Executive Team

Laura Hunt
President

Laura combines her corporate marketing, public relations and fundraising background to design mission marketing platforms for her clients. Prior to starting 1st Degree, she was a founding member of Kintera (now Blackbaud) a leading software and infrastructure provider for charities worldwide. During the 1990’s Ms. Hunt started and ran her first company, VideoLinx Communications, Inc which provided visual communications and live events to global customers such as Ford, IBM, Department of Defense, MTV, The White House, American Express and many more.

Ms. Hunt started her career in the global marketing division of MCI Telecommunications where she was Director of Global Public Relations. Laura is a graduate of Marymount University with an MBA from Georgetown University. She resides with her family in Northern Virginia.

Misti Dragano
Vice President

Misti Dragano is the Vice President of Development at 1st Degree and brings 20 years of achievements in cause marketing, strategic planning, business development, marketing, finance, and legal strategy to the organization. Prior to 1st Degree, Ms. Dragano was director of business development for MCI, forging groundbreaking promotional concepts with some of the nation’s largest consumer businesses. She served as director of corporate communications and director of ‘winback’ marketing. Prior to MCI, Ms. Dragano spent seven years in a variety of finance, accounting, and business analysis roles with Electronic Data Systems.

Ms. Dragano holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.

Jerry Landrum
Vice President, Special Events

Jerry brings over 20 years of events and public relations experience to 1st Degree. Prior to joining 1st Degree he was the Vice President of Event Services for Akamai Technologies where he was responsible for all global special events. Mr. Landrum has held various management positions in other companies such as MCI Telecommunications, Inc., Williams Communications, Inc., VideoLinx Communications and Rockwell International.

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