Aleksandra Sasha Markova

Partnerships Marketing Manager

As partnerships marketing manager for Upwork, Sasha Markova develops industry partnerships and marketing plans that introduce more businesses and freelancers to the benefits of online work. Prior to joining Upwork, she co-founded Blackbox, a seed stage accelerator focused on helping non-U.S. startups. Originally from Russia, she now lives in the Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @Lady1337.

Alexia Nielsen

Social Media Marketing Manager

Alexia Nielsen is the social media marketing manager at Upwork, overseeing social media engagement initiatives. Prior to Upwork, Alexia managed online and social media marketing for advertising startup Crowd Science and spent six years in various marketing and production roles in the video game industry. Alexia holds a B.A. with honors in Communication and an M.A. in Media Studies, both from Stanford University.

Ally Basak Russell

Director of International Marketing

Ally Basak Russell is the director of international marketing at Upwork, where she leads global marketing programs, campaigns, and partnerships tailored to Upwork's customers abroad. She began her career at various international development and human rights NGOs before transitioning into Silicon Valley startups. Ally's professional passions lie in cross-functional teamwork, crisp writing, clean design, business across borders, and empowering the developing world through technology and… read more

Amy Partridge

Communications Manager

Amy Partridge is the communications manager at Upwork. In this role, Amy is focused on supporting and accelerating Upwork’s global PR efforts. She brings with her a valuable combination of PR agency and client-side experience. Most recently, Amy was the communications director at tech startup Grubwithus. Amy holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Communications.

Amy Sept

Managing Editor and Contractor

As the managing editor of the Upwork blog, Amy Sept works with regular and guest writers to share information that helps freelancers and businesses navigate the future of work. A writer and social media pro, she owns Nimbyist Communications and often works remotely with non-profits, tech companies, and small business owners.

Andrew Rosenblum

Writer

Andrew Rosenblum reports on drones, artificial intelligence, security, and the commercial space business for Popular Science, MIT Technology Review, Wired, Fortune, and other publications.

Anjali Cameron

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Anjali Cameron is a senior product marketing manager at Upwork, where she focuses on incorporating the needs of customers into product development and marketing. Prior to Upwork, Anjali worked in consumer marketing for startups and larger organizations, most recently leading marketing for Cashie Commerce, an ecommerce startup. She holds a BA in Public Policy from Brown University and MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of… read more

Betsy Dobbin

Digital Marketer and Writer

Betsy Dobbin is currently a contractor specializing in digital marketing and passionate about disruptive technology. Previously Betsy has held positions at eBay and One Kings Lane in category management and marketing respectively. She holds a bachelor of arts from Dartmouth College and MBA from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Carey Wodehouse

Freelance Content Marketer and Writer

Carey Wodehouse is a freelance content marketer and writer based in Richmond, VA who’s worked for clients ranging from online retailers and global market research firms to financial corporations. Whether it’s ad campaigns or deep-dive marketing content, Carey’s passionate about informative, engaging copy that delivers value to clients— and makes the Web a better place to be. As an IT/development content writer, she’s dedicated to… read more

Darrell Jones

Editor-in-Chief

Editor-in-Chief at Upwork, Darrell Jones shepherds the flock of talented writers who contribute to the Elance blog. But more than a one trick pony, he also puts his own writing chops to work on more Upwork writing projects than can be mentioned in this small space. Darrell honed his skills as a senior writer with Square, Yahoo! and several noted advertising agencies.

Diana Choi

Program Analyst for Freelancer Growth at Upwork

Diana Choi is the program analyst for freelancer growth at Upwork, where she focuses on improving profile quality across our online workplace. She is passionate about helping freelancers maximize their opportunities here. She holds BA degrees in economics and communication from UC Davis.

Dina Ramon

Dina Ramon is a reference program manager with the Upwork communications team. Her role is to help showcase the exciting stories of how professionals and companies are leveraging the global marketplace in Upwork. She is also an independent PR/communications consultant with clients in a variety of industries including health & fitness, technology, caregiving, and e-commerce.

Eileen Chang

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Eileen Chang is a customer champion at Upwork, launching and communicating product improvements designed to help our community thrive. Having worked in non-profit and for-profit spheres, she is passionate about using business and technology to change how the world works. Eileen holds a BA in History from Harvard College and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Elizabeth Tse

Senior Vice President of Operations

Elizabeth Tse is responsible for trust & safety, customer success, global payments, and customer support at Upwork. Prior to joining us, Elizabeth was the chief operating officer for Samasource, a non-profit that provides online work to women and youth in Africa and South Asia. Previously Elizabeth was VP of global billing, payments and collections at eBay and held senior positions at Zuora and Providian Financial… read more

Fabio Rosati

Board Member

As founding CEO of Elance-oDesk, now Upwork, Fabio launched the company's vision of creating an online workplace for the world. More than 14 million businesses and professionals connect and work together on Elance and Upwork, two leading online work platforms that merged in 2014. With 2014 billings of $940 million, and thousands of public and private "talent clouds," these communities are among the most productive… read more

Hayden Brown

Hayden Brown is responsible for product development at Upwork (formerly Elance-oDesk), after previously overseeing the team’s marketplace product. Prior to this Hayden held corporate development and strategy positions at LivePerson and Microsoft, and was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in New York and London. Hayden holds a BA in Politics from Princeton.

Hyun Lee

Director of Product Management

Hyun Lee is a director of product management at Upwork. He is responsible for collaboration and messaging tools to enable and empower users on Upwork with the tools they need to be successful. Hyun holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MBA from Cornell University.

Jeff Chen

Vice President, Trust & Safety

Jeff Chen is the vice president of trust & safety at Upwork. He focuses on designing and implementing programs and policies to make Upwork the world’s most trusted online workplace. Before joining the company, Jeff held various marketplace roles at eBay, most recently as director of managed marketplaces. Jeff holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Statistics.

Julia Camenisch

Contributing Author

Julia Camenisch is a freelance technology and business journalist. She also works as an editor and copywriter for a wide range of clients, including national magazines, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Julia brings to Upwork a passion for empowering small businesses through the innovative use of technology.

Krista Bruun

Senior Writer and Editor at Upwork

Krista Bruun is a senior writer and editor specializing in developing informative, engaging content, which helps clients and freelancers work better—and smarter—on Upwork.com. A veteran in the digital space, Krista comes to Upwork by way of One Kings Lane and eBay with a few other stops along the way. Krista lives in the Bay Area with her husband and their dog Red.

Lillian Travis

Community and Education Team at Upwork

As a member of the community and education team, Lillian Travis is a key player in delivering trainings for the benefit of both clients and freelancers. She hosts webinars and workshops that teach users how to get the most out of working and hiring online. She holds a BA in mass communication and media studies from Menlo College.

Linda Lo

Associate Category Manager at Upwork

Linda Lo is responsible for talent acquisition and development, focusing primarily on programs aimed at increasing quality talent supply and improving client experiences on the Upwork platform. She joined Upwork initially as a recruiter for high-value clients. Linda holds a BA in psychology from UC San Diego.

Lisa Oda

Head of Content Marketing at Upwork

Lisa Oda’s mission is to help clients connect with the best talent and freelancers connect with the best clients by harnessing the power of Upwork\. By creating and curating thoughtful content, she brings to the fore the latest in-demand skills, best practices for collaboration, and solutions for successfully navigating the complex world of workforce compliance. Lisa holds a degree in Communications from the University of… read more

Liz Dantzker

Marketing Coordinator at Upwork

Liz Dantzker is a marketing coordinator for Upwork, working in many facets of the department and learning as much as she can. She recently graduated from the Colorado College with a BA in psychology. She loves California but still misses the Rocky Mountains!

Mateo Bueno

Mateo Bueno is the category director for Upwork's Web, Mobile and Software Development category where he leads growth initiatives to improve the experience for both clients and programmers. Prior to joining Upwork, Mateo worked at Amazon as a category manager. He holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley and spends most of his free time in the mountains.

Melanie Feltham

Contributing Author

Melanie Feltham is a full-time freelancer who specializes in social media and search engine marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics, a Bachelor of Science Honors in Psychology, and a Master of Business Administration.

Monica Chua

Product Marketing

Monica has a passion for companies that bring opportunity to hard-working and inspired individuals. As a product marketer at Upwork, she is focused on customer success and launching solutions that deliver more value to the network. Monica comes from eBay and PayPal where she worked on small business growth and marketplace protection. She received a degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside.

Nathan Meunier

Freelance Writer, Journalist, and Author

A long-time freelance writer, journalist, and author, Nathan's work has appeared in more than 40 print and online publications, ranging from IGN and GameSpot to Forbes and Mac|Life. Beyond traditional writing pursuits, his passion extends to creating killer content marketing of all kinds in the tech, games, business, and publishing worlds.

Nicholas Wright

Co-founder & CEO of AppInstruct

Nicholas Wright is the co-founder of AppInstruct, an online course teaching entrepreneurs the business and technical skills they need to create an app. Nicholas founded AppInstruct following a successful corporate legal career, working for top tier firms in London and Sydney. He recently put into practice what he learned from creating AppInstruct’s course, co-founding and releasing the free lenslife photo messenger for iPhone earlier this… read more

Rich Pearson

Senior Vice President, Categories and Geographies

Rich Pearson is responsible for category management, client success and international at Elance-oDesk. Previously, Rich led marketing and business development at Posterous, through its acquisition by Twitter, and previously held senior marketing positions at Yahoo!, Attributor, Homestead, Segasoft, and Del Monte Foods. Rich holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business and a BS in Marketing and Finance from UC Berkeley.

Ron Cirujano

Country Manager, Philippines

Ron Cirujano joined Upwork as country manager for the Philippines in March 2013 and is responsible for Upwork's activities within the country. He has more than ten years of experience in marketing, both online and offline. Prior to joining Upwork, Ron was the marketing head of an international company that operates in Philippines; he handled their global online campaigns with a focus on social media,… read more

Ryan Johnson

Categories Director at Upwork

Ryan Johnson is a categories director at Upwork, where he leads growth initiatives for the admin support, customer service, and sales & marketing categories. Ryan previously worked as a principal product manager for Upwork and has held multiple product management positions at tech companies. He holds a BS in decision sciences and management information systems from George Mason University.

Sean Kane

Vice President of Engineering at Upwork

An expert at leading globally distributed teams, Sean Kane is the VP of engineering at Upwork, where he previously led the marketplace product and design teams. Before joining Upwork, Sean was director of UI engineering at Netflix and held leadership roles at AltaVista and Bigvine. He co-founded the startup GetListed. Sean holds a BS in computer information systems from California State University, Chico.

Sherry Chiger

Writer and Editor

An award-winning writer and editor, Sherry Chiger was editorial director for two magazines, in the U.S. and the U.K., covering multichannel commerce. She now writes sales copy, articles, and marketing content for a variety of marketers and publications. She is the author of two nonfiction children’s books and a novel, Beyond Billicombe.

Shoshana Deutschkron

Senior Director of Communications

As senior director of communications, Shoshana Deutschkron brings to Upwork extensive experience in strategic communications for the technology industry. Her unique data-driven background helps uncover insights from Upwork's online workplace data. Prior to Upwork, Shoshana was a vice president at market research firm Penn Schoen Berland, where she provided research-based communications counsel for companies including Ernst & Young, HP, EA and eBay. Throughout her career,… read more

Sondra & Jeremy Orozco

Digital Nomads

Newlyweds Sondra and Jeremy are traveling the world as Digital Nomads. Sondra is a product manager at Upwork, where she focuses on onboarding new clients. Jeremy was a firefighter in California for 10 years and just quit to become a writer and entrepreneur. They’re documenting their adventures and tips for other aspiring Digital Nomad on their blog, Nomad Life, and here on the Upwork blog!

Stephane Kasriel

CEO

As CEO of Upwork, Stephane Kasriel is driving the company’s vision of connecting businesses with talent faster than ever. He is an expert on working with professionals around the world, having managed the company’s global tech team of 300+ product managers, designers and engineers. Stephane has 16 years of leadership experience. Previously, he was Global Head of PayPal Consumer Products (where he achieved unprecedented growth… read more