JD Prater | Growth Marketer | San Francisco

discovering what's possible

I'm a seasoned growth marketer living in the San Francisco bay area. I'm quick on my feet and excel at digital strategies and storytelling.

In Case You Missed It . . .

For-Profit Colleges Prey On Low-Income & International Students

Thinkprogress sites a study by the Institute for Higher Education Policy “in  the last 10 years, low-income students have increasingly being drawn to  proprietary colleges and now attend at four times the rate of other students.” The study finds that students “whose total household income is near or below the federal poverty level are likely to be overrepresented at for-profit institutions and underrepresented at public and private nonprofit four-year institutions.”  Many of these subprime schools make up to 90 percent of their revenue from the federal government, yet leave their students crippled with debt and with bleak job prospects. (ThinkProgress)

Higher Ed Watch adds that federal law prohibits colleges from compensating recruiters from  providing “any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based  directly or indirectly on success in securing enrollments” to admissions  officers. In other words, it is perfectly legal for colleges to make commissioned  payments to recruiters for each international student they enroll . (Higher Ed Watch)

Highlights from Conan's Commencements Speech at Darmouth

"For decades, in show business, the ultimate goal of  every comedian  was to host ‘The Tonight Show.’ It was  the Holy Grail, and like many  people I thought that achieving that goal  would define me as  successful. But that is not true. No specific job or  career goal  defines me, and it should not define you. In 2000—in 2000—I  told  graduates to not be afraid to fail, and I still believe that. But  today  I tell you that whether you fear it or not, disappointment will  come.  The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity,  and  with clarity comes conviction and true originality."

Smart Food with Oran Hesterman (Excellent Podcast)


Welcome to Smart Food, the Edible Radio podcast hosted by Jane Black. Jane's guest today is Oran Hesterman, CEO of the Fair Food Network and author of the book, Fair Food.  If you're not a food policy geek, you may not have heard of Oran  Hesterman. But you've surely heard of the people and projects that he's  helped to launch: Alice Water's Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, Curt Ellis's documentary "King Corn" and the Sustainable Food Lab.  As a director at  the Kellogg Foundation for 15 years, he doled out  about $200 million in seed money for local food systems advocates. (Edible Radio)

Afghanistan Beats Out Congo as the 'Most Dangerous Place for Women' 

Afghanistan has been ranked as the world's most dangerous country for women,  with Congo taking a close second position, a Thomson Reuters Foundation  expert poll has said. Violence, dismal healthcare and brutal poverty  afflicts women in Afghanistan, while in Congo there are horrific levels  of rape, the survey conducted by TrustLaw, an arm of Thomson Reuters,  said on Wednesday. Pakistan, India and Somalia ranked third, fourth and  fifth respectively in the global survey of perceptions of threats  ranging from domestic abuse and economic discrimination to female  foeticide, genital mutilation and acid attacks. (Al Jazeera)

Mubarak's Wealth on Display 

The wealth of former President Hosni Mubarak amounts to slightly more  than LE6 million, a Kuwaiti newspaper quoted his lawyer as saying.  Meanwhile, the Swiss Foreign Ministry in May said it had tracked  transactions linked to Mubarak amounting to 410 million Swiss francs, or  about LE 2.86 billion. (Al Masry Al Youm)

Despite All the Buzz, Coca-Cola's Plant-based Bottles are Still Very Much Plastic.

And once the inputs become plastic, they carry all the same environmental impacts as plastic made from fossil fuels: They don't  biodegrade, they pollute the world's oceans and soils, and still leach  potentially harmful chemicals into our food. (Slate)

Solar Panels on the White House?

Nothing tests a relationship like home renovation. (Well, maybe the twittering of crotch shots, but I mean for ordinary folks.) Fixing the kitchen, putting in a new bathroom: “It can bring up core issues in communication and highlight power struggles and inherent weaknesses in the marriage,” Rick Heil, a marriage therapist, told the Chicago Tribune. One counselor in Palo Alto has an entire practice devoted to “providing individuals and couples the tools and skills they need to make home renovations a positive and rewarding experience for everyone involved.” (Grist)

Hot or Not? Why Women Shouldn't Pick Attractive Husbands

Watching the Anthony Weiner scandal unfold, it was hard not to wonder how a smart, accomplished, beautiful woman like Huma Abedin got herself involved with a guy like Weiner. (Huff Post)

I leave you with The Daily Show

The Daily Show - Indecision 2012 - Second Republican Debate Is a Success