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Strategist, Digital Marketing
Specialist, Indian Country & Media
Director, Web Strategy & UX
Web Development Partner
Project Strategy Associate
Strategist, Of Counsel
Strategist, Of Counsel
Strategist, Of Counsel
SVP, Client Services & Operations
Project Associate, Indian Country
Senior Strategist, UX & Content
Associate Director, UX Design
Specialist, Projects & Video
Director, Health Justice
Associate Director, Integrated Communications | Climate & Environment
VP, Indian Country
Director, Content | Arts & Culture
Strategist, Of Counsel
Senior Strategist, Campaigns & Video
Strategic Counsel, Indian Country
Director, Health Justice
Senior Strategist, Indian Country
Senior Strategist, Design | Culture
Web Development Partner
Associate Director, Indian Country
Associate Director, Hiring & Project Strategy
Associate Director, Partnerships & Operations
Associate Director, Climate & Environment
Sotonye has always been passionate about the world of art and design. His design interests include branding, illustration, typography, animation and painting. He’s passionate about learning about people of different backgrounds and has translated this into his work by creating designs and artwork celebrating people of different nationalities and ethnic groups. Prior to working at Pyramid, Sotonye worked as a freelance graphic designer, developing content for Minnesotan artists, magazines and nonprofit health organizations. His recent clients include the Tacoma Urban League, the Native Organizers Alliance, and the Terrell Marshall Law Group.
Holly Ajala is a writer and storyteller with a fierce belief in the power of effective narrative to inspire empathy in the face of difference, propel the reach of social justice, and above all, challenge human beings to be more human. Prior to joining Pyramid, Holly worked with a variety of non profits to translate their mission, vision, and values into engaging and human-centric stories across digital platforms. She brings her love of storytelling to every issue, client and project. Her current clients include Byrd Barr Place, the Kate B. Reynolds Trust, and the BIPOC ED Coalition.
Gustavo oversees the creative team, driving strategic thinking and creative problem solving across the firm. Having worked with agencies around the globe—from Argentina to New York City to Southeast Asia—he’s developed a habit of looking at challenges from myriad perspectives. His clients at Pyramid have included Cascade Public Media, Seattle Public Utilities, Meals on Wheels People, and Central Washington University. The work he’s led in collaboration with clients and teammates has won international awards for creativity and results, including five Cannes Lions.
Aaron is an enrolled member of the Naknek Village Tribe in Alaska. His culture has created the foundation for many of his beliefs, both personally and professionally. Aaron is a graduate of University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in Communication and American Indian Studies. Aaron is determined to bring Native voices to the forefront of the public conversation.
Alex oversees the strategic planning of technology systems, computer system deployment, and the management of Pyramid’s facilities. He also provides day-to-day technical and office support and coordinates staff training—all of which helps the Pyramid team produce outstanding results for clients.
Jill finds joy in creating technical solutions that connect people with the causes they care about and the information they need to take action. At Pyramid, she leads the web & UX team and partners with clients to create websites that are rooted in strategy, intuitive to use, and easy to maintain. Prior to joining Pyramid, she spent more than a decade managing communications and websites for the Seattle Symphony and the University of Washington.
Recent clients include Pride Foundation, Amara, Philanthropy Northwest, UW Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment, and IllumiNative. When she’s not at work, you can find Jill reading in her hammock, playing her violin, or wandering around the Pacific Northwest in search of the very best cider.
Jeff is a charismatic, right-and-left-brained communicator with 25 years of expertise in web development. The WordPress expert has spoken at WordCamp conferences in Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. Recent development clients include We All Count: 2020 Census Campaign, The Denver Foundation, Amara, Community Roots Housing, and Strong Start to Finish.
Kylin is a driven change agent and meticulous communicator passionate about advancing justice. Since graduating first-generation from Whitman College in 2020, she has dedicated herself to equity and accessibility work via education and non-profit positions, producing digital, social, and editorial content for SGN (Seattle’s oldest and largest LGBTQ+ weekly newspaper), and through leadership in political and digital communications campaigns to advance multiple sclerosis awareness and disability justice. Now, she strives to consistently develop impactful communications for clients as our newest Project Strategy Intern.
Karis leads a team of designers in developing unique, compelling, and integrated design solutions. Her design skills span brand, print, digital, illustration, and data visualization. Her recent clients include 2020 Census campaign, Crosscut, IllumiNative, Byrd Barr Place, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Barbara led Pyramid’s Conservation and Sustainability practice group for eight years. Barbara specializes in helping people and communities find creative paths to achieve their aspirations. She matches her skills as a strategist, facilitator, and issue framer with extensive experience in national, state, and local political and legislative campaigns and deep issue expertise in natural resources and environmental policy. Her clients include the University of Washington College of the Environment, the Center for Large Landscape Conservation, Earthjustice, and the Wilderness Society. Before joining Pyramid, Barbara was executive director of the regional salmon recovery organization Long Live the Kings, deputy director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and legislative assistant on the environment to U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman.
Chanarah has a passion for bringing people together, both in her work and in her personal life. Chanarah is a talented musician and recording artist, and when not performing, loves to spend her time in the kitchen when. As the business development intern at Pyramid, Chanarah supports pipeline tracking and management, developing content and strategies across Pyramid’s social channels, and assisting teams as needed.
Marcus brings over 15 years of experience in advocacy and politics. He assists clients on engagement strategies, the legislative process, elections and issue-positioning in the public arena. A recognized expert on tech and labor, he co-founded the nation’s first union dedicated to representing high-technology workers and spent five years overseas directing negotiations and political efforts on behalf of national unions on four continents. He has testified before the U.S. Congress. Marcus has been widely quoted in the media by the New York Times, NPR, The Seattle Times, network TV and in foreign publications. His opinion pieces on the future of work have been published in The Seattle Times, Crosscut and the Korean Labor Institute. He recently served on the Innovation and Jobs Policy Committee for the Biden presidential campaign.
Josh believes equitable access to quality education and meaningful work is a fundamental right and essential for a successful future. He provides a depth of knowledge in child development, education best practices, social-emotional learning, and the social determinants of health and well-being. His current and recent clients include Educare/PSESD, Educurious, Education Commission of the States/Strong Start to Finish, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, Seattle Public Schools, Partnership for Learning, and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.
Prior to joining Pyramid, Josh served as a senior editorial consultant and executive producer in the educational arena, launching PBS Parents and executive producing numerous educational and child development sites for Oregon Public Broadcasting. Josh also served as a senior online editor at Sesame Workshop and at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Adanna is the daughter of immigrants, migrant farmworkers and Latinx community advocates. She carries this lineage with her through all of her work, and is dedicated to advancing equity for Black, Indigenous and people of color. She is a strategic communicator with a background in philanthropy and community organizing. Highly organized and relationship-oriented, Adanna supports her clients in realizing their vision and goals. Her clients include Group Health Foundation, Black Future Co-op Fund, Water Foundation, and others. Adanna serves on Pyramid’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Decolonization team.
Sue connects people to messages that move decision makers. She specializes in building complex media campaigns and communications strategies that guide clients through crisis, issue advocacy, legislative policy, political campaigns, and high-stakes litigation. Recent clients include the Washington Student Achievement Council, newly-elected Washington state Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-36th), and Seattle Center’s P-3 Project. Sue has launched campaigns covered by 60 Minutes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, CNN, The Seattle Times, NPR, local media, and popular social media streams.
As a listener and creative problem solver, Emily helps organizations sift through competing demands and goals to identify successful paths forward. She plays dual roles at Pyramid, driving business growth as CMO, while also leading multidisciplinary teams for special projects, such as Pearl Jam’s Home Shows initiative. She was recognized by the Portland Business Journal in the 2018 40 under 40 class and serves as board chair for p:ear, which works with homeless and transitional youth.
Courtney is from the Suquamish Tribe and is a recent undergraduate from the University of Washington, where she focused on Communication and American Indian Studies. She is passionate about creativity, community and effective communication and hopes to continue fostering these values during her work at Pyramid. Courtney’s most recent projects include social media strategy, content creation, and event planning for clients such as IllumiNative, the Chief Seattle Club and the Washington Conservation Action.
Kate is a queer digital strategist with a storytelling background. They are a careful listener, invested in helping clients tell their stories and connect with their communities online. They draw from a range experience in creating digital spaces for progressive change-makers, with an emphasis on equity-focused healthcare. Their recent clients include Byrd Barr Place, Pacific Hospital PDA, Black Future Co-op Fund, and Friendship House.
Tiff believes in the power of design in generating social good. With a digital-first mind, she specializes in web design with an eye on front-end web development, and works on print and branding projects as well. Tiff also loves letters and has a deep interest in creative typography. Her recent clients include the Pride Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation.
John founded Pyramid based on his belief that a company could be successful working only for good causes. He specializes in communications work and high-level strategic and fundraising campaigns and initiatives that benefit from his political expertise. His recent clients include the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Earthjustice, Cascade Public Media, and Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.
As a storyteller, Jordan is motivated by the creation and utilization of multimedia and communications strategies to change the way we think about social issues and those most impacted. Prior to joining Pyramid as a Project Manager, he worked primarily in the space of homelessness as an advocate for our neighbors living outside. He brings his professional and personal experience as a community advocate and his creative skills to support organizations in furthering their ability to undue harmful systems and create change.
Candace is a visionary, values-based health equity strategist committed to driving change alongside communities. With more than 10 years of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors, she is passionate about being accountable, building, and healing with her community. She co-founded the African American Health Board was a founding member of the Community Health Board Coalition. She enjoys the ocean, good food, and connecting deeply with people.
Lizzie partners with clients to bring intention and clarity to every step of the communications process—from shaping the strategy to crafting the story and making sure the right people see it at the right time. Her work is focused on the climate crisis and the environment, and some of her recent clients have included the Washington Department of Ecology’s Office of the Chehalis Basin, Marine Discovery Center, Water Foundation, and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. Before joining Pyramid, she worked in journalism and environmental advocacy, where she translated complex environmental science and policy into language that ignites curiosity and inspires action. Lizzie is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, with a focus on environmental policy.
Temryss Xeli’tia comes from the Golden Eagle Clan of the Lummi Nation. She recognizes how Indigenous leadership holds the power to protect a healthy future for the next generations. With deep accountability to the land, water, and people, Temryss is committed to the healing work of Indigenous storytelling and visibility. Temryss leads Pyramid’s Indian Country team, which aims to strengthen Native power and impact through relationship building, strategic collaboration, and facilitation. Temryss’ clients include Lummi Nation, MHA Nation, Native American Rights Fund, National Congress of American Indians, AISES, and IllumiNative. Temryss sits on the board for Chief Seattle Club, Hummingbird Doulas, and Se’si’le.
As a project manager, Lauren oversees the day-to-day work and contributes to strategy, content development, and planning. Her determination and commitment to mission-driven work fuels the success of her projects across the firm. Her recent clients include the Water Foundation, Impact Alamance, Earthjustice, and the Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation. Lauren also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.
A reporter by training, Chris loves collaborating with clients to identify the “lead” of their stories. What’s the heart of their work, and how do we best share it? He works with clients focused on a range of issues, including Seattle Theatre Group, Seattle JazzED, Earthjustice, Ploughshares Fund, the Burke Museum, and Cascade Public Media. He’s placed client stories with The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN and NPR, as well as local outlets across the country.
Kara cares deeply about working collaboratively to reimagine philanthropy and rebalance power with communities. A creative strategist who’s relationship-focused, Kara brings more than 25 years of experience driving change in health, education, conservation, and other justice issues. As philanthropy director at Pyramid, she leads multi-disciplinary teams in building strong organizational brands and delivering high-impact communications across mediums.
Her clients have included the Black Future Co-op Fund, BIPOC ED Coalition, Byrd Barr Place, Group Health Foundation, Northwest Indian College Foundation, Philanthropy Northwest, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Raikes Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, among others. Previously, Kara was an advocacy officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she strategized to elevate global health, development, and learning initiatives. Driven by curiosity, she loves learning new things, gardening, nature photography, and doing puzzles. Kara also cherishes spending time with her family.
Vivian is an experienced communications professional, known for her collaborative style in building partnerships and engaging communities. She is an independent theatre producer and co-founding member of the Hansberry Project, and produces television programs on arts and heritage for 4Culture. She previously served as the director of marketing and communications for the Seattle Theatre Group, and managed all marketing and communications activities for Seattle’s historic Paramount, Moore, and Neptune Theatres. She was a primary spokesperson and representative to the Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, a national initiative to promote African artists interpreting contemporary life through traditional, popular, or contemporary forms. She has served as director of communications for Mayor Paul Schell and as an interim executive director of the Seattle Parks-operated Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center. Vivian is a Leadership Tomorrow alum and graduate of the Alki Foundation Political Involvement Institute.
Ellie is passionate about amplifying the voices of communities across Washington state. She collaborates with grassroots organizations on strategy, creative, digital, and traditional media. Her primary client is the Washington Community Alliance, a statewide coalition of organizations of color that are demanding racial and economic justice together. Prior to joining Pyramid, Ellie built communications and sales resources for Microsoft.
Jaline combines more than 15 years of experience in communications, media, government, and conservation to achieve the goals of tribes and Native organizations. She enjoys developing communications strategies, writing, editing, and creating marketing campaigns. Known for her quick wit and powerful writing skills, Jaline is also a skilled media professional and has earned thousands of stories in national and international outlets. Jaline previously served as director of council relations for former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. Prior to that, she served as communications manager at the Pew Environment Group’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign and as communications director for DC Vote, an organization dedicated to securing a vote in Congress for DC residents. Jaline holds a degree in communications and American Indian Studies from the University of Washington and is of Tlingit and Colville descent.
Majestik is a Seattle-born artist with a passion for youth empowerment and youth-led advocacy. He currently heads research for multiple projects, and develops content and creative products that serve client goals. He’s inspired by his peers and is committed to capacity-building to strengthen their voices and apply pressure to oppressive systems. His recent clients include the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, King County Stormwater Services, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County, and the Black Future Co-Op Fund.
Denise believes improving health requires addressing the structural roots of inequity. As the co-director of Pyramid’s health justice practice, she is passionate about supporting organizations who are opening to this view, as well as those who live and breathe this work. Denise draws on nearly two decades of experience in strategic planning, communications strategy, branding, and fundraising to engage in collaborations that build the capacity and impact of leaders, staff and their organizations. Her clients include Pacific Hospital PDA, Community Roots Housing, Solid Ground, Neighborcare Health, UW School of Public Health and Society of General Internal Medicine. Denise holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Reed College.
Maverick is a member of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe in Southwest Washington state. Prior to joining Pyramid, Maverick held various communications-based roles in the public and private sector, including as Deputy Director of Constituent Services in Governor Jay Inslee’s office. Other specialties in Maverick’s background include economic development, clean energy development, and housing. Maverick is committed to upholding indigenous sovereignty in his personal and professional life. Maverick’s clients include: the National Congress of American Indians, Chief Seattle Club, and the National Indian Health Board.
Maverick also sits on the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Council, as well as the board of the Port Orchard Historic Theater Foundation. He earned his B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Public Administration from American University. When he is not working or volunteering, Maverick enjoys spending time with his family.
Kira is on a perpetual search for clear communication solutions. She views the field of design as a multimedia opportunity to improve systems and clarify the complex. Her drive to help others began with a decade-long career in healthcare as a Registered Nurse. At Pyramid, her clients include Friendship House, Teaching for Black Lives, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and Water Foundation.
Marc believes a website can indeed change the world. At Pyramid, he’s responsible for building new sites and maintaining existing sites. He’s happy creating sites in WordPress, Squarespace, or whatever tool best fits a client’s needs. Marc began his tech career at Microsoft when it was a relatively small company. His clients include Group Health Foundation, Ploughshares, Pride Foundation, Center for Large Landscapes, and the University of Washington Husky Health & Wellbeing.
Ruby is an enrolled member of the Quileute Nation. Indigenous ways of knowing are foundational to her belief that storytelling and communications play an essential role in creating positive change. She’s passionate about centering Native voices and supporting Native-led projects for clients such as the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Seattle Indian Health Board, and Lummi Nation.
Sarah’s keen eye makes sure that every detail of her clients’ projects are in place, and she strives to help tell their stories in a way that is universal and impactful. Sarah has worked in communications across a wide range of industries and cities and puts that diverse experience to work for a variety of clients. Her recent clients include Alliance for Gun Responsibility, Amara, the Burke Museum, Pride Foundation, and Washington Innocence Project.
In addition to serving as Pyramid’s managing partner, Anne leads strategic planning efforts, provides organizational and leadership development support, and works across issue areas to help our clients define and maximize their impact. She brings deep listening and an interdisciplinary approach to her clients, which have included W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the University of Washington School of Public Health, and the Burke Museum.
Stephanie aspires to take her passion for creativity and strategy to make a difference by amplifying the unique missions of organizations that are making an impact while centering the voices and needs of our communities. Prior to joining Pyramid, she led marketing and communications efforts for a community-based health organization with 100+ clinics and programs across WA. Her current clients include Byrd Barr Place and BIPOC Executive Directors Coalition of Washington State.
Alex has an infectious passion for fueling the success of clients and co-workers. She develops multi-disciplinary content and strategies for clients including Friends of Waterfront Seattle, Pacific Hospital PDA, and U District Partnership. Before coming to Pyramid, Alex worked for Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation—creating internal systems and developing messaging and cross-channel content focused on the areas of homelessness, the environment, arts, and education.
Izzy approaches challenges with relentless optimism and grit, diving wholeheartedly into clients’ missions, listening deeply and moving swiftly to find creative solutions. As a project manager, she works proactively to deliver exceptional work with a smile and easygoing attitude. Her diverse professional background ranges from managing multimillion-dollar campaigns at Publicis Groupe to writing grants with local biologists in the Peruvian Amazon. Her clients include Landesa, Forterra, the Carbon Leadership Forum, and the Southeastern Council of Foundations.