Vanessa Fontanez is the Executive Director, Brand Marketing for Vox Media, the fastest-growing digital media company today. Vanessa oversees strategic partnerships, live experiences, and brand strategy to drive relevance and revenue for the company's eight distinct brands: The Verge (Technology), SB Nation (Sports), Eater (Food and Dining), Vox (News & Culture), Polygon (Gaming), Curbed (Neighborhoods & Homes), Recode (Technology and Business), and Racked (Shopping).
Vanessa has worked for brands including Marie Claire, GQ, Condé Nast Traveler, Woman’s Day Brand Group, Food & Wine, and Travel + Leisure.
In her role as editorial director, Michelle Manafy is responsible for the DCN’s content-related initiatives, including our InContext site and annual member summit, as well as evangelizing industry best-practices in a wide range of venues. She has two decades of publishing experience, more than half of which has been focused squarely on the business of digital content.
Her career has included leadership roles at the Media Industry Newsletter (min), where she concentrated on digital strategies and revenue channels for the magazine media; UK-based digital publisher FreePint Limited, where she focused on the enterprise information industry; and Information Today, Inc.‘s Enterprise Group, where she provided content direction on publications and events in the areas of content creation, management and delivery strategies and tools, enterprise search, and the business of content.
Michelle also has extensive knowledge on millennials and “digital natives,” having co-written the book Dancing with Digital Natives: Staying in Step with the Generation That’s Transforming the Way Business Is Done. She is also a regular columnist at Inc.com. Michelle is a lively and informative industry writer and speaker and holds a BA in journalism from San Francisco State University.
Michael Silberman joined New York Media as general manager of nymag.com in May 2007. Under his leadership, New York Media has grown its digital business substantially, more than tripling revenue and growing audience tenfold, while transforming a regional news and service website into a powerhouse group of national sites. Silberman oversees strategy and day-to-day operations for New York Media’s digital properties Nymag.com, Vulture.com, TheCut.com, GrubStreet.com, Science of Us, and Select All, with a staff of 110 across editorial, technology, marketing, social media, and sales.Silberman came to nymag.com from Rodale, where he was vice president and editorial director for Rodale Interactive. He joined Rodale in April 2005, where he managed a 35-person team responsible for editorial, design, production and product development for the online editions of Rodale's magazines. During his time at Rodale, he launched the Websites for Women's Health magazine and redesigned and relaunched the Websites for Men's Health, Runner's World, and Bicycling magazines, resulting in significant growth of Web traffic for each of those sites.
Prior to Rodale, Silberman worked at MSNBC, most recently as deputy editor, East coast, partners & strategy, managing all MSNBC.com program production with NBC News and MSNBC Cable. He first moved to the digital realm in 1995, as a senior news producer for Microsoft, developing the MSNBC Website and its relationship to the cable channel and NBC News. He previously worked as a television producer for CBS News and graduated cum laude with a B.A. in government from Harvard College.