We believe in the power of inclusivity, authenticity, and openness.
In everything we do, we strive to be a new kind of digital agency, elevating our community through a commitment to our values, people, and partners.
Our mission is to spark vibrancy in communities by empowering our partners to inspire action with our open source and accessible solutions.
As a Certified B Corporation, Unity aims to be the change we want to see in the world. We operate sustainable business practices and pledge to give back by donating at least 5% of yearly proﬁts to one or more North Carolina-based 501(c)3 nonproﬁts.
We are driven by these core values:
- Support sustainability for the company, clients, community, and environment.
- Work as a team to contribute to the public good.
- Reﬂect and iterate for continual improvement and growth.
- Strive for elegance, simplicity, and clarity.
- Act with authenticity, integrity, and humility.
- Honor and celebrate diversity while striving for equity and inclusion.
The Unity Team
When you work with a small team, you get all hands-on-deck. We work together, each of us leveraging our individual zones of genius to ensure your success. The approach we take at Unity allows us to be responsive to change so we can meet your unique needs as we get to know you and how we work together.
Meet your partners for success:
CEO & Creative Director
Alisa Herr is passionate about lifting up those who use their talents as a force for good, and she established Unity Digital Agency in 2016 to connect mission-driven technologists, designers, and strategists to the organizations who need them the most. Alisa was previously the founding chief technical officer of a media nonprofit and an award-winning web developer at a design agency. She is also a mom, public speaker, open source evangelist, and judge for the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards. Alisa lives on the Raleigh-Durham line with her sons, husband, and herd of animals.
Johnny Hackett, Jr.
Johnny is an accomplished professional with a deep background in process analysis, management, audit, and project management — skills he built during his studies in acquiring his Six Sigma Black Belt certification. He is a proven specialist, with multi-million dollar project-wins and successful improvement initiatives at companies such as Xerox and IBM. Johnny resides in Raleigh, and when he isn’t solving complex business problems, he spends his time in downtown Raleigh doing community work or at home watching old movies. Johnny really loves the movie “The Five Heartbeats.”
Lexi is a developer and designer passionate about creating beautiful things for the Internet. She believes that storytelling can change the world and is on a mission to tell those stories through visual communication. While Lexi spent several years in New York as a freelance photographer, she is a Southerner at heart, growing up in Tennessee and fervently in support of the word “y’all.” She traded the Big Apple for the Bull City in 2014, receiving her master’s degree in interactive media as a Roy H. Park Fellow from the UNC School of Media and Journalism. Lexi is a runner, teacher, and pet-obsessed human who is always down to collaborate on a fun project or go play in the woods.
Bud believes in the value of design for solving problems, even the biggest problems. He designs creative and thoughtful work for print, digital, and environmental projects and believes in a job well done, preferably with a smile. He brings experience working with small organizations communicating with their customers locally, to large enterprises with global impact. When Bud’s not home in Durham, he may be camping with his wife and kids, serving with his church, or road tripping — always capturing moments in photographs.
Marketing & Business Development Strategist
Christina Noel is a self-described ‘marketing nerd.’ She is passionate about helping mission-driven organizations scale their mission — from leveraging sustainable business models to increase revenues and using storytelling to drive change. She is the founder of Arc Benders and co-founder of NC B Corp Champions. In 2014, Christina was honored to receive the B Corp MVP award, given annually to the single person worldwide who has most impacted the B Corp movement, for her community-building leadership in North Carolina. Christina has an MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship from the University of Georgia and a Bachelors of Arts in Economics & Music Performance from UNC-Chapel Hill where she graduated with honors.
Partners & Suppliers
When it comes to running our own business, Unity strives to have a minimal environmental impact and a larger positive social impact. That is why we are so selective in the businesses we choose to help us deliver the best services to our clients. We prioritize working with B Corporations, minority or women-owned businesses, environmentally-friendly businesses, and local North Carolina-based businesses.
Agoura Hills, CA, USA
Our web server is a powerful VPS managed by GreenGeeks.com, an EPA Green Power Partner. Their company is committed to being as environmentally friendly as possible, so they use energy-efficient hardware housed in eco-friendly data centers. But the best part is that they work with environmental foundations to purchase renewable energy credits (RECs) to put back into the grid three times (3x!!!) the amount of energy they consume. GreenGeeks.com is consistently rated at the top of the charts for best web servers. And here’s why. In addition to being a “carbon-reducing” website host, their platform is also top of the line and continually improving with reliable hardware, fast load times, and enhanced security.
PS – Did you know we offer free eco-friendly hosting on our VPS to all of our retainer clients?
Point Richmond, CA, USA
As much as possible, we try to go paper-free. But we’re not quite there yet with digital business cards (and honestly, experiencing a beautifully printed design can’t be beat). So we did a lot of searching to find an ethically-run printing business that is as sustainable as possible. GreenerPrinter exceeds our expectations time and again. They only print on the highest quality recycled and/or FSC-certified paper with non-toxic soy- and vegetable-based inks. And everything from their production to shipping processes is designed for the highest standards for sustainability. We use GreenerPrinter for all of our professional printing needs.