NearMedia is a women-owned small business [EDWOSB] that offers program development, project management, data analysis, consulting, training, and content production services for international development organizations, communications companies, and media outlets in the US and overseas.


Lisa Schnellinger – Owner, President, Principal Consultant

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Lisa Schnellinger is a project manager, media consultant, trainer, and grant writer with extensive international experience, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.

She has an exceptional ability to adapt to evolving circumstances while maintaining high professional and ethical standards. She’s interested in any assignments that demand a diverse range of skills and nuanced cultural interaction. Her multi-faceted work and life experience makes her a leading choice for contracts that don’t fit in a single category or that seem impossible to fill with one person.

Career specialties: development of media outlets and content production in emerging nations; high-impact practical training in skills of accountability journalism, including use of new media tools; elections-related training, particularly in new democracies; production of training materials; news and feature editing. Focus on collaboration that results in interactive content: producing online training courses, creating news and feature articles with greater impact, managing a photo library so that it’s accessible to a large number of users.


Tom Willard – Principal Analyst

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In roles ranging from technical consultant to executive management, Tom Willard applies leadership skills, training in computational modeling, data science and analytics, and experience in marketing and global program management to create new strategic capabilities. These traits enable him to:

• Devise strategies for winning in digital networks and lead in execution
• Drive innovation by designing analytically rich platforms and building business ecosystems
• Architect and assemble technological solutions to strategic problems using globally distributed resources including people, partners, platforms and programs
• Plan, implement and oversee complex global projects, providing leadership, strategic planning, business modeling, simulation, capacity building, and management to bring products to market in the US, Europe and Asia, including post-conflict zones and fragile states
• Lead data science / business intelligence projects that enabled clients to create new business models, achieve market leadership and enhance their capabilities
• Raise capital for these initiatives, and use solution selling to generate revenues from them
• Continue to learn, grow, feed his curiosity and develop skills in the lab and on live projects.