Angela Mears

Chief Creative Officer, New York

An 11-year Weber Shandwick veteran, Angela is obsessed with building truly diverse, collaborative teams across borders and specialties that better serve the complex needs of modern clients. A digital nomad since 2017, Angela has led creative work across the West Coast, Chicago, Europe, and now New York.

Angela Mears

Whether your personality is a “yes, and” or more of a “no, but,” the job is to find ways to make ideas work — not to find reasons why they can’t or won’t.


When did you start working at Weber Shandwick?

I started as an intern in January 2011.

In five words or less, how would you describe your Weber Shandwick colleagues?

Diverse, collegial, creative, practical, dedicated

If there were a Weber Shandwick yearbook, what would your superlative be?

Most likely to survive the zombie apocalypse

What’s the best piece of career advice you’ve ever gotten?

“Learn how to throw a knuckleball.” — Sam Eccleston, my first creative director, urging me to think weirder. I’m still working on it.

What’s the coolest (or weirdest) place a project has taken you?

Too many to count, but directing a video series for one client has taken me to some pretty cool places: Niantic Labs, the home of Pokémon Go, Lost Arts in Chicago, and Alexis Ohanian’s office


Paperbook or eBook?

Only ever books with real pages. Research shows you remember them better.

Pizza or tacos?

Tacos, no contest.

Beatles or Stones?


If you weren’t working in this industry, what would you want to do?

A surgeon or a cook

Who is someone that inspires you right now?

Right now: Lana del Rey, Phoebe Waller Bridge, and Brooklyn artists serpentwithfeet and rh sin. And Joan Didion, always.

What’s your favorite way to unwind in your free time?

Making elaborate meals and not doing the dishes

What is your most-used app on your phone?


Where would you love to travel in the world to gain inspiration?

China. My mom is from Shanghai, and my dear friend/colleague Michelle Tang is a Beijing native. I’ve visited both cities and others, but feel I’ve only scratched the surface.