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Rich Polt


Helping people share their stories is Rich's passion and life’s work. Before launching Acknowledge Media, Rich built two P.R. (public recognition) agencies, Louder Than Words and Communicate GOOD. Both agencies worked with nonprofits, private foundations, and social enterprises to help them tell their stories and gain visibility. 

In 2012, Rich launched a nationwide philanthropic effort called Talking GOOD, which recognized inspiring people "making a difference." Over the life of this initiative, the Talking GOOD team interviewed more than 100 people and created a repository of stories that can still be viewed at:

Outside of the "office," Rich is a passionate cyclist and yogi. He also enjoys skiing, camping, crossword puzzles and spending time with his family (though not necessarily in that order). Rich lives in Baltimore County with his wife Jennifer and two sons, Samuel and Ethan.




Maranda Kosten is a director, producer, performer and teaching artist working in film and theater. Recent directing credits include The Pajama Game and Urinetown. She is currently producing a documentary focused on end of life issues in the United States, and ‘Til Death a series being created for broadcast television. Along with her work in film and theater, Maranda has worked in nonprofit development and corporate marketing, working with several organizations including the Human Rights Campaign, Moms Clean Air Force and The Possibility Project. 

Maranda proudly resides in Baltimore, MD with her family. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies from University of Maryland and an M.F.A. in Acting from the Actor’s Studio Drama School/New School for Drama.

Daniel helfer


Daniel is lead videographer at Acknowledge Media. In addition to this work, he is currently pursuing his M.F.A. in Filmmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art. His previous positions include in-house editor at Catholic Relief Services and executive producer at the educational a/v publisher, Now You Know Media. 


jordan freeman


Jordan is lead editor at Acknowledge Media. Based in Los Angeles, Jordan is an accomplished documentarian, editor and cinematographer, having spent years documenting the unfolding controversies surrounding coal mining throughout Appalachia.