Wilde. She has a comprehensive knowledge of the private and public sectors and how to navigate them to make tangible, positive change.  

Prior to joining The Artemis Agency, Courtney was a critical component to the Endeavor Foundation’s success, overseeing social impact partnerships, assisting clients across the entire company in their charitable initiatives, and managing the company's relationships with partner schools in California, New York, Nashville, and the U.K. She was particularly instrumental in driving the company’s community investments in Compton, CA, where she helped to measurably improve academic performance by identifying and facilitating highly effective partnerships.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, Courtney graduated from Pepperdine University with BS in Business. She currently sits on the Associate Board for City Year Los Angeles. A passionate animal activist, Courtney resides in Los Angeles with her husband and rescue dog.


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Emily Abrams

Chief of Staff

Emily is a dedicated environmentalist and social activist. Prior to joining The Artemis Agency, Emily published, Don’t Cook The Planet, a compilation of recipes and writings focusing on the intersection of food and sustainability.

While studying at the University of Southern California, Emily dedicated her free time to excogitating and crafting environmental policy, particularly through her work for U.S. Senator Edward Markey in Washington D.C., and as an intern for the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York City. During a summer internship for The Honest Company, Emily was a key player in developing the brand’s first CSR/Sustainability Report.  

As the Executive Assistant to Artemis, Emily is integral in ensuring that Artemis clients get what they need in a timely fashion. She is also passionate about finding creative ways for which clients can expand their philanthropic impact.  

Born and raised in Highland Park, IL, Emily graduated from USC with a BA in Environmental Studies and International Relations.