Zambezi Hires W+K Vet Danielle Pak as Its First Director of Communications Planning

By Erik Oster 

Independent creative agency Zambezi hired Danielle Pak as its first director of communications planning. She will launch the agency’s communications planning offering while reporting directly to chief strategy officer Kristina Jenkins.

“Zambezi exists to put extraordinary into culture and we do that by having extraordinary talent like Danielle join us,” Jenkins said in a statement. “We’ll be giving her carte blanche to create a new strategic capability that helps brands find their place in culture. Danielle is here to help us re-imagine how we think and create and nothing excites me more. It’s a proud moment for the agency.”

“I will be establishing, building, and growing a creatively driven communications planning discipline within the strategy organization at Zambezi,” explained Pak. “In a marketing landscape that’s more fragmented than ever, consumers have rightfully become savvy, cynical & discerning. Communications planning provides context, to ensure that brands are understanding and optimizing against a holistic consumer experience.”


“I am thrilled to be expanding Zambezi’s strategic capabilities, helping our clients break through to their consumers in the most impactful and resonant ways,” she added.

Pak spent over a decade at W+K Portland and spent several months as a freelance strategy director after leaving her position as an associate communications and planning director in November. She originally joined W+K as a media planner in April of 2006, spending three years in that position and working with brands including Starbucks and She then served as a communications planning supervisor, focusing on the agency’s Electronic Arts account, before receiving a promotion to digital strategist in June of 2012 and then her most recent role the following year.