Hearts and minds delivering impactful results.

About Us

Confluence Partners was borne out of a shared commitment to using our knowledge and expertise to champion the voices of the changemakers who are creating the pathways that will enable impact investing to scale in an enduring way.

We recognized that businesses needed a better, fresher and more flexible approach to communications – one that puts clients at the center of everything we do and delivers more impactful results. We also share a commitment to superior client service and derive a great deal of personal and professional satisfaction from developing lasting client relationships.

We are a close-knit team and love practicing our craft. We are inspired by the work our clients do and thrive on finding creative, efficient ways to use communications to drive multiple-bottom line outcomes.

We are proud to be an an LGBTQ-owned and women-run firm and are committed to bringing about a more equitable and just world for all.

Confluence brings a unique understanding to advising investment management businesses on media relations strategy and implementation. David Press' experience as a securities lawyer is a key differentiator. The entire Confluence team excels at understanding why an investment management firm and strategy are different and how those differences benefit investors.

Jeffry Brown – CEO of Azimut Alternative Capital Partners

Confluence Partners – their name really tells you who they are. They are your partner in having your strategy and communication meet. Confluence Partners has been shoulder to shoulder with our firm, advising and assisting us so our communications tie back to and drive our company's strategic goals. They are creative, thoughtful and experts at understanding how to translate our mission, vision and values to the audiences that matter. All of their efforts are directed towards our intention as a business. They are truly great collaborators.

Jenn Kenning – Founder and CEO, Align Impact

It’s been great working with Confluence over the past few years as our firm has launched and grown now through two funds. Their team has been able to help us raise our profile and get out key messages effectively across multiple audiences. And having a communications partner that is both strategic-minded and has a legal background has been really helpful for keeping things efficient amidst an increasingly complex compliance environment. They’ve been a joy to work with.

Rob Day – Co-Founder, Spring Lane Capital

Our partnership with Confluence Partners has been key to our understanding of the power of clarity of mission and messaging. The collaborative work with the team of deeply knowledgeable experts led to a number of firsts which strengthened our presence in the market. The team’s knowledge of, and deep networks in the asset management world provide excellent leverage that delivers strong ROI.

Patience Marime-Ball – Founder and CEO, Women of the World Endowment

I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been able to partner with Confluence when I founded Circulate Capital. Thanks to their thought partnership, messaging expertise, writing skills, and media relationships, we were able to rapidly position our firm as an industry leader. Confluence makes us look and sound good, and they continue to build our reputation in ways that differentiate us and land us both investors and potential portfolio companies.

Rob Kaplan – Founder and CEO, Circulate Capital

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David Press
Founder and CEO

David is committed to using the levers of communications to champion the most visionary leaders and enterprises driving impact investing forward. An established presence in the field of impact, David has developed a reputation as a strategic counselor to some of our most innovative and influential businesses and thought leaders working at the nexus of impact investing and finance.

In 2015 David founded Confluence Partners, a communications strategy firm that specializes in working alongside changemakers from across the capital stack that are shaping the contours of impact investing, helping them define their brands, build adherents and reorient the conversation. Clients range from well-established market leaders to start-ups from across the capital stack including asset managers, advisors, wealth managers, private equity, hedge fund and venture capital firms, non-profit organizations and a number of sustainability-focused companies.

David’s perspective is informed by more than 25 years of experience as a corporate securities lawyer and communications practitioner at some of the leading law firms and management consultancies. Earlier in his career, David was a Managing Director in Special Situations at FTI Consulting’s Strategic Communications division working on issues management and cross border matters. David began his communications career at Brunswick Group in New York, focusing on mergers and acquisitions. David began his career as a corporate finance/securities lawyer in New York and practiced for many years, most recently at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Subsequently, David joined AOLTimeWarner as a member of AOL’s business development team where he structured and negotiated revenue and content deals.

David sits on the Board for EO New York; the Advisory Board of Impact Entrepreneur and the Advisory Council of the Ackerman Institute’s Gender & Family Project. David is a member of the Bar in the State of New York. He received his JD at Columbia Law School and his BA from Stanford University.

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Cindy Stoller
Managing Director

Cindy has more than 20 years’ experience executing effective media relations and corporate communications programs for a diverse group of clients across the financial services and impact investing sectors. Since joining Confluence Partners in 2015, Cindy has created multi-dimensional communications programs for a variety of financial services clients focused on impact investing, ESG and sustainable finance.

Cindy is committed to using the levers of communications to help the sector scale, and particularly enjoys working alongside clients who are advancing the circular economy through innovative financial solutions in the sustainable infrastructure and climate tech sectors.

Cindy has developed a reputation as an outstanding media relations practitioner thanks to her bold thinking and uncanny ability to create cut-through with the media. In the crowded and often confusing impact marketplace, Cindy regularly secures earned media coverage for our clients by helping them differentiate their strategies and expertise across the investment landscape to reach their targeted audiences of institutional and high-net worth investors. She has deep and long-lasting relationships with reporters across the mainstream, financial, entrepreneurial and impact investing media.

Prior to joining Confluence Partners, Cindy was a Director in the Corporate and Financial Communications group at the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, where she led high-profile executive visibility and proactive communications programs for Bank of America’s (BAC) Global Commercial Banking group, Accenture (ACN) Financial Services and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) Financial Services.

Previously, Cindy was a Senior Director at kwittken + company where she supervised the Financial Services team. At kwittken, Cindy worked closely with asset management companies, including Virtus Investment Partners (VRTS), in addition to larger financial institutions such as American Express (AXP) and Guardian Life Insurance, to build opportunistic public relations programs targeting financial advisers, individual and institutional investors and CFOs.

For five years, Cindy was a Director of Corporate Communications at Fitch Ratings where she managed all public relations activities for the Latin America, U.S. Public Finance and the Global Infrastructure & Project Finance analytical teams. She began her financial services communications career as a public relations associate with Prudential Financial (PRU).

Cindy holds a BA in Communications from the University at Albany. She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn and as a self-proclaimed oenophile, she is currently pursuing a WSET diploma in wines, to fulfill her personal passion for the sustainable wine industry.

Imogen Rose-Smith

Imogen Rose-Smith
Managing Director

Imogen advises clients on impact investment assignments and is currently a fellow with the Office of the Chief Investment Officer at the University of California Regents, working on ESG and sustainability issues. She is an award-winning journalist and a senior writer with Institutional Investor magazine, with 15 years of experience covering institutional asset management.

Some of her areas of expertise include institutional investors, hedge funds, venture capital, impact investing, government policy and long-term asset ownership.

Imogen serves on the Advisory Board of Girls Who Invest, a not-for-profit focused on increasing the number of women in investment management roles. She is a member of the content planning committee for High Water Women’s annual Impact Investment Symposium. From 2012 to 2014 Imogen worked as a consultant to the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights on its Compass conference program, a high-level conference aimed at engaging asset owners in issues relating to the environment, social responsibility and corporate governance. She represented the RFK Center in negotiations with the Department of Labor with regards to the November 2015 DOL guidance concerning impact investing and shareholder engagement. She is working with members of the Divest/Invest coalition on a grassroots investment education and idea-sharing program.

Imogen has expertise in social media, including blogs, podcasts and Twitter. She serves as a media relations and communications advisor to and on the event organizing committee of A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO), a New York based not-for-profit which provides limbs and minor surgeries to children in developing countries. Imogen has an MA in American Studies from Columbia University and a BA from the University of East Anglia, England.

Ellen Barry

Ellen Barry
Managing Director

Ellen has led a storied career as a communications practitioner for some of the nation’s leading public relations and financial communications firms and has also held senior communications positions in-house at for-profit and non-profit organizations. Ellen is a global communications counselor who has spent the past twenty plus years providing advice to CEOs and Boards of Directors around issues and crises.

She has worked for a number of leading firms including Brunswick, Joele Frank, FleishmanHillard and FTI as well as in-house for JPMorgan and LIVESTRONG, providing high-level communications support in global roles.

Ellen spent more than a year on-site in Texas and Louisiana following the Deepwater Horizon accident working directly with Transocean’s CEO and executive team on media and investor relations, government outreach, litigation support, employee communications and regulatory affairs.

Her experience includes leading teams for Fortune 100 clients facing SEC, EPA, DoJ and IRS investigations as well as managing high-profile M&A assignments and proxy contests.

She is the President of the Board of The Moyer Foundation, which helps children dealing with bereavement or family addiction and serves on the board of the Friends of Harlem Renaissance. Ellen, a graduate of Georgetown University, has lived and worked throughout the US and Western Europe and is a guest lecturer at USC and Boston College.

Tim Scholler

Tim Scholler
Managing Director

Co-founder of Starfish Partners, the sister branding and design agency partner to Confluence Partners, Tim is a seasoned strategy and global marketing executive, with extensive experience helping purpose driven enterprises reconsider their brands and develop growth-oriented marketing strategies.

He has developed a reputation for his dynamic and results-driven approach to brand positioning, visual and verbal identity, product development, and omnichannel marketing that has created success for clients across numerous industries, ranging from consumer goods and consumer electronics to financial services, healthcare, beauty, retail and fashion. His client experience includes brands like American Express, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Hewlett-Packard, Verizon, Pfizer, Walmart and Coors to name a few.

Tim has an insatiable curiosity about human behavior, translating marketplace insights into effective strategies that drive results for his clients. He has focused the last 4 years of his career working with clients in the Social Impact and Sustainability space, believing passionately in the power of the triple-bottom line and that the public, private and non-profit sectors all have equally important roles to play in solving our most pressing social problems.

Prior to joining Starfish Partners, Tim held senior strategy rolls at a number of leading agencies, most recently as Managing Director, Global Communications Strategy at Mindshare where he was responsible for constructing a new global target spanning both B2C and B2B businesses for American Express as well as developing the communication architecture and strategy across their global markets.

Tim is based in New York but his proclivity for adventure and interest in culture has had him living in 11 postal codes on 3 continents. When he is not cooking or otherwise enjoying food he can be found on an escape to a remote island in Canada.

Earlier in his career, Tim spent 2 years in Togo, West Africa working in micro-finance with CARE International as a Peace Corps volunteer. Tim is fluent in Spanish and French.

Tom Hapgood

Tom Hapgood
Managing Director

Tom is a designer and educator with deep experience in strategic design work that includes organizational review, identity and branding, and design production work in print, information architecture, responsive web development, video production and motion, as well as copy writing, blogging and social media management.

He specializes in creating authentic and unique visual language, whether in collaboration with established organizations or with startups. He has created successful web presences across the spectrum of national non-profit organizations, startups and large-scale established companies. He has created authentic and unique visual language in the context of established design conventions for clients as diverse as Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Water Environment Federation, American Bankers Association, Gitterman Management, RPCK, Marriott, Nickelodeon, MTV, Lifetime and Verizon, including leading the transition of the Bell Atlantic website to Verizon post acquisition and accessibility overhaul for visually impaired users.

Tom is also an associate professor with tenure and serves as Head of Graphic Design at the University of Arkansas where he specializes in business startup and design. His past research projects include leading the creation of a recording studio for the visually impaired, piano pedagogy software, a museum-use web-based presentation app in collaboration with SFMOMA, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as a curated internet art online presentation system. His recent favorite project was the branding and design of the Cold War-themed KGB Food Truck, including identity, truck wrap design and all copy writing with themed menu items such as Lenin-ade.

When he is not behind his computer or in front of a class Tom can be found enjoying time with his wife and 4 children or playing city-league soccer.

Tom received his BS in Journalism and MFA in Visual Communication from the University of Arizona. He is a frequent speaker on visual communication and recipient of many grants relating to design and pedagogy. Tom speaks German ‘fairly well’ and is fluent in Italian.

Katy Wilner

Katy Wilner
Managing Director

Katherine joined Confluence Partners after receiving a BA in English from Johns Hopkins University in 2021. She is pursuing a MSc degree in Global Media at The London School of Economics, with her dissertation focusing on the connection between media content and financial literacy in young adults in the United States.

During her undergraduate years, Katherine served as Editor-in-Chief of the campus newspaper and worked as a communications intern at several organizations, including Ticketmaster and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a Los Angeles native and is passionate about journalism and travel.

Our Services

We provide customized communications and strategic planning services to help organizations refine their brands, strategy and operations.


hether you’re a global financial institution or an enterprising start-up, companies seek out Confluence Partners when they have a more complex story to tell; when they are breaking new ground in their sector; when they are transforming their business or seeking to redefine their brands.

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Our services include:

Communications and brand audits

Everything we do is grounded in strategy, and we believe that this requires our being fully informed before jumping into execution mode. For many of our clients we perform a variety of brand audits and competitive audits to help us design an impactful communications program. We are very seasoned at pulling out insights and feedback from members of a company’s leadership team, their employees or customers, which often ends up informing not just our work but also how an organization’s senior team is thinking about their business.

Narrative and value proposition development

We have a great deal of experience helping dynamic organizations with important stories to tell define their brands and develop strong, sustainable platforms to support that brand over time. We use our knowledge of the financial services and impact investing sectors to help us craft truly differentiated narratives for our client’s businesses and develop messaging that is tailored to key stakeholders.

Media relations

We know how to tell your story. We have deep experience developing impactful media strategies that promote and protect a brand, and maintain strong relationships with national, local, broadcast, trade and digital media outlets. Confluence Partners takes a “quality over quantity” approach to media relations, and we believe this is particularly important for organizations working in or alongside the financial and impact marketplaces.

Thought leadership development

People trust people, not institutions. We are extremely adept at creating thought leadership programs that encompass content development in partnership and on behalf of members of a company’s executive leadership team; conference, podcast and event identification and support; byline and op-ed development; white paper development.

Content development

Strong, compelling and informed content forms the underpinnings of any successful communications strategy. Whether it’s a byline in a third-party publication, a blog series or podcast and conference strategy, the Confluence team knows how to create high quality, impactful content. Our team includes top quality writers who help our clients’ thought leaders stay in front of the stakeholders that matter.

Digital strategy including social media strategies and execution

Strategies range from authoring blogs and other content for client websites and social media properties to overhauling website copy to working alongside a client or taking over their social media properties.

Crisis preparedness and issues management

When a crisis occurs, we help ensure business continuity while fixing the problem. Our principal goal is always to mitigate reputational damage and protect long-term enterprise value, often by identifying and defusing potentially volatile issues before they become full-blown crises. We help companies take control of their stories, dampen media firestorms, fix damaging perceptions and manage and influence an organization’s diverse stakeholder groups, developing all necessary collateral materials throughout the process.