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developing nonprofit communications capacity

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Whether you want to revitalize your brand, build a new cool web widget or need to build an entire communications department from the ground up—we will listen like your closest friend and nerd out to get the job done right.

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Our Team

Valerie Neumark Mickela - Co-Founder, CEO & Brand Strategist

Valerie Neumark

CEO, Founder

Rootid Co-founder and Managing Partner, Valerie is a brand strategist and art director with almost 20 years experience in the corporate, education and nonprofit sectors.

Valerie's diverse professional background spans a wide range of experiences including teaching Kindergarten through Post-secondary art, science and web design; education administration as a Founding Principal of a 6th-12th grade private school and Associate Director of Career Services at Art Center College of Design; design and art direction in the automotive industry; founding board member for two growing nonprofits, and now communications strategy consultant for both local, statewide and national nonprofits/social good companies.

Valerie has her Bachelor's Degree in Visual Arts & Media from University of California San Diego and a Master's Degree in Education from Pepperdine University. She was also a 2016 recipient of Pepperdine University's inaugural 40 under 40 Award. In her free time she plays soccer, loves to hike, watch baseball and read Pookie books to her daughter.

Valerie Neumark Mickela on LinkedIn Valerie Neumark Mickela on Twitter
Andrew Goldsworthy - Rootid Co-Founder

Andrew Goldsworthy

Director of Client Success & Growth, Founder

Andrew has over 15 years experience in user interface and online marketing strategy for social entrepreneurs and nonprofits. He has also worked extensively in fund development and online marketing for Habitat for Humanity. Andrew is passionate about using the power of technology to empower mission driven organizations and social business. He's also an avid outdoorsman. Frequently camping, skiing, fishing and fending off mosquitos.

Andrew Goldsworthy on LinkedIn Andrew Goldsworthy on Twitter
Jason Mickela Drupal Programmer

Jason Mickela

CTO, Founder

Jason Mickela has been a software developer for over 14 years working on enterprise level solutions for universities, banks and a Fortune 500 companies. Jason most recently comes from the University of Berkeley, working to build online solutions that boosted enrollment and programmatic marketing efforts. Though he focuses on Drupal, Wordpress and Django development, he knows 10+ programming languages and is always game to take on new challenges.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jason-mickela/17/889/566 http://www.twitter.com/jmickela
Cassie Gruenstein, Rootid Senior Strategist

Cassie Gruenstein

Senior Strategist

Cassie helps entrepreneurial leaders shape transformative social impact ventures. A seasoned entrepreneur, Cassie also led the first social impact practice for global product design firm, Siberia; co-founded the Berkeley Innovation Group (BIG); and was co-creator of the Digging Deep Campaign, serving online audiences curious about the fair food movement.

She has coached and facilitated teams from corporate clients like General Electric, Kaiser, and Schwab, to social enterprises like LimeBike, to nonprofits like GRID Alternatives and Edible Schoolyard Project. Cassie is a graduate of the Haas School of Business and Pomona College with a BA in Anthropology. She loves being an aunt, cooking, hiking, dancing, and volunteering for Full Circle Fund.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cassiegruenstein/
Tori Lewis, Project Manager

Tori Lewis

Project Manager

Tori empowers the project team to do the best work they can, with the skills and talents they bring to the table. Streamlining processes, running meetings effectively, creating and enforcing guidelines and timelines, and prioritizing web and design best practices allows her to facilitate teams creating top-notch websites, apps, and print materials. Tori graduated from Stanford University with a BA in English with honors.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/vclewis/
Soy Pak-Krisher Designer

Soy Pak-Krisher

Senior Designer

Soy Pak-Krisher has been an art director/designer for branding and interactive for the past 18 years. She comes to Rootid with extensive experience in the corporate, entertainment, fashion and non-profit sectors, specializing in beautiful and usable interfaces. Soy has her MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design and her BS in Environmental Design from University California, Davis. When not nailing deadlines and working hard whilst having fun, Soy can be found bellydancing, cooking or studying Kung Fu.

https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=55964291
Carrie Butler, Rootid Designer

Carrie Butler

Designer & Copy Writer

Carrie is a graphic designer with a heart for non-profits. She’s also an inbound marketer, a small business owner, and an award-winning author with work featured in publications such as USA Today. When she’s not working, you can find her spending time outdoors with her rescue pup.

Sue Kempema, Rootid Graphic Designer

Sue Kempema

Designer
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Rootid Development Intern, Wyatt Ades

Wyatt Ades

Development Intern

Wyatt is a rising software developer focusing on creating responsive, intuitive web applications. Previously, Wyatt studied at University of California Santa Cruz as a Computer Science major with emphasis on web development and design. His passions include following the bleeding edge of the software world, overly competitive hackathons, and climbing rocks.

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Mabel Colón Rootid UX Intern

Mabel Colón

UX Intern

Mabel is a UX designer. She has worked in nonprofits offering opportunities and collaborating with community members to make important life decisions. While looking for strategic ways to solve problems, she fell in love with UX design. She enjoys that magic spot where open-minded collaboration and creativity fills a real and practical need. In her free time she enjoys baking, dancing and good tv.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mabel-colon/

How We Can Help

We are strategic thinkers, detailed planners and nice people who enjoy what we do.
Let's make something cool & impactful!