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Sudhir Shrestha

Project Manager

LinkedIn 

Top skills: PMP Certification, Interpersonal Skills/Communication, Financial/Budget Management

Fun facts: I volunteer to help Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to develop surgical skills of Nepali surgeons. I also volunteer to help maintain Buddhist monasteries and assist in ancient Buddhist historical site excavation. I also like cycling and walking.

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Lujia Zhu

Business Operations/Project Manager

LinkedIn

Top skills: Product and Project Launch, Business Operations, Strategic Planning and Implementation

Tools of trade: Prezi, MS Excel (VLookup, PivotTable), Powerpoint, Visio, SQL

Fun facts: I am learning how to make tattoos as a hobby. I am also into fashion and fitness. I speak a little German.

Ramin Zandieh

Ramin Zandieh

Graphic Designer and Photographer

LinkedIn

Top skills: Graphic Design, Creative Thinking, Storytelling Photography, Creative Progressive Campaign, Brand Development

Tools of trade: Adobe Creative Suite, UI/UX Design, Sketch, Typography

Fun facts: I love skiing. I was in the top 8 when I competed in my town. I think dogs are the best, loyal friends forever. Sometimes I sleep listening to music. I can’t live without music.

Fernanda Silva

Fernanda Silva

3D Artist

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Video Editing, 3D Texture, Character Animation

Tools of trade: Adobe Creative Suite, 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, Final Cut Pro, Python

Fun facts: I play drums in a female Brazilian band, we often volunteer to perform in events for children and women’s rights. I also volunteer at the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio. When I am not working on the computer I like to exercise outdoors.

April Steed

April Steed

UX Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: User Experience Design, Interaction Design, User Interface Design

Tools of trade: Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, InVision, OmniGraffle, Axure, Balsamiq, HTML/CSS

Fun facts: I’ve done a lot of work in civic tech, including founding my own project where I led a small multidisciplinary team to build a web-based software platform in the social services space. I’m a bio nerd. In my spare time I cultivate plants, fungi, and microbial ferments (for food mostly). Naturally I like to spend a lot of time outside. I’m also trained as an illustrator and am working to get a new body of work online. I got into that partly through my love of comics.

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Jean Menezes

UX/UI Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Product Design, Motion Graphics, Brand Design

Tools of trade: Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS, Sketch

Fun facts: I’m an avid Illustrator who often has a pen and pencil in hand. I’m a high adrenaline sports fan, from surfing to skateboarding, snowboarding, skydiving, rock climbing, hardcore hiking. Anything that gets my blood pumping. I love working for projects that empower people that are in need. I come from a humble family and wouldn’t be here without the help from strangers. I’m now in the position to be that stranger, and to take every extra project I can fit in my schedule.

 

Nelson Jimenez

Nelson Jimenez

Software Engineer/Web Developer

LinkedIn 

Top skills: Coding, Web Design, Technical Support

Tools of trade: JavaScript, C#, Java, PL/SQL, PHP, HTML/CSS, jQuery, mySQL, Oracle

Fun facts: I love to learn new things, share knowledge, and help others share knowledge. 

Francisco Martinez

Francisco Martinez Gutierrez

IT Engineer

LinkedIn

Top skills: Project Management, Program Manager, IT Operations

Tools of trade: Java, C#, Python, mySQL, Oracle

Fun facts: I make my own espresso at home. I love to discover new places in San Francisco, but on Sundays I love to regularly ride my scooter by Ocean Beach.

Erika Nieves

Erika Nieves

 Web Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Graphic Design, Web Design

Tools of trade: Adobe Creative Suite, HTML/CSS, Bootstrap

Fun facts: I love anime. So much so, I got my AA in Japanese. I’m my family’s tech support. I like to wander around the cities I live in and visit. It’s fun to find new things and to learn about each place. Also, it’s a great way to exercise!

Zaw Lwin

Zaw Lwin

Software Engineer

LinkedIn 

Top skills: IT, Web Development, Graphic and Web Design, Photography, Video Editing

Tools of trade: Javascript, HTML/CSS, Java, Ruby on Rails, C#, JQuery, mySQL, Adobe Creative Suite

Fun facts: I’m a street photographer and a Chelsea soccer club supporter. I love computer hardware and especially enjoy assembling the hardware.

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Michelle Chang

Experience Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: User Experience Design,  Sketch Prototyping, User research Marketing

Tools of trade: HTML/CSS, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InVision

Fun facts: I am a certified open water scuba diver and dove in Monterey, CA, Bali, Indonesia, and Cairns, Australia. I volunteered with the California Academy of Sciences. I studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and enjoy choreographing pieces for myself and my friends. I have competed in pageants (Miss California and Miss Chinatown USA)

Experience: ProductBio, Sitecore, Counsyl, UCSF

 

B. Andreina Prado

B. Andreina Prado

Graphic Designer & Motion Graphics

Linkedin | Portfolio

Top Skills: Graphic Design, Motion Graphic Design, Print Design, Visual Communication, Photography, Bilingual, Screen Printing, Letterpress, Black and White Film Photography, Darkroom Printing

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, WordPress

Fun Facts: My latest hobby in my never ending list is cross stitching. I am working on being a fospice mom for dogs that are in their last days. Fospice means taking a dog into your home and giving it palliative care, love, and a wonderful life until it is their time for euthanasia. I am the house mom to my housemates. No really, they call me mom sometimes

Experience: Elefint, Nonchalance, Weldon Owen Publishing

Ramona Stoianova

Ramona Stoianova

Artist + Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Customer service, Illustration, Communication, Logo Design, Conceptual Marketing/Branding

Tools of  trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Fun facts: I was born in Bulgaria and I have visited almost every continent

Experience: Creative Marketing Concepts, Paper Culture, Minted

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Eugene Wang

Visual Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Visual Design, Branding, Marketing, Event Graphics, Iconography/infographics, Design and Production for a variety of print formats.

Tools of  trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft PowerPoint

Fun facts: I make terrariums and I love coffee. I know a lot of useless trivia, especially movie and pop culture related facts. I am a native San Franciscan.

Experience: Riverbed Technology, KIXEYE, Apple Symantec, TiVo, Walmart.com

 

Evlyn Andrade

Evlyn Andrade

Software Engineer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top skills: Full Stack Web Development, Project Management, Budget Management

Tools of  trade: Python, Flask, SQL, PostgreSQL, SQLAlchemy, Javascript, jQuery, AJAX, JSON

Fun facts: I am passionate about social justice and am a news junkie. I love dogs, but have no idea when I will live somewhere big enough to actually have one. I have eleven brothers and sisters.

Experience: UC Berkeley School of Public Health Haas School of Business San Quentin Teach in Prison Program

Hsuan-Ting

Hsuan-Ting Wu

UX Designer + Creative Producer + Maker

Linkedin | Portfolio

Top Skills: User Experience Design, Visual Design, Photography and Videography, Post Production Editing, Project Management, Social Media Marketing

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premiere Pro, HTML/CSS, WordPress

Fun Facts: My interest in exploration led to various experiences in areas like coding, blogging, fashion, nail art, makeup, 3D animation, martial arts, dance, and traveling. I’ve handmade Halloween costumes for Maleficent, Sadako, Captain Kirk, Judy Hopps and Mayor Bellwether. I’m particularly interested in Asians in America so I often observe them to find trends in behaviors and accents.

Experience: Razorfish SF, University of Washington, International Cross-Cultural Committee

Cynthia Salinas

Cynthia Salinas

Junior Software Engineer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Socially intelligent, Adaptable, Multidisciplinary, Cross-culturally adept, Analytical

Tools of the Trade:  HTML/CSS, Javascript

Fun Facts: I’m a bookworm. I indulge in anything about personal growth, business, and spirituality. I enjoy teaching others how to cook and I’m also a karaoke fanatic – I’m always in the mood to sing.

Experience: Santen Pharmaceuticals, Novartis Pharmaceuticals, East Bay College Fund, San Francisco Union District

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Blake Tucker

Multimedia Producer

Linkedin | Portfolio

Top Skills: Directing, Producing, Photography, Event Planning, Motion Graphics

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro

Fun Facts: I speak French. I am also known as “Doctor Inkwell,” founder and general mad scientist of Boozephreaks.com, Mixology Consulting & Spirit Events. I’ve worked directly with George Lucas and Steve Jobs, even making two birthday cards for the former. In 2013, I created a three-floor exhibit of my own photography called “Show Yourself” and was profiled at http://dot429.com/articles/2455

Experience: Pixar, Lucasfilm, Fox Animation, Intapp, Photography by Blake Tucker, Boozephreaks

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Jessa Hurley

Award-Winning Multimedia Producer

Linkedin

Top Skills: Creative Media Production, Video Production, Employee Engagement / Team-Building, Creative Direction, Story Development / Editing, Content Marketing, Blog and Social Media Management, Project Management Software Content Development for Online Education

Tools of the Trade: SEO, Google Analytics

Fun Facts: I have 2 Emmy Awards, 2 Golden Mike Awards and a company where I worked received 2 Webby Awards, but if I was going to give myself an award, it would be for attracting the most amazing community of friends! When I was little, I lived in a subterranean house covered in grass (like hobbits or rabbits). I recently started volunteering in middle and high schools for the acclaimed Challenge Day organization which fosters social-emotional well-being in kids, communities and businesses through experiential exercises that unify. I received my SCUBA certification to do a shark dive on a trip to the Bahamas hosted by actor Woody Harrelson and his family. Also, I grew up in the small Oregon town where The Goonies was filmed and met some cast members but, alas, was not an extra.

Experience: The Shift Network BALANCE Edutainment / Pacha’s Pajamas Indigo Films / Travel Channel Bay City Television / Televisa Oxygen Media / ThriveOnline

Thaisa Fernandes

Thaisa Fernandes

Project & Product Manager

Linkedin | Portfolio

Top Skills: Project Management, Marketing, Advertising, Social Media Management, Community Management, Design & Wireframe

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, UX, WordPress, Basecamp, Asana, Trello, Slack, Pro workflow, Google Suite, MS Project, Agile, PMI Methodologies & Frameworks such as Scrum and Kanban

Fun Facts: I work as a volunteer to a non-profit that researches about ocean, specially sharks, and I’m volunteer to another non-profit that helps to build the homes of butterflies at Golden Gate Park. I have two cats and a dog, they’re all Brazilians, I brought them to the US, and my dog thinks he’s a cat. I wrote a script about my dog “catfication” and my husband is illustrating these histories.

Experience: TomTom, FCB, RAPP

 

LB Johnson

Laura B. Johnson

WordPress Specialist / Digital Content Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Social media manager, Digital content writing and editing, Information Technology, Customer Service professional

Tools of the Trade: WordPress, HTML/CSS, Mac and Windows User Environment

Fun Facts: I am on the research team of a New York Times bestselling author

Experience: Graduate Theological Union, Pacific School of Religion, Archive.org, Earth Island Institute

Renata Prokel

Renata Prokel

Motion Graphics Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Motion Graphics Design, Photography, Animation, VFX Artist, Post Production Editing, Digital Asset Management, Video Producer, Lighting, Digital Illustration, Compositing, Rotoscoping, 2D/3D animation, Audio editing

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro

Fun Facts: When I’m not pushing pixels around I love to get out to nature, hiking, biking and skiing. I love animals and getting my dog fix by volunteering at the SPCA. Traveling and exploring different cultures is one of my biggest passions. I was a sled dog- handler and trainer in Alaska.

Experience: Viscera, Restauration Hardware, JustUno, Juvessentials

Xiaojian Deng

Xiaojian Deng

Data Scientist & Machine Learning Engineer

Linkedin | Portfolio

Top Skills: Machine Learning, Statistical Analysis, Project Management, Financial Modeling, Programming

Tools of the Trade: Python, Java, Matlab

Fun Facts: I created an Android app just to help myself manage my time. I’ve lived on 3 different continents and have traveled to over 40 states and 15 countries. I’ve been creating websites as a hobby since Junior High, over 20 years ago.

Experience: Lighthorse Asset Management, UC Davis, Genome Center

Alexandria Tesoro

Alexandria Tesoro

Illustrator, Visual Stage Production Assistant, Graphic Designer

LinkedIn 

Top Skills:  Illustration, Art and Stage Production, Customer Service, Event Coordinator, Admin Assistant, Video Production & Post Production / Video Editor

Fun Facts: In my high school years, I went to my local Boys and Girls Club and made a lot of art pieces for various projects, and won a regional art contest. I also was a Youth Leader for one of our programs called Southern Exposure. Also, I volunteered with:

– Wonder Con – San Francisco, met and helped Pendleton Ward for his signing, and watched his debut episode “Belly Of The Beast” from his cartoon show; Adventure Time.

– Image Comics Expo – Oakland, met and helped Todd McFarlane for his signing day (creator of Spawn, and worked on The Amazing Spider-Man’, and other well known comics) 

Experience: Philz Coffee, Great Star Events, Edwardian Ball , Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco

 

Danka Buchal

Danka Buchal

Jr. Video Editor / Production Assistant

Linkedin 

Top Skills: Non-linear Video and Audio Editing, Digital Content Management, Source Capturing, Logging, Media Footage and Image Organization, Fluent in Czech and Slovak languages

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro

Fun Facts: Besides reading, hiking, and snowboarding, I like to paint but my brushes are often untouched since I love to paint with my fingers. My friends believe I create my best pieces with this style. Also, I used to organize summer and winter camps for children from orphanages and foster care.

Experience: Avast Software, Inc., Pixar Animation Studios, SF Film Society

 

Kevin Ko

Kevin Ko

Marketing Specialist

Linkedin 

Top Skills: Product Marketing, Event Marketing, Digital Marketing, Email Marketing, Lead Generation

Tools of the Trade: SEO, Google Analytics, CMS, WordPress

Fun Facts: I was a participant in the Superbowl 50 half time show. Yes, on the same field with Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars. I’m a volunteer for Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV) as the Product Marketing Intern. Basketball and hockey are my favorite sports to play. I produce music on Fruity Loops when I’m bored.

Experience: Opendoor, Speckle Communications, IntelliCorp, Little Harvard Academy, San Jose Mercury News (Bay Area News Group), Sycomp, San Jose State University Athletics

 

Reynaldo Barrioz

Reynaldo Barrioz

Visual/Web Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Graphic Design, Web Design, Video, Photography, Project Management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Premiere, Powerpoint, WordPress, HTML

Fun Facts: I love to Salsa dance. My wife and I often go to Salsa by the Sea at the Santa Cruz Wharf and dance the afternoon away. I volunteer with the Watsonville Film Festival, the multicultural film festival of the Monterey Bay, in the areas of graphic design, marketing and fund development. I enjoy gardening. 

Experience: Amazon Lab126, Levi’s, American Red Cross, San Jose Mercury News

Lisa Khazina

Lisa Khazina

IT Project Manager

LinkedIn 

Top Skills: Program and Project Management, Customer Service Management, Waterfall and Hybrid methodologies, IT consulting, Process and automation optimization, Teaching and mentoring

Tools of Trade: Agile (Scrum, TDD)

Fun Facts: I like Bach, Mozart, Chopin and U2.
My home library weighs 200 lbs (I know the weight because I mailed it from Russia to the US), and it is just a fifth part of the whole collection.

Experience: Amfasoft Corporation, Hitachi Data Systems, City of Sunnyvale

Bianca Weber

Bianca Weber

Graphic Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Graphic Design, Typography, Editorial Design, Pre-Press, Visual Design, Branding, Bilingual, Budget and Time Management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, WordPress, HTML/CSS Basics

Fun Facts: I am a total foodie and fan of carefully hand crafted cocktails, I founded the legendary “Vermouth Club”. On the weekends I sometimes like to get up early and drive down to Pacifica to surf. My long board is called “Theres”, I named it after my granny. She never surfed but I am sure she would have liked it. For more quiet times, I love visiting the new MOMA. I love it so much that I just had to get a membership. Best investment of 2016 for sure!

Experience: Web2Print Experts San Francisco, Women Sports Film Festival, First Clue, San Francisco Spatz Camping and Outdoor, Zurich Switzerland (Camping and Outdoor Specialist), Tamedia AG, Zurich Switzerland (Switzerland’s biggest Publishing Company)

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Finance & Product

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills:  Software product management, Financial Services (Chartered Financial Analyst), Business analytics, Customer development and UX, Excel/SQL data analytics

Tools of the Trade: WordPress, MySQL, Google Analytics. I speak English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, German

Fun Facts: I toured 14 countries in Oceania and Asia on a two year trip as a solo traveler, journeying without a guidebook and carrying only a 50 liter backpack. Taught myself programming languages and new languages, studied business and product strategy, climbed a glacier, and taught surfing and scuba diving.

Experience: BlackRock Financial Services

Mercedes Gonzalez

Mercedes González

Bilingual Video Editor & Motion Graphics

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Editing, Motion Graphics, Bilingual, Strong interview skills, Translation and Transcriptionist

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro 7, Adobe After Effects

Fun Facts: Swing dancing makes me very happy. Recently I have discovered fusion dance and I am hooked too. I like experimenting in the kitchen with fun and healthy recipes. I’m involved in environmental causes, currently I am part of the campaign for saving the vaquita marina from extinction.

Experience: Reebok, School of Thought: ad agency, BeyondPixStudios, Patch Works Productions, River Place Productions, Paradigm Productions, Google, Wild Lens

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Morgan Walter

Videographer, Video Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Videography, Video Editing, Post Production, Shooting Video, Customer Service

Tools of the Trade:  Adobe After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro,

Fun Facts: I play ukulele and write my own music, I am a musical theatre fanatic and have been in 12 productions! I love sci-fi films, the aesthetics and costuming in modern David O’Russell films, and playing with my GoPro. I am obsessed with Adobe After Effects and am fascinated with learning more about the world of animation.

Experience: Max Ye Wedding Photography/Videography, Daniel Gruen Weddings, San Francisco State School of Cinema, Pizza My Heart

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Rebecca Silvers

Visual Storyteller

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Motion Graphics, Animation, Illustration or Background Design, Post Production Editing, Storyboard Art

Tools of the Trade:  Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe After Effects

Fun Facts: I have been painting since childhood and continue to develop this passion in a shared studio space in Berkeley, CA (part of the Firehouse Art Collective). I enjoy mixed media and oils, and spent a few years painting on silk with dyes and wax resists. I have sold paintings and hand painted textiles in galleries over the years. I love cooking, skate boarding, and plan to learn how to surf as soon as possible.
I enjoy teaching and will begin a part time role as teaching assistant at Berkeley City College where I’ll be working with high school students this summer.

Experience: Freshi Entertainment, Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, DMA Animation, Nightshade Books, Penguin Books, McGraw-Hill, Collotype Labels, Caines Clark Ltd., Alberta Co-op Grocery

 

John Hollander

Jonathan Hollander

Web Developer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills:  Responsive Design, Team Communications, Sales Development (strategic planning) – Ex.
Developed sales strategy for dental offices (2016): Independently conducted strategic industry research, identified target audiences, proposed sales plan & performed sales presentation for a Direct to Consumer product

Tools of the Trade:  HTML5/CSS3, SEO Analytics, ASP.NET, XML, CouchCMS 

Fun Facts: I have a “how to brush your teeth properly” video on youtube with over 2500 views

Experience: University of the Pacific, Saidi Smiles, Whitehall Jewelers, Impressions by the Inch

 

Susan Bradley

Susan Bradley

Graphic,Type & Motion Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Storyteller with Graphic Design, Motion Graphics & Title Design, Photo Retouching, Type Design, Presentation Design, Visual Strategy

Tools of the Trade:  Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign & Creative Suite, hand-lettering

Fun Facts: It’s often hard to decide between dog-hikes and motorcycle rides, because I love being outside. I adore darkroom printing and treasure analog processes and gadgets. After working on “The Motorcycle Diaries”, I shipped my motorcycle to Europe & solo-toured for 6 weeks.

Experience: Pixar, live-action filmmaking, Disney Studios, AFI (American Film Institute), Visual Effects Society (VES)

 

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Mei Yee Tse

Visual / UI / Web Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Visual Design, UI Design, Web Design, Client and Vendor Management, Exhibition and Print Design

Tools of the Trade: HTML, CSS, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, WordPress, Adobe Bridge, MS Office

Fun Facts: I read a lot – over 40 books a year in both fiction and non-fiction. I am conversant in Cantonese and grew up in San Francisco. I love exploring the different neighborhoods in the city. I do kid-like illustrations for fun and made a hands-on interactive puppet book for my college degree project.

Experience: Tightrope Interactive, ESI Design, Glazer and Kalayjian, Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Tamara Perkins

Tamara Perkins

Director/Producer/Writer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Production, Project Management, Program Management, Development, Business Strategy, Communications

Tools of the Trade: Video Production, Budget Management, Google Analytics, Microsoft Office Suite, Database Management tools

Fun Facts: I taught yoga and filmmaking at San Quentin State Prison, have been a volunteer grief support facilitator for over 15 years, and presented a TEDx talk about the human face of incarceration and our fickle understanding of redemption 

Experience: Apple of Discord Productions, AT&T, The Wisdom Project, Niroga, and INROADS.

 

Kathryn Gritt

Kathryn Gritt

Communications Professional + Multimedia Storyteller

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Content generation (writing and photography), Photoshop post-production, Visual communications, Document template design, Marketing communications

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign

Fun Facts:  I’ve made over 100 flavors of ice cream from scratch, I volunteer with the Hearst Museum of Anthropology at UC Berkeley, I own and ride a vintage Honda motorcycle.

Experience: HVS (Hospitality Valuation Services), BMS Design Group, California College of the Arts, Credit Suisse

 

Jonah Baka

Jonah Baka

Front-End Developer & E-commerce manager

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Budget management, Web production

Tools of the Trade: JavaScript, Python, Ruby on rails, InDesign, HTML5, CSS3, C++, MySQL, WordPress, JQuery, UI, Knockout.js (MVVM), Bootstrap, Jasmine, Grunt. Tools like Git/GitHub, Brackets, GIMP, Jekyll, CVS, SVN, Git/GitHub

Fun Facts: I volunteer at a homeless shelter, I like playing piano, I enjoy playing soccer. I was an a background actor on one episode of how I met your mother in Los Angeles

Experience: Approvers, Silicon valley peripherals, Warrior films

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Gary Hall

Project Manager

LinkedIn 

Top Skills: Project Management in IT, Communication, Team Facilitation, Customer Service, Systems Engineering

Tools of the Trade: Budget management, scope of work creation, PC/Windows troubleshooting, network configuration, desktop hardware

Fun Facts: Passionate about fitness, nutrition and cooking and love sharing tips with others on how to improve in these areas.

Experience: Envision Fitness, Ports America, Intuit, Inc., University of California, San Diego

Michael Folliett

Michael Folliett

Video Producer & Motion Graphics Artist

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Top Skills: Video Production, Motion Graphics, Marketing & Communications, Photography, Digital Asset Management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, WordPress, Mac user environment & troubleshooting, Customer Service

Fun Facts: I’m a music enthusiast – I love old Doo Wop, R&B, and Soul. I’ve been creating a geocache black books art project. I’m interested in experimental book making and discontinuous approaches to storytelling.

Experience: Video & Multimedia Producer, ROBLOX Video Production Specialist, NOAA Video Producer, BCTV

John Lai

John Lai

Producer/Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Post-Production Photo and Video Editing, Concept & Design, Directing, Project Management, Versatile Creative Fields

Tools of the Trade: Final Cut Pro

Fun Facts: Love languages and culture- lived all over. Got to taste “budo.” Completed intense training; 6 hours/day in 110°F/120%Humidity Japan. Conquered overheating -recognized by master senseis. Designed interiors, urban-gardens, ponds, living-walls. Volunteered at aquariums and nurseries -enjoy feeding sharks.

Experience: DO Thailand Co., Ltd (Beauty Editorials), Taiyi Advertising Co. (Topwin), Freelance Video Production, Baby Jane (Ariztical Entertainment)

 

Michael Axtell

Michael Axtell

Documentary Filmmaker / Video Producer / Owner, Dreaming Monk Productions

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Top Skills:Video Production, Video Directing & Interviewing, Video Post-Production / Editing, Creative Writing, Camera shooting, Budget Management, Customer Service, Social Media Marketing, On-camera delivery, Photography, DSLR

Tools of the Trade:  Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat Pro, Mac User Troubleshooting, PC / Windows User Troubleshooting. Languages: Advanced in Spanish; Conversational in Japanese; Elementary in French, Korean, Bambara, Sanskrit.

Fun Facts: I am a San Francisco native who is directing an intimate ethnographic documentary about food security issues in West Africa, and am an intrepid explorer who has traveled to remote regions of Africa, Asia, Australia, México, and the USA. My work is inspired by film greats like Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Akira Kurosawa, and Orson Welles. I also have a strong background in athletics, winning the Male Athlete of the Year award as a senior at local magnet Lowell High School. Furthermore, I was a college soccer player, a nationally ranked junior tennis player, and have many years of experience as a tennis coach.

Experience: Dreaming Monk Productions, San Francisco Film Society, AboveGrey Pictures, The Bay Club, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, AfricanSky NGO, Japan Exchange and Teaching Program

Sylvia

Sylvia Roberts

Animator Graphic Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Animation, Motion Graphics, Graphic Design, Film Production, Visual Effects

Tools of the Trade: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Final Cut Pro, Premiere

Fun Facts:  I’ve always had a passion for singing and music, but it wasn’t until I was 34 years old that I was moved to do it myself. So I  joined a band.  I was fortunate to get hooked up with some great musicians and mentors. We went on to write and self-release 2 albums, and played a multitude of shows in the Bay area.

Experience: Pixar Animation, Discovery Science Channel, PBS, Lumen 3D, MX Production Services

Annie Maley

Annie Maley

Visual Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio 

Top Skills: Visual Design, Graphic Design (Print & Web), Multimedia Production, Motion Graphics & Video Production/Editing, Illustration

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe After Effects, Premier Pro, WordPress

Fun Facts: For many years I performed internationally playing indie-pop music with my band Potion. On a daily basis I experiment with vegan and gluten-free cooking. I am passionate about the issues of food security, the environment, animal welfare, and social justice.

Experience: The Biomimicry Institute, The San Francisco Vegetarian Society, SF Green Film Festival, The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation, SF Indie Fest, Santa Cruz Film Festival, Another Hole in the Head Film Festival

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Sarah Klem

Sarah Klem

Scrum Master & Project Manager

LinkedIn 

Top Skills: Scrum / Agile Team Facilitation, Creative Team Led, Process Improvement, Conflict Resolution, and Scope and Risk Management,International Cross-Functional Team Facilitation, Scope of Work Creation and Monitoring, Business Analysis and Strategic Planning, Budget Creation and Monitoring, Business Development, Change Management and Approvals, Corporate Event Planning, Client Account Management, and Software Roll-out and Adoption

Tools of the Trade: Agile, Adobe Photoshop, Video Production, HTML, CSS, Google Analytics, PC/Mac User Troubleshooting, Customer Service, JIRA, Confluence, MS Project, Basecamp, Web and Mobile Development Facilitation

Fun Facts: I collaborate with a group of event planners on creating private music festivals and concerts of up to 500 people. I also perform on occasion myself, and I teach music to little kids in my spare time. I am a certified Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapist, which means I used to work with kids who had Autism on improving their communication and social skills.

Experience: Self Health Network, Alexis Productions, NewSchools Venture Fund

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Top Skills: Good communicator, strong empathy/intuition, varied professional background, giving broader understanding of disputes and resolutions, wide emotional bandwidth, demonstrated track record of seeing processes through to completion

Tools of the Trade: Budget management, Mac / PC user environment.

Fun Facts: Singer-songwriter, I’ve slept in a bed loft for the last 20 years.

Experience: Community Boards (San Francisco), Center for Human Development (Concord), San Mateo Small Claims Court (Redwood City)

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Tim Lillis

Creative Director / Design Strategist

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Top Skills: Visual Storytelling, Strategic Thinking, Illustration, Art Direction,Video Production, Event Production, Post-Production

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, WordPress, Microsoft Office/GoogleDocs

Fun Facts: I am a bicycle racer in the discipline of cyclocross. I take improv classes and I have organized Music Video Race event, that pairs up filmmakers and musicians to create music videos in 48 hours. 

Experience: Dolby Laboratories, Google, Facebook, Intel, Rockstar Games, The San Francisco Marathon, The New England Aquarium, Maker Media

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Gregor Kalfas

Graphic and Web Designer

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Top Skills: Graphic Design, Web Design, User Experience Design, Front-end Development, Marketing Strategy

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, HTML, CSS, WordPress

Fun Facts: I speak multiple languages. I’ve lived in Japan, France and the U.K. I love pigs. I’ve studied Interior Design.

Experience: The Redwood Group, eTranslate, Design Bridge, Hershey (Japan) Co. Ltd.

 

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Jacob Stout

Digital Marketing Manager

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Top Skills: Inbound Marketing; Project Management; Social Media Strategy / Tactics; B2B Marketing; Event Coordination & Logistics

Tools of the Trade: Adobe InDesign, WordPress, Microsoft Office, Google Analytics

Fun Facts: I’m from Louisiana and I’m a total foodie; I love urban exploring and enjoy visiting all of the different neighborhoods in SF; I once hosted a poker invitational in Las Vegas for hackers.

Experience: NCC Group PLC; Louisiana State University (School of Music); LSU Bateman Competition Team; PRestige Public Relations; Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre; Myra Bordelon Burson Foundation

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Auden Lincoln-Vogel

Animator / Instructor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Stop Motion Animation, 3D Computer Animation, 2D Computer Animation, Post Production, Instruction, Set Design, Rig Building, Illustration

Tools of the Trade: After Effects, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro

Fun Facts: I helped start an artist residency in rural New Mexico, I improvise on piano (which sometimes makes its way into film projects), and I use Legos for everything from building plaster molds for animation sets to building camera rigs. I grew up without a TV or much exposure to movies in general.

Experience: Freelance work for private individuals, bands, companies like Deep Focus, Riffiti, Assist Basketball Network, Nomadic Press, as well as independent films such as “The Past Inside the Present” and “Fantastic.” Teaching-related positions at Media Poetry Studios and Reed College.

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Alex Dorn

Video Producer / Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Production, Copywriting, Shooting and Editing Video, Integrated Marketing, Advertising

Tools of the Trade: Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, SEO, Mac Troubleshooting

Fun Facts: I learned how to edit using actual film; I grew up on a farm in the Atacama Desert in Chile; I volunteer for the Community Technology Network, a group that teaches the Elderly and disenfranchised how to use technology.

Experience: PRN, HitFix.com, Modus Operandi, PhilsFilms

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Nomi Talisman

Multimedia Producer / Editor / Motion Graphics Artist 

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Editing, Motion Graphics design & animation, Shooting video (& still), Excellent sense of design and color- moving and still, Video production

Tools of the Trade: After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign

Fun Facts: My first job was teaching kids animation and stop-motion. I’m really into font – sometimes I try to figure out what the font is, and skip reading the sign altogether. I enjoy birdwatching.

Experience: Community Resource Initiative (CRI), Center for Capital Assistance (CCA)

 

 

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Elisabeth Khaghani

Engineering Operations | Program Management | Project Management 

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Top Skills: IC design: SOC, ASIC, IP (Intellectual Property), mixed signal, microcontrollers, microprocessor, Memory IP; Hands-on technical design skills; Program management; Project management; Sourcing and Licensing of IP, EDA tools, foundry, packaging and test; Directing alliances between partners, customers, and vendor; Managing global teams; cross-functional teams
Tools of the Trade: Python, Zurmo

Experience: Zilog, Nvidia, PortalPlayer and TriMedia

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Amy Li

Web Developer

LinkedIn Portfolio

Top Skills: Web development (Full stack), Photo editing, Web Design

Tools of the Trade: Javascript, HTML/CSS, Ruby on Rails, WordPress, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Fun Facts: I speak four languages and three are in Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, Taishanese); Mentor high school and college students; Enjoy watching TV (Sci-fi and Chinese Historic/Period Dramas)

Experience: G:url Gaming Program at BAVC, SAY Media, SF Mayoral Campaign, Youth Cares

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Kristine Poggioli

Digital Marketer / Storyteller

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Storytelling, social media campaigns, infographics, video production, personas, competitive analysis, SEO, graphic design, interviewing (getting clients and CEOs to tell their stories), Non-Profit Fundraising (direct response letters, email campaigns, newsletters); Public Speaking and Presentations

Tools of the Trade: Google Analytics, Keyword Analysis, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, SEO, WordPress, HTML

Fun Facts: I have a certificate in Basic Construction – love DIY house projects; wrote a book about San Francisco – currently pitching publishers; started running 5Ks this year; I play the ukulele

Experience: Frameline, Deluxe Media, Accenture

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Roger Chang

Video Producer / Editor / Shooter

LinkedIn Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Producing (development, shooting, lighting, writing, talent coaching, directing, video editing), Project Management, Tech Reporter

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere

Fun Facts: Co-host “East Meets West” podcast (www.subbrilliant.com/emw/) with Tom Merrit – audio podcast dedicated to discussion of everything and anything. Been continuously recording and publishing since Oct 2005. Once played a game of ping pong with Star Trek: TNG’s Wil Wheaton while shooting “House Call”, a reoccurring segment on “The Screen Savers” starring myself and comedian Scott Herriot. 

Experience: Daily Tech News Show, Discovery Digital Networks, Ziff Davis, CNET

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Alisa Damaso

Graphic Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Internal and external communications, Copywriting and editing/blogging, Visual design and illustration, Video production and video editing, Project management

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro

Fun Facts: I’m founder and editor of an art blog called Killer Creatives, which features up-and-coming artists and aims to keep post-recession creatives confident and productive. I’ve been singing since I was 5 years old. I worked as a writing assistant to a Hollywood screenwriter who is an advanced ALS patient and was in an award-winning short documentary about him called Jujitsu-ing Reality.

Experience: International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), Rocket Fuel Pictures

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Liza Besso

Visual & Motion Graphic Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: I work in motion graphics, visual design, identity and brand creation, illustration, 2 and 3D animation, character design, and motion graphics shorts are my favorite.
I am experienced with motion graphics, typography and graphic design. I can produce a 2D feel and/or 3D realism through modeling, lighting, cameras, and materials. I have created web and print collateral. I have exceptional collaborative and interpersonal skills. I am a dynamic team player, but also driven to set individual goals.
What I was born to do it seems – since I was a little girl I’ve always been fascinated with cartoons, movement, and story telling.

Tools of the Trade: Photoshop, Illustrator, Cinema 4D, AfterEffects, PremierPro, InDesign

Fun Facts: I love to dance. My favorites are fusion, Latin and Middle Eastern. I gentled to wild mustangs and found them loving homes. Sketches of them can be seen on my website. I can run a 5k in under 28 minutes.

Experience: Mosaic Research PartnersDon Grant Alameda Point Youth Track Club

 

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Derek Sajbel

Videographer / Motion Graphics Artist

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Video Editing / Post, Motion Graphics, Shooting Video, Multi-Camera Shooting and Editing, Directing, Documentary, Music Videos, Sizzle Reels, DVD & Blu-Ray Production, Color Correction, Video & Audio Compression, Media Management, Event Production, Website Management, Teaching

Tools of the Trade: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro 7 & X, Avid, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, WordPress

Fun Facts: Recording artist and DJ – Dr. Rek, Volunteer organizer of free or charity music events for TechAngle, Speaks Japanese.

Experience: Rough House, 1/29 Films, Spy Post, Japanese Ministry of Education

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Garret Navalta

Videographer / Producer / Motion Graphics Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Post Production Editing, Shooting Video, Motion Graphics

Tools of the Trade: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere

Fun Facts: I enjoy playing instruments such as guitar and piano. I am also a basketball fan.

Experience: Digital Revolution, Common Sense Media, Already Alive Productions

Thank you so much for your guidance and support! I wouldn't be where I am without my education, mentoring and training provided by you, the instructors at TechSF.

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Svetlana Butnaru

Video Editor

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Post Production Editing, Shooting Video, Motion Graphics Artist, Project Management, Budget Management, Team Communications, Web Design, SEO.

Tools of the Trade: Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop

Fun Facts: I speak five languages. I am particularly knowledgeable about art, and art history. I have a training background in hand drawing and painting. I am well versed in European cinema, in particular Scandinavian and Italian. I’ve lived in Milan, Bucharest, and New York City. I regularly practice Bikram Yoga, I am a certified scuba diver. I love to read books – fiction and short stories, Russian literature, British and French Medieval Literature, but also big American classics, and poetry from all over the world.

Experience: The Harker School, DDB Remedy, Butler, Shine, Stern and Partners, Filmcore / Beast Editorial, Zeum

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Sharla Gillard

Web Designer

LinkedIn Portfolio

Top Skills: Art Direction, Creative troubleshooting, Interpersonal Skills

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, CSS, HTML, and basic Javascript and PHP

Fun Facts: Participate in charity sporting events, play the flute, teach martial arts.

Experience: Next Wave Logistics, Experian, LM2

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Keith Burton

IT Professional

LinkedIn 

Top Skills: Network Security, Network Administration, Server Administration, Mac/PC Troubleshooting, Desktop Hardware, Mobile Hardware, Virtualization, Customer Service

Fun Facts: I love Gaming, I study personality typing MBTI/Socionics/Enneagram, and am passionate about Japanese Animation

Experience: San Francisco Study Center, Apex Systems, TriNet, Academy of Art University

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Felicia VanEvery

UX Designer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Market research, Web design, Web development, Responsive design, User experience research, User centered design, Persona development, Demand generation, Content marketing strategies, Online marketing, Inbound marketing, Email marketing, Search engine optimization (SEO), Search engine marketing (SEM), Social media marketing, Website management, Primary and Secondary research, Ethnographic market research, Wireframing, Prototyping

Tools of the Trade: Adobe: Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Captivate, Edge. AptanaStudio3, Intellij, Coda, Git, Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress, Google Analytics, Salesforce, Hubspot, OmniGraffle, Balsamiq, HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, ActionScript

Fun Facts: I love photography, and focus on landscapes. I have a side project where I photographed my grandmother’s paintings for future reproduction and am working on marketing her paintings in order to sell and rent them.

Experience: Left Brain DGA, Xtelesis Corporation, Sage Payment Solutions

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Terry McGlone

Visual Designer/Production Artist

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Visual Design, Production (print + web), Illustration

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Creative Suite Apps, HTML/CSS, Project Management, Human Centered Design, Research

Fun Facts: Terry teaches exercise to seniors at a Bay Area single room occupancy. She enjoys studying psychology and neurology.

Experience: Shutterfly, Kaplan, Tyco Healthcare | Nellcor Puritan Bennett

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Andy Bydalek

Digital Media Producer

LinkedIn | Portfolio

Top Skills: Award-winning media development with strong understanding of targeted marketing, strong project management, organization, and creative problem solving acumen, brand-consistent marketing and design with strong attention to detail and aesthetic

Tools of the Trade: Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects

Fun Facts: I’m told I have a savage wit, I own a ridiculous amount of vinyl LPs, and I have a passion for dark, edgy storytelling.

Experience: Frameline, Deluxe Media, Accenture

What I like best about San Francisco is San Francisco.

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Joselito Tolentino

IT Project Manager

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Top Skills: Project scope and budget management, Customer Service

Tools of the Trade: Network and Security, Desktop and Mobile Hardware, Mac, PC and Windows savvy

Fun Facts: I lived 11 years in Japan and 4 years in the Netherlands. I volunteer at the USO San Francisco Airport.

Experience: U.S. Air Force

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Shaheen Patel

Project Manager

LinkedIn

Top Skills: Program Management, Team Building, Global Deliveries

Tools of the Trade: IT Project Management, Budget Management, Work Scope Creation, Mentoring, Vendor Management, Global Team Building & Engagement

Fun Facts: Travel buff, foodie & putting travel and food together is my passion

Experience: Netflix, Cisco, S Square Consulting