Ara Soudjian

Video Director/Producer

Ara serves as video director and producer for Consensus Creative. He has extensive experience creating compelling storytelling productions designed to engage communities on behalf of high-profile brands in the real estate industry and transportation sectors. Ara is an award-winning filmmaker whose creative vision and talent have garnered him several awards and a reputable role in the commercial and music video industry. Throughout his career, he has worked with big names such as Sony Music, Warner Bros. Records, Gatorade, and Adonit (recently acquired by Adobe).

In 2010, Ara directed and produced a short film, “A Nice Old-Fashioned Romance,” which premiered at the prestigious Los Angeles Shorts Festival along with several other festivals in the U.S. and Canada. Ara has also produced commercials for the Latino rock band, Kinky, for the Rock the Vote Campaign and for Perez Hilton’s La Coacha Music Video Parodies. Ara is part Armenian-American and part Mexican-American with a rich understanding of the history, culture and heritage of both communities.


Brianna Thorpe

Account Manager

Brianna is a natural leader and seasoned organizer with expertise in grassroots support-building, community mobilizing and outreach activations. She is the organizer behind many of Consensus’ community outreach efforts to identify and engage key stakeholders on housing, transportation, and real estate development. A stark advocate for social change, she has conducted extensive outreach in the South Los Angeles community for Community Coalition and CONTRA-TIEMPO. Brianna also brings in an international perspective to Consensus, having led an award-winning research program in Mexico City on urban development and community engagement. She’s a proud graduate of the USC Price School of Public Policy with a B.S in Policy, Planning and Development, where she was “Senator of The Year” for her service as a Commuter Senator for USC’s Undergraduate Student Government. She also served as Director of Community Affairs and Assistant Director of the Black Student Assembly. She is a graduate and active member of the Los Angeles African American Women in Public Policy Institute. Brianna is proficient in Spanish.


Abraham Mercado

Vice President

Abraham brings more than a decade of experience working on the front line of complex and controversial projects, issues and ideas. He is a highly-skilled and multi-lingual communicator who is most comfortable and most successful developing strategies when the stakes are high. He is regularly called upon to represent Fortune 500 companies and government agencies facing potential or actual crisis situations requiring grassroots engagement of underserved communities.

He has an extensive track record working across industries and issues, with particular expertise developing communications programs to support land-use entitlements, environmental remediation, transportation planning and environmental review, large-scale infrastructure and public facilities, and construction communications, among others.

Abraham has especially deep knowledge of and proficiency with communications for environmental cleanup programs. In this capacity, he works on behalf of his clients in close coordination with oversight and regulatory agencies at all levels of government. His recent experience includes work with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD), Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board, and several other water quality control boards across California.

Abraham is native to Los Angeles, deeply rooted in the East Los Angeles and Boyle Heights communities. He is fluent in Spanish and has special expertise in bilingual-bicultural outreach to Spanish-speaking communities. He is on the Board of Directors for Eastmont Community Center and volunteers his time to a multitude of community organizations such as Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission, among others.

Abraham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from California State University, Fresno.