The Dodo is the digital media brand for animal people.

At The Dodo, we’re committed to creating visually compelling, entertaining, highly shareable animal videos and stories.

We’re a halo brand for everyone who loves animals ­­ from people who are obsessed with their pets all the way to committed animal advocates. We want our audience to connect with animals through our stories, and feel empowered to help where help is needed.

The Dodo was founded on the observations that animal content is among the most widely shared on social media and that people care about the welfare of animals more than ever before.

We’re leveraging the viral potential of animal content and linking it up to a progressive movement that’s becoming more mainstream every day. The Dodo is a mission-driven brand creating content to embody a cause we’re passionate about.

Our philosophy is simple: tell stories that capture the unique ability of animals to tap into a wide range of human emotions.

Our emotional approach to content engages and motivates people ­­ with the overarching goal of making caring about animals a mainstream, viral, social cause. We’re committed to looking at the world through animals’ eyes, and engaging our audience through a combination of fun, authentic, meaningful content that helps pave the way for progress.

The Dodos

  • Izzie Lerer

    Founder and Chief Creative Officer

    Izzie is Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Dodo. She received her PhD in Philosophy from Columbia University, where she focused on animal ethics and human/animal relationships. She has a shrine in her bedroom dedicated to her childhood gerbil, Eugene.

  • YuJung Kim


    YuJung is President of The Dodo. Her prior experiences span the realms of digital media, international expansion, and private equity. She aspires to go where the puffin goes.

  • Joanna Zelman

    Executive Editor

    Joanna is Executive Editor of Video at The Dodo. She was previously with The Huffington Post, working internationally as a Front Page Editor. She enjoys scuba diving with jellyfish, and has been chased by a weird number of birds.

  • Katy Brink

    Executive Editor

    Katy Brink is Executive Editor of Written at The Dodo. She previously worked at The Huffington Post, where she covered entertainment, politics and data journalism. She hopes one day to foster a dog she doesn't end up adopting.

  • Emily Pelleymounter

    Creative Director of Video

    Emily is Creative Director of Video at The Dodo. She was previously working as a freelance video editor in London before moving to New York. Emily has never had a cat, but feels like she does because she's seen every single cat video in the world.

  • Dwayne Lutchna

    Creative Director, Snapchat

    Dwayne Lutchna is Creative Director of Snapchat at The Dodo. He was previously an Art Director at Comedy Central and IFC—creating key art for their marketing campaigns. He believes animals can sense that he's vegan.


  • Zainab Akande
  • Elizabeth Claire Alberts
  • Caitlin Anders
  • Ryan Barrentine
  • Faith Bernstein
  • Mark Bisi
  • Marian Blair
  • Garrett Born
  • Katy Brink
  • Kamilah Bryant
  • Shana Cohen
  • James Corvo
  • Anita Diamantopoulou
  • Keith Dorsch
  • Michael Fabiani
  • Lily Feinn
  • Kristof Goeser
  • Alex Gottleib
  • Tom Grenier
  • Kayleigh Hong
  • Madison Horner
  • Shaune Killough
  • Russel Kogan
  • Jordan Kranse
  • Eric Larnick
  • Dwayne Lutchna
  • Keren Masser
  • Gillian Maxwell
  • Maggie McCarthy
  • Tara McHugh
  • Indiana Salomé Mérali
  • Stephen Messenger
  • Mario Orcon
  • Taylor Pedicone
  • Emily Pelleymounter
  • Matthew Pickar
  • Eli Ralston
  • Brandon Rizzuto
  • Shannon Sanders
  • Ameena Schelling
  • Sarah Schweig
  • Caroline Smith
  • Laszlo Toth
  • Ellen Thomas
  • Marti Trgovich
  • Kasandra Vasco
  • Kristen Warfield
  • Joanna Zelman


  • Nicole Hendrickson
  • Brian Sung
  • Gabby Taub
  • Kristen Palasick
  • Melisa Demaestri
  • Jessi Stafford
  • Genevieve Timmins


  • Alex Hamile
  • YuJung Kim
  • Izzie Lerer
  • Rahul Phanindra
  • Sarah Sassoon
  • Jessica Schlauderaff
  • Haley Carlucci