Rachel’s core passion is to make a difference in people's lives with the events she produces, strategic marketing campaigns she launches and projects she manages. She has worked with extraordinary people making real impacts on today’s culture in wellness, peace initiatives, women’s rights, education, philanthropy and entertainment.
Agent of Change is now three years old, and we have produced some life-altering events. We have produced events for some of the most acclaimed non profit organizations including VDAY, The Lower East Side Girls Club, Define American, The Headstrong Project, Equality Now, Somaly Mam Foundation, Pencils of Promise, The Blue School, Walkabout Foundation, RUSH Philanthropic, as well as Marie Forleo’s annual Rich Happy + Hot Live conference. Rachel has also led literary campaigns for some of today's most respected health authorities, serving as Campaign Manager for Mark Hyman, MD's New York Times best-seller The Blood Sugar Solution, Alisa Vitti’s WomanCode and as a Strategic Consultant for Kris Carr's New York Times best-selling books Crazy Sexy Diet and Crazy Sexy Kitchen.
Prior to this, from 2007 – 2010, Rachel was the Director of Program Development of the Urban Zen Foundation, founded by Donna Karan. The focus of the organization is to advance well-being, empower children and preserve cultures. Rachel produced the Hope Help & Relief Haiti Fundraiser which raised money for Partners in Health, Habitat for Humanity and Yele Haiti. The event was hosted by Mary J. Blige, Donna Karan, Andre Harrell and Andre Balazs and featured special performances by Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean and Whoopi Goldberg. A three-day event called the 2009 Well-Being Speaker Series: A Focus on Nutrition which featured Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. James Gordon, Dr. Neal Barnard, Kathy Freston, Kris Carr and Mariel Hemingway. In May of 2008, she produced a three-day event for Spirituality for Kids™ in which Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher were the hosts and Patti Labelle performed. In 2007, Rachel produced the inaugural ten-day Urban Zen Well-Being Forum which included yoga medical training and panel discussions led by medical and healing industry heavyweights such as Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Christiane Northrop, Dr. Alejandro Junger, Robert Thurman, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Kathy Freston, Kris Carr, Richard Freeman and Rodney Yee.
Eve Simonsen Martinez
Director of Events
Eve Simonsen Martinez
Director of Events
Deep ties in the creative community have led Eve Simonsen Martinez on a dynamic professional path from Philadelphia to New York City. Prior to moving to New York in 2004, Eve served as Coordinating Arts and Entertainment Editor at the Philadelphia Weekly and ignited her career in event planning as part of Squarebiz, a small startup company headed by Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson of The Roots. With a renewed connection to the Philly music industry, Eve went on to produce events large and small, including a 2002 NBA All-Star event, jam sessions, album release parties, showcases, and tastemaker soirees with the likes of Common, Eve, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Premier, and Pete Rock.
Since 2004 Eve has expanded her professional scope to include more community-focused endeavors. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and in 2005 graduated from Dharma Mittra's intensive yoga teacher training and began instructing yoga and nutrition at Satellite Academy, an alternative high school on Manhattan's Lower East Side.
Event production and local activism collided in 2009 when Eve began working with Rachel P. Goldstein at Donna Karan's Urban Zen. Currently director of events for Agent of Change, Eve is at the helm of an esteemed team who ensures complete synthesis in all aspects of event development and execution.
Over the course of the last ten years, as social media has changed from a hobby to a lifestyle to an industry, Harper’s vision of social media as a tool for creating change has taken her across fields from music to beauty, and from wellness to social issues.
Harper began her career in the marketing department of Razor & Tie Entertainment before moving into the beauty industry where she joined the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Public Relations team. Harper worked closely with online influencers in the days before they were known as bloggers. While in college, Harper joined the team at MCT Management, where she was responsible for monitoring and maintaining singer/songwriter, Rufus Wainwright’s online message boards.
Harper then moved on to the client services department at Buddy Media, where she helped high-profile brands such as the UNFPA, Johnson&Johnson, Disney, Build-A-Bear, and Ann Taylor increase engagement on Facebook and leverage the platform to drive sales and promote brand awareness.
In 2012, Harper was Director of Digital Media at Tractenberg & Co., where she managed the social media initiatives of numerous beauty, wellness, and lifestyle brands, including Sally Hansen, dr. brandt skincare, Mally Beauty, and David Kirsch Wellness.
Harper currently holds the position of Managing Director at Agent of Change. Capitalizing on her natural ability to connect influencers with mission-driven programs and initiatives, Harper helps clients including the Headstrong Project, David Lynch Foundation, GETHealth Summit, Somaly Mam Foundation, The Lower Eastside Girls Club and Bent on Learning make their ideas a reality through digital and live event platforms.
Director of Communications
Director of Communications
With an academic background in writing and visual arts, Maeve Roughton offers creative clarity and support to Agent of Change and its clients. As director of communications, she manages short and long-term goals, punctuating broad objectives with actionable strategies in brand development, literary engagement, and multi-platform expansion.
Maeve has worked with a diverse network of celebrities and scholars, including serving as a writing consultant for Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson, editor for Agapi Stassinopolous, writer and brand consultant for Project Runway finalist Emilio Sosa and his esosa line, as well as editor and consultant for a medical-based manual on the effects of 9/11 on social and healthcare workers. She has also acted as a ghostwriter for a male sexuality handbook and ghostwriter and editor for a lifestyle book on responsible living. Additionally, Maeve has lent her literary skills to influential organizations such as the Urban Zen Foundation, Kageno International, and Summit Series.
While in college, Maeve was an editorial intern for the seminal alternative women's magazine, Missbehave.