SAN FRANCISCO: Vrge has promoted Amy Widdowson Mains to VP, overseeing the firm’s San Francisco office and work for Silicon Valley clients.
The firm has six staffers on the West Coast. Widdowson Mains will also work with Vrge partner Matt James and digital advisor Jeff Stanger on the agency’s strategic philanthropy practice.
"We’ve seen an increase in opportunities around the role that tech is playing a variety of different industries," Widdowson Mains said. "Because of that, there was more of a need for [Vrge founder and partner Mark Blafkin as the] West Coast head of operations. We’re really investing in ensuring we are well positioned to take a larger leadership role in these industries."
Widdowson Mains will continue to work with clients, while focusing on driving new business and building the firm’s West Coast team. She will also work to position Vrge as a resource in the tech, business, and philanthropy sectors. Widdowson Mains has collaborated with clients including electric-vehicle-charging station ChargePoint and TechNet, Microsoft’s web service for IT professionals.
"My background is in-house at a variety of startups," Mains said. "What I always enjoyed in smaller startup environments was the ability to have great ideas, move quickly, and be able to make change happen at a faster pace than other organizations."
Widdowson Mains has worked at Vrge since its founding in 2013, when it was known as 463 Communications, previously holding the roles of account manager, director, and campaign director. She has also worked at companies such as Say Media, venture capital firm The Obvious Corporation, and computer gaming company Ohai.
Vrge is part of holding company Next Fifteen. The firm rebranded last September, changing its name and growing its practice areas beyond technology and policy. It has offices in Seattle, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.