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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”