ABOUT

BARÚ. An independent and woman owned agency dedicated to elevating multicultural marketing and media.

BARÚ CELEBRATES -

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over 13 years of forward thinking and audience inclusive strategies that motivate and create behavior change for our clients. 

 

We track and predict what communities want. Bridging the gap between you and your audience, creating a deeper connection - by highlighting the universal truths that connect us all. 

OUR CLIENTS

Fortune 500 companies including Viacom and NBC/Universal as well as public entities such as  California Department of Public Health come to BARÚ to execute creative + marketing + media strategy.  

OUR TEAM

We are a cross disciplined and diverse group of specialists, across marketing, media and creative. BARÚ is perfectly positioned to create campaigns that connect on a cultural level.

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

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ELIZABETH BARRUTIA

Founder & CEO

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MICHAEL McNELLIS

COO & CCO

As Co-Founder of BARÚ, Michael currently serves as COO and Head Of Creative.  Prior to joining BARÚ full time, Michael served as VP of Creative Services at PlayNetwork in LA. After being accepted by The Director's Guild of America (DGA) in 2003, Michael spent three years as a Sr. Segment Director on the Dr. Phil Show. From there, he traveled internationally as a Field Producer and Director on various TV programs for Discovery, History Channel, and other cable networks. Michael was awarded an Emmy in 2001 for his network branding campaign with International Channel, and was soon recruited by Discovery Networks as Supervising Producer of On-Air Promotions. Michael is a graduate of Colorado State University, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications.

Elizabeth founded BARÚ in 2007 to engage untapped consumer groups with a new cross cultural perspective. With a 20+ year career in general and Hispanic markets, she is a strategic innovator in multicultural marketing and media. Elizabeth has cultivated a high-growth agency that has made a positive impact in social and behavior change among hard-to-reach multicultural communities. She has led campaign strategy, development and activation across an array of category verticals including Government and Nonprofit Entities, Retail, Consumer Packaged Goods, Alc-Bev, Entertainment and Technology. Elizabeth continues to champion and advocate for diversity and inclusion at larg, and is grateful to work on important initiatives that have elevated and empowered underserved communities. Having lived in Spain, Brazil, and Mexico, she is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Elizabeth is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

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OSCAR CONTRERAS

EVP, Client Services + Operations

Purposely navigating his career through the marketing, PR and experiential functions; Oscar brings 25+ years of solid strategic and analytical skills to his role at BARÚ. His current leadership responsibilities span across categories such as education, consumer services, consumer packaged goods, beverages, technology and pharmaceutical. Oscar has earned an excellent reputation in client relations, conceptualizing, managing and executing successful global marketing plans that have helped Fortune 500 companies maintain a competitive leadership position in the multicultural arena. A native of Mexico (bilingual & bicultural) and raised in Orange County CA, Oscar has extensive cultural knowledge of the Hispanic market and can relate to all ranges of Multicultural consumers and LGBTQ+ segments.  

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RAYMOND WU

Integrated Strategy Director

Raymond joined the BARÚ team in 2017, he’s an accomplished marketing professional with over 18 years of industry experience.  He brings expert analysis of local market data and understanding of complex media planning tools.  Raymond’s knowledge and planning strategy expertise enables BARÚ to deliver the right balance and mix that is needed to build meaningful connections in local communities and deliver maximum audience engagement.  He is bi-lingual and also a multicultural marketing specialist.  Raymond was born in China, raised in Mexico and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Cal-Poly Pomona, California.  On his spare time, he’s an avid cyclist, foodie and enjoys the arts and architecture.

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MAGALI GARCIA

Associate Media Director

An outcome driven advertising professional with extensive experience in account management, team management, and media planning/buying. In her role as Associate Media Director,  Magali provides the traditional media team with direction and insight relevant to the specific account and category, ensuring that client objectives are met across all media channels. With a keen eye on driving results, she works with media partners to develop integrations and sponsorships that extend reach, and connect our clients/brands with the target audience in relevant and meaningful ways. The breadth of her experience crosses all categories and includes Entertainment, Telecommunications, Banking, Healthcare, Retail, Insurance, Restaurant/Food/QSR, and Government. Magali is a UCLA alumna with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a Minor in Business and Administration.

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SPENCER GRIFFITH

Director Digital + Outdoor

Spencer Griffith is an innovative and strategic marketing leader with over 10 years of integrated brand and media strategy experience focusing on digital marketing, user acquisition and paid social. Leading the Digital and OOH team at BARÚ across an array of verticals including government, entertainment, sports, travel and CPG, Spencer develops national and local initiatives that converge Digital and OOH to drive positive action. Obsessed with bringing new and innovative ideas to the space, he ensures our clients are on the cutting edge of digital tech and measurement. In addition to the clients managed at BARÚ, Spencer has worked with high-profile, recognized brands including Apartments.com, Adidas, Red Bull, KitchenAid, Zillow and Red Lobster.

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CARLOS DURAND

Group Account Director

Carlos is an innovative account director focused on providing the most optimal strategic management solutions to clients. With experience in every area of the marketing ecosystem, he is always finding ways to elevate project and account management to a new level. In addition to having led some of the most renowned brands in multiple verticals, he has launched various business initiatives through his career. He has an MBA from The University of Texas at San Antonio and Bachelor in Business Administration degree from the distinguished Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Mexico City. He maintains a very dynamic and active lifestyle — and is always ready for a good hike or a run by the beach. 

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CHELDY MORAN

Account Director

Cheldy has diverse experience that includes advertising, marketing, strategy and business development. Bringing with her more than 10 years of multicultural marketing excellence. She’s helped propel brands such as DIRECTV, American Express, Nestlé (Outshine & Häagen-Dazs), T-Mobile, Southern California Edison, PBS KIDS, First 5 LA and most recently National University. Her experience goes beyond advertising, as a marketer, she brings her ‘client hat’ – working on Hispanic driven strategic initiatives at Nexxo Financial Corporation. Los Angeles native and member of The Junior League of Los Angeles. Cheldy's committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of children within the foster care system, and improving the community.

LATEST WINS

With great work, comes great awards.

 

3 Telly Awards

3 Davey Awards

4 Anthem Awards

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