Alden E. Stoner believes media can inspire greatness in individuals and the world at large.
Alden is currently the Vice President of Social Action Film Campaigns at Participant Media. At Participant, Alden leads a team responsible for developing social action campaigns associated with each film with the express goal of driving impact through meaningful social change. Campaigns in development address a wide number of issues including families and the criminal justice system, workers’ rights and freedom of political expression. She recently headed the development of the first White House forum on food security in America under the Obama Administration, in association with Participant’s upcoming hunger documentary, A Place at the Table.
Previously, Alden worked at the intersection of Madison and Vine by representing Fortune 500 brands at Omnicom’s Davie Brown Entertainment where she ran the promotion and film departments. While there, she was responsible for multi-million dollar award-winning promotional campaigns including Mt. Dew’s Transformers program. While earning her Masters, she served as the inaugural graduate fellow at the Annenberg Center for Communication Leadership and Policy. She later collaborated on film, television, ebook and retail projects for such notable authors as Roald Dahl, Elmore Leonard, and William Joyce. Her entrepreneurial spirit then led her to co-found Bark, a comedy cloud television network start-up.
Alden earned a B.A. in Communication, Phi Beta Kappa, magnum cum laude from the University of Southern California and a double M.A. from USC & the London School of Economics in Global Media and Communication. She serves on the board of directors at Open Spaces, Sacred Places, a foundation committed to funding publicly accessible urban green space in stressed environments, and is a member of the Pacific Council. She lives with her husband, Ethan and their dog, Rai in Venice, California.
About Participant Media
Participant Media (participantmedia.com) is a Los Angeles-based global entertainment company specializing in socially-relevant documentary and narrative feature films, television, publishing and digital media. Participant exists to tell compelling, entertaining stories that bring to the forefront real issues that shape our lives. For each of its projects, Participant creates extensive social action and advocacy programs, which provide ideas and tools to transform the impact of the media experience into individual and community action. Participant’s online Social Action Network is TakePart (takepart.com). Participant’s films include The Kite Runner, Charlie Wilson’s War, Darfur Now, An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, The Visitor, The Soloist, Food, Inc., The Cove, The Crazies, Countdown to Zero, Waiting for “Superman, Fair Game, PAGE ONE: Inside The New York Times, The Help, Contagion and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.