Our team is made up of world-class product people, perfectionistic designers, philosophical hackers, and straight-up hustlers on a mission to build revolutionary excitement in literature.
Jessica is a graduate of Stanford University, where she studied computer science, philosophy, linguistics and math. She spent five years building consumer products at Google, and was featured in Fast Company Magazine as one of Google's "12 Most Innovative Minds." She is also a creative writer, university lecturer, outdoor wilderness guide, and certified in emergency medicine. She believes the best way to learn is to follow whatever passion arises organically, which informs the product design of Literati.
Kelly is a writer, book artist and designer. While completing an MFA in fiction at Brown University, she pursued interdisciplinary coursework in book arts at Rhode Island School of Design. Prior to graduate work, Kelly was Lead Designer at Hawaii Life. She earned a B.A. in English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University. She is a recipient of the Weston Prize and Frances Mason Harris Prize for her writing. As a mother, Kelly wants to ensure that her son has a lifelong relationship to the alchemical space wherein literature, art and the book unite.
Charlie received his Ph.D. in Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, and also earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Berkeley. He’s been a full stack developer for 10 years, and has been a recipient of a Voqal Media Ideation Fellowship and Shuttlworth Foundation Flash Grant. Charlie also works as an outdoor survival instructor, and serves on the boards of two non-profits, with focuses on education and writing.
Laura earned an MPA and BBA from The University of Texas at Austin, with a focus on Financial Reporting and Assurance. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Texas and is determined to prove to the world that accountants are not boring. Laura has a sports background and played volleyball most of her life, although she is always trying new things (most recently, tennis). When she’s not in front of the computer, she loves taking her dog hiking in the hill country.
Marissa earned her BA from the University of Texas, then spent 10+ years Recruiting for a handful of Silicon Valley’s tech giants (eBay, Google, NetApp, Facebook). She made her way back to Texas, and enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She loves nature, and hopes to build off of her year of oil painting lessons by one day painting plein air.
Mike is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a degree in Management Information Systems. His passion for coding started at age 14 and has only grown since. Prior to Literati, he was a Managing Director at Band of Coders and Technology Director at AMP Agency where he led technology initiatives for a variety of clients including FX Networks, Mission Foods, TrueCar, Namco Bandai and Primrose Schools. When he's not coding, you might find him playing chase or reading stories with his two beautiful daughters.
Yuri spent her childhood ferreting around in medical dictionaries. Her love of linguistics aided a fascination with medical terminology and ultimately, emergency medicine. Yuri holds an EMT certification and attended the University of Texas at Austin where she studied Mathematics. She and her husband speak Spanglish with their son Dakota who is a sprouting book aficionado. Dakota has many Literati favorites but he most adores Night Animals which he recites verbatim. Yuri's literary heart resides within young adult fiction and she remains profoundly altered by her favorite trilogy, His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
Lindsay is an Austin native. She moved back to her hometown after graduating from Texas Tech University in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science in Retail Management. She has spent her career working in digital marketing for companies such as RetailMeNot, Kendra Scott, Whole Foods and Rocksbox. In her spare time she enjoys playing on the lake, pilates and trying new restaurants around town.
Gaby is a writer and illustrator living in the Boston area with her husband and tiny dog. She spent her childhood between rural New York and Vermont, where the best activities involve reading, digging in the dirt, and making your own fun. Her overflowing stash of art supplies is rivaled only by her book collection, which spans all genres but especially ghost stories, mythology, and history. She holds a Montessori certification at the Primary level, as well as a BFA in art history and illustration and an MFA in creative writing (Writing for Young People), both from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.
Greg Marshall is a graduate of the Michener Center for Writers. His work has appeared in Best American Essays and been supported with fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Before moving to Austin, Greg was the arts and entertainment editor for The Park Record, a newspaper based out of Park City, Utah. He holds a BS in journalism from Northwestern University.
Julia Hill is a graduate of the Primate Conservation MSc program at Oxford Brookes University. Her work as a conservationist and primatologist has taken her from the volcanoes of Indonesia to the rainforests of Central America and many places between. A passionate writer and advocate for the environment, Julia's focus is connecting people with nature whether through hands-on experience or with the help of a beautiful book. Before joining the Literati team, Julia was using her writing and adventuring skills to work for environmental nonprofits and wildlife film production companies. When not saving the planet, you can find Julia reading (duh!), participating in a variety of outdoor sports, and exploring her new Texas BBQ obsession.
Named after Joseph Campbell, the legendary mythologist known for The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Campbell performs essential functions around the office. These duties include cleaning up crumbs left on the floor, general bird watching, and notifying us immediately when packages are being delivered. She also thrives at people management, customer support, and team-building.