Iced Coffee, Please. is Erin Cochran, Kodiak Starr & friends.

We are a creative design and communications studio, led by two veterans of the government and nonprofit worlds. We partner with organizations to help them define who they are and what makes them unique through rich storytelling and compelling visual content.

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Erin Cochran / Partner / Communications

A political science junkie since she was a kid, Erin moved to DC the day after college education to pursue a dream of working in government. In 2009, she got her chance, working on former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's communications team.

After Senator Reid was re-elected in 2011, Erin moved on to serve as Communications Director to Madeleine Albright. It was the job of a lifetime. Erin traveled the world (Mongolia, China, Prague -- to name a few), planned complicated media trips, the book tour for the release of Albright’s fifth novel, and served as traveling press secretary to the Secretary during the 2010 congressional campaign cycle.

In 2013, Erin decided it was time to get off an airplane. She spent the next several years at World Food Program USA, running a communications team focused on supporting fundraising efforts and advocating for strong Congressional legislation that would benefit the world’s hungry.

Throughout each of these diverse experiences, Erin learned a critical lesson: The story is not about you; it’s about the people you serve or the issue you're tackling. She applies that belief to every project she works on.

Photo Credit: Paul Morigi
 
 

Erin Cochran / Partner / Communications

Erin was raised in the American South but she fails to have anything close to a Southern accent. After graduating with a political science degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, Erin moved to DC to pursue a dream of working in government. In 2009, she got her chance, as Deputy Director of New Media for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

After Senator Reid was re-elected in 2011, Erin moved on to serve as Communications Director to Madeleine Albright, the country’s first woman Secretary of State. It was the job of a lifetime. Erin traveled the world (Mongolia, China, Prague -- to name a few), planned complicated media trips, the book tour for the release of Albright’s fifth novel, and served as traveling press secretary to the Secretary during the 2010 congressional campaign cycle.

In 2013, Erin decided it was time to get off an airplane. She spent the next 4+ years as Vice President of Communications at World Food Program USA, raising money, awareness and advocating for strong Congressional legislation that would benefit the world’s hungry.

Throughout each of these diverse experiences, Erin learned a critical lesson: The story is not about you; it’s about the people and/or the issue you serve. She carries that belief with her no matter who she works for now.

Photo Credit: Paul Morigi
 
 

Erin Cochran / Partner / Communications

Erin was raised in the American South but she fails to have anything close to a Southern accent. After graduating with a political science degree from the College of Wooster in Ohio, Erin moved to DC to pursue a dream of working in government. In 2009, she got her chance, as Deputy Director of New Media for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

After Senator Reid was re-elected in 2011, Erin moved on to serve as Communications Director to Madeleine Albright, the country’s first woman Secretary of State. It was the job of a lifetime. Erin traveled the world (Mongolia, China, Prague -- to name a few), planned complicated media trips, the book tour for the release of Albright’s fifth novel, and served as traveling press secretary to the Secretary during the 2010 congressional campaign cycle.

In 2013, Erin decided it was time to get off an airplane. She spent the next 4+ years as Vice President of Communications at World Food Program USA, raising money, awareness and advocating for strong Congressional legislation that would benefit the world’s hungry.

Throughout each of these diverse experiences, Erin learned a critical lesson: The story is not about you; it’s about the people and/or the issue you serve. She carries that belief with her no matter who she works for now.

Photo Credit: Paul Morigi
 
 

1: Taught geography and computer science in Namibia 
2: Former All-American college swimmer 
3: Mother to three daughters
4: Favorite musician is the late Jeff Buckley
5: Once tried and failed to bike across the country
6: Has roasted a whole hog 
7: Switched to natural deodorant and isn’t going back
8: Doesn't like funny movies
9: Terrified of mazes
10: Dream trip: Madagascar

1: Taught in Namibia for a year
2: Was an All-American swimmer in college
3: Has two daughters; they're awesome
4: Favorite musician is the late Jeff Buckley
5: Once tried and failed to bike across the country
6: Is addicted to reading biographies
7: Switched to natural deodorant and isn’t going back
8: Favorite foods: pasta and sushi
9: Terrified of mazes
10: Dream trip: Madagascar

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Kodiak Starr / Partner / Visual & User Experience Design 

Kody was raised off the grid without electricity or running water in northern Maine. After joining the modern world at the age of 15, he became obsessed with the internet and design. After college, Kody moved to Brooklyn and worked for a number of design agencies. He then took off for a professional and personal adventure in Kampala, Uganda, working for Ogilvy.

After returning stateside, Kody landed the job of a lifetime, serving as Creative Director of Digital Strategy at the White House under President Obama from 2010 to 2014. After three State of the Unions, launching the online platform We The People, and (literally) thousands of other projects, Kody left the government to work on his own.

He has developed a deep knowledge of the digital space and online consumer behavior. His work is influenced by his analog roots, a love for great typography and empathy for the user.

Kody is also well-versed in working both as part of a team and being the leader in the room steering the ship. He has found the best way to motivate is by doing, so Kody is a hands-on designer who likes to be intimately involved from start to finish.

Kodiak Starr / Partner / Visual & User Experience Design 

Kody was raised off the grid without electricity or running water in northern Maine. After joining the modern world at the age of 15, he became obsessed with the internet and design. After college, Kody moved to Brooklyn and worked for a number of design agencies. He then took off for a professional and personal adventure in Kampala, Uganda, working for Ogilvy.

After returning stateside, Kody landed the job of a lifetime, serving as Creative Director of Digital Strategy at the White House under President Obama from 2010 to 2014. After 3 State of the Unions, launching the online platform We The People, and (literally) thousands of other projects, Kody left the government to work on his own.

He has developed a deep knowledge of the digital space and online consumer behavior. His work is influenced by his analog roots, a love for great typography and empathy for the user.

Kody is also well-versed in working both as part of a team and being the leader in the room steering the ship. He has found the best way to motivate is by doing, so Kody is a hands-on designer who likes to be intimately involved from start to finish.

1: Grew up off the grid with no running water
2: Has a gag reaction to raw tomatoes
3: Is the father of a baby girl named Acadia
4: Father was a  Hip Hop DJ
5: Has an addiction to collecting squished pennies
6: Stalked a pack of hyenas with a man carrying an AK47
7: Grew up going to the bathroom in an outhouse
8: Drove in five demolition derbies
9: High School all-state soccer player
10: Participated in Project M with John Bielenberg
11: First words, "no home"
12: Prefers dogs over cats
13: Favorite lunch is a bahn mi and iced coffee

1: Grew up off the grid with no running water
2: Has a gag reaction to raw tomatoes
3: Is the father of a baby girl named Acadia
4: Father was a  Hip Hop DJ
5: Has an addiction to collecting squished pennies
6: Stalked a pack of hyenas with a man carrying an AK47
7: Grew up going to the bathroom in an outhouse
8: Drove in five demolition derbies
9: High School all-state soccer player
10: Participated in Project M with John Bielenberg
11: First words, "no home"
12: Prefers dogs over cats
13: Favorite lunch is a bahn mi and iced coffee

Collaborators

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Anthony Dihle / Branding / Print Design /  Illustration

Anthony was born in DC but grew up in Western Maryland, where the civic pride runs strong and the dairy cows are above average. As a youngster, he loved drawing, photography, and sifting through dusty records and books. Anthony earned a degree in graphic design and American Studies from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He moved to the DC area to earn his stripes at DesignFarm in Takoma Park. 

In addition to his daytime work, Anthony is a prolific printmaker, having designed and printed well over 100 posters for concerts for local and international acts including Garbage, Van Morrison, Jay-Z, and Moby. He also makes a poster series highlighting DC neighborhoods, with 47 neighborhoods featured so far. 

1: Swims in the Potomac 
2: Favorite foods include pickled herring
3: In high school, advanced to the Odyssey of the Mind world finals
4: Is often found trail running in the woods
5: Enjoys eating while walking
6: Favorite holiday is Halloween
7: Knows the best place to hunt for fossils in Maryland
8: Favorite meal is breakfast 
9: Is ambidextrous
10: Enjoys road trips in the Southwest

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Rachel Halliday / Content Strategy Intern


Rachel is a DC-area native that can identify every speed camera on Massachusetts Ave from memory. The daughter of two self-proclaimed DC policy wonks, she developed an early passion for staying politically informed and communicating efficiently. In addition to academics, Rachel has competed on multiple rowing teams throughout high school and college, which have been a crash course in teamwork, leadership, and confidence.

Rachel graduated from Walt Whitman High School in 2019. She is currently studying International Relations and Political Science at Tufts University in Boston.

1: Has a twin sister
2: All-Met and nationally ranked coxswain
3: Makes amazing chocolate cake three ways
4: Knows how to play the tuba
4: “West Wing” aficionado
5: Can hum and whistle at the same time
5: Has 37 cousins
7: Will not eat ketchup
8: Has been to 35 state capitols
9: Can sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” backwards

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