Chris Allieri, founder & principal
With over twenty years of specialized public relations, marketing, communications & public affairs experience across multiple sectors, Chris ventured out to launch the agency he always wanted to work for.
What (or where) is Mulberry & Astor? It is the cross streets of where his dad Carl grew up in the Ironbound in Newark, New Jersey. Mulberry Street and Astor Street was where Chris's grandparents landed from Milan, Italy, and it was the epicenter of captivating stories, strong family bonds, spirited debate and above all, passion.
With his father’s inspiration and the threat of having a boss again as the wind in his sails, Chris is founder, principal and lead client strategist for Mulberry & Astor.
Chris is a frequent media commentator, weighing in on how brands can chart their course in this challenging and divided new time.
Chris is also a media and spokesperson trainer for CEOs, founders, entrepreneurs and other leaders to perfect messaging and delivery. Chris has deep industry expertise in technology, professional services, digital, entertainment, creative, non profits, gaming and esports. Additionally, Chris has extensive experience in sustainability, business ethics, social purpose, CSR and diversity communications.
Chris was the chief marketing and communications executive at Edelman, the global PR firm, where he led all external, internal and digital communications for the firm. Prior to that, Chris led digital and corporate communications for Univision, where he created and executed new technology product and network launches, social and digital media programs and cross-industry partnerships with Netflix, Hulu, Twitter, T-Mobile and the Clinton Foundation. Prior to Univision, Chris was the corporate communications lead for Accenture's business strategy, sustainability, interactive, digital and risk management business lines globally. He was also director at Grayling, where his clients included the truth Campaign, Coca-Cola, Capital One and Toyota. Prior to that, Chris was director of communications for MOUSE, a New York City non-profit organization integrating technology in public schools. Additionally, Chris led community affairs for StarMedia Network, the Spanish and Portuguese-language internet company.
Chris serves on several non profit boards, including Farm Sanctuary (board chair), The University of Colorado Alumni Association, The Wild Bird Fund and The Trevor Project (2009 - 2018). Chris received his BA with honors in environmental studies and Latin American studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and his MA in international affairs, with a concentration in economic and political development, from Columbia University. Having lived in Brazil and Chile, Chris is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Chris is on the faculty of Parsons School of Design, The New School in New York, where he teaches marketing, PR and branding.