Team

Marilynn Wexler

Project Manager

Marilynn Wexler

Project Manager

Marilynn grew up in Palm Springs, California when she first learned how to the play the flute. Once she began lending her vocals as the front singer of a band, she found herself infatuated with the music scene. Moving to New York, she attended Hunter College and graduated with a degree in Film Studies and Art History. During her time time in the big city she participated in an internship program at Q Prime Management, her first major exposure to the music industry. Deciding to dedicate her efforts full-time in pursuing a role in the music community, Marilynn transitioned over to another role with Zync Music, a licensing and publishing company that fostered a culture of inclusivity and growth.

After graduation, Marilynn’s original plan was to move to Los Angeles, however fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and decided to move to Portland instead. This desire to head north triggered a search to find a promising opportunity in the music industry, leading her to join the Marmoset family. When she’s not digging into music, Marilynn is on the go hiking and camping. She’s all about Portland’s abundance of vegan junk food. She also loves investing her free time volunteering at Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary.

Marilynn's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Outer Peace by Toro y Moi
  • Stuffed & Ready by Cherry Glazerr T
  • Welcome Home by Hannah Cohen
  • Parallax EP by DJ Seinfeld
  • The Weight by Weval

Jené Etheridge

Creative Coordinator + Associate Producer

Jené Etheridge

Creative Coordinator + Associate Producer

Raised in Vancouver, Washington, Jené has lived in both Seattle and Portland, immersing herself in the music community wherever she goes.

Before joining Marmoset as a Music Licensing Coordinator, Jené lent her skills to creative startups and nonprofits, always aiming to help musicians in their efforts. This passion for the arts extends to her show, “Everyday Mixtapes,” on XRAY.FM, airing every Saturday night from 5:00-6:00PM (PDT).

When she’s not collaborating with artists and clients at Marmoset, Jené DJs throughout Portland. She’s also a big fan of hiking and biking around town!

Jené’s favorite albums of 2019:

  • Fever by Megan Thee Stallion
  • Queen and Slim Soundtrack by Various Artists
  • 5 by SAULT
  • KOKOROK by KOKOROK
  • DJ-Kicks (Kamaal Williams) [DJ Mix] by Kamaal Williams
  • When I Get Home by Solange
  • At First Light by Lynda Dawn
  • Bandana by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib
  • Zeno by Muzi
  • Mujeres by Y La Bamba

Alex Paguirigan

Music Licensing Creative

Alex Paguirigan

Music Licensing Creative

A Chicago native, Alex traces all of his earliest musical memories back to the family’s Toyota van — the place where his father sang along to countless mixtapes. His other source of childhood inspiration? Michael Jordan, of course.

Accepted to DePaul University as a jazz saxophone major, Alex's love for all genres of music led to him leaving with a degree in audio engineering instead. Later, Alex crossed the pond to Scotland where he studied Sound Design at The University of Edinburgh.

Alex has worked as an assistant audio engineer at Another Country, an award-winning sound design studio in Chicago; he has assisted on over 2,000 voiceover, sound design, and mix sessions for prestigious brands like McDonald's, Budweiser, SC Johnson and many others. Outside of ads, Alex’s sound design and music editing work can be heard throughout films showcased at film festivals like SXSW and Sundance — his work even appearing in an Oscar-nominated feature film.

When not living out his passion of crafting & curating sound to picture, you can catch Alex trying out new recipes in the kitchen, cruising the streets of Portland on his road bike, or dancing in the crowd at a live show.

Alex's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Charli by Charli XCX
  • Omoiyari by Kishi Bashi
  • Spending an Eternity in a Japanese Convenience Store by Forests
  • Field Whispers (Into the Crystal Palace) by Fire-Toolz

Marissa Hernandez

Music Licensing Creative

Marissa Hernandez

Music Licensing Creative

Marissa Hernandez grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota where the music scene along with her local radio station, "The Current," shaped her love of indie musicians.

With her father shooting concert photos for Warner Brothers and her mother being in a punk rock band, such experiences helped influence Marissa’s upbringing, encouraging her to explore opportunities within the music world. Just three months after graduating college, Marissa hit the ground running by working as a Music Coordinator/Music Supervisor at Walker for two years.

After her rewarding career with Walker, Marissa landed in Portland, Oregon where she accepted the role of Music Licensing Creative at Marmoset. The company’s focus on placing the music first — along with an initiative toward community and non-profit involvement — is what ultimately drew Marissa to the Northwest music agency. Her favorite things about working for the company are its continual strides toward making a positive impact for both artists and community alike.

When not at Marmoset, Marissa loves to travel, go hiking, practice yoga, and going to the movies. She is also currently learning to read tarot cards and has a long-term goal of running a 5k in the future!

Marissa's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Good At Falling by The Japanese House
  • Tomb by Angelo De Augustine
  • Better Oblivion Community Center Up by Better Oblivion Community Center
  • Anak Ko by Jay Som
  • Ribbons by Bibio

Nathaniel Schmidt

Project Manager

Nathaniel Schmidt

Project Manager

Nathaniel was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. After graduating from Boston University, he decided to make the big move back to the glorious Pacific Northwest and call Portland home. Today, he is a dog dad to two stubborn, gassy, and adorable Frenchies who you can follow on Instagram @huxnkisses.

Other than spending time with his pups, Nathaniel spends his free time perusing the internet and spending a bit too much money on clothes — anyone in the office can attest to the latter, as he’s a snazzy dresser. One of his biggest inspirations in music is The Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack, he aspires to one day operate as a music supervisor on a future Wes Anderson film.

Nathaniel’s Favorite Albums of 2019:

  • Bandana by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
  • Nothing Great About Britain by Slowthai
  • Injury Reserve by Injury Reserve
  • 1000 Gecs by 100 Gecs
  • GERM HAS A DEATHWISH by Germ

José Maldonado

Project Manager

José Maldonado

Project Manager

I was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, the land of Tequila, Mariachi, and much more Mexican folklore. My family and I moved to the U.S. when I was 7 years old (1996) and from there on, I was raised in a town called Ojai, California — the mystical town known for its spectacular pink moments and spiritual retreats. I've been living in Portland since June of 2016. I love all of what Portland and its surrounding area has to offer: a lush hiking environment, beautiful city scapes, delectable food, vibrant Portlander community, and of course, the Timbers and Thorns! I am a huge fan of both teams, although you can find me at more Thorns games throughout the season.

By now you've figured out that I am an avid soccer fan, in addition to hiking, going on weekend trips, family time (I have eight nieces and nephews), and enjoying music events as much as possible (Portland's music scene is poppin')! I spent three years in Sales/Marketing for luxury hospitality, then moved onto a Marketing/Business Strategy Consultancy the past 3+ years, and then entering Marmoset as a Project Manager of the Creative Services Team. I love music, so the opportunity to work in a music production and at a music licensing company — especially a B Corp — is a dream lived!

José's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Between Us by Hayden James
  • Mala Santa by Becky G
  • Oasis by Bad Bunny and J Balvin
  • High Expectations by Mabel
  • Live from Brooklyn Steel by Wild Nothing
  • 54+1 by Danny Ocean

Alex Dixon

Creative Coordinator

Alex Dixon

Creative Coordinator

A proud Washington D.C. native, Alex's East Coast upbringing helped shape his identity and workflow. His early years in life began in a diverse neighborhood on the outskirts of Washington D.C. with a limited music and arts presence. After working in the forefront of the emerging hip hop and electronic music scene that was slowly flourishing out of his own backyard, he moved to Bellingham, WA to pursue a degree in Marketing from Western Washington University.

Alex's music industry experience was tested after embarking on a new path of live event curation, event management, music journalism and artist management — working with notable artists from the Washington D.C area, like Logic and GoldLink. Over seven years of experience in different music related fields from coast to coast are now applied to his role as a Creative Coordinator at Marmoset.

Alex's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Bandana by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib
  • Diaspora by GoldLink
  • Flamagra by Flying Lotus
  • Drip or Drown 2 by Gunna
  • Ventura by Anderson Paak

Jamie McMullen

Music Licensing Creatve

Jamie McMullen

Music Licensing Creatve

Originally from a small town in New England, Jamie moved to Portland in 2008. With a passion for traveling and adventure, one of her biggest life aspirations is to visit every continent around the globe — she also can’t get enough of the ocean.

With deep roots in music, she studied music business in college and worked in digital distribution for 9 years at both CD Baby and Burnside Distribution before joining Marmoset. One of her musical muses is Fleetwood Mac, whose music taught her to harmonize when growing up. Other honorable mentions include the Pixies, who she will continue to love forever and ever. When it comes to favorite band documentaries, Jamie looks to The Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense”. When not traveling or playing music with her dream pop band Neuma, Jamie enjoys hanging out with her friends at sweet cat, Luna.

Jamie's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
  • Placeholder by Hand Habits
  • Charli by Charli XCX
  • The Practice of Love by Jenny Hval
  • Losing My Shadow by Aan
  • A Life of Crime by Office Culture

Jenna Covey

Creative Coordinator

Jenna Covey

Creative Coordinator

Originally from Stockton California, Jenna grew up with an eclectic taste in music — sometimes worrying her mother when she'd blast German metal at age 11.

Fascinated by the ins and outs of music production, Jenna kickstarted her career at a major label. There she familiarized herself with all the different stages of music — from the tediously detailed first steps of producing, to the hustle and bustle of tour life. In her new role at Marmoset, Jenna now supports the A&R team by helping on-board and manage artists working alongside the creative agency.

While music remains Jenna's true North Star, her other long-term goal is to be a parkour master.

Jenna's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Time 'n' Place by Kero Kero Bonito
  • Metal Galaxy by BABYMETAL
  • Night Pass Pure Bathing Culture
  • Shea Butter Baby Ari Lennox
  • Stuffed & Ready Cherry Glazerr

Katy Davidson

Senior Music Producer

Katy Davidson

Senior Music Producer

Songwriter Katy Davidson revived the band Dear Nora in January 2017 when Orindal Records reissued the thirteen-year-old album Mountain Rock on vinyl. The reissue received great acclaim and the band toured the west and east coasts last year. Spurred by the momentum, Katy decided to create the first album of new Dear Nora material in a decade, Skulls Example (release date: May 25, 2018).

Katy has been composing, recording, and performing for nearly twenty years. They are from rural Arizona, and has lived in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, before calling Twentynine Palms, California, home. Katy has played under a handful of monikers, but Dear Nora is the one most widely recognized. Dear Nora originally started in 1999, released a handful of enigmatic, compelling albums throughout the early 2000s, and toured across the United States, Japan, Sweden and Australia. Throughout the years, the Dear Nora live band featured a rotating cast of band members, though oftentimes they played solo. They retired the band name Dear Nora in 2008 and began making music under the names Lloyd & Michael and Key Losers.

Katy's music represents a spectrum of styles encompassing classic rock, experimental music, ethereal pop, new age, punk, and R&B. They write lyrics with layered meanings that contemplate the vast realms and intersections of wilderness, humanity, morality, technology, late capitalism, and love.

Katy's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Iowa Dream by Arthur Russell
  • When I Get Home by Solange
  • Your Music by Zach Burba
  • Monopoly by Ariana Grande and Victoria Monét
  • 1000 gecs by 100 gecs

David Katz

Music Producer

David Katz

Music Producer

Raised in the outskirts of Vancouver, Washington, David eventually crossed the Columbia River to Portland, Oregon, and after cutting his teeth as an intern, he’s quickly grown to dominate the role of Music Producer at Marmoset.

Musically, David draws inspiration from the natural beauty of the Oregon coast and often ventures out there to write tasty riffs for his recording project, Altadore. In fact, he recently released an album in 2016 titled Opal, Luna, and Hymn, which has caught the attention of lo-fi, alternative music lovers far and wide. While he might be too humble to talk about these things -- we’re not -- one thing he’s not afraid of touting is his role as Marmoset’s best ping pong player.

David’s experience with writing songs and playing in bands allows him to easily translate emotion into sound. Most days, he works closely with filmmakers and creatives of all types, navigating Marmoset’s digital licensing platform and helping them find the perfect sonic pairings for their projects.

David's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Simpatico by Golden Daze
  • Forever Turned Around by Whitney
  • White Roses by Flyte
  • Cowboy Diaries by Blonder
  • Ode to Joy by Wilco

Eric Nordby

Brand Ambassador + Music Producer

Eric Nordby

Brand Ambassador + Music Producer

Nicknamed "The Weather" by his friends, Eric Nordby is an Oregonian through and through. At Marmoset, he is involved in almost every facet of our community, heading up music clearances, playing a central role on the Creative Licensing Team, and managing a wide array of projects. However, more than just a music enthusiast, Eric is a singer, guitarist and songwriter for the band, Norman, a Portland-based alt-country pop band, who toured Europe for the first time in 2012.

Let it be known that Eric is an avid collector of vintage instruments -- mostly guitar equipment, organs and synthesizers; and also the owner of a sweet pair of salmon-colored pants that drives both men and women crazy.

Eric's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Slow Fascination by Big Search
  • Dogrel by Fontaines D.C.
  • Eraserland by Strand of oaks
  • Ripple Waves by Cornelius
  • Loveworm by beabadoobee B

Katie Seaton

Senior Music Licensing Creative + Creative Services Team Lead

Katie Seaton

Senior Music Licensing Creative + Creative Services Team Lead

Born and raised in the high desert terrain of Bend, Oregon, Katie adventured out of state for awhile, attending college in Montana and Southern California, before landing more permanently in Portland. A huge lover of live music and an unabashed fan of mainstream pop, Katie soaks in any form of music that’s playing in ear shot, always seeking out new sounds -- preferably something she can dance to.

Katie’s role as Senior Creative Licensing Team Lead is well informed by her vast experience in the music biz. She worked backstage and in artist relations at Portland’s revered Crystal Ballroom, worked as a college rep for Warner Music Group, and interned for Silva Artist Management (Foo Fighters, Beck and Sonic Youth), and Dangerbird (Darker My Love, Fitz and the Tantrums, Silversun Pickups)while living in LA.

When not at Marmoset HQ, Katie is probably out and about hiking with her surprisingly sassy Westie Terrier named Chance, or exploring the ocean of bands playing around town. Seriously -- ask her if she’s seen a band come through Portland and the answer is probably yes.

Katie's favorite albums of 2019

  • When I Get Home by Solange
  • Two Hands by Big Thief
  • Homecoming by Beyonce
  • OASIS by J Balvin & Bad Bunny
  • Charli by Charli XCX

Reid MacKenzie

Music Producer

Reid MacKenzie

Music Producer

As Associate Producer for the Original Music Team, Reid has been something like the young Luke Skywalker to the team’s Yoda, quickly learning the ins and outs of music production and scoring to picture, while also managing the original music catalog and expertly curating the freshest new tracks.

While Reid might be the reigning champion of pickup basketball around Marmoset HQ, he really just loves being outside. He recently hiked the entire Oregon portion of the Pacific Crest Trail and regularly runs in excess of 20 miles. If only his beloved salt ‘n pepper colored pug, Phyllis, could keep up.

Reid's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Forever Turned Around by Whitney
  • Better Oblivion Community Center by Better Oblivion Community Center
  • I Am Easy to Find by The National
  • Lofijazzsoul by Farnell Newton
  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend

Karen Green

Music Licensing Coordinator

Karen Green

Music Licensing Coordinator

Karen settled in Portland in 2011 by way of Las Vegas (where she grew up), Los Angeles (where she earned her undergrad degree in Literature and Creative Writing) and Bulgaria (where she taught English as a Peace Corps volunteer). After working as an administrative assistant at Nike for four years, she brought her organizational skills to Marmoset in 2019, drawn by the mission of supporting an amazing creative community.

When not helping clients with license renewals you can find Karen attending literary readings around Portland, singing torch songs at karaoke or perpetually on the search for the city's best hamburger. If you can't find her, it probably means she's bike touring around Oregon or pursuing her goal of visiting a new country every year.

Karen's favorite albums of 2019:

  • When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish
  • Angel's Pulse by Blood Orange
  • The Highwomen by The Highwomen
  • On the Line by Jenny Lewis
  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo

Tim Shrout

Senior Producer + Project Manager

Tim Shrout

Senior Producer + Project Manager

Despite his New Jersey upbringing, Tim is not an obsessive Springsteen fan. Instead he spent his formative musical years listening to local punk bands like Bigwig and Bouncing Souls. He caught the production bug while learning his way around an old 4-track cassette recorder while working with his high school band, and he’s yet to find a cure. Tim studied recording and classical guitar at USC in Los Angeles, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and eventually migrated to Portland in 2011, where he and some friends immediately launched a venue and recording space in an old Northeast Portland home.

When he’s not spending his time at Portland music institutions like PDX Pop Now! and Banana Stand Media, Tim bikes around town in heavy rain gear, gets in to arguments about pizza, and is known to lose sleep worrying if his homebrew recipe will turn out okay.

Tim's favorite albums of 2019:

  • What Makes Vulnerability Good by Like a Villain
  • Forever Turned Around by Whitney
  • Atlanta Millionaires Club by Faye Webster
  • U.F.O.F. by Big Thief
  • The Divide by Layperson

Nicole Wilson

Music Producer

Nicole Wilson

Music Producer

Nicole first realized her passion for music upon listening to her parent's record collection while growing up. It started with the Beach Boys and the Beatles and has been non-stop ever since. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nicole landed in Portland in 2007, firmly focused on finding her path in the music industry. Soon, she found herself traveling the world, working in a variety of tour roles with bands such as The Dandy Warhols, Darker My Love, and Kings of Leon. Eventually she focused her interests on Creative Licensing and Music Supervision, where she honed her craft at Search Party, and her own endeavor, Cast Iron Songs.

Admittedly an indie film geek, when not at Marmoset Nicole enjoys spending time with family, she keeps Bob Dylan in regular rotation, and takes long walks with her miniature wire-haired dachshund, Una May.

Nicole's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Heard It in a Past Life by Maggie Rogers
  • Ma by Devendra Banhart and Vashti
  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
  • Violet Street by Local Natives
  • Seventeen by Sharon Van Etten

Bob Werner

Creative Director + A&R Team Lead

Bob Werner

Creative Director + A&R Team Lead

Originally from Cincinnati, where his diet consisted almost exclusively of chili dogs, Bob is a graduate of Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There, he studied music, video, and sound production.

At Marmoset, Bob is a Creative Project Manager, supporting the Creative Licensing Team, the Original Music Team and is always standing by ready to mix a real mean margarita. In the rainy season, you'll find him tucked away in his home studio geeking out over personal music projects. But when the sun comes out good luck finding him at all — he'll likely be out rock climbing in the Mt. Hood National Forest, surfing on the Oregon Coast, or chasing his three year old chocolate lab around Southeast Portland.

Bobby's favorite albums of 2019:

  • A Bath Full of Ecstasy by Hot Chip
  • Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery by The Comet Is Coming
  • All My Heroes Are Cornballs by JPEGMAFIA
  • Two Hands by Big Thief
  • Forever Turned Around by Whitney

Nicole Hooper

HR Generalist + People Operations Team Lead

Nicole Hooper

HR Generalist + People Operations Team Lead

Chances are not very good that you’ll ever catch Nicole listening to Maroon 5. Ever. Chances are good, however, that you’ll catch Nicole putting her empathy -- and incredible punning skills -- to good use at Marmoset as our HR Coordinator, crafting policies and managing projects that keep our Marmo family happy, healthy and well cared for.

Nicole made her way to Portland after growing up in Kelso, Washington, desiring to move out of her home town to a big city. Landing in the Rose City in 2002, she shifted her dreams of becoming a massage therapist to working as a barista, spending the next 11 years climbing the ladder until she was managing one of Portland’s original coffee mainstays, Albina Press. Eventually needing a change, she took her superb people skills and off the charts empathy to creative agency, Juliet Zulu, where she built their HR systems and resources from the ground up. We’re beyond thrilled to have Nicole’s experience and passion for people here at Marmoset.

Outside of work, you’ll most likely find Nicole on adventures with her daughter, partaking in her sacred daily ritual of drinking two cups of coffee per day, or dreaming of visiting her favorite place in the world -- Paris. Ooh la la.

Nicole’s favorite albums of 2019:

  • Titanic Rising by Weyes Blood
  • Welcome Home by Hannah Cohen
  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  • All Mirrors by Angel Olsen
  • Legacy! Legacy! by Jamila Woods

Fiona Kang

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Fiona Kang

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Singaporean born and bred, Fiona suddenly found herself whisked away and dropped into the middle of Suburbia, USA. It was in a manner she can only assume was eerily similar to beloved reality TV show Naked and Afraid, except with less public nudity and more prepubescent angst. Forced to navigate the murky waters of adolescent awkwardness in a foreign land, she survived the 21 days (and then some) and went on to spend five years in Fremont, California before heading northward for greener mountains.

Since arriving in Portland, Fiona since graduated from Portland State University with a degree in advertising. She has worked as a prep stylist with photography studio Straub Collaborative, and freelanced as an assistant stylist with clients like Nike before finally settling in as the social media intern at Marmoset. She now spends most of her days juggling various social media platforms and pushing the human body’s capacity for caffeine consumption to never-before-seen heights.

Outside of Marmo HQ, Fiona can be found discussing true crime crazy-string-wall style, writing music with her band, or thinking of ways to interject her two dogs into the conversation.

Fiona's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Good Faith by Madeon
  • Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
  • Tamale by Daniela Andrade
  • Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen
  • Complex by Montaigne

Clancy Magnuson

Relationships Coordinator

Clancy Magnuson

Relationships Coordinator

Homegrown in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Clancy Magnuson and her family could be defined as outdoor purists — explorers of the great outdoors and taking on everything from backpacking, skiing to whitewater rafting. Nature aside, music had a powerful presence in Clancy’s upbringing with her big brother’s punk band practicing in the family garage; she soon became a loyal Britney Spears fan and began creating mixtapes for almost every (big or small) life event. Her other musical passions included directing her own music videos, studying opera and singing her heart out in choir.

In New York, Clancy earned her bachelor’s degree in visual arts; from there she relocated to San Francisco to secure her graduate degree. With a background in arts administration and as a self-proclaimed music nerd, Clancy naturally fits in right at home in Portland and at Marmoset. In her spare time, you can catch her working on her collaborative art project, Roshambo Project or visiting galleries and museums. If looking to chat about the latest pop-culture gossip or to go head-to-head in a baking challenge, Clancy is your gal.

Clancy's favorite albums of 2019:

  • All Mirrors by Angel Olsen
  • Crushing by Julia Jacklin
  • The Lamb by Lala Lala
  • Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest
  • The Pact by Slothrust

Quinn Kennelly

Senior Relationships Manager

Quinn Kennelly

Senior Relationships Manager

If you remember anything about Quinn, know this: she’s crazy for pepperoni pizza.

Quinn’s favorite album of 2019

  • Pang by Caroline Polachek

Dena Patel

Finance Manager + Business and Financial Affairs Team Lead

Dena Patel

Finance Manager + Business and Financial Affairs Team Lead

Dena Patel was born in Preston, England and grew up in Cookeville, Tennessee before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio to attend college. Before deciding to heading to the Pacific Northwest, Dena relocated to New York City where she pursued and thrived in the field of accounting and finance.

Joining the Marmoset team in 2018, Dena was drawn to the music agency’s creative culture and atmosphere, taking on the role of Finance Manager. When she’s not leading the Biz Affairs Team, Dena is off exploring the outdoors and traveling the world; on her most recent trip she took off to Tokyo, Seoul, and Hong Kong. As a huge sports fan, you can also catch Dena chilling at home with a glass of wine while watching ESPN — as a sports lover, one of her lifelong goals is to visit all 50 US states and all 32 NFL stadiums (so far, she's been to 41 states and five stadiums).

Dena's favorite albums of 2019:

  • When I Get Home by Solange
  • Legacy! Legacy! by Jamila Woods
  • African Giant by Burna Boy

Amy Sabin

Operations Manager

Amy Sabin

Operations Manager

Music has always been a huge part of Amy’s life. Some of her earliest memories involve her standing in her crib while singing songs to her twin sister, along with practicing barbershop quartet harmonies with her grandfather. Music followed Amy into her adult life, her studying music in college — specifically vocal jazz performance.

Apart from music’s impact on Amy, she also has held a passion for the environment and all things creative. This combination led her to take a position with the American Institute of Architects, a non-profit association that focused on how the building industry can positively impact the environment and climate change.

While working her way up to Managing Director, Amy stay involved within the music community — volunteering for Rock ’N’ Roll Camp for Girls as a board member, being an LRC instructor, and grant-writer. When she’s not busy volunteering, Amy plays synth, sings, and writes songs for her band, Shadowlands. She will also be releasing an EP later this year!

Amy’s favorite albums of 2019:

  • Careful by Boy Harsher
  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  • Birth of Violence by Chelsea Wolfe
  • Mujeres by J Y La Bamba
  • Ghosteen by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Steve Schroeder

Artists & Repertoire Curation Manager

Steve Schroeder

Artists & Repertoire Curation Manager

There are two little-known facts about Steve. First, he moved to the Pacific Northwest in the '90s due to an undying love for Nirvana. Second, his DJ skills are out of this world. Seriously -- from obscure soul music to '80s new wave and current pop hits -- he dreams up unlikely musical pairings that are pure magic.

After growing up in a handful of cities across the country, Steve eventually found his way to Portland -- not Seattle, which he says was a little too “on the nose” at the time because of its smaller grunge music scene. Once settled, Steve jumped right into the DIY culture and started his own label, States Rights Records, where he began working with fascinating and obscure bands like Dirty Projectors and YACHT.

Steve’s musical radar is both finely-tuned and expansive, perfectly serving his role as Catalog Curation Manager. Not only does he carefully track and analyze every artist and band that Marmoset works with, he helps curate our expansive roster of artists, always striving to keep things fresh and interesting.

If you’ve ever met Steve, you’d know his glowing personality is infectious. When not dominating Marmoset’s roster, Steve burns up the trails throughout the Pacific Northwest and travels the country as Tour Manager for YACHT.

Steve's favorite albums of 2019:

  • direct line to My Creator by duendita
  • Pang by Caroline Polachek
  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
  • 1000 gecs by 100 Gecs
  • Chain Tripping by YACHT

Jessica Cassady

Director of Marketing

Jessica Cassady

Director of Marketing

Jessica grew up in the outskirts of Seattle and it didn’t take her long to become fully immersed in the music world. With the likes of Nirvana and Fleetwood Mac being a staple in her childhood, she naturally gravitated toward music while exploring school band from elementary school through early high school. In college, she got an internship at Sub-Pop Records and during her final year of school, she landed an internship at Marmoset. One week after graduation, she packed her bags and moved to Portland.

Bringing a Ph.D level of organization to the role, Jess and her team work closely with Marmoset’s Creative Licensing Coordinators and Producers, leading client relations and client appreciation, all while researching new markets and orchestrating the tens of thousands of miles traveled each season. Whether curating high concept Listening Hour experiences or prioritizing an invite list for a secret show at Marmoset HQ, Jess does the work of three people -- and we still don’t know how she does it.

When she’s not wrecking shop at Marmoset, you may find Jess exploring new corners of Oregon, crafting custom Bolo Ties, or cruising the aisles of Portland’s art supply stores, dreaming up her latest project.

Jess' favorite albums of 2019:

  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  • Rain on Dust by RF Shannon
  • Crushing by Julia Jacklin
  • House of Sugar by (Sandy) Alex G
  • Ode to Joy by Wilco

Matt Lemine

Business Affairs Manager

Matt Lemine

Business Affairs Manager

Growing up near the sunny beaches of Jacksonville, Florida, Matt journeyed to rainy Portland soon after he learned of the connection between Marmoset and some of his all-time favorite bands, Pacific Gold and The Soil and the Sun, while randomly glancing through their websites.

Starting as an intern at Marmoset in the summer of 2014, Matt returned to Florida State University that fall to finish up his degree in Finance. Upon graduation, Matt and his wife packed their bags and traveled across the country to become permanent residents of Portland.

His experience in finance, not to mention his background playing drums in a variety of bands, has prepared him to rock his role on the Business Affairs Team at Marmoset. There he regularly crunches numbers, cuts checks and slays Quickbooks -- all with a quiet demeanor, a cool smile and a sincere willingness to help out whenever anyone needs it.

Though he’s still relatively new to the area, Matt’s already a big fan Mt. Tabor hikes and delving deep into Portland's intense foodie culture. He’s a lover of sunsets and long walks and believes the best views are always down a trail -- a lesson he’s learned during one of his many backpacking trips.

Matt’s favorite albums of 2019

  • Good Luck, Kid by Joseph
  • Immunity by Clairo
  • I am Easy to Find by The National
  • Good at Failing by The Japanese House
  • Glyphonic by Lowland Hum

Luisa Jeffery

Brand Manager

Luisa Jeffery

Brand Manager

Luisa has never met Drake, despite being born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Just so you know.

As a child, Luisa developed a passion for “standing on moving boards” -- specifically snowboards and skateboards -- and this soon became her absolute favorite thing to do. This love eventually led her to Whistler BC, where she spent five years eating, breathing and living snowboarding. Luisa eventually headed south, in search of two things: a job and better Mexican food. She landed in LA, where she stayed for a few years, before more recently nesting in Portland, where visits the surrounding mountains as often as possible with her Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy, Rick.

Before joining the team at Marmoset, Luisa spent two years working in Music Supervision at Vapor Music Group in Toronto, and later went on to work as a Music Supervisor at Jingle Punks in Los Angeles, where she learned the ropes of pairing music to picture.

Luisa's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Crushing by Julia Jacklin
  • Black Pumas by Black Pumas
  • i,i by Bon Iver
  • thank u, next by Ariana Grande
  • Late Night Feelings by Mark Ronson

Cici Harrison

Product Owner

Cici Harrison

Product Owner

Growing up in the '90s, Cici was inspired by grunge music and learned to play the drums in middle school. After a couple of failed attempts to start a high school band in her small NJ hometown (and a short-lived dream of being in a ska band), she moved to NYC to attend college. There she finally joined a band and discovered her passion for playing live. She spent the next decade playing in a handful of different bands, touring the country from time to time, and staying in many Super 8’s along the way.

In early 2017, Cici migrated from NYC to Portland where she embraced her inner nerd and started her career in tech. She loves channeling her many years of being in bands into collaborating with the folks on the Tech Team.

When not at Marmoset HQ, you’ll likely find her behind the drums at a local venue or walking her scruffy dog around Southeast. In 2020, she and a friend will set out to find the best mozzarella sticks in Portland. She is always taking suggestions on places to try.

Cici's favorite albums of 2019:

  • It's Real by Ex Hex
  • Anak Ko by Jay Som
  • Lost Girls by Bat for Lashes
  • At the Party With My Brown Friends by Black Belt Eagle Scout

Albert Hwang

Financial Affairs Coordinator

Albert Hwang

Financial Affairs Coordinator

Albert Hwang grew up in the suburbs of Fremont, California where he first made a mark on the world as Club President of his high school's breaking team. Once graduated, he moved onto study Accounting at the University of California Riverside — it was only a matter of time before he was elected Club President of UCR's Breaking Club.

After moving to Portland, Oregon, Albert soon joined the Marmoset Business Affairs Team as their Financial Affairs Coordinator. He currently has one pet named Hammlet, who while unfortunately is an ungrateful hamster, is still very adorable. (Follow Albert on Instagram: @deadmanalbert)

Albert's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Lover by Taylor Swift
  • Charli by Charli XCX
  • Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande
  • K-12 by Melanie Martinez
  • When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? by Billie Eilish

Michael Van Pelt

Artists & Repertoire Senior Catalog Manager

Michael Van Pelt

Artists & Repertoire Senior Catalog Manager

Michael says his life in music was pretty much set by the age of four after listening to "The Wall" through headphones. A fifth-generation native Oregonian raised in Salem, it was in Eugene where Michael spent hours cloistered in his college bedroom, learning the ins and outs of DIY 4-track cassette recording. In 1999, he would move up to Portland where several other Salem friends also congregated — here, the seeds of Blitzen Trapper were planted.

Since then, Michael has spent nearly 20 years writing music, playing bass and touring with this acclaimed rock band. In 2015, Michael landed at Marmoset where he has and continues to apply his extensive knowledge of music and passion for artist advocacy on Marmoset's A&R Team.

Outside of Marmoset Headquarters, you can catch Michael at the park living the "dad life" with his two sweet boys, or seeking out the newest, raddest international music to hit speakers anywhere.

Michael’s favorite albums of 2019:

  • La Torre Ibiza Volumen Tres by Various Artists
  • Miss Universe by Nilüfer Yanya
  • 5 by SAULT
  • Illuminated Audio by Gigi
  • Dots and Loops by Stereolab

Josh Brine

Community Ambassador + Visual Content Director

Josh Brine

Community Ambassador + Visual Content Director

Seven years ago, Josh Brine dropped out of school (for the second time), quit his job, left his band behind and made the long trek all the way from Phoenix to Portland — and we couldn’t be happier that he did.

Growing up in Brisbane, Australia with a love of adventure, music and Blink 182, Josh moved to the States with his family when he was 13. His journey in filmmaking started in high school, when he and his friends tried to make their own version of Jackass videos. Since then, Josh has finessed his filmmaking chops, working on projects for brands such as Nike, Lyft and Facebook before landing at Marmoset as our Visual Content Director. At Marmoset, Josh leads creative film projects and documents all of the crazy, quirky happenings in the studio.

Josh spends his free time playing drums for tents — a local band with that also features Marmoset co-founder Brian Hall — writing prose, drinking bourbon and religiously supporting his favorite soccer team, Manchester United.

Josh's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Joy As An Act of Resistance by IDLES
  • The Balance by Catfish and the Bottlemen
  • i,i by Bon Iver
  • Better Oblivion Community Center by Better Oblivion Community Center
  • Emotional Education by Ider

Laura Hardin

Label Manager

Laura Hardin

Label Manager

Laura comes to Marmoset with over 10 years of experience in the film, radio and music industries; her project management approach is interdisciplinary with an emphasis on strong communication and collaboration. She has a reputation for unintentionally revamping common idioms, such as posing the question, “Who am I kidding myself?” Or warning of the dangers of counting your eggs before they’re in your hand. She hopes to open a t-shirt business dedicated solely to documenting these blunders. Until then, she’s quite content applying her love of jargon fusion to the art and science of creative project management.

Oh yeah, she’s also has a doe-eyed dog, a love of puns, and is an avid runner. Don’t hesitate to wave at her if you spot her running around like a chicken that hasn’t been counted.

Laura’s favorite albums of 2019:

  • Wild Wild Woman by Your Smith
  • SASAMI by SASAMI
  • Fare Trax by Campfires
  • Designer by Aldous Harding
  • U.F.O.F. by Big Thief

Stephen McNally

Music Licensing Coordinator

Stephen McNally

Music Licensing Coordinator

Born in Royal Oak, Michigan and growing-up, as he puts it, in the “perpetual heatwave” of Austin, Texas, Stephen is a lover of spicy Thai food, milkshakes and running in the heat of midday. He moved to Portland in 2014 to find D.B. Cooper’s lost treasure and to chase the dream of the '90s. That didn’t all exactly pan out for him… but as it turns out, law school did.

A graduate of Lewis and Clark College’s Northwestern School of Law, Stephen studied music law and applies that knowledge to his work with Marmoset’s Business Affairs Team, where he regularly geeks out over PRO and Copyright projects and spends much of his time reviewing contracts and license agreements. When not at Marmoset HQ, you can probably catch him at one of the many music festivals nearby, a Portland Timbers match, or happily not waiting in line for brunch at a restaurant down the block.

Stephen's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Remind Me Tomorrow by Sharon Van Etten
  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  • Anima by Thom Yorke
  • Young Enough by Charly Bliss
  • Better Oblivion Community Center by Better Oblivion Community Center

Angelica Liebhaber

Studio Manager

Angelica Liebhaber

Studio Manager

Angelica says she dreams in music. You could possibly say this was impacted by all of the artists she saw at festivals while growing up in Germany... but more likely it has something to do with her passion for conveying emotion through the music she creates. Growing up in towns throughout the U.S. and Germany as part of a military family, Angelica landed in Portland in 2005, where she has been composing her own music ever since.

A true Jane of all Trades, Angelica brings her love of music, her business background — having graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Business Administration — and a keen eye for detail to her work at Marmoset as Marmoset's Studio Manager.

When not rocking things behind the scenes at Marmoset, you can catch Angelica seeking solitude in nature while backpacking, poring over the Beethoven-heavy soundtrack to Immortal Beloved, or catching up on music documentaries.

Angelica's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Sunshine Kitty by Tove Lo
  • A Different Kind of Human (Step 2) by Aurora
  • Between Us by Hayden James
  • Mint by Alice Merton
  • The Violet Street by Local Natives

Alex Ramirez de Cruz

Software Developer

Alex Ramirez de Cruz

Software Developer

Alex settled into Portland 13 years ago as an actor, deviser, theatre-maker and most recently a software developer. Feeling called to explore tech and learn a new skill set, software development’s creativity, collaboration, and problem solving called out to her and she hasn’t looked back. She gets really nerdy about all the ways theatre and software development collide and feed each other, just ask her about it sometime! Marmoset allows her to get cozy in that sweet spot and utilize both her skills as a creative and developer to make the best human-centered tech possible.

When she is not developing at Marmoset or on a stage somewhere she is cuddling her fur-children and wife while consuming all things Harry Potter.

Alex's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Trophy by Kate Davis
  • Bésame Mucho by Edna Vazquez with Pink Martini
  • Wasteland, Baby! by Hozier
  • D.Y.K.E by KaylaJ

Rachel Schmidt

Executive Assistant + Project Manager

Rachel Schmidt

Executive Assistant + Project Manager

Originally from Southern California, Rachel grew up in the Seattle area, later moving to glorious Portland (of course, right as the Seahawks became a promising team). While she tolerates the PNW weather, her heart forever belongs to the sunny California beaches, where most of her family currently resides.

Rachel’s childhood was immersed in music, her dad a singer-songwriter who introduced her to songwriting and a world of live music; she even wrote her first song at the youthful age of nine after being inspired by the Disney movie, Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. Finding her niche in singing and dancing, Rachel became a dancer for 12 years, performing an array of styles from ballet, hip hop to jazz. As an adult, she has explored several new musical chapters, including learning how to play piano and guitar to aid her joy for songwriting. Her wide variety of musical interests aside, writing remains Rachel’s biggest passion.

When Rachel isn’t helping Marmoset run smoothly (and that she does), she’s likely kicking it at home watching the latest documentary, reading, listening to podcasts, playing piano — and of course, writing songs. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends, or anything that involves being outdoors, especially if the sun is out!

Rachel's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  • Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
  • - Ugh, those feels again by Snoh Aalegra
  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
  • Hollywood's Bleeding by Post Malone

Graham Barton

Staff Composer

Graham Barton

Staff Composer

Graham is the first to admit the recording studio is his second home. He’s perfectly content to go for hour upon hours with little to no sunlight. And while, his obsession with K-Pop is strong, don’t be fooled, his catalog of musical influences runs deep. From his first show -- when Hanson played near his hometown of Flint, Michigan -- to his devoted, ongoing love of Metallica’s... And Justice For All, Graham’s diverse (and sometimes random) knowledge of music is constantly informing his craft.

Early on, Graham worked as an occasional freelance composer for Marmoset, while he juggled other odd jobs. However, it was only a matter of time before we convinced him to bring his talent across the country to Marmoset’s Original Music Team as our in-house composer.

Movies, video games and dive bars are a few of Graham’s personal pursuits. And of course, he’s always neck deep in music, exploring new projects and sounds. In fact, Graham hopes to start a new power-pop band called Teenage Overdrive Supergalactic, complete with riot baton drums, evil kaleidoscope synths and laser beam guitars. Any takers?

Graham's favorite albums of 2019:

  • Jesus Is King by Kanye
  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
  • Heard It In A Past Life by Maggie Rogers
  • Underrated Youth by Yungblud

Greg Jong

Creative Music Editor + Composer

Greg Jong

Creative Music Editor + Composer

Since relocating to the Pacific Northwest, Greg has decided to declare himself the King of Portland. As an Englishman living on the other side of the pond he is constantly being asked if he has a personal acquaintanceship with the Queen of England, and thus being styled the King of Portland will likely reduce the frequency of this inane question — despite the assumed affirmative answer being utterly untrue.

In actual fact, Greg's reign is over the customization of existing Marmoset tracks and the composition of an endless flow of musical masterpieces. He is glad to now be living in a city with some proper character and a non-desert climate, and also grateful for Portland's bicycle-friendly tendencies — especially when compared to his former biking routes around the mean streets of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. On the rare occasion he isn't spilling forth his torrents of incessant genius (good grief), Greg enjoys sipping brandy, eating burgers, and watching the most British sport of them all — NASCAR.

Greg's favorite albums:

  • Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits by the Bee Gees
  • Rule the World – The Greatest Hits by Tears for Fears
  • Diamonds – Greatest Hits Collection by Elton John
  • Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band by Green Day
  • Ultimate – Greatest Hits by Bryan Adams

Brian Hall

Composer + Co-Founder

Brian Hall

Composer + Co-Founder

We hate to brag, but it's hard to contain the enthusiasm we have for our Co-Founder and Composer, Brian Hall. Underneath his gigantic red beard and his youthful demeanor is a true anomaly and an undeniably special talent. Simply put, he's the secret sauce on our marmoset.

In addition to his role as a Co-Founder, Brian is Marmoset’s most prolific composer, lending his talent to many of Marmoset’s most memorable and defining work. He’s forged his mark as a young maestro in the music production arena scoring independent films, recording and producing records, and crafting original music and sounds for brands and creative agencies big and small, across the world.

Most importantly, Brian's ability to understand and appreciate the spirit of nearly any creative endeavor and translate the intangibles into compelling and emotionally conducive sounds, has been the catalyst to his early and continued success.

When he’s not in the studio, Brian devotes his time to Portland Timbers matches, late nights with friends around his backyard campfire, playing music with his bands Rosasharn and Sunbeam, and hanging out with his kids.

Brian's favorite albums of 2017:

  • Somersault by Beach Fossils
  • Life Without Sound by Cloud Nothings
  • What Now by Sylvan Esso
  • The Far Field by Future Islands
  • No Shape by Perfume Genius

Ryan Wines

Co-Founder + CEO

Ryan Wines

Co-Founder + CEO

Co-Founder and CEO of Marmoset, Ryan co-pilots the company's creative teams and enjoys studying people and human systems -- constantly deconstructing the status quo, pushing the boundaries, and searching for a better way to do work.

A fiery advocate of creators, makers and artists, Ryan gave a TED Talk about "leading creatives amidst a modern landscape" and has traveled far sharing his experiences on topics of leadership, equity and inclusion, and strategy at places like SXSW, CMJ Music Festival, TechFestNW, MusicFestNW, Shades of Green, NextCon, The University of Montana, Lewis & Clark College, Southern Oregon University.

An Oregon native, Ryan first realized his passion for music as a College Radio DJ at his alma mater, Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Since then, he's worked in a variety of roles in the creative industry and music industry, consulting with brands, record labels, bands, and award-winning filmmakers.

A member of AICP, AMP, The Guild of Music Supervisors, and a former Governor on the board of the PNW Chapter of The Recording Academy (The Grammys), Ryan holds Global and Chapter level leadership roles for EO -- the Entrepreneurs Organization, and has completed continuing education coursework at Harvard Business School, MIT and The Wharton School of Business. A proud alum, Ryan serves on the Southern Oregon University Foundation Board of Trustees, where he was given the Young Alumni of the Year Award in 2017.

Under Ryan's leadership, Marmoset is honored to be a certified B Corp and has won a Webby Award, a SXSW Interactive Award, ranked #317 on the INC 500 List, ranked #6 in "The Fastest Growing Private Companies in Oregon," "The 100 Greenest Companies in Oregon," and won numerous Best Places to Work awards. Ryan was awarded the "40 Under 40" honor by The Portland Business Journal and in 2018 he was a finalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Ryan maintains a journal at Nurture Theory where he shares his most impactful ideas and experiences on leading creatives and achieving high performance among teams of people.