Meet our newest rockstar: Carolyn Turney

Meet our newest rockstar: Carolyn Turney

Meet our newest rockstar: Carolyn Turney

Get to know the newest addition to the BC/DC Ideas team, our intern Carolyn Turney. We love her (in a completely professional way), and so will you!

Why do you love communications?Carolyn

It’s never boring. From reading and analyzing trends, to understanding clients’ needs and wants, to crafting custom strategies with beautiful design and a powerful message – every step is a rewarding challenge.

We all love nonprofits and have passion points that really fire us up. And Carolyn isn’t any different! What is your nonprofit passion point?

As of late, I’ve been heavily involved in conservation efforts. The sustainability of our ecosystem so strongly affects many other areas of our lives, including the economy, food security and public health that it’s a dangerous issue to ignore.

Why are you excited to join the BC/DC Ideas team?

It’s refreshing to be part of a vibrant and innovative organization in such an evolving sector. Working with nonprofit organizations with hearts for philanthropic missions only sweetens the pot.  I can’t wait to work with BC/DC Ideas’ forward-thinking partners to create dynamic, powerful and resonant messaging – both online and in print – for causes that I believe in.

Where would people most likely find you on a Saturday afternoon?

Probably checking out the latest Raleigh/Durham festival – there are so many! Bike riding, making sushi, reading, volunteering and grabbing drinks with friends are also weekend staples.

Which rockstar/musician/band would you most like to be and why?

Being an introvert, fame has never been high on my list of wants. But if I HAD to choose, I would probably go with Tragic Kingdom-era Gwen Stefani.  The 90’s alt years were inundated with male musicians, so Gwen was iconic and empowering for girls like me that wanted to crash the boys club and just couldn’t buy into the Britney & Christina shtick.  I loved that she could hang with the boys and not be expected to swoon over them – all without having to sacrifice style (or red lipstick!).

What is your favorite color?

Gray. It goes with anything and it mimics the feel of dreary, rainy days that I adore.

What is the one office supply you cannot live without?

A planner!

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Kate Runy


A passionate technical wizard, Kate thrives on managing online content, social media for communications, and development projects.  Kate is the workhorse of the team, pulling out amazing feats of content creation and management week in and week out. 

Prior to joining BC/DC Ideas, Kate coordinated website and social media content, communications, and advertising for Go Global NC and Alzheimer’s NC.

Things that make her happy: I love animals about as much as I love working for nonprofits.

Mishel Gomez Cespedes


Mishel brings a passion for video storytelling and quippy social media content to the team.  At BC/DC Ideas, she is most likely editing video or scheduling the next moving social media post for our clients.

Her ear for storytelling is her greatest asset. Mishel has a unique ability to assemble content into a concise story that moves audiences to action.

A graduate of Wake Forest University she spent a semester in Spain and years serving her community through the campus organizations. Now, she is putting her passion for good to work.

Brian Crawford

creative director

Mix equal parts nerd and creativity and that’s Brian. A natural problem-solver, Brian’s ability to cut to the core of any problem helps guide our creative team to the correct solution without wasted time or money. It’s the core, this little nugget of truth, that helps our clients take the next step with their audiences.

Brian gets the greatest joy out of helping our clients realize and connect with their story. He is a true believer that everyone and every organization has a compelling story to tell, you just have to listen with an open heart.

Things that make him happy: Hanging out at the park with family, toddler-speak, hitting the focus pull, and good coffee.

Dawn Crawford


The engine behind BC/DC Ideas, Dawn has dedicated her career to good. Dawn brings her considerable experience and expertise to helping elevate the nonprofit sector. Our team’s lead strategist, Dawn is often seen leading our IdeaStorms, penning communications plans, or checking in with clients.

Before launching BC/DC Ideas in 2010, she earned her chops in 10+ years of communications leadership roles for public health, healthcare and youth-focused nonprofits. Working for nonprofits is Dawn’s dream job, and she loves that her 40+ hours a week make the world a better place.

Things that make her happy: A glass of champagne to celebrate big wins, Basecamp, living in the South, seeing the world, and a well-formatted spreadsheet.