Jonathan’s passion is people. If he wasn’t leading the charge at thinkPARALLAX he’d be traveling the world, learning about other cultures and talking with his hands – and feet if necessary. Jonathan’s prior business and marketing experience, in combination with his knack for storytelling, makes developing client relationships an ideal role for him. His strength is truly understanding clients’ needs, brainstorming ideas on the spot and honing in on the best solutions to achieve their goals. Though he’s one of the most creative brainstormers at thinkPARALLAX, he also oversees all aspects of business operations. Prior to thinkPARALLAX, Jonathan worked as a Business Development Manager for a San Diego based non-profit, Partnerships With Industry and as a Marketing Manager for Unicorp Marketing after graduating from Radford University in 1997. In the late 90s, Jonathan spent a year and a half trekking throughout Asia and Europe. Needless to say, he has some epic travel stories! An active sports enthusiast, Jonathan takes his oldest son surfing every week before school.
That’s pronounced Who-sha. She’s originally from The Netherlands. She’s not afraid to speak her mind and she’s always up for a teaching moment. She’s has an eagle’s eye for big picture 30,000 foot view while noticing the smallest details when necessary.That’s why she’s such a strong strategist and creative director for her team, students and clients. Her European-inspired design and communications philosophy is ‘less is more’ and she always strives for visually appealing solutions that are communicated effectively. Guusje oversees that the projects reach the high level of quality thinkPARALLAX is known for – no cutting corners here! Guusje graduated in 1996 from the Royal Academy of Art in The Netherlands where she earned her degree in visual communications. She worked for more than ten years at renowned branding agencies in The Netherlands and US, where she created award-winning identities, campaigns and reports. Because she likes sharing her knowledge and loves seeing young creatives grow into their talent, she also worked for six years as an adjunct faculty member teaching graphic design at San Diego State University. When she’s not in the office, you might find her volunteering as an art teacher for her kids’ local elementary school or doing hot yoga.
A natural leader with a passion for giving back, Tyler brings enthusiasm and creativity to every endeavor. With a wealth of experience in client services, creative strategy, copywriting and design, Tyler enjoys transforming big ideas into tangible results, and sharpening fuzzy concepts into focused messages. Originally from Lincoln, Nebraska, he earned his BA from the University of Missouri, professional certificates in graphic design and web design from the Digital Arts Center at UCSD and completed the GRI Certified G4 Sustainability Reporting Course (administered by ISOS Group) in 2014. Outside the office, Tyler has chronicled his trials and tribulations as a cancer-survivor on his blog (GoTeamTyler.com) and enjoys spending his free time on his bike, in the great outdoors, or in the kitchen with his wife Natasha, son Jasper and their dog Bernell.
Alden is a Northern California native but has called all corners of the country home, living in Chicago, New Jersey and San Francisco before earning Bachelors degrees in Business and French from North Carolina State University. She eventually headed back west, landing in Southern California where she began her career at Mattel Toys in project management. With impeccable attention to detail and a passion for building meaningful relationships, Alden went on to refine her account management, marketing, and PR skills at various branding and design agencies along the coast. Before joining thinkPARALLAX, she assisted in the development of Bank of America’s corporate social responsibility strategy, community engagement, and philanthropic efforts in San Diego, which ignited her passion for purpose-driven business. When she’s not strategizing with clients, Alden is spending time with her two crazy sons and husband, hanging at the beach and playing Uber driver to all their various activities.
The epitome of “team player”, Lizzie joins the thinkPARALLAX team with contagious enthusiasm and a genuine passion for people. Born and raised in Virginia, Lizzie earned her B.A. in Strategic Marketing & Communications from the University of Richmond and has passionately immersed herself in these two domains ever since. Outgoing in nature with a knack for careful listening, Lizzie’s niche is building relationships and making clients happy. Her most recent endeavor as the Director of Sales & Marketing for a software startup inspired her cross-country move to the West Coast, a fitting environment for her sunny and laid-back personality. Outside of work, Lizzie loves spending as much time as possible in the sunshine, playing in the ocean, practicing yoga, and traveling the world.
Will was born in New York City and raised in Palm Beach, FL, but after spending time with family on the West Coast throughout his childhood he quickly fell in love with Southern California. He packed up his bags for San Diego where he went on to graduate from the University of San Diego with a Bachelors in Business Administration. After showcasing his skills as a creative and strategic thinker as an intern at thinkPARALLAX, Will officially joined the team a year later. Will enjoys utilizing design thinking methods to address a client’s unique communication challenges, and his love for the outdoors fuels his passion for sustainability. Outside the office, Will is a bit of a travel addict having visited 40 countries (and counting). He especially loves unique adventures, like his time spent as a crew member on a 112ft. schooner that sailed from Australia to Thailand.
Raised in the presence of driven individuals, Sam has an intrinsic passion and excitement for seeing businesses transform into productive and thriving companies. A former New Yorker, Sam moved to San Diego at age 14 and continued her education at San Diego State University where she graduated with a degree in Communication. With a genuine love for writing and thinking outside the box, Sam discovered her forte for leading teams effectively while working as a Creative Product Manager at a local branding agency and a Media Relations Manager within a full-service communications firm. She believes that by using marketing and efficient management as a creative tool, the possibilities are endless. In Sam’s free time you’ll find her at the nearest Corepower Yoga, eating chocolate or playing with her dog, Riesling.
The daughter of two artists, Janna has always had a passion for creativity and an eye for aesthetics. She brings to thinkPARALLAX six years of experience as a magazine editor, which has provided her a strong foundation in writing, a keen eye for detail, the ability to think outside the box, and expertise in social media and content marketing. Janna has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master’s degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from San Diego State University, where she specialized in marketing and advertising. When she’s not writing great copy or managing projects, you’ll find her surfing, hiking, camping, or taking spontaneous weekend trips to just about anywhere with a mountain, ocean, or great brewery.
Born in Visalia, California to a family of olive farmers, Geoff – pronounced “Jawf” thanks to his hippy parents – brings a unique blend of right-brain creativity and left-brain analytical ability to the team at thinkPARALLAX. From a young age, Geoff loved reading and writing – devouring magazines and books at a frightening pace and (several years later) spending way too much time meticulously crafting unnecessary emails to friends. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English literature from UC Davis and went on to write copy and editorial content for a host of clients and publications (Fast Company, TransWorld Media, and Core77 – to name a few). However, somewhere along the way Geoff also fell in love with design. From well-executed typography to the character lines on a classic muscle car, as long as it’s design, it holds Geoff’s attention. He graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena with a Bachelor of Science in Product Design. He has designed medical devices, sporting goods, electronics, toys, soft goods, and a host of other products across a wide array of industries. Most recently Geoff has been using his combination of writing and design to help brands build enduring relationships with their audiences. When he’s not working, you can find Geoff surfing on one of his beloved longboards, eating food made by his wife (a chef!), or hanging out with Tiny, his 150-pound Saint Bernard.
While she specializes in social media strategy, Megan is a big believer in integrated communications that spans everything from branding and messaging to PR outreach, employee engagement and executive thought leadership. Previously, Megan worked in the Social Innovation sector of Waggener Edstrom (now WE Communications) where she supported a variety of private, public and social sector clients including Amgen Foundation, PATH, McKinsey Social Initiative, L’Oreal Paris, The Jane Goodall Institute and CARE, among others. Earlier in her career, she worked with a social media marketing agency based out of Seattle (now part of Deloitte Digital), where she managed the influencer relations program and led community management for brands such as: The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, The National Civil Rights Museum, DRY Soda and Windstar Cruises.