- Fall 2008
Nicco Mele is the founder and president of EchoDitto, a leading internet strategy consulting company with offices in Washington DC, New York, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. EchoDitto's clients include the Clinton Foundation , Pax World Mutual Funds, Rosie O'Donnell, the United Nations World Food Programme and Hughes. Mele has broad experience working with emerging technologies and is a considered a pioneer in the social media and Web 2.0 field. As the Internet Operations Director of Gov. Dean's presidential primary campaign in 2003, Mele managed all technical, functional and design aspects of Gov. Dean's national web presence. Following the Dean campaign, one of EchoDitto's first clients was a then little-known state senator in Illinois, Barack Obama, who was running for a seat in the US Senate.
Mele is a co-founder of GeniusRocket.com, a crowd sourced creative ad agency, and he is a co-founder of ProxyDemocracy.com, an online resource for proxy voting and shareholder resolutions. In December of 2003, Mele was named one of America's "best and brightest" by Esquire magazine. Mele teaches in the Johns Hopkins University graduate communications program and has presented for Harvard University's Berkman Center. Mele sits on the board of Democracy 21, a non-partisan campaign finance reform group, founded by Fred Wertheimer, and the Lower East Side Girls Club.