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With a sharp mind for concept and a keen eye for design, Kurt has an extensive background in building brands and creating compelling communication across media. His award-winning work has run the gamut – from online and broadcast to print and design.


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Kurt Lighthouse //

It may be a cliché, but Kurt started his career in the mail room – part time – at Cohn & Wells in San Francisco. Later that year he joined Gardner, Geary, Coll & Young and After a misguided attempt at account management, Kurt moved to the creative department – a not-so natural progression for someone with a Political Science degree from Colgate University.

In 1998, Kurt went on to join a startup agency called Swirl, and joined Collaborate as an Associate Creative Director in 1999. In 2006 he co-founded Citizen, a new kind of ad agency dedicated to serving clients with socially positive agendas, where he served as V.P. and Creative Director.

Kurt’s work has received dozens of awards and honors including the One Show, the Addys, Archive, California Arts, the Effies and the Webbys.


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