Who We Are
we must be bold represents shared experiences.
By that, we mean we represent the shared experience of more than twenty years of community and political organizing, civic engagement, advocacy, research, marketing, production, and design leadership—all key ingredients in community design.
Managing partners Hugh Weber and Sheharazad Fleming
come from vastly different backgrounds—that share surprising similarities—with Hugh’s community organizing throughout the Midwest, and Sheharazad’s work for Los Angeles cultural institutions, nonprofits, and civic organizations.
Sioux Falls, SD
Hugh Weber is the founder of WE MUST BE BOLD, and is a network theorist, community organizer, and strategic advisor who counsels established leaders facing uncertainty across multiple industries including design, media, government, and business.
After spending more than a decade leading political campaigns throughout the United States, Weber founded OTA, a cultural organization focused on connecting creative disciplines across North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. He founded WE MUST BE BOLD, and in 2019, acquired The Great Discontent, a platform that amplifies the work of emerging artists and under-represented creative communities.
Hugh has worked on community-focused projects with partners including Microsoft, Paramount Pictures, Carnival Cruise Lines, Nokia, and Ford and his work with clients has been featured by CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR, The Washington Post, The Kelly Clarkson Show, The View, Forbes, Glamour, Chicago Tribune, Pregnancy Magazine, the Grant County Review, and more.
Hugh Weber previously served on the National Board of AIGA, the professional organization for design, and the advisory board for Design for America, a network of campus studios that harnesses design to create local and social impact.
In addition to our managing partners, WMBB is led by a director-level team of creatives, researchers, strategists, community organizers, account managers, and creative ops professionals…
Chief of Staff
Cathy Harrison oversees client accounts and internal operations. She has managed community design projects and marketing initiatives for brands and non-profit organizations for 20 years. Her commitment to her clients and their communities has resulted in many long-standing relationships and sometimes ongoing multiple community projects per client.
Her work has been awarded a WOMMIE, Gold Effie, Reggies and was named Campaign of the Year, Influencer Marketing by Adweek in 2021.
Director of Creative
Los Angeles, CA
Director of Research
New York, NY
Director of Community
& Social Engagement
Sara Kim leads social strategy and engagement in WMBB community projects. Her varied background ranges from earning a law degree at the University of Texas School of Law, almost a decade working in victim services for non-profits and in the government sector, fundraising and development, community liaison and contracts coordinator, personal and professional social media management and content creation, as well as marketing strategy in hospitality.
Beyond WMBB, she serves on the Marketing Committee for the Center for Child Protection, as an Ambassador for Asian Family Support Services of Austin, as a Co-Organizer for Austin Bakes and The Big Bake Sale for Social.
David Jon Walker
Writer & Editor
Creative Talent and Copywritter
Curriculum and Copywritter
Culinary Talent and Creative
Web Design and Development