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Quatrain was founded by Emily and Marshall, friends and creative experts who combined forces to create the anti-agency agency: a firm solely dedicated to creating fantastic content, and to having a heck of a good time while doing so. Together with our band of rowdy writers and designers, we help giant brands like Liberty Mutual, Experian, and Ryder tell their stories. We also love working with smaller organizations like the Student Conservation Association, HelioCampus, and ADDitude magazine. Big or small, our clients love us for our quality, responsiveness, and peace-of-mind.

Emily Paterson

CEO and Creative Director

Emily Paterson, CEO and creative director of Quatrain Creative, holds a bachelor’s in English from Yale University and a master’s from the University of Maryland. With a career spanning academia and marketing, Emily brings unique depth to her writing and editing—a knowledge of various styles and research methodologies combined with a strong understanding of new media, search engine optimization (SEO), social media, blogging, and online marketing strategy. Emily founded her own firm, EP Writing, in…

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Marshall Cesena

CFO and Design Lead

As CFO of Quatrain Creative, Marshall brings his strong business and organizational background to help the firm’s operations run smoothly. Prior to Quatrain, Marshall spent five years working in the U.S. Senate, first as a systems administrator for Senator Kay Hagan (D, North Carolina), and then as a deputy administrative director for Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D, Hawaii). During that time, he created and managed a $300K budget, handled procurement of office equipment and implementation…

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