Amanda Carter Gomes is a editor, writer, producer and the founder of online publication, The Fold. Amanda spent much of her early career working in marketing, event management, video and photo production for clients in the private and non-profit sectors. She launched Merit Creative Consulting in 2009 to bring her marketing, PR, and creative services under one roof.
In 2012, Amanda segued into online publishing and was recruited to join the team of multi-authored millennial lifestyle website and subsequently took over the business in 2015. She launched The Fold in July of 2017, a digital destination, panel and event series for the evolved woman that focuses on the contributions, importance, and value of being a feminist female. In collaboration with a group of exemplary women writers and creatives, The Fold highlights the ageless individuals who are open to change and confident to inspire revolution at any age. The Fold covers Arts & Culture, Relationships, Wellness, Motherhood, Personal Style, and Politics - all issues relevant to being an informed woman in today's society.
I am a Seattle-based teacher of Integrative Alexander Technique and am focused on the ways that IAT can be helpful to people working in the arts, in social services, in business, and in all-around happy living. I started using IAT over twenty years ago to support my creative life as a choreographer and have found it elegantly applicable to every aspect of my life.
With a rewarding professional career across artistic, philanthropic and corporate industries, the theme that connects all of my work is my desire to help people discover the untapped freedom they have available to support all the ordinary and extraordinary things they do.
I am a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International, an RSME member of ISMETA, and a Founding Member of Integrative Alexander Technique Circle.
BAHTOH is a full service salon and floral shop located in the International District/Chinatown area of Seattle. It is owned by Bobbie Yanoupeth and Michael Sing.
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
Lisa is a Certified Life and Healthy Living Coach based in Seattle, WA and the owner of Audacious Health & Wellness. She helps people create new and healthy habits in the way they think, eat, sleep and move, empowering them to live their lives fully and audaciously. In addition to group coaching, teaching workshops and doing 1:1 work, she is a regular blogger and wellness editor at The Fold Mag, runs annual January Whole30 groups with co-working spaces like The Riveter and The Collective, and develops healthy smoothie recipes for Sweetgrass Food Co. as well as creating recipes and writing articles for her own blog and website. Her areas of expertise include uncomplicated ways of adding in more healthy choices and uncovering and helping to turn around the negative beliefs and thought patterns that keep people stuck in behaviors that are no longer serving them. She thrives on providing support and accountability for clients as they navigate their way through change.
<Excerpt from University of Arizona James E. Rogers School of Law Newsletter>
James S. ("Jimmy") Rogers, of the Class of 1972, has maintained a strong connection to the University of Arizona and College of Law while running a successful practice in his hometown of Seattle.
In 2016, we had the opportunity to hear from Jimmy as part of the college's Civil Justice Initiative lecture series. He spoke with students about the ins-and-outs of developing his personal injury and product liability practice.
This week, in anticipation of this year's graduating class of young lawyers, we wanted to find out more about Jimmy's experience as a student and young lawyer.
Jimmy first knew he wanted to be a trial lawyer in seventh grade when he read "My Life in Court" by the legendary trial lawyer Louis Nizer (you can access the PDF here).
He relocated from the Pacific Northwest to the University of Arizona where, along with attaining his law degree, he developed many wonderful friendships and a love of the Sonoran Desert. He's kept up a lifelong friendship with Robert Hershey (also '72), who later became a College of Law professor (now emeritus).
Jimmy recalls the thrill when, during his first year, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas visited the law school and his former law clerk, Dean Charles Ares ('52), introduced the Justice as a speaker.
"I don't know who was more proud; Dean Ares of Justice Douglas, or Justice Douglas of Dean Ares."
As for the desert:
"My second year of law school I lived out in the desert on Ironwood Hill Drive, on the way to Gates Pass. Sometimes on a quiet night in my Seattle houseboat, I still long to hear the howl of the coyotes."
In law school, Jimmy interned for the Pima County Public Defender, and thought he would be a criminal defense lawyer. But his first job after law school was as an associate of one of Seattle's leading personal injury plaintiff trial lawyers, Lem Howell.
"I began handling plaintiffs' personal injury cases and never stopped."
He established his own law offices in 1986, which are now the Law Offices of James S. Rogers.
Jimmy's advice to current UA law students wanting to become top trial lawyers is to cultivate three important qualities: passion, dedication, and a commitment to helping people achieve justice.
Jimmy is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was named the 1998 "Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association and the 2010 "Outstanding Plaintiff's Trial Lawyer of the Year" by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers.
Just last year, Jimmy was named Best Lawyers' "Seattle Plaintiffs Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year." And, he recently became a member of the Damage Attorneys Roundtable (DART), a small, highly select group of Washington State plaintiff trial lawyers.
Vanessa is a vibrant member of the Seattle community and a powerhouse software engineer at Glympse. Hailing from Arizona, she graduated with a degree in mathematics and began her career as a teacher. Later, she pivoted to software engineering and spend time as an instructor at renowned school DigiPen, among other engineering roles, before landing at Glympse. She is extremely active in the community, and spends her time volunteering with 'ADA Developers - Seattle', 'Girls Develop IT', 'Seattle GiveCamp', and more. She even hosts groups like 'Seattle Women in Data Science' in the Glympse office. Vanessa is loved by all who are lucky enough to meet her!
Briaan L. Barron is a brand-strategist, visual designer, and public speaker based in Seattle, Washington. She currently serves as Senior Brand Manager of jcoco, a woman-owned ultra-premium chocolate brand produced by Seattle Chocolate Company. With a versatile background in entertainment PR, small business branding, consumer product marketing, and graphic & web design, Briaan draws from cross-disciplinary experience to help first-time founders and thought leaders harness the power of holistic branding. She specializes in helping brands convey compelling stories with a culturally-competent and business-savvy framework.
Andrew is owner and creative director of Transom, a small creative agency in Seattle’s Pioneer Square that specializes in helping businesses tell true, impactful stories about themselves in order to create new customers. A veritable Seattle cliché, he spends his spare time riding his bike, cooking, DJing, and sailing. He lives in Columbia City with his wife Amy.
Space aged singer, songwriter & producer
Catherine Harris-White a.k.a. SassyBlack has a LOT going for her. SassyBlack is a psychedelic electronic soul songstress & producer from Seattle, Washington. She has been traveling the world singing and DJing since 2008. With a foundation in jazz, her energy is unlike any other, providing a deep unique concert experience. Her first solo digital album was just released called New Black Swing. We're thankful to have her as a Cloud Room member, stay tuned for another Sassy & Sweet Happy Hour.
Jim Graham, co-founder of Graham Baba Architects, has been working in architecture for over 20 years and brings keen sensitivity and relentless creativity to his projects. He excels at leading large collaborative teams through complex projects and his boundless and contagious enthusiasm for each project results in a fun and exciting design process for the entire team. Jim seeks out of the box solutions and has an exceptional ability to create social opportunities for a variety of users within an environment. He is committed to the craft of building and is active in the design, construction, and craftsman communities. This depth of understanding from the overall project to the ultimate detail brings a rich insight to creating an inviting and welcoming place for all.
Associate Editor, The Stranger
Meet Charles Mudede, a Zimbabwean-born cultural critic, filmmaker, and currently Associate Editor for The Stranger, as well as lecturer in English Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University.
Mudede collaborated with the director Robinson Devor on two films, Police Beat and Zoo, both of which premiered at Sundance–Zoo was screened at Cannes. Mudede has contributed to the New York Times, LA Weekly, Village Voice, Black Souls Journal, Cinema Scope, and C Theory, which published one of his most popular pieces of writing, "The Turntable". Charles is also on the editorial board for the Arcade Journal and Black Scholar.
Meet Cloud Room member and Gonzalez Architects designer, Amado. He was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to the US in June 2006. He has lived mostly in the east coast and received his Master of Architecture from SCAD(Savannah College of Art and Design) in 2013. From there he moved to Miami, then most recently in Seattle with his wife Rio and fluffy white dog, Cooper. He has been with Gonzalez Architects for more than 5 years working on their boutique hotel and commercial renovation projects in Chicago and New York.
A few of Amado's interest are making home-cooked meals, design and traveling.
Anna is a Midwest-born musician who migrated to the West Coast to learn the magic of adulting. She started a record label, made a few folk records, toured extensively, and worked as a line-cook, matchmaker, gallery guard, online quality analyst pseudo-bot, and nanny along the way. Songs have been featured on NPR, BBC Radio, XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, and Spotify where she just passed the 10M stream mark. She's currently working on her 5th record.
Jon is a professional writer originally from the Chicago area who spent time in Ecuador, Chile, and New York City before relocating to Seattle in 2017. He specializes in helping brands, startups, and creatives tell their stories in a succinct, impactful manner through the magic of prose. Jon's passions include electronic music, fiction writing, and backcountry camping.
Molly Sides is a Seattle-based Sound, Movement, and Film Artist whose curiosity and attraction to movement has lead to both wild and tame adventures in live performance and film. She has had the pleasure to dance with such companies as SaltHorse (Seattle), tEEth (Portland), Lingo (Seattle), and The New Animals (Seattle). Sides' work has been presented by On the Boards, Velocity Dance Center, Footlight Dance Center, The Pink Door, Vermillion, Yellow Fish Festival and various settings throughout the States and Italy. Sides dove into the world of film, choreographing for artists such as Julia Michaels, AWOLNATION, Android Amaker, SISTERS, Song Sparrow Research, and commercial companies throughout the US. She is constantly looking for new ways to bring dance to an array of audiences and thus created Trigger. New Dance Happenings, a quarterly performance event held in unexpected venues throughout Seattle. In addition to dance, Molly fronts local Rock 'N Roll band Thunderpussy.
You should check them out! www.thunderpussyusa.com
Alyse Daunis and Eric Solie are the co-founders of Attently, a tech startup using AI to analyze and predict how people react to videos. Improving video advertising means that none of us will have to sit through poorly targeted, boring, or bad advertising while watching the content we love. Content creators benefit too - better shows and movies... who doesn't want that? Recognizing that there's currently no good way to measure and predict how video impacts audiences, their team is working to become the primary source of data for user reactions to videos on the internet in order to support creative decisioning and media planning.
Eric and Alyse's backgrounds range from filmmaking to underwater archaeology to market research. Having recently moved to Seattle from Alaska, they both enjoy running, skiing, climbing, hiking, and generally being outside.
Kyle Johnson is a renouned editorial and commercial photographer in Seattle, WA. He enjoys creating portrait and travel work and his aesthetic is heavily influenced by life in the Pacific Northwest. Kyle has recently photographed stories for The New York Times, Monocle, Popular Mechanics and Bon Appetit. He has photographed advertising work for companies including REI, Filson & Anheuser Busch. When he isnt taking photos, you can usually find him Fly Fishing around the NW or cooking at home.
Kate Wallich is a Seattle based choreographer, director and educator – named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch”. She trained at Interlochen Arts Academy and holds a BFA Magna Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts. Kate has left a significant mark in the Pacific Northwest, having been commissioned and presented by leading institutions including On the Boards, Seattle Theater Group, Velocity Dance Center, Seattle Art Museum, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Whim W’Him, Northwest Dance Project, Frye Art Museum and Henry Art Gallery. Her popular community focused class Dance Church™ that was founded in 2010 brings in 250+ people per week, and has partnered with local and national non-profit organizations including Gibney, Mark Morris Dance Center, BodyVox, Velocity, On the Boards, Raincity Rock Camp for Girls, Waterfront Seattle and Team Survivor NW among others. Dance Church™ happens regularly in Seattle, Portland, and New York, has popped up in cities worldwide and provides subsidized classes for working dancers. She co-founded her company The YC with Lavinia Vago in 2010 and has created four evening-length works and 3 large scale site-specific works. Nationally, Kate’s work has been presented at The Joyce, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Inside/Out and Newfields/Indianapolis Museum of Art. She has been a Visiting Artist at National Center for Choreography at University of Akron with LA-based BodyTraffic, University of Washington, University of Oregon, Cornish College of the Arts, University of Utah and Beloit College. Internationally, her work has been presented at Springboard Danse Montreal and SPOTLIGHT: USA Festival in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2016 she founded Studio Kate Wallich, a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a community of artists and the public through dance based, design forward experiences. The Studio supports The YC, Dance Church™, and YC2 — a platform for young dance professionals entering the working field. Kate was a 2013 and 2015 Rauschenberg Residency fellow, a 2018 UCross Foundation Residency Program fellow and has received awards and grants from 4Culture, Artist Trust, The Glenn H. Kawasaki Foundation, MANA Contemporary, and Seattle Magazine.
Photo: Calvin Chase
Pedro is a software engineer from Marseille, France who lived in Lyon and Madrid before moving to Seattle in 2011. He works at a couple non-profits: WWOOF France who helps promote organic agriculture and Tech for Campaigns, bringing technology to political campaigns. He's a public transit nerd, loves pairing wine with cheese and writing code for good.
Tracy Stanton brings 20+ years of experience in environmental policy and conservation finance strategies to an array of clients and stakeholders in the Puget Sound basin. Her current work includes serving as the Executive Director of the Emerald Alliance for People, Nature and Community, a new regional initiative funded and incubated by the Bullitt Foundation focused on connecting the many efforts to protect open space across central Puget Sound and as the Ambassador of the Green-Duwamish Urban Waters Partnership, with support from the US Forest Service.
Prior to moving to Seattle, WA in July 2009, Tracy worked in the Washington, DC area with a number of organizations always dedicated to building the capacity of government professionals, especially in the areas of environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. While working with the non-profit, Forest Trends and the Ecosystem Marketplace, her research led to the 2010 publication, Payments for Watershed Services: An Emerging Marketplace.
Tracy received a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from the University of Maryland, School of Public Policy.
An avid tennis player, Aaron wakes up to the challenges of being the CEO of Volli, Inc., a company that is building a mobile solution to connect and delight the tennis playing community. Volli is a social network that leverages the data from 1.5 Million tennis players and over 15 Million match outcomes. Harnessing this data gives Volli the power to entertain its members and help them improve their game, as well as match them with appropriate playing partners. Volli will take the friction out of organizing tennis games and increase engagement in the sport. If successful in tennis, there is no telling what other passions Volli can unlock by building and serving community.
Aaron is a native of the Pacific Northwest. Although as an entrepreneur he tries to stay uncomfortable, he has found himself at home among scientists and artists throughout his professional and volunteer career. A linguist by training, Aaron is fluent in Spanish, and Catalan, as well as, Finance, Operations, Biology, and Strategy and oddly enough musical theatre. In addition to business planning, Aaron has made a decent career out of helping people model out the commercial potential of their science and innovations through his private consulting practice. He is looking forward to being a member of the Cloud Room and meeting all the creative and productive people in the space.
Founder and CCO of Van der Pop
Meet Cloud Room member and total lady boss, April Pride who is the owner and creator of Van der Pop and APRIL PRIDE. From cool cannabis accessories to the perfect halter dress, April has crafted quite an array of awesome products.
Sound and vision. Lightning and a bottle. Together again for the first time, Ryan Cory and Chaun Osburn are Sound and Vision. Combining equal parts motion, music, and visuals, this dynamic duo is here for you. With over 30 years combined service in the field, let us help bring your vision to life. Act now, supplies limited.
VP of Luxury Division, Windermere Real Estate
Meet Leigh Canlis! Leigh has had quite the professional field and is now taking on a new career as the Vice President of Windermere Real Estate, Luxury Division. A new luxury brand and division at Windermere for the $3M+ section of the market that will go public this fall. Leigh is shifting gears to consult individual top Windermere brokers on everything from business strategy to style and anything in between.
Meet the great Adra Boo. Adra is about the funk - party funk in all it’s 70’s and 80’s grit! She listens to soul, rock and all that, and you can hear it in how she crafts the words… like a modern griot - telling the story and inviting you in to watch as it happens… every single mood, every single second - the sexy, the sweet, and the sour.
Joe is a content marketing specialist. He comes to Seattle via the University of Washington where he split time between the School of Art (printmaking) and the University’s marketing department. You can ask him about his time supporting teams at the UW, Ben Bridge Jeweler, medical-staffing firm RMI, E-commerce startup Crowd Cow, REI, and tech-services firm Appen. You can also connect on Instagram @_joesantiago.
Tay and Val are spiritual consultants who help seasoned entrepreneurs and ambitious executives meet their call to greatness with clear-eyed vision, groundedness, and deep trust. Award-winning filmmakers, Tay and Val left successful media careers, closed their production company, wrapped work on their nationally televised television series P.S. I’m Sorry, and set off to travel the world by bicycle for a documentary project I Believe That Dreams Can Come True. Five years, three continents, and more than 400 public talks and national radio and TV appearances (in twelve countries) later, Tay and Val settled in the Pacific Northwest.
Sloan Ritchie is the founder of Cascade Built and a pioneer of Seattle’s green building movement. An environmentalist at heart, his company is known for building the city’s healthiest, most comfortable, energy-efficient, high performance homes, including the newest, Pax Futura. Located in Columbia City, Pax Futura is Seattle’s 1st Certified Passive House Apartments, meeting rigorous energy standards to use up to 90% less energy to heat and cool the building. Now leasing, go check out your new home! Sloan sees the opportunity to stop climate change through more efficient buildings. His mission is to change the way homes are built in Seattle and the way people in these homes think about their quality of life. Sloan is a graduate of Whitman College, an MBA graduate of the University of Washington, and a sustainable building advisor graduate. He speaks on the topic of residential green building and Passive House constructed homes, and is featured in a myriad of publications for his homes and expertise.
Travis Gillett is a photographer and marketer from Boise, ID. Through his photography he works to capture the surreal, and the fantastic that exists in the often overlooked everyday world. Using natural light he photographs real people and wild places with childlike abandon. His clients include: Lucchese, Filson, and Covey Rise Magazine.
Founder and Executive Director of fearless360º
Sandy Cioffi is an independent filmmaker and a tenured professor at Seattle Central Community College. She has produced and/or directed several films, including the critically acclaimed Sweet Crude, Crocodile Tears, Terminal 187 and Just Us. She is also the connector that brings the likes of Lauren Weedman to the Cloud Room. As an artist, Sandy created media design for live performance at the Annex Theater, Hugo House, The Seattle Repertory Theater and On the Boards. She directed the Mentor/Apprentice Film Program at Langston Hughes Cultural Arts Center from 1997-2000. The films produced were purchased for use in anti-violence curriculum and eventually bought by Discovery Learning.
Meet new member Luci Hackbert, an independent leadership consultant and trained clinical psychologist who works at all levels to foster dialogue, collaboration and creative problem solving. In the words of Lucy, "Social change happens through intentional and respectful everyday interactions coupled with a sustained commitment to collaboration, critical thinking and compassionate action."
Luci is a co-developer of Let’s Connect, a social and emotional skill-building program for adults to connect successfully with children and youth they care. This federally funded program is currently being implemented in homes, schools and communities across the Rocky Mountain Region.
This Fall, look for exciting opportunities at the Cloud Room to learn new skills as you work collaboratively with a small group or team. Say hello if you see her around!
Meet Holly + Holly!
Holly Robins and Holly Torneby are the Co-Founders of Wildern, a design studio dedicated to creating engaging brands and delightful digital experiences. Holly Robins is a multi-media graphic designer specializing in identity/branding and responsive web design. Holly Torneby is an interactive product designer and visual brand developer. With extensive experience as a Creative Agency project lead her clients range from local startups to large enterprises.
Alicia attended Western Washington University to pursue her interests in the human experience, namely, the mind-body connection through biology and philosophy. She has since spent time in India exploring her shared roots with yoga and went on to receive a 200 hr- instructor certification through a program that took her to Thailand. These experiences inspired her hunger for world travel, wellness and an understanding of the human connection through art, movement and communication.
Ben is an an editorial and commercial photographer with a focus on lifestyle and people. Initially drawn to photography through music -- interviewing and photographing bands -- his knack for capturing real people and candid moments applied naturally outside of music. Commercial clients include Filson, The North Face Japan, Therm-a-Rest, Capitol Hill Block Party and The Goodship Co. Editorial clients include Seattle Mag and City Arts.
Director and Documentary Filmmaker
Having grown up the son of two illustrators in rural Georgia, Austin brings a painter's eye for lighting and composition to his film work.
Trained at the New York Film Academy and the USC School of Cinematic Arts, documentary style has always been his passion, and remains a strong focus in his commercial work. Recently he has directed spots for Intel, Audi, EA Sports, Facebook, and Seventh Generation along with dozens of music videos and short documentaries. His work has screened at South by Southwest, Seattle International Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival and others.
In 2016 Austin joined the Directors Guild of America and is represented by www.society.tv. He is currently working with Sub Pop Records on a second Iron & Wine music video that is set for release later in July. Austin shares his life and work with Kathleen Warren, who is the director of www.urbanartworks.com in Seattle, WA.
Alex thrives on the challenge of leading the team at AudioControl focused on designing, engineering and manufacturing some of the most innovative high-performance audio solutions. The Pacific Northwest is a music and tech nirvana! Maybe it’s something in the water! Alex leads a team of obsessive audio experts—including some of the best audio engineers on the planet. Alex is a native Londoner and Chelsea football team supporter who moved to New York and then Seattle 10 years ago. He has always been focused on releasing the potential of entrepreneurial, technology based companies and is an avid tennis player, foodie, new long distance runner and amateur ‘Soulcyclist’!
Anvil Studios is a product design firm for the real world. Founded by Greg Janky and Treasure Hinds in 2008, they deliver elegant, iconic, and manufacturable designs that people love to touch and use. They take a flexible approach to the process so that you get great solutions within your constraints. And our product designs get noticed– they've won 55 design awards so far.
Anvil Studios work with clients across the US, from Philadelphia to San Diego to Seattle, in a broad range of industries, including consumer electronics, housewares, wearables, sporting goods, medical, and life sciences.
Amanda is an artist, writer, and Visual Arts Editor at City Arts Magazine. A Texas transplant and resident of Seattle for nearly two decades, her art has been exhibited locally at the Frye Art Museum, Bellevue Arts Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum among others.
She’s represented by Winston Wächter Gallery in both Seattle and NYC. From 2012-2015 she served as curator of Hedreen Gallery at Seattle University. Over the years she’s co-founded multiple mixed-use art spaces in Capitol Hill, including TMRW Party (RIP) and The Factory, located just around the corner on 10th Avenue
CEO Gumball Enterprises
Ann Michael Dorgan is the CEO of Gumball Enterprises, working with fortune 500 companies around the world as well as vibrant startups in the NW region; Whitepages, Simple Bank, Juno Therapeutics, PopCap Games, GE, Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing are just a few. Ann is a leadership development practitioner, practicing now for 20 years. Her MA is in AppliedBehavioral Science, she’s a professional certified coach through the International Coach Federation and is a Certified Mentor Coach
Erin helps people overcome their reactive patterns to live with more authenticity, courage, and kindness. She is a Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication and has a degree in Sociology. In her coaching work with individuals, couples, leaders and organizations, Erin blends together powerful expertise in emotional intelligence with human intuition and just the right dose of realness to catalyze fierce, openhearted living in her clients. Born and raised in Seattle, Erin is passionate about hiking and backpacking, yoga, speaking Spanish, singing and playing the ukulele, cooking yummy vegetarian food, and geeking out about self-help books.
Civilization is a design practice that works with causes, clients and partners that share a commitment for creating positive change and promoting a greater awareness of the world. The studio builds brands, concepts, experiences, printed matter, and digital platforms. They are the wonderful team that brought the Cloud Room logo and branding to life!
Civilization also produces the Design Lecture Series, a non-profit series that brings legendary designers to Seattle to give free lectures at the Seattle Public Library, and Beyond This Point, a design podcast.
As a wellness astrologer, Stephanie Gailing weaves together astrological insights, flower essence therapy, dreamwork, and compassion-based coaching. Author of Planetary Apothecary: Am Astrological Approach to Health and Wellness, Stephanie counsels clients, teaches workshops, writes about holistic well-being, and crafts custom-designed flower essence elixirs. With decades of experience as a writer and educator, Stephanie also offers editing and concept smithing services for those in the sacred and healing arts. Stephanie serves as the Astrologer-in-Residence here at The Cloud Room!
Meet Cloud Room members John (left) and Aaron (right) who work for the Reinsurance business unit called JLT Re. Although JLT Re handles all lines of reinsurance (Property, Casualty, Life, Accident & Health, etc.), John and Aaron have focused on workers’ compensation for most of their careers. John and Aaron worked together for 20 years at another reinsurance broker prior to starting the Seattle presence for JLT Re in late 2016. JLT is one of the world's leading providers of insurance, reinsurance and employee benefits related advice, brokerage and associated services. Their operations span 40 territories and they can provide services in more than 135 countries. Wherever they operate, they have the culture, strategy and commitment to clients that set them apart.
Meet Cloud Room member Katrina Spade who is changing the way we think about what we want to do with our bodies when we die. Katrina is the creator of the Urban Death Project, which is based on the idea of recomposing our bodies after death in an ecological, equitable, and meaningful way. Katrina and her team have put in extremely long hours towards this project and just recently, they designed a prototype that they are ready to bring to life through their campaign. In October, Katrina was awarded first place in the Startup Nonprofit and Audience Choice at the 2016 Social Ventures Partners awards. Her name has also been buzzing around in The Seattle Times, KUOW, Wired and many more. And it doesn't stop there, Katrina just gave a lecture at The Goodship - Higher Education event last night! I got the opportunity to talk with Katrina about her project, she shared with me that if she could grow into anything after she dies, it would be a prickly pair or a nettle. But for sure something pointy!
Head of Business & Product Operations at Rep
Meet one of our newest members, Arthur Shwab! Arthur heads up operations & biz dev at a startup called Mensch Labs, where they aspire to live up to the name. They’re developing a SaaS product called Rep, which lets online brands message with their customers (over SMS, Facebook Messenger, in-app and on-site chat, etc.) and provide awesome customer experience. They’re also putting Rep in the hands of nonprofits to connect with their clients and provide services like hotlines over text message.Prior to joining the tech world, Arthur was practicing corporate law, taking photos, working with immigrants & refugees, traveling, and doing fun side projects.
Chanel Reynolds is a Gemini extrovert who loves making things and showing them to people. Working in the arts, non-profits and technology, she now brings her most recent role as Founder of Get Your Shit Together to create GYST with three other fabulous Co-Founders working happily out of the Cloud Room (Jessica, Josh and Phil)
Meet Cloud Room Member, Ryan Hartford! Ryan is the Partnerships and Sales Director for Dimagi, a social-business based in Boston. Ryan works remotely as the sole Seattle-based staff. Dimagi provides mobile applications focused on low-resource or disadvantaged settings to more than 50 countries around the world. He lives walking distance from the Cloud Room with his partner and 2 year old son.
Ryan has deep technical experience in web and application software and an entrepreneurial passion for improving the world with technology. He has built and deployed custom software solutions for the US Government, non-profits, NGOs and private industry in over 30 countries.
Katrina Rising is the Owner and founder of Cake Skincare. Katrina started Cake on her intrigue for skincare but the idea was driven by the love and care she had for her clients. Cake was born out of a desire to establish a culture of business that seemed to lack. Inspired by the importance of her sincere and interactive client relationships paired with extensive skin and aesthetic knowledge, she holds a high standard for what Cake has to offer. With the foundation she has created in her 10 + years of work, Katrina is also focused on supporting "conscious consumerism". Working closely with brands that practice strong ethics and integrity towards their products, communities, and the earth.
Meet Cloud Room members Mike Huang and Andy Savoie who run Milli. Milli is a purpose-driven, millennial run digital marketing and creative agency dedicated to unlocking the potential between communities, businesses, and organizations through leveraging today's digital tools.
Meet Cloud Room member, Mary Lytle. The journey began with Mary's personal interest and passion for health, balance and spirituality. She was a dancer for many years, and one day, a friend brought her to a yoga class and she loved it! Mary was surprised at how amazing she felt. Inspired, open, centered and physically challenged. After many years of working in fashion, and becoming a mom, she and her husband Andy had the opportunity to buy 2 studios in Seattle. She started taking barre3 when founder (and friend) Sadie Lincoln opened her first studio in Portland. And fell in love with the class and community. Her desire is for her clients to leave her class feeling enriched, inspired, empowered and connected. Philanthropy is a passion of Mary's.
Tina's experience in over a decade of award-winning broadcast journalism led to the founding of Larj Media, a company that helps thought leaders, celebrities and brands find their podcasting voice, and ensure their audience hears it. Larj Media helps clients tell a compelling story, with national network quality recording, production and editing.
Meet Nick Patri, a podcast editor and producer in the new Cloud Studios, located in the basement level of Chophouse Row. He will also manage the podcast studio alongside Joey Glocke.
If you have an idea for a podcast, chat about it with Nick and he can tell you how you can best use Cloud Studios. Here’s a list of topics you can use as icebreakers with him: Game of Thrones, novelty Oreo flavors, Weezer, and the utility of handkerchiefs.
Meet Jessa Carter, a graphic designer and and otherwise incredibly inspiring woman. Jessa is an integral team member of LoveCityLove, an endeavor who's vision is "to revive real community and fearless face to face experiences, raising the vibration of humanity at large through creativity and expression." LoveCityLove has brought programming that bolsters and champions the work of emerging talent in every art medium you can imagine.
Meet Sarah Bergmann,
who is the creator of The Pollinator Pathway, which looks at the Earth as a massive design project and considers humans as their own ecosystem in the Anthropocene, or Age of Humankind. She does not consider the project a wildlife corridor. It has been called 'a design project of a magnificent scale' and 'an astronaut's view on landscape and the globe'. The Pollinator Pathway has been curated into exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum and the Museum of the City of New York.
Meet Ross Porter, the COO of LifeEdited. Ross and his team develops real estate in New York City and Hawaii. They're known for their elegant but small apartments & homes in fun neighborhoods. If that's your sort of thing, look for them on the cover of the November issue of Dwell magazine (The Cloud Room has a subscription). Or watch their TED Talk. If tech is more your thing, you might possibly like Ross's hobby project -- a music player he made for people with dementia. And if that's not your thing either, perhaps you can talk about your favorite places to ski -- he always wants to hear those stories!
Meet the team from FiLMiC, Inc. FiLMiC is rapidly becoming one of Seattle's most exciting start ups! Flagship app FiLMiC Pro is the market leading video camera app for iOS and now Android applications. FiLMiC Pro has been featured in multiple Apple Global TV campaigns, was used by Bentley Motors to film viral videos, and is frequently used by independent filmmakers to make feature length films tat have played at Sundance, Cannes, SXSW and countless other festivals all over the world.
Ellen Forney is the bad-ass-cartoonist-Stranger-genius that designed two massive murals displayed in the North and West entrances of the Sound Transit light rail station now open on Capitol Hill. One is called “Crossed Pinkies” which is 40 feet long and 13 feet high, and hangs in the North entrance overlooking John Street. The other piece for the Broadway entrance, “Walking Fingers”, is 20 feet by 28 feet.
The Capitol Hill Blog in an earlier feature during the stations construction wrote "Ellen Forney has been a professional cartoonist illustrator since the early 1990s, and has dabbled in a variety of other artistic mediums since then.
Stranger Genius award winners and Cloud Room members, D'Vonne Lewis, Evan Flory-Barnes, Ahamefule J. Oluo and Josh Rawlings make music that's described as an easily accessible yet difficult-to-categorize sound that merges elements of jazz, hip-hop, electronica and the indefinable. All without hacking out an unnecessarily complicated “progressive” fusion-mishmash. The individual members’ key strengths were mastery of their chosen instruments and sophisticated yet earthy compositional skills, both finely honed in formal study and persistent live performance backgrounds.
Aashish Gadani is one of the most talented visual production artists you'll come across in this city. He and Bobby Azarbayejani make up the award winning duo, Coldbrew Collective which was voted "Best Visual Artist" in the 2015 Best of Seattle Reader Poll.
When he isn't writing code for award winning dating app, SIREN, Aashish codes and performs live visuals in conjunction with Seattle based Decibel Festival, Debacle Records, MTNS, Elevator, Cairo, Secondnature and Pent Up Release. Utilizing digital art techniques and graphics algorithms in Processing, C++, openFrameworks, GLSL, Final Cut Pro X, Python, OpenCV, and Blender. If that didn't quite register, just watch this!
Ana is a proud member of the Wildern team, where she handles client-facing account management and creative production. Wildern is a design and interactive agency dedicated to creating engaging brands and delightful digital experiences. Outside of Wildern, Ana is also a photographer, aspiring writer and community builder with a deep love for forging connections between folks that might not otherwise cross paths. Stop by her desk and say hello! Ana is also co-hosting the "Basics of Compassionate Communication" workshop on May 3rd. Event details are below, sign up today!
Smarthouse Creative is a creative agency that does PR and marketing for entrepreneurs, filmmakers, artists, distributors, exhibitors, and non profits. This year they are venturing into indie film distribution with the titles Chatty Catties, 13 Chambers, and Antigona.
Nick Licata ran for the Seattle City Council for the first time in 1997. He was outspent 2-to-1; both daily newspapers supported his opponent. Licata won the contest. Energetic, funny and a die-hard progressive, Licata held his seat for 17 years until he retired in December. Recently, he has begun an effort to pass down the things he knows to younger progressives through his book, “Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies & Advice for Changing Our World.”
Mícheál 'Moley' Ó Súilleabháin is a singer, rapper, human beatboxer, musician, and composer and actor. He holds an MA in Ethnomusicology and travels widely performing a number of genres of music. Apart from original pop songs, hip hop and jazz influence, he has a store of sacred song from Gregorian Chant to Irish language sean nos song.
Meet Tectonic, Chophouse Row Tenants and Cloud Room members who are changing the way we think about design.Tectonic is an experience design studio founded in 2011 by Bill Flora, Mark Gibson, and Dan Pepper. They work with a wide variety of companies that you are very familiar with, you know - Amazon, HBO, Samsung and many more! Recently, Tectonic had an event at The Cloud Room which included a screening of the documentary DESIGN DISRUPTORS.
Founder and Cloud Room Member Bill True has launched a new poetry press. Gramma Poetry came on the Seattle poetry scene in October. Bill has teamed up with Drew Swenhaugen (wearing blue in the photo above) who has introduced to him a variety of poets. Their press provides poetry of all kinds and is paired with beautiful images. Are you a poet yourself? Share your talents with Gramma.
After a career spent helping large and small companies build great brands, Michael has shifted his focus to helping anyone start and run a great independent business.
His new company, indie.biz , soft-launched its beta two months ago. The core insight for the business is that most independents are not “business people”, we’re people who have a skill, passion or dream that we’re almost compelled to build. They figure out the business stuff along the way, largely through try and error, word of mouth and generally re-inventing the wheel each time. This first beta version of indie.biz has a free planning tool, free business guides on a range of topics and a marketplace of products and services from other companies, including accounting software, legal services and payroll.
“This is a mission-driven company,” Michael explains. “It’s very important to me that we innovate in the business model so we can always keep the information and tools free for members. We’ll do that by using the marketplace to unlock our collective buying power: individually, we’re small but together we’re huge.”
Barnett Lewis is a full service interior design firm in Seattle. They have worked together for over 10 years, creating beautiful, purposeful interiors that are a reflection of our clients. They are dedicated to working in partnership with their clients to create spaces that attract and inspire through design and planning. With over 20 years of experience, they have a diverse background including interior design for high-profile residences and national and international hospitality leaders. Their experience in hospitality design and branding gives them the ability to understand their clients in a unique and personal way, creating a truly personalized space, bringing their client's vision to life.Their projects are guided by timeless design principals, symmetry, harmony, scale, but the core of each design is informed by their client's needs and objectives.They create timeless spaces, with an unexpected twist to reflect our client's own style through design, lighting, antiques, custom furniture, and art.
Press: See their latest project in the No. 35 Aug/Sept issues of Gray Magazine, “Hot, New, Next”
Meet the Gender Justice League, our newest members at The Cloud Room (Danni Askini and Elayne Wiley featured above). GJL were previously residing at Agnes Underground for the past 4 years! Gender Justice League is a Washington State gender and sexuality civil and human rights organization.They have focused on elevating civil and human rights for trans and gender diverse people by creating community through advocacy efforts and shared leadership development. In November, GJL held multiple emergency clinics including one at the CR where they assisted folks in legally changing their identity documents to reflect who they are. They were successfully able to get 80+ clients, with 20 staff and 35 volunteers. We are very happy and excited to have GJL be apart of the Cloud Room community, make sure to say hello!
Dani Cone has three great loves: fine coffee, good food, and community.
In 2005, after over twelve years in the coffee industry, she opened Fuel Coffee, and by 2007 had expanded it to three locations. In 2008, during a troubled economy, High 5 Pie was launched to bring a little “delicious comfort” to tough times. Dani believes that people come together over good food and drink and strives to build places that create this experience.
Dani believes that the neighborhood market is a true catalyst to creating community. Inspired by her great-grandfather's store one hundred years prior, Cone & Steiner General opened in 2014.
“The Cloud Room is my personal HQ when I need to step away from the stores and think, and to hold strategic meetings with staff and investors. We’re raising our second investment round and Liz’s connections in the Seattle business community are helping us raise money and pick up key advisors.”