SecondMuse Ushers In 2017 With New Chief Operating Officer


Joel Carnes is key hire for rapidly expanding global innovation agency

January 9, 2017; Washington, D.C. – SecondMuse, a global innovation and collaboration agency, announced today that Joel Carnes will join the company as Chief Operating Officer. Carnes brings to SecondMuse nearly twenty years of wide-ranging corporate and nonprofit experience in strategic and tactical management experience, during which he has led projects in fifteen countries across five continents. In this new role, Carnes will oversee the company’s daily operations and help drive the company’s multi-faceted business growth strategies.

“At SecondMuse, our positive impact comes from the businesses we accelerate as well as from the unique networks we cultivate,” says SecondMuse partner Todd Khozein. “The next phase of the SecondMuse evolution is to sharpen our organizational structures and globally scale the incredibly impactful work we’ve done throughout the past decade. Joel’s deep experience and his dedication to the SecondMuse mission will help get us there.”​

Carnes joins SecondMuse, as the company rapidly expands. Known for designing and mobilizing coordinated approaches to complex global challenges and identifying revolutionary opportunities for collaboration and network-centered innovation, SecondMuse has an impressive assembly of partners, including Nike, Inc., NASA, Intel, USAID and the World Bank Group. Previously, Carnes served as the Vice President of Operations and Strategy at XPRIZE where, in only three years, he led the nonprofit innovation engine’s product team to a 400% portfolio increase.

“The problems that humans face don’t respect the boundaries we’ve created,” says Carnes. “SecondMuse has an impressive history of achievement, and a world-class list of partners and clients, but it was the values-driven culture that really attracted me to this opportunity. Starting from a human-centered approach, we are building an open, collaborative ecosystem that encourages the free flow of information and partnership across our networks, to create a world of beauty and dignity, for all.”

Carnes brings with him an expansive record of integrating, aligning and propelling product research, design and development teams at multiple global entertainment corporations. Beginning in 2010, Carnes served in various strategic management capacities at Disney Interactive Media Group, Walt Disney Imagineering and Activision. During his four years as the Director of Operations and Client Services at Trifecta, an online training platform for clinical study investigators, Carnes integrated technology solutions and developed key operational processes. Additionally, he managed the development of Nestle USA’s corporate intranet and has served as a consultant in media, software and human capital management for high-profile, international brands, across multiple sectors, including Boeing and Motorola. Carnes earned a B.A. in Social Ecology from University of California, Irvine, and is a frequent speaker on advanced work in Leadership, Organizational Design and Exponential Technologies.


SecondMuse is a certified B Corporation, a pioneering innovation and collaboration company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Since 2009, SecondMuse has teamed up with high-impact partners and brands, including NASA, Intel, Google, NIKE, Inc., IKEA, USAID, the World Bank Group, and the Australian Aid program, and reached across six continents, to screen more than 30,000 solutions, 13,000 entrepreneurs and prototypes and to accelerate 100+ companies. In addition, SecondMuse’s cutting edge storytelling campaigns empower people to tell authentic stories, that ignite connections and inspire action. Discover additional information about SecondMuse through the company’s digital magazine Issuu and at Follow SecondMuse on Twitter @SecondMuse and on Facebook at

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Davar Ardalan

About Davar Ardalan

Davar Ardalan is the Director of Storytelling and Engagement at SecondMuse. As a veteran journalist and former social media strategist at NPR News in Washington D.C., Ardalan lead dozens of real-time engagement campaigns to great impact. Most recently she was the Senior Producer and Social Media Strategist for NPR’s Identity and Culture Unit, traveling across the country producing live events and moderating Twitter chats on some of the most critical issues of the day including community and policing, voting rights, education, and immigration. She has cultivated thought leaders across platforms, generating millions of impressions across the globe via Twitter and an even more impressive level of response domestically. Ardalan has also worked as a Supervising Producer for Morning Edition where she helped shape the daily newsmagazine, and was responsible for decisions that required elaborate coordination such as broadcasts from Baghdad, Kabul and New Orleans. Through the years, her public radio productions have been recognized with two NABJ Awards and a Gracie Award from the American Women in Radio and Television. She began her radio career as a reporter in 1991 at KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ardalan is the mother of four and lives outside Annapolis, Maryland. In May 2014, she was the recipient of an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, for individual achievement and for promoting cultural unity.

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