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Mel Stern

Media Communications Director

Mel Stern


Mel Stern is the Media Communications Director at Walrus, an independent agency with a mission to change the way the world feels about advertising. In this role, Mel leads Walrus’ media department, and oversees all media and communications planning for the agency’s clients. 


Prior to joining Walrus in 2016, Mel was a Partner at J3/Universal McCann, where he was responsible for leading integrated media planning for Johnson & Johnson brands including Acuvue, Simponi Aria, Invokana, Animas, DePuy-Synthes, and Lifescan, 


Previously, he served as a Brand Strategy Supervisor at Horizon Media, where he worked on accounts including Capital One Finance, Little Caesars, Mohegan Sun, and Ruby Tuesday. Mel began his career at Wieden + Kennedy as an Assistant Media Planner for the Nike NY and Jordan brand accounts. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy and Urban Studies from Fordham University in New York.