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ABOUT US


OUR MISSION:

To tell the story of dogs.

The Dogist was created in 2013 by Elias Weiss Friedman, whose goal was to create a happy place on the internet for dog lovers. After being let go from his job, he took inspiration from The Sartorialist and Humans of New York and set out to the streets of New York with a camera and a squeaky tennis ball. Elias has since photographed over 30,000 dogs across the world, authored a NYT Bestselling book, and gathered an audience of over 3.9 million people on social platforms.


MEET THE TEAM.

We like dogs. A lot.


Elias Weiss Friedman -
Founder, Photographer, & Creative Director


Elias Friedman is the Founder and President of The Dogist. After years in corporate marketing developing a skill set in brand strategy and social media, he was unexpectedly laid off. Elias transformed what most would view as a hardship, into an opportunity. Reconnecting with his childhood passion for photography and dogs, he seized the moment and built The Dogist, one photograph at a time. With hustle, grit and an unrivaled commitment to his art, he built the social media and digital storytelling platform that is now celebrated worldwide by an audience of 3.7 million. He is also a NYT bestselling author, gifted public speaker and proud advocate for many dog rescue and rehabilitation organizations. Nevertheless, humble to the core, he still puts on his knee pads daily and proudly photographs all content for The Dogist with unwavering commitment. Elias graduated from Boston University in 2009. Elias is now the proud dog-dad of Elsa, who he adopted in spring of 2020.

 

Kate Speer - CEO


Kate Speer now enters her third year leading the team at The Dogist. An accomplished sales and marketing professional, she is known for her expertise in digital storytelling, social media strategy and narrative marketing and her unrivaled hustle. Over the course of the last two years, she has transformed The Dogist Instagram into a fully fledged mission-driven e-commerce company and media site. Though she feels The Dogist has many years of growth to go before making the impact she hopes for, she is thrilled to be leading the team as it tackles another year. When Kate is not running her team, she can be found in the woods of Vermont adventuring or advocating for the many health benefits of dogs - a gift she experiences first-hand through her partnership with her PTSD service dog, Wafflenugget everyday. Kate currently splits her time between New York and Norwich, Vermont where she owns a home with her husband, Dave Lutz. Kate graduated from Middlebury College in 2011 with a BA in Environmental Studies and Creative Art.

 

Isabel Klee - Director of Content


Isabel Klee, a powerhouse of social media strategy, influencer marketing and brand narrative, is the Director of Content at The Dogist. Known for her breadth of knowledge about the influencer industry and her captivating creative briefs, she has built esteemed campaigns for ABC Carpet, GoogleNest, Amazon and Budweiser, among others. In addition to running all things social media for The Dogist, she is also dog mom to Simon and runs his readily adored page - @Simonsits - and hosts The Dogist's podcast, Talking Dogs. Born and raised in New Jersey, she considers herself a New Yorker at heart and currently resides in Brooklyn. Isabel Graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in 2016 with a degree in English literature and promotional communications.

Jacquie Sawyer - Director of Partnerships


Jacquelyn (Jacquie) Ganz, an expert in influencer marketing strategy, joins the team as The Director of Partnerships at The Dogist. With over five years of agency experience in the world of influencer marketing, Jacquie brings unrivaled expertise and skill to the table. A renowned marketer, she has run campaigns for Google, Sephora, Converse and many others. In addition to her marketing prowess, she also brings a slew of experience in the dog world to the team. A vet tech in college and the dog mom of therapy dog and nine year old golden doodle, Brody and newly adopted rescue pup, Artie, she is a dog lover to her core. Jacquie currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, Steve and their two pups. Jacquie graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University in 2014 with a BA in Marketing and Communications and a minor in photography.

Will Ferman - Assistant Photographer


Will Ferman is a dog walker, dog photographer and all around animal nerd/enthusiast. After battling depression, Will suffered a nervous breakdown and dropped out of film school. He thereafter followed his true passion, his love for animals and became a dog walker in the waterfront town of Hoboken, New Jersey. Through dog walking he rekindled his love for media, combining his two interests, dogs and photography. Known as Barkboy or The Puparazzi, Will worked with various rescue organizations, brands, and dog influencers, snapping many puppy pics on the way. He always had his eye on his dream job of working for The Dogist. That dream finally came fruition this summer. Will is absolutely ecstatic to join the team and continue the mission of telling the story of dogs.