About Us

Base Beauty, the omni-channel creative agency dedicated to the beauty and wellness industries, was founded in 2007 by long time industry pioneer and beauty expert, Jodi Katz.

Jodi Katz, Founder & Creative Director

Best known for her role as the first US Creative Director of L’Occitane en Provence, Jodi built and led the global integrated creative department for four years. While at L’Occitane, she honed her brand building skills and developed a desire to collaborate with, nurture and grow innovative beauty brands.

For over 10 years Jodi has proven that a next-gen agency structure really works—while based in New York City, Base Beauty functions daily as a virtual business led by seasoned beauty professionals with significant in-house and agency experience. The agency’s groundbreaking strategic marketing, content creation, packaging design and advertising for leading brands big, such as Clinique, Conair and L’Oreal Paris, and small, like Au Naturale Cosmetics and Farmaesthetics—among many others—proves that Base Beauty’s accomplishments go hand-in-hand with her team’s life/work balance.

In 2017, to celebrate 10 years in business, Jodi launched the popular podcast series, WHERE BRAINS MEET BEAUTY™ on iTunes and GooglePlay. In the series, Jodi leads one-on-one interviews with beauty execs and entrepreneurs, sharing their wisdom and fascinating personal journeys.

Jodi’s beauty focus and expertise was featured prominently in the entrepreneurial business book, The Big Enough Company: Creating a Business that Works for You. She is the 2017 recipient of the Enterprising Women of the Year Award and frequent moderator and panelist at industry events.

Base Beauty is an independent and privately owned agency, certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Our Team

Robin Marra-Placke
Director of Client Services & Strategy
Elisa Vitale
Design Director
Justine Lackey
Director of Finance
Aleni Mackarey
Chief Operating Officer & Podcast Executive Producer
Anna Rindefjell
Strategy Specialist
Julie Chen
Social Media Specialist
Cate Charney
Vice President, Public Relations
Hannah Wantz
Digital Designer
Carey Segal
Project Coordinator & Podcast Assistant Producer
Jake Dunsmore
PR & Marketing Coordinator
Becca Holliday
Social Media Manager
Jan Michell
Morgan Krause
PR Account Executive
Nathalie Banker

Base Beauty worked closely with our internal team, giving extensive feedback on asset designs from a new logo to packaging materials to in-store displays. Their team’s creative insights and beauty industry expertise helped to take our thinking to a new level.

Ashley Prange Founder, Au Naturale Cosmetics