Inspired Seattle: Axon's Chyna and Kevin

Curious about what one company working with law enforcement is doing to hold themselves more accountable in the critical work of dismantling institutionalized racism by restructuring hiring practices and product design? Come join us for our next take on Inspired Seattle, featuring Chyna McRae and Kevin Shah from Axon - a network of devices, apps, and people that helps law enforcement become smarter and safer. The mission of Axon is to protect life, and embrace and protect diversity and inclusion.

More about our speakers:

Chyna McRae is new to the Seattle area having moved from Massachusetts in 2017. In Boston, Chyna was a strategic manager working at early to mid-stage startups. Now as a product manager at Axon, she has pivoted her workdays to focus on the future of body cameras for police. Officers experience a loss of fine motor skills during critical events, and she hopes to improve the impact this obstacle causes through innovative product design. On the weekends, you may find Chyna at a local coffee shop enjoying a ‘spro or dancing her way into the week at Velocity Dance Center.

Kevin Shah is a computer and electrical engineer with an entrepreneurial drive. He is a first-generation immigrant from India. He moved from Kolkata in 2005 to Florida in pursuit of higher education. He worked in the aviation industry prior to moving from Florida to Seattle in November 2017 with his husband and dog. He is currently a Senior Product Manager at Axon where he develops products to improve public safety. He is passionate about technologies such as blockchain, machine learning, and smart contracts and wants to use them to solve global problems. He has proactively engaged in the Seattle social community by making various connections and joining organizations such as Planned Parenthood and the zoo. He continues to immerse himself further in order to wake up everyday to a better world.

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May is Member Appreciation Month!

We <3 Our Members

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It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our busy work days and forget that at the Cloud Room, we are nothing without the people that make us their homes each day. We know that without our members, we would just be an empty space with a nice view and great bartenders. Thats why for the month of May we decided to give it up to you, Cloud Room members (and potential members) and show our appreciation for all you do. Check out all we're doing through this month and beyond below! 

- Tailored drinks.  Shoot Jay an email with your dream drink ingrediants, come by the bar and receive your speciality drink at a discounted rate! Sample preferences could include: gin, floral, bubbly.

- Espresso anyone? Try out the new coffee machine behind the front desk for a delicious pick-me-up. Also includes hot chocolate, steamed milk, and more. 24/7 accessibility!

- Win a free month of parking by indulging in a drink at the bar! No really, each time you visit the bar, your name will be entered into a drawing. The drawing will be held in the lounge on Tuesday May 29th, complete with a cava toast. You must be present to win (and a member)!

If you're not already a Cloud Room member, make sure to book a tour to see our space and join our amazing community. 

With love, 

The Cloud Room


Member Mixtape: Colton Dixon Wagner

As a ten year fashion industry veteran, Colton has an accomplished history in buying, retail management, styling, and brand strategy for leading luxury retailers including Nordstrom and Totokaelo. After spending time in San Francisco, Los Angeles and NYC, he relocated back to Seattle, WA in 2016 in pursuit of special projects and collaborations.

Colton is currently one half of cuniform, a sliding scale boutique personal styling team in Seattle WA. Cuniform have produced events with Chophouse Row tenants and Eileen Fisher in the Cloud Room and offer their expertise to all our members. 

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Top 5 places to drink at (local or global!)

  • Maple Bourbon Old Fashion @Hotel Sorrento Seattle, Wa 
  • Wheatgrass Margherita @DIMES Chinatown, NYC, NY (although anything on the menu is amazing) 
  • Anything on the menu @Harrys Fine Foods Seattle, Wa (cocktails created by Levi Nordquist)
  • Drinks poolside @ San Jose Hotel Austin, TX (no reservation/stay needed) 
  • Karaoke and stiff drinks @BabyGrand NYC, NY 


Where do you take someone new to Seattle?

Depends on where the person is traveling from but some of my favorite local go-to’s are Harrys Fine Foods on Bellevue Ave, all of their cocktails are divine and their fries are the best fries I’ve ever had. Lucky vintage is a fun pop in to peek at vintage jeans and tees and Ballard consignment is always fun for someone who enjoys interiors (plus, you can talk them down on price most of the time). The new ITTOS on summit is a new space that’s cozy, sexy and the service is incredible (perfect for small bites in between running around or a date night spot). If someone wants authentic Mexican food, you can’t go wrong with Fogon- plus their ultimate margheritas are literally out of this world. Beyond that, I love to frequent Hotel Sorrento on a summer day and sit out front near the fire with a glass of Rose, Maneki in the ID is an all time favorite for sushi and a quick pop in to RGB on 12th is always a fun stop for someone new to Seattle. 


What do you do to decompress from work?

Exercise is always something I strive to squeeze into my long work weeks, especially in between travel. Yoga at Grinning Yogi (I only take Ryan Lile and Anja Keller’s classes- they’re the best). A long run around Seward park when I get a day off is blissful. Creative conversations and libations at Harrys Fine Foods is always a go to me (obviously, I’ve mentioned them 3x already!) + lighting, ambiance and menu is always on point. Other than that, I love spending time indoors with friends around a big table with good food and good conversation. 

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Inspired Seattle: Kevin Sur

Kevin Sur is a true local gem. From putting together some of the best music festivals in the region (Doe Bay, Timber and Timberrr) to woodworking and curating all levels of local talent at Artist Home, Kevin enriches Seattle every day. We're so happy to welcome him to lounge this month and can't wait to hear more about his journey and vision for our beautiful city. Tickets for this are going fast so reserve your spot now! 

Kevin Sur The Cloud Room

Kevin Sur is the founder of Artist Home. A local event company inspired by art, community and using their voice and event to help move artists forward. Artist Home produces local festival Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival, King County’s CHOMP, as well as a slew of events in the region and around the country. Before starting artist home, Kevin spent nearly a decade on the road as a touring musician and getting a degree in music theory and composition. He uses this background as a working artist as the inspiration for his events and finding his and Artist Home’s place in the music community.

Join The Cloud Room team! Now hiring Community Lead

While we're very sad to see the inimitable Brittaney Bunjong move onto LA this spring, we are also excited to see where the next chapter leads. The Cloud Room is now accepting applications for our brand new Community Lead position! 

We are looking for a collaborative, creative, pragmatic, and passionate individual to contribute to the success of The Cloud Room. You will be responsible for overseeing the community: understanding each member’s business needs and personal goals and providing resources to support their success. You will develop relationships with members, proactively gather information on their hopes and dreams, and identify other Cloud Room services or people in our network that can help them achieve their goals.

Some things you might be doing include:

  • Support members’ daily needs – general questions and inquiries, welcoming guests, mail distribution
  • Tailor meaningful tours for prospective members
  • Properly onboard and conduct exit interviews with members, and assist with the move-in and move-out process
  • Sign up and orient new members, including entering data into our member portal and QuickBooks for billing.
  • Promptly communicate member status change details to bookkeeping and accounting department to ensure proper billing
  • Oversee and maintain conference room and Cloud Mezz rental calendar and support Events Coordinator with events calendar
  • Provide basic technical support for copy machines and printers and ensure uninterrupted internet connectivity
  • Update weekly newsletter template with upcoming events, new members, opportunities, and programming
  • Support Marketing Director and Events Coordinator with social media postings and ad creation in conjunction with Marketing calendar, as needed

If this sounds like you click here to see the full job description and application links. Application closes MAY 1. 

We can't wait to meet you!

The Cloud Room Suggests: April

Find below all the local happenings we think are worthwhile in Seattle and beyond for April! Some are at our space, some are around town- either way there's so much culture, food and art for you to consume this month. 

Seattle Restaurant Week: Through April 19th


Dining deals abound during Seattle Restaurant Week, Sundays through Thursdays, April 2 – 19, excludes Easter Sunday. More than 165 local restaurants are serving up three-course dinners for just $33, and many also offer two course lunches for $18.


Silent Movie Monday's at Paramount: Every Monday in April

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Step back in time with the Paramounts silent movie series. All films accompanied by live organ and this years series focus's on the female stars of a bygone era. 

4th Annual Masonry Farmhouse Beer Festival: April 7th

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A curated beer and music experience by our friends at KEXP.

Cecile Richards: April 9th

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Join women's rights advocate and president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Cecile Richards for a discussion of her new book, Make Trouble

Hannibal Buress: April 11th

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Hannibal Buress is a wildly popular comedian, writer and actor who is a favorite of fans and critics on big and small screens alike. With his first national theatre standup comedy tour sold out and The New York Times lauding him as one of the most "supremely gifted and respected" comics around, Hannibal is emerging as a comedy superstar.

Inspired Seattle at the Cloud Room: April 19th

Kevin Sur the Cloud Room Seattle

Kevin Sur is the founder of Artist Home. A local event company inspired by art, community and using their voice and event to help move artists forward. Artist Home produces local festival Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, Timbrrr! Winter Music Festival, King County’s CHOMP, as well as a slew of events in the region and around the country. Before starting artist home, Kevin spent nearly a decade on the road as a touring musician and getting a degree in music theory and composition. He uses this background as a working artist as the inspiration for his events and finding his and Artist Home’s place in the music community.

Earth Day: Everywhere April 22'd

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We only get one planet, and its under attack from all angles. Support and love your earth while its green and wholesome at these Stranger recommended Earth Day events. 

Black Bois: April 26th


Black Bois is a movement and theater piece that explores how black men/bois grieve, show rage, express joy, and cry. Dancer and choreographer Dani Tirrell looks into the depths of these emotional states and asks, How do we live with our pain? Who are we really in our pain? And how do we show love towards each other? Inspired by the lives of Kalief Browder and Tamir Rice, Black Bois is a meditation on being a black boi/male in the United States. Featuring live music, collaboration with a large cast of local artists/performers, community classes, and installations, this performance project celebrates black bodies in space and provokes an emotional engagement with movement.

Announcing the Cloud Room Social Innovation Scholarship

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The Cloud Room is proud to announce the launch of our Social Innovation Scholarship. This program is intended to support emerging leaders in culture, community organizing, social justice, and technology dedicated to bettering Seattle's present and future. People of color, women, queer and non-binary folks are actively encouraged to apply. Applications accepted through April 30th.

The Social Innovation Scholarship program includes

Full annual Floating Membership (3,300)

Access to community mentors in:


Nonprofit business structure and management

Digital marketing

Community organizing

Fundraising development

Hosted annual fundraiser at the Cloud Room ($5,000 value)

How to Apply:

Please send an approximately two and a half minute video or essay to answering the following questions:

  1. What are you working on? Is it a project, product, campaign or something else entirely?
  2. What do you see as Seattle's biggest challenge in the present or future?
  3. How does the work you do address or answer this challenge?

All videos should be accompanied by applicants name, email and website/social handles.

We can't wait to see what you're working on!

Women's History Month at the Cloud Room

The Cloud Room is proud to be both woman owned and woman operated, with a commitment to diversity and inclusion that extends far beyond our mission statement. Since our inception, we have been fortunate to have provided a home to some of Seattle's most influential womxn in the creative, non profit and business world. That has included The Gender Justice League, The Goodship Co, Maria Semple, Makini Howell and KT Niehoff.

This month we're celebrating Woman's History at the Cloud Room lounge by hosting Kiki Wolfkill, head of Halo Transmedia and former Director of Art at Microsoft Studios. Kiki is a pioneering woman in the gaming and tech industry, former professional race car driver and all around badass. We're so excited to host her and hope you join us in our lounge on March 15th. 

Check out some of the other amazing womxn who make The Cloud Room what it is below. All of these Cloud Room members past and present are individuals who inspire us everyday, this month and beyond. 

The Cloud Room Suggests: March

March 3'd: National Moscow Mule Day

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A day worth celebrating in the dead of our rainy winter. Check out local gems at Barrio, Canon and Rachel's Ginger Beer. 

March 4th: Cafe Racer Grand Re-Opening

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One of the University Districts hidden institutions gets a new chance to be a wonderful haven for artists, weirdo's, students and locals. 

March 5th: Robert Reich

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Touring off of his new book, The Common Good, Robert Reich encourages us to return to the idea of the governance as bettering society, not just the elites. 

March 8th: International Women's Day March- Safety Is Our Right

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Join council member Kshama Sawant and others in protesting sexual violence and harassment, condemning politicians who associate with the NRA, and promoting safe communities and universal health care.

March 11th: Citrus Room Squeeze

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If all the world could be united under our mutual international love of pillowly steamed dough slathered in sauces, that world be a peaceful place. 

March 17th: Captive Light: The Life and Photography of Ella E. McBride (Tacoma) 


Ella McBride, who was born in 1862 and died in 1965 at 102, was one of the most accomplished and widely exhibited Pictorialist photographers during the early 1900s. Pictorialism introduced a more painterly rather than documentary approach to photography by combining artistic composition with experimentation during the development process. In McBride’s “Shirley Poppy,” a single bloomed poppy with two budded stems stand tall in an overlarge Chinese vase while cherry blossoms cast shadows on the wall behind. Not sepia-toned nor black and white, the warm tan hues lend a soft elegance to the piece. When not producing her own work, McBride ran famed photographer Edward Curtis’s studio and was an accomplished mountaineer.

March 21'st: When Words Dance: An Evening with Porter Ray

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Seattle hip hop has a night out, with Sub Pop signee and local Porter Ray. 

March 28th: Edoardo Nesi: Everything is Broken Up and Dances


Italian political writer Edoardo Nesi's book chronicles the shift of economic policy and finance in the 21st century, from encouraging societal welfare to attacking the middle class. He'll speak about his work.



The Cloud Room Suggests: February

The Limits of Presidential Power: Feb 1


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Need a civics refresh? Two UW law professors lay it down for those of us who are a few years out of AP Gov.


Humaira Abid: My Shame (Through Feb 28th)

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Opening First Thursday, February 1, 5-8pm, Abid’s second gallery solo exhibition in Seattle presents carved wood sculptures, often incorporating elements of miniature painting and installation, examining the stigma that women feel over natural, social and cultural issues. The power and politics in women’s lives are brought into focus through Abid’s global lens as an artist working between the United States and Pakistan.

2 Dope Queens on HBO: Feb 2

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The dopest of queens get their own four part HBO special. Tune in and snuggle up for an hour of some of the finest, sweetest, and funniest comedy out there. 

Brewology at the Pacific Science Center: Feb 9th

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Beer is basically magic- but magic is basically science. So come bring a few friends and spend an afternoon filling your minds and your bellies with knowledge and brews. 

Northwest Women Stars of Food & Wine: Feb 11

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This annual reception gathers tastemaking women chefs, winemakers, and sommeliers of the Pacific Northwest (and their fans) in the Columbia Tower for a night of bites and drinks. The lineup this year includes Chera Amlag of Hood Famous Bakeshop (she of the beloved ube cheesecake); chef and “hummus maven” Kristi Brown, owner of That Brown Girl Cooks!; Carrie Mashaney, Top Chef alum and executive chef of Mamnoon; chef Nicole Matson of How to Cook a Wolf; Tamara Murphy, chef and owner of Terra Plata; and many more.

Red Light Lit at the Cloud Room: Feb 16th

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While we hesitate to toot our own horn- this months Inspired Seattle is shaping up to be a real winner. Join us for an evening of storytelling, sex, music, and cannabis by Cloud Room family Van Der Pop and Red Light Lit. Get tickets now!

The Black and Tan: Reimagining Seattle’s Legendary Jazz Club: Feb 27th

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The Cloud Room Suggests: January

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Elliot Bay is a local treasure and their Global Issues Book Group, reads and discusses books on the vital Political, Economic, Environmental and Social issues that challenge humankind in the 21st Century. This month is White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide. 

Anime Creek, Taylar Elizza Beth, Mirrorgloss, Alaia

Seattle indie two-piecer Anime Creek will be joined by Taylar Elizza Beth, Mirrorgloss, and Alaia for a night of soul-infused rock, twee punk, cosmic hiphop, and jangly pop. 

Suffer for Beauty: Women's History Revealed Through Undergarments


Auburn's White River Valley Museum is once again in the news mounting a provocative, visually fascinating, and dialog-provoking exhibit: Suffer for Beauty: Women's History Revealed Through Undergarments.

Strenuous exercise, perpetual dieting, mammoplasty, liposuction, body waxing, skin peals, and some very expensive and uncomfortable undergarment fashions; these are just some of the ways women try to sculpt and refashion their bodies." (Promo Copy)

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A night of queer art and artists at one of the coolest local venues right in our own neighborhood!

Constitutional Stress Test: Can the Democracy Survive the Current President?


Bob Ferguson has been suing the Trump Administration since Day One and for that Washington State loves him. Come hear him discuss the future of our Constitutional Democracy, and what we need to do to save it.

Straight White Men

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A family drama thats more than meets the eye. Stranger theater critic says Straight White Men "goes far beyond cheap satire, ultimately becoming a compassionate and stimulating exploration of one man's existential crisis."

Black Lives Matter: Let Black Liberation Ring

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A curated film class series about movies that changed film and changed the world. Sign up early and get your knowledge hats on!


The inimitable St. Vincent released a gorgeous album earlier this year and if it wasn't on your best of 2017 list it should have been. She's in Seattle for two nights at the Moore- this is a can't miss.&nbsp;

The inimitable St. Vincent released a gorgeous album earlier this year and if it wasn't on your best of 2017 list it should have been. She's in Seattle for two nights at the Moore- this is a can't miss. 

The inimitable St. Vincent released a gorgeous album last year that should have been on everyones best of list. She's here for two nights at the Moore- get tickets now!

Womxn Act On Seattle

On the anniversary of the Womxn's March, the organizers are putting together a day of actions around the city. Bring the family, bring your partners, bring your friends and make democracy happen.&nbsp;

On the anniversary of the Womxn's March, the organizers are putting together a day of actions around the city. Bring the family, bring your partners, bring your friends and make democracy happen. 

On the anniversary of the Womxn's March last January, the organizers have put together a day of actions around Seattle. Bring your partners, family, and friends and make democracy happen. 

#MeToo in Tech: How Men Can Help

If you have a loved one in tech and they happen to be male- send them here please. If you are a male in tech, go here please. Change starts from within, and the time is now. 

Best of 2017: A Very Short List

2017 was a rough one folks. Regardless of political orientation (or lack there of) both our local and global communities faced some serious issues in the past year. From the summer wildfires, to the bizarre reality of POTUS Tweets, to a mediocre season of Game of Thrones, saying goodbye to this year should be easier than most. 

However good things do come in times of darkness so we thought we'd look back at 2017 positively. Here in no particular order are the Top 6 Moments of 2017. 

6. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry: If the monarchy is going to be relevant for anything anymore it better be for heartwarming stories of biracial American princesses and former hunky bad boys turned champions of equality. May their future be bright and their kingdom strong. 

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5. Kevin Durant's Mom: The Real MVP finally gets a championship ring, and the results are impossible not to smile over. 


4. Southwest Airlines flew puppies out of Hurricane Harvey: We would definitely pay for that upgrade. 

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3. Roy Moore did not win the Alabama election: This one is a mixed bag, as getting to the point where Roy Moore could have won the election is bad enough, and the margin was truly thin. However we are counting this as a win, and want to thank the coalition of young progressives and black voters (especially black women) who came out and did the thing that many Americans could not do. 

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2. Moonlight won Best Picture: In a truly deserving move, Moonlight won Best Picture and Best Director at the 2017 Academy Awards, making it the first film directed by a black man to win Best Director and the first film about an LGBTQ character to win Best Picture. Barry Jenkins's story of love and growth was one of the most beautiful artistic statements of the year, and we cheered along with everyone else when he won (even if it was a confused way). 

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1. This guy: @sarperduman: This Instanbul based pianist plays songs for his pack of adopted street cats. The palpable connection remind us all that even though humans are flawed, they are occasionally wonderful. 


Thats it! Here's to a better year in 2018. May your holidays be merry and bright.