Meet Our Team

Buttonwood offers all of the benefits you would expect from a boutique: terrific client service from top to bottom and the entire team remains fully engaged with you throughout the relationship. And given the team’s deep experience described below, you can be assured you will receive big agency expertise without the big agency overhead and bureaucracy.

Buttonwood’s core team is enhanced by close relationships with a team of consultants and subject matter experts with whom we partner and frequently collaborate. Working together, we have launched brands, named companies and products, conceived and developed websites, created thought leadership and of course collaborated to develop integrated communications programs.

Justin Meise

President & Founder

A seasoned and versatile public relations consultant, Justin has provided strategic communications counsel to a diverse range of financial organizations from niche players to household names such as Citibank, Merrill Lynch, Prudential Securities, iShares, BNY Mellon’s Pershing division and FTSE Russell.

Over his 20-year career, Justin has established an impressive track record for designing and managing successful programs to promote products, services and transform brands for many B2C and B2B companies.

In 2017, Justin joined with ETF industry colleagues John Jacobs, Rich Keary and Bibb Strench to create The ETF BILD Project. The goal of ETF BILD is to be a catalyst for discussions on the most pressing issues faced by the business leaders of the exchange traded fund industry. ETF BILD focuses on how leaders are solving problems, employing business and operational strategies, outlook for the marketplace and lessons learned throughout their process.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Arts, English Literature from Marist College and taught English while earning his Master of Arts, Liberal Studies at Fordham University. He regularly lectures at Marist College, working with the advanced communications classes on the evaluation of best practices in public relations. An avid, instrument rated pilot, Justin is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and Angel Flight Northeast.

Mandy Boyd

Vice President

Working with investment advisors, global index providers and wealth managers, Mandy develops and implements strategic communications programs that strengthen our clients’ overall brand and media presence. She specializes in creating thought leadership content, drives effective techniques to secure media placements and coaches executives on best practices for reporter engagement.

Mandy was instrumental in the creation of Buttonwood and has helped the firm grow from a start-up into an annually ranked Top 25 financial PR firm by O’Dwyer’s. Beyond her client facing responsibilities, Mandy also leads Buttonwood’s recruitment process, onboards new staff and promotes team and individual employee wellness.

She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a concentration in Visual Communications.

Carly Gray

Account Director 

Specializing in media relations and social media strategy, Carly is responsible for raising spokesperson visibility and enhancing company engagement. As Account Director, she oversees and leads day-to-day activities for a diverse client portfolio including asset managers, index providers and financial technology firms.

Prior to joining Buttonwood, Carly gained experience in corporate communications during an internship she held for two consecutive summers in the Aerospace and Defense industry.

Carly graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications, concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration. In 2017, she became the recipient of the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award in Public Relations.

Andrew Pourinski

Account Manager

An accomplished communications professional and former business news producer, Andrew provides strategic communications guidance to a range of organizations including wealth managers, trade associations and startups. 

Andrew joined Buttonwood after a decade at Bloomberg LP, where he held a variety of roles in Bloomberg Media. He oversaw Bloomberg’s TV and Radio coverage of the 2018 midterms and 2020 U.S. presidential election, as well as Bloomberg’s flagship political show, Balance of Power. He was also instrumental in the relaunch of Wall Street Week as a Bloomberg program. Prior roles included covering European markets as well as venture capital and startups.

Before Bloomberg, Andrew worked for Fox News and for radio stations in Washington and Boston.

A graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife Laura and their two daughters. 

David Nathanson

Account Manager

David brings more than a decade of experience providing sales, client relations and strategic communications counsel to help a range of clients build brand recognition and improve overall engagement to drive growth. His past assignments were focused on the technology and financial services sectors where he worked with banks, asset managers and analytics firms.

Prior to joining Buttonwood, he worked as an account manager at e-commerce firm Global-e, where he led commerce strategy for several globally known brands, helping them expand their presence and recognition in the worldwide marketplace.

He is a graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. David is trilingual and enjoys traveling and writing.

Lisa Napoli

Office Manager

As Buttonwood Communication Group’s office manager, Lisa uses her extensive accounting knowledge and administrative experience to keep things running smoothly behind the scenes. In this role, she handles everything from human resources and employee benefits to client inquiries and invoices.

Prior to joining Buttonwood Communication Group, Lisa worked in the financial industry as a tax accountant for Freedom Financial Solutions and held key positions with Ameriprise Financial and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. She combined coursework at St. Bonaventure University and Pace University to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and Accounting.

When she isn’t working, Lisa loves hiking Hudson Valley rail trails, rooting for the hometown Yankees and Rangers, cooking, baking, and practicing ballet.