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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.
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.
Senior UX and Content Strategist
With her deep love for spreadsheets and flow charts, Jill leads and collaborates on digital projects across the firm—always with the goal of creating intuitive digital experiences that drive action. She works closely with our Arts & Culture clients, bringing more than a decade of experience in-house at local arts organizations such as Seattle Symphony and the University of Washington College of Arts and Sciences. Recent clients include Pride Foundation, UW Husky Health & Well-Being, The Center for Large Landscape Conservation, and Seattle Chamber Music Society.
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 Ploughshares Fund, Educurious, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Public Utilities, and the Medina Foundation.
Conservation and Sustainability Director
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 to U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman.
Creative Group Director
Kim brings a digital mindset to ensure all our creative strategies are thoughtfully (and optimally) distributed to the right audience, using the right message, at the right time to inspire action. She’s worked with clients like Pearl Jam and The Home Shows, Cascade Public Media, Amara, Ploughshares Fund, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and The Wilderness Society. Prior to joining Pyramid, Kim worked at Spring Creek Group (acquired by Interpublic Group) advising the social media efforts on behalf of clients like HTC, Microsoft, IHOP, and Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival, and worked as a donor communications manager and grant writer at KEXP.
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 recent clients include TheDream.US, Educare-PSESD, Kate B Reynolds Charitable Trust, 100,000 Opportunities Initiative, Center for the Study of Social Policy, and the UW Center for Child and Family Well-Being.
Adanna is a strategic communicator committed to driving equitable and restorative social change. With a background in philanthropy and community organizing, she supports clients in realizing their visions for a better world. Her clients include the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Center for Creative Leadership, Earthjustice, and Capitol Hill Housing.
Senior Strategist of Counsel
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.
Chief Marketing Officer
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.
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.
Content Marketing Manager
Lizzie’s work fuses creativity and a love for data. She helps clients shape cross-platform content strategies, from message refinement to campaign deployment across paid social, search, and display advertising channels. Before joining Pyramid, she had feet in both the advocacy and journalism worlds. Her clients include Earthjustice, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Blackfeet Nation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Temryss Xeli'tia Lane
Indian Country Director
The daughter of a Lummi salmon fisherman and commercial real estate professional, Temryss or Xeli’tia, navigates life between, and within, Native and American cultures. At Pyramid, she collaborates with tribes and tribal organizations to elevate Indigenous voices on critical issues of land-based sovereignty and education. Her clients include the Lummi Nation, Puyallup Tribe, and the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. Temryss serves on the board of Chief Seattle Club. A former professional soccer player, she’s also a Nike N7 Ambassador.
Twana Remedios Machado
Twana is an enrolled Squaxin Island Tribal member and a descendant of the Skokomish Tribe. Twana is interning at Pyramid with the Indian Country Team working on various projects to expand her knowledge and skill set in the field of Indigenous communications. Her passion to improve the future for Indigenous peoples has brought her to the University of Washington where she is majoring in American Indian Studies. Her specific interests include Tribal governance, health, and business.
Senior Project Manager
Carly is a project manager of two minds, one linear and one creative. She has mastered tracking project details while contributing to or leading strategic content, design, and planning work. Her thoughtful approach to managing information, integrating research, and developing meaningful content drives projects toward achieving her clients’ goals. Carly is deft at coordinating large, multidisciplinary projects and focuses on work that improves health and well-being. Before joining Pyramid, Carly worked at the Washington State Commissioner’s Office helping to advocate for consumer’s rights.
Lauren is a graduate intern working on various projects to expand her skill set and knowledge about community and stakeholder engagement. She is currently obtaining her master’s in public administration at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance. Her main areas of interest include environmental policy and social justice.
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 is passionate about working collaboratively to advance equity in health, education, conservation, and justice issues. She does that through the lens of philanthropy, which has the funding, influence, and networks to make it one of the most impactful sectors for improving lives and creating change at every scale. Kara excels at developing and executing high-impact communications strategies and campaigns. Her clients have included Group Health Foundation, Northwest Indian College Foundation, Philanthropy Northwest, Raikes Foundation, Women’s Funding Alliance, and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Senior Strategist of Counsel
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.
Eric de Place
Senior Strategist of Counsel
Eric is a researcher whose nearly two decades at the Sightline Institute think take have proved him an effective advocate for shaping public policy with careful analysis and thoughtful communication. He’s published more than a thousand pieces of popular writing and technical analysis on sustainability issues. His work has appeared in hundreds of news media stories, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and Fox News. His clients include the Carbon Leadership Forum at the University of Washington, Forterra, and Landesa.
Associate Project Manager
Mackenzie is a member of the Coharie Native American Indian Tribe, a river people from southeast North Carolina. Every day, she strives to promote the ideals instilled in her by her people—respect, reciprocity, and compassion. Mack leads content creation, research, and planning for a variety of clients across Indian Country, including the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Blackfeet Nation, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission, and the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation.
Senior Strategist of Counsel
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.
Denise helps nonprofits, foundations, and government agencies devise integrated communications campaigns, tackle systems change, and capture the attention of targeted audiences. In addition to her focus on health and healthcare, she works with a variety of organizations addressing homelessness and affordable housing. Her recent clients include Society for General Medicine, Neighborcare Health, MacColl Center for Healthcare Innovation, Solid Ground, and Capitol Hill Housing.
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 Arts Corps, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, Philanthropy Northwest, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Marc believes a website can indeed change the world. At Pyramid, he's responsible for building sites, maintaining existing sites, and keeping the interactive process flowing smoothly. He's happy creating sites in Drupal, 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 - 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.
Senior Project Manager
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.
Alex has an infectious passion for fueling the success of clients and co-workers. She develops multi-disciplinary content and strategies for clients including Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation, Crosscut, and All Home King County. Before coming to Pyramid, Alex worked for the Vitalogy Foundation—creating internal systems and developing messaging and cross-channel content focused on the areas of homelessness, the environment, arts, and education.
Design, Photography, Video
Alexander is a self-taught photographer, videographer, and designer born and raised in Seattle. His curiosity about the human experience and passion for visual media make him an eager storyteller. Centered at the heart of Alexanders work is a deep passion for moving the creative industries into more inclusive and diverse spaces. He firmly believes that when people of color are better represented behind the camera, they’ll be better reflected on the screen. His clients include All Home King County, Cascade Public Media, Group Health Foundation, and the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation.
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.
Pyramid is a certified B Corp
We seek to continually measure and improve our commitment to social responsibility. It’s yet another step in our journey of doing good for our world. That's why we became a certified B Corporation.