Liz Dunn

Liz Dunn | Owner

 

Liz spent the early years of her career as a software developer at Microsoft, including roles overseas and at DreamWorks Interactive, before doing a hard pivot into real estate development and the curation of retail neighborhoods.  Through her company Dunn & Hobbes, she has been building and managing real estate in Seattle for 20 years. Her projects include such well-loved destinations as Chophouse Row, the Agnes Lofts and Melrose Market.   She is founder and owner of the Cloud Room, a co-working space, culture club, lounge and bar located in the heart of Pike-Pine on Capitol Hill, as well as two affiliated operating businesses: Cloud Studios, a band practice facility, and the Overcast Room, a podcast recording studio.  

 

Liz is also passionate about supporting other entrepreneurs.  More than half of her retail and restaurant tenants are women-owned, minority-owned, or both, and she is an active angel investor in tech, alternative energy, cannabis and consumer-facing companies. Recent investments include Blok24, Good Ship and Cone & Steiner.  

 

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Jay Kuehner | Bar Director

 

Jay Kuehner is an international visual arts critic and freelance writer based in Seattle, where he also works as a bar director, consultant, and ambassador for spirits brands such as pisco, mezcal, and cachaca. He hosts events inspired by site-specific culture, from Mexico City to Marfa, Texas, Basque country to old Ballard. Come raise a glass!

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Holly Merrill | Managing Director

 

Holly has dedicated her life to helping people. She’s spent her professional life mastering Mandarin Chinese and classical piano performance, working in International trade, Design, Community Advocacy, Education, and Non Profit administration.  She has worked closely with refugees, ESL students, The Seattle Public Library as a volunteer for Homework Help, and serves on the Board for Planned Parenthood Votes of the Northwest and Hawaii. When Holly is not working at The Cloud Room, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs at her ranch in Central Washington, cooking, riding her bike and practicing yoga. 

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Whitney Borden | Director of Marketing and Events

As Director of Marketing and Events, Whitney Dale Borden strives to tell the stories of Cloud Room members and Chophouse Row and create memorable events that bring the community together. Whitney has experience producing large-scale events in the corporate sector,   project management, and leading teams on projects in design, photo/video, and digital. 

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Didi Wittman | Project and Events Manager

 

Didi is the driver for all events and creative projects at the Cloud Room.  She graduated from Seattle University just down the road and brings years of experience managing creative teams and projects. With a strong eye for design, Didi helps the Cloud Room team and members create memorable experiences, and  curates a wide range of activations across digital and social.

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Gabrielle Lee | Community Lead

Gabrielle Lee serves as the Community Lead at the Cloud Room. Along with being our point person for membership, she also manages the office space, assists with events, and helps produce content for our social media. Gabrielle studied Journalism & Mass Communication at Whitworth University and is passionate about storytelling, media and serving others. She spent time volunteering in Los Angeles with inner-city youth and worked at multiple non-profits that assist individuals with disabilities. 

Noe Banuelos | Bartender

Noe Banuelos immerses himself in the world of the visually and delectable culinary arts; a passion and skill which has been passed unto him through his family for generations. He strives to deliver organic and healthy alternatives without sacrificing flavor in his culinary endeavors . His balanced and simplistic cocktails and his quirky can-do attitude—not to mention his lovable pup Montana which frequents the Cloud Room— you will have a night to remember.

Stephanie Gailing | Resident Astrologer

 

As a wellness advisor, Stephanie Gailing weaves together astrological insights, flower essence therapy, dreamwork, and compassion-based coaching. Author of Planetary Apothecary, Stephanie counsels clients, teaches workshops, writes about holistic well-being, and crafts custom-designed floral elixirs. Stephanie is the Astrologer-in-Residence at the Cloud Room.

Colton Dixon Winger & Christine Tran | Wardrobe Specialists in Residence 

Christine Tran and Colton Dixon Winger are the co-founders of cuniform, a sliding scale personal styling agency, committed to accessibility and more responsible shopping habits.  

After a combined 20+ years in the fashion industry, they decided to launch their own agency to change the standard conversation around clothing, from one driven around trends, to one focused on the impact that fast and slow fashion has on the planet.  They do this by helping clients build beautiful, effortless, ethical wardrobes that work for their individual lifestyle and express their individual voice, all without viewing budgets as a barrier.


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