Team

Working as one.

Our team combines equal parts skill and passion to advance our clients' impact on the world.

  • Gustavo Asman

    Creative Director
  • Alex Bates

    Technology Director
  • Jill Becker

    Senior UX and Content Strategist
  • Karis Cady

    Design Director
  • Barbara Cairns

    Conservation and Sustainability Director
  • Kimburly Corey

    Creative Group Director
  • Josh Daniel

    Education Director
  • Adanna Diaz-Escobar

    Project Manager
  • Sue Evans

    Senior Strategist of Counsel
  • Emily Goetz

    Chief Marketing Officer
  • Tiffany Higa

    Visual Designer
  • John Hoyt

    Founding Partner
  • Lizzie Jespersen

    Content Marketing Manager
  • Temryss Xeli'tia Lane

    Indian Country Director
  • Carly McCarthy

    Senior Project Manager
  • Lauren McGee

    Intern
  • Mae Moldenhauer

    Finance Director
  • Chris Nelson

    Editorial Director
  • Will Oberst

    Business Development and Operations Associate
  • Kara Palmer

    Philanthropy Director
  • Vivian Phillips

    Senior Strategist of Counsel
  • Mackenzie Platt

    Associate Project Manager
  • Jaline Quinto

    Senior Strategist of Counsel
  • Denise Rhiner

    Health Director
  • Kira Shea

    Designer
  • Marc Shor

    Web Developer
  • Ruby Stacey

    Project Manager
  • Sarah Starr

    Senior Project Manager
  • Anne Tillery

    Managing Partner
  • Alex Withrow

    Project Manager
  • Alexander Woldeab

    Design, Photography, Video
  • Izabella Zucker

    Project Manager

Gustavo Asman

Creative Director

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 Bates

Technology Director

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 Becker

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. 


Recent work

125 Years. One Word. | Central Washington University
Digital engagement in the arts | Seattle Theatre Group

Karis Cady

Design Director

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. 


Recent work

Salmon are ours to save | Washington Governor's Salmon Recovery Office

Barbara Cairns

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.


Kimburly Corey

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.


Recent work

Josh Daniel

Education Director

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 Diaz-Escobar

Project Manager

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.


Sue Evans

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. 


Recent work

Raising $35 million in 96 hours | The Seattle Foundation
Energizing Portland to end childhood poverty | United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Emily Goetz

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.


Recent work

125 Years. One Word. | Central Washington University
The leading edge of health care | MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation

Tiffany Higa

Visual Designer

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 Hoyt

Founding Partner

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. 


Lizzie Jespersen

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.

 


Carly McCarthy

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 McGee

Intern

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.

 


Mae Moldenhauer

Finance Director

Mae keeps Pyramid’s financial wheels turning, and also leads the operations team. Before Pyramid, she fortified her business acumen at the Rockey Company, a storied firm in Northwest public relations, where she was responsible for accounting across three offices.


Recent work

Life goes on | Seattle Public Utilities

Chris Nelson

Editorial Director

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 TimesThe Washington PostUSA Today, CNN and NPR, as well as local outlets across the country. 


Will Oberst

Business Development and Operations Associate

Will helps the Pyramid team craft proposals, jump into new projects, and share messages across social media. He loves to chat about the big, sticky, complex problems and figure out solutions to bring people together around them. Before he joined the team here, he had built up and sold his first company, an Oregon beer and food magazine. 


Kara Palmer

Philanthropy Director

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. 


Vivian Phillips

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.


Mackenzie Platt

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. 


Jaline Quinto

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 Rhiner

Health Director

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 Shea

Designer

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 Shor

Web Developer

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 Stacey

Project Manager

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 Starr

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. 


Recent work

125 Years. One Word. | Central Washington University

Anne Tillery

Managing Partner

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 Withrow

Project Manager

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. 

 


Alexander Woldeab

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. 

 


Izabella Zucker

Project Manager

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.