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

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. She owns Nimbyist Communications and helps non-profits, startups, and small business owners get their content marketing on track.

Andrew Rosenblum


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

Assaf Ohana

Director of Product Management

Assaf Ohana is the director of product management at Upwork. His team works on designing products and features that help freelancers and agencies grow their businesses through Upwork and find more success through the platform.

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.

Brenda Do


Brenda is a direct-response copywriter who loves sales. She is the president of BL Copywriting, LLC and enjoys helping companies increase revenue by communicating with their prospects more persuasively. In addition to writing for various companies, Brenda speaks at professional groups to help other marketers and small business owners improve their copywriting skills.

Brian Yu

Brian Yu, Director of Product Management

Brian Yu is a director of product management at Upwork, where he leads a team that focuses on the mobile app experience. Prior to Upwork, Brian led mobile teams at Fanatics and Zinio. He holds an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Brooke Nixt

Brooke manages Customer Success at Upwork. Her role focuses on ensuring that marketplace clients have everything they need to grow their business on Upwork. She holds a BS in Business Administration from USC.

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. Carey’s passionate about informative, engaging copy that delivers value to clients. As an IT/development content writer, she’s dedicated to making the complex world of web development a little easier to navigate.

Darrell Jones


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

Frances Liu

Senior Category Manager

Frances Liu manages Upwork's Web, Mobile, and Software development category, with a focus on client growth and engagement. Previously, she worked on small business engagement programs at Apple Retail, and in marketing at JetBlue Airways—where she also honed her globetrotting skills. She has a BA in Computer Science from Wellesley College and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Garnor Morantes

Community Manager

Garnor Morantes has been in community management for over 10 years. He thrives on interacting directly with users and doing what he can to understand, synthesize and become the voice of the customer so Upwork can improve. Garnor holds a BS with a focus on marketing from Santa Clara University. You can catch him on the Upwork Community!

Gary Harvey

Writer, Shine Copy

Gary Harvey is a freelance writer & business blogger who has been awarded FIVE STARS for every writing & editing/proofreading job he's done. He began at Upwork writing articles & web copy, and recently added a new focus: writing about green & clean technologies. After completing his Bachelor of Internet Science & Technology, he ran an SEO business before turning to commercial writing.

Han Yuan

Han leads the engineering team at Upwork, where he oversees the company's online platform as well as a distributed technical team of more than 300 people who power it. Prior to joining Upwork, Han built and led engineering teams at eBay and Netflix, focusing on mobile and business incubation. Han was also co-founder of, an instant messaging-based social networking site.

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.

Hung Luu

Hung Kien Luu, Product Manager

Hung Kien Luu is a product manager at Upwork, focused on building an amazing mobile app experience for Upwork clients and freelancers. Prior to Upwork, Hung led and launched mobile products at Pac-12 Networks and co-founded and built Scoutmore, a travel startup. Previously, he held positions in corporate development at Cisco Systems and in technology investment banking at Merrill Lynch. He holds a BS in… read more

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.

Ilya Obshadko

Ilya Obshadko was previously the Product Architect of ORPC team @ Upwork. Since the writing of this article, he has joined the Modernized Time Tracker team.

Ivo Verus

Product Manager

As a product manager at Upwork, Ivo Verus is focused on providing the best user experience with Upwork's Team App. Ivo brings a combination of technical knowledge, product, and project management skills. He owns Techwin Consulting, a Macedonia-based company that provides outsourcing services for software development and product management. He holds a BS in software engineering from State University in the Republic of Macedonia.

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.


As CEO of Intellifluence, Joe has close to 20 years of experience in SEO, leading several successful digital marketing companies and providing expert consultation.

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.

Keith Koons

Keith Koons is a Top Rated freelance writer on Upwork and the owner of the digital marketing firm Upstate Synergy. Keith lives in Spartanburg, SC and he enjoys teaching his clients the finer points of online marketing and search optimization.

Kevin Bechtel

Marketing & Customer Education

Kevin Bechtel lives in San Francisco, CA and is on the marketing team at Upwork. He has worked at a variety of education and technology startups in various operations, marketing, and customer success roles.

Kevin Counihan

Director and Marketplace Chief Executive Officer, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

Kevin J. Counihan serves as the CEO of the Marketplace and the Deputy Administrator at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  In his role, Kevin is responsible for leading the federal Marketplace, managing relationships with state Marketplaces, and directing the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO).  Kevin has over 30 years’ experience in the health care and insurance exchange industries. He comes… read more

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 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 a category manager at Upwork where she is responsible for developing growth initiatives for our work categories and primarily focusing on administrative and customer support. She joined Upwork initially as a recruiting consultant for high-value clients. She holds a Bachelors 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

Lisa-Anne Chung

Lisa-Anne Chung, senior product manager at Upwork

Lisa-Anne Chung is a senior product manager at Upwork, where she leads the Collaboration Platform team, which includes the Messaging system and many other collaboration tools to come. Prior to Upwork, she worked at Intuit in Finance, Operations, and Product. She has a BS in Management Science from University of California, San Diego and an MBA from the Haas Business School at UC Berkeley.

Liubomyr K

Freelance Front-end Developer

Liubomyr K. is a front-end developer from Ukraine. His biggest passion is creating outstanding UX and bulletproof UI within Scrum workflow. Cares about projects architecture, scalability, performance, and growth.

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!

Mara Savina Falstein

Content Manager, ShareDesk

Mara Savina Falstein is the Community & Content Manager for ShareDesk, the largest platform for finding flexible workplaces with a network of over 5,000 coworking spaces spread across 40 countries. She passionately explores the coworking movement, sharing the stories and voices of ShareDesk's diverse global community on the ShareDesk blog. Follow ShareDesk on Twitter: @ShareDesk

Melanie Feltham

Contributing Author

As the Social Media Community Manager at Upwork, Melanie Feltham works closely with the social team to engage Upwork's active social audience. Her spare time is spent walking the lakeshore near her home office in Toronto, drawing and painting wildlife, and working on passion projects–the latest, a book about misconceptions spread by popular media. Connect with her on Twitter @MelanieFeltham to find out more about… read more

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.

Nancy Van Brunt

Sr. Manager, Agency Success

Nancy Van Brunt manages Agency Success at Upwork. Her role focuses on helping agencies grow their businesses on Upwork, while ensuring clients find the right talent for their projects and enjoy the highest quality experience. Previously, Nancy held strategy, business development, and consulting roles at eBay, Sesame Workshop, and Oliver Wyman respectively. Nancy holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Dartmouth College and an… read more

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

Nina Mufleh

Freelancer Growth Manager

Nina Mufleh is a freelancer growth manager at Upwork, where she works with top freelancers around the world to establish and grow their careers online. Prior to joining Upwork, Nina co-founded a leading social media agency in the Middle East and worked with Fortune 500 brands operating in the region. She also worked in communications for Jordan's Queen Rania.

Rich Pearson

Senior Vice President

Rich Pearson is the senior vice president of Upwork, the world’s largest online marketplace for connecting businesses with skilled talent. Rich leads the marketing and categories teams, where 20% are freelancers and the entire team is distributed across the globe. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in San Francisco and Oslo, Norway.

Ried Elenich

Customer Spotlighter

Ried Elenich is a customer spotlighter showcasing innovative people building the lives and businesses they want with the power of online work. Her role is to connect with amazing people all over the world leveraging the global marketplace in Upwork.

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 the categories director at Upwork, where he leads a team of category managers responsible for developing growth initiatives for our work categories, including information technology, sales & marketing, design & creative and administrative and customer support. Ryan has held senior product management positions at Upwork other tech companies. He holds a BS in decision sciences and management information systems from George Mason… read more

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.

Sheri Baker

Sheri Baker, Customer Spotlighter for Upwork

As a customer spotlighter for Upwork, Sheri Baker learns the stories of Upwork's customers all over the world and shares how they are leveraging the power of the global marketplace. Follow her on Twitter @sheriobaker.

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


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

Taj Walton

Category Management Team, IT/Development

Taj Walton is on the category management team for Upwork's Web, Mobile, and Software Development category where he leads initiatives to improve the experience for developers on the platform. Prior to joining Upwork, Taj worked at YuMe on the business operations team and was a technology-focused strategy consultant with Altman Vilandrie. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and spends his free time climbing and… read more

Tyler Keenan

Tyler writes about data for the content team at Upwork. Based in Berkeley, California, he's written and edited article- and book-length projects for a variety of clients, from fiction writers to academics to startup founders. He's a passionate defender of Oxford commas, en-dashes, and using plain language to explain complex ideas.

Yoshitaka Shiotsu

Writer and SEO Consultant

Yoshitaka Shiotsu is a freelance writer and SEO consultant on Upwork. He specializes in SEO writing, internet marketing and creating quality content for the web. Yoshitaka has provided content on a variety of topics including science, technology, travel, fashion and the food and beverage industry. He brings the researching prowess, intelligence and diligence of a chemical engineer together with the mindset of an internet marketer… read more

Yoshitaka Shiotsu

Writer and SEO Consultant

Yoshitaka Shiotsu is a freelance writer and SEO consultant on Upwork. He specializes in SEO writing, Internet marketing, and creating quality content for the web. Yoshitaka has provided content on a variety of topics including science, technology, travel, fashion and the food and beverage industry. He brings the researching prowess, intelligence and diligence of a chemical engineer together with the mindset of an Internet marketer… read more

Zak Hubbard

Director of Product Management at Upwork

Zak Hubbard is a director of product management at Upwork. He owns the match between clients and freelancers in the Upwork marketplace. Zak joined the Upwork team in 2012 after a time at VentureWell. His much-beloved family lives in Silicon Valley: A graphic designer spouse, two non-graphic designing cats, and a rescue Chihuahua named after Zak’s favorite tea.