We believe in the transformative power of stories.

A story is an essential part of being human. We speak in stories. We think in stories. We define ourselves by our stories. In 2011, we founded StoryDriven to share stories of hope and redemption. Our mission is to use the power of storytelling to connect people and restore order to a harsh world.

A Story Defined

A character who wants something and overcomes conflict to get it.

-Donald Miller

Our Values

Empathy

Transparency

Integrity

Excellence

Service

Storytellers

Nathan Clendenin, MA

Founder / CEO

Nathan is the heart of StoryDriven. He pours out his passion in two ways: telling great stories and serving others.

Karli Newton

Client Success Partner

Karli's knack for nurturing shapes our client's experience as she works throughout the process to deliver on our brand promise.

Elliot Blumberg, MA

Brand Journalist

Elliot combines research and storytelling to take your story from idea to completion. His honesty drives our authenticity.

Chelsey Griffith

Lead Curriculum Developer

Chelsey is utilizing her storytelling experience to lead our education efforts with StoryDriven EDU.

Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori

Junior Brand Journalist

Maria Luisa (Malu) brings a passion for audio documentary and podcasting to her work with StoryDriven telling inspiring stories and educating others to do the same.

Rebecca Clendenin, MA

Team Support

Rebecca's strength in providing support to the StoryDriven Family helps us all become the best versions of ourselves and thus better able to serve our clients.

Hope

Story Mascot

Hope's name says it all. Her smile and her regular presence in our office bring us joy and laughter as we're telling stories for clients.

Storytelling Partners

Liza Hoos

Liza Hoos, MA

Storytelling Partner

Liza's passion for the environment has led her across the globe telling human stories. Her passion for people and planet make her a powerful force in storytelling.

Rachel Healy

Rachel Healy

Storytelling Partner

Rachel's love of clear and persuasive communication drives her approach to crafting stories.

Jason Hickey

Animation Storytelling Partner

Jason's love for clear and clean communication drives his passion for making animations that explain and inspire.

Estlin Haiss

Drone Pilot

Estlin's eye for a great image propels our stories to new heights.

Story Mentors

Steven King, MS

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Media & Journalism

Formerly an 11-time Emmy Award winner directing video at The Washington Post, Steven King is an Assistant Professor of Interactive & Multimedia at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism. Passionate about improving ways to present information, Steven’s work explores combining computer science concepts, human-centered design and storytelling with emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality and interactive data-driven graphics.

Susan Sterner, Story Mentor

Susan Sterner, MA

Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, George Washington University

Formerly a White House photographer and AP correspondent, Susan Sterner is head of the master’s program in New Media and Associate Professor of Photojournalism at George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design. Since 2006, she has coordinated the undergraduate program in photojournalism, emphasizing a multimedia and multi-disciplinary approach. She is the recipient of the Corcoran’s Outstanding Creative Research Award (2010) and The Betty Foster Outstanding Teaching Award (2013).

Brandon Smith, Story Mentor

Brandon Smith, MFA

Brevard College

Brandon Smith has worked professionally as an educator, director, playwright and actor for more than 10 years. He is a recipient of the prestigious Richard A. Weaver award for theatrical directing (2010), The Kennedy Center’s National Distinguished New Work Award and Award for Achievement in Directing (2012). As a professor at Brevard College, Brandon teaches the power of a well-structured story in all of his classes. He recognizes the shape of story as fundamental to life satisfaction, perception and relationship development. Brandon is currently writing a number of new plays, working on two books and conducting research on early Mayan culture and storytelling.