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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 and holds Global and Chapter level leadership roles for EO -- the Entrepreneurs Organization, and has completed continuing education coursework at MIT and The Wharton School of Business. A proud alum, Ryan serves on the Southern Oregon University Foundation Board of Trustees.

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.

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

Katy Davidson

Music Producer

Katy Davidson

Music Producer

Songwriter Katy Davidson (preferred pronoun: they/them) 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, Davidson decided to create the first album of new Dear Nora material in a decade, Skulls Example (release date: May 25, 2018).

Davidson has been composing, recording, and performing for nearly twenty years. Davidson is from rural Arizona, has lived in Portland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, and currently resides in Twentynine Palms, California. Davidson 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 Davidson played solo. Davidson retired the band name Dear Nora in 2008 and began making music under the names Lloyd & Michael and Key Losers.

Davidson's music represents a spectrum of styles encompassing classic rock, experimental music, ethereal pop, new age, punk, and R&B. Davidson writes 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 2018:

  • Room 25 by Noname
  • Isolation by Kali Uchis
  • El Mal Querer by ROSALÍA
  • OUCH by Nicholas Krgovich
  • Bienaventuranza by Chancha Via Circuito
  • Pop 2 by Charli XCX

Katie Seaton

Senior Music Licensing Creative + Creative Licensing Team Lead

Katie Seaton

Senior Music Licensing Creative + Creative Licensing 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 2018

  • Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  • Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  • Sway by Tove Styrke
  • Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  • Honey by Robyn
  • Queen by Nicki Minaj

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 2018:

  • Bon Voyage by Melody's Echo Chamber
  • Freedom by Amen Dunes
  • Beyondless by Iceage
  • Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
  • Lush by Snail Mail

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 2018:

  • El Mal Querer by Rosalia
  • Foxwarren by Foxwarren
  • Star Treatment by Arctic Monkeys
  • 7 by Beach House
  • Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  • Skulls Example by Dear Nora
  • Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts
  • Astroworld by Travis Scott
  • Hormone Lemonade by Cavern of Anti-Matter
  • May Your Kindness Remain by Courtney Marie Andrews
  • Hollow Ground by Cut Worms
  • Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest

Tim Shrout

Senior Producer

Tim Shrout

Senior Producer

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 2018:

  • Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
  • Skylight by Pinegrove
  • I Need To Start A Garden by Haley Heynderickx
  • All My Friends Are Mothers by Mount Goldie
  • Unison of Motion by Post Moves

Jené Etheridge

Creative Coordinator

Jené Etheridge

Creative Coordinator

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 2018:

  • BbyShoe by BbyMutha
  • Harlan & Alondra by Buddy
  • 777 by KEY
  • Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
  • Negro Swan by Blood Orange
  • Nick & Astro’s Guide to the Galaxy by Potatohead People
  • Room 25 by Noname
  • Whack World by Tierra Whack
  • Care for Me by Saba
  • Take Me a_Part, the Remixes by Kelela

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 2018:

  • DAMN by Kendrick Lamar
  • KTSE by Teyana Taylor
  • Beastmode 2 by Future
  • Everything is Love by Beyonce & Jay-Z

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 2017:

  • DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  • Slowdive by Slowdive
  • Melodrama by Lorde
  • Capacity by Big Thief
  • Run The Jewels 3 by Run The Jewels

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 2018:

  • It’s a New Day Tonight by Michael Rault
  • Outlandish Poetica by Jonathan Something
  • Foxwarren by Foxwarren
  • Finally Free by Daniel Romano
  • Bad Contestant by Matt Maltese

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 2018:

  • boygenius by boygenius
  • Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  • Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest
  • Clean by Soccer Mommy
  • Foxwarren by Foxwarren

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 2018

  • By The Way, I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile
  • Before The Sun Goes Down by The New Respects
  • Entropy by The Collection
  • Moodie by Yuno
  • Superorganism by Superorganism

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 2018:

  • Inside Voice by Joey Dosik
  • Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  • Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
  • Room 25 by Noname
  • Everything Must Go Vol. 2 by T-Pain.

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. Shortly after, he adopted a French Bulldog named Huxley who is stubborn, adorably gassy, and probably too smart for his own good (his own Instagram account is coming soon!).

Other than spending time with Huxley, 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 2018:

  • Nearer My God by Foxing
  • Knock Knock by DJ Koze
  • Dream Wife by Dream Wife
  • DiCaprio 2 by JID

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 2018:

  • Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  • boygenius by boygenius
  • Toss Up by Kevin Krauter
  • Whack World by Tierra Whack
  • Saved by Now, Now

Jamie McMullen

Creative Coordinator

Jamie McMullen

Creative Coordinator

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 out at shows, Jamie enjoys hanging out with her sweet and very fat cat, Luna.

Jamie's favorite albums of 2018:

  • 7 by Beach House
  • Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
  • Skulls Example by Dear Nora
  • Lala Belu by Hailu Mergia
  • Room 25 by Noname

Diana Suarez

Creative Coordinator

Diana Suarez

Creative Coordinator

Diana Suarez ventures to Portland from El Monte, California, a place otherwise referred to as ‘Friendly El Monte’ — Frank Zappa even wrote a song called “Memories of El Monte” dedicated to the city.

A lover of radio, Diana began making mixtapes at the youthful age of 10 years old. With her mother being a dancer and Diana being in two choirs throughout high school, music was inevitably woven into her upbringing. Following her passion for radio, Diana soon became involved at KALX — her college radio station — where she produced a music show for two years. After moving to Portland, Diana hit the ground running by lending her expertise as a coordinator and producer at XRAY.fm; the station where she now hosts her very own segment.

Listeners can tune into her weekly show, Stereo Types every Monday at 3PM PDT.

When Diana isn’t supporting the Original Music Team at Marmoset, she's busy learning to play the drums and DJing around town. She also assembles stunning floral arrangements through her business The Flower Club PDX. Diana’s dream job is utilizing her producer skills full-time, supporting artists to generate their life’s best work.

Diana's favorite albums of 2018:

  • Con Todo El Mund by Khruangbin
  • Floating Features by La Luz
  • Homowo by Basa Basa
  • El Tren by Orquestra Pacifico Tropical
  • 2012-2017 by A.A.L.

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 2018:

  • The Future and the Past by Natalie Prass
  • Childqueen by Kadhja Bonet
  • Isolation by Kali Uchis
  • Dirty Computer by Janelle Mona
  • Lost & Found by Jorja Smith

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 2018:

  • So Sad So Sexy by Lykke Li
  • Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  • For Ever by Jungle
  • Con Todo El Mundo by Khruangbin
  • Kingdoms In Colour by Maribou State

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 2018:

  • Skulls Example by Dear Nora
  • Clean by Soccer Mommy
  • Lightning Round by Bad Bad Hats
  • Big Red Machine by Big Red Machine
  • boygenius by boygenius

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 2018:

  • Hatsukoi by Utada Hikaru
  • Love Is Dead by CHVRCHES
  • Kids See Ghosts by Kids See Ghosts
  • So Sad So Sexy by Lykke Li
  • Coming Home by Bjørn Riis

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 2018:

  • Isolation by Kali Uchis
  • so sad so sexy by Lykke Li
  • 7 by Beach House
  • Privacy by Madi Sipes & The Painted Blue
  • Zephyr by NIKI

Michelle Goldstein

Copywriter

Michelle Goldstein

Copywriter

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Michelle moved to Portland in 2011 to escape the heat — she immediately fell in love with the Pacific Northwest’s scenic and lush offerings, never getting tired of the greenery. With a degree and background in filmmaking & screenwriting, Michelle has dipped her toes in every kind of writing imaginable — grant, technical, creative, screenwriting, playwriting, to copywriting. When she’s not writing for Marmoset, she enjoys building and designing sites, reading blogs and books, and taking care of her huge family of indoor plants.

Come talk to her about animals (baby goats and sloths especially), books, music, Netflix, and your favorite podcasts!

Michelle's favorite albums of 2018:

  • I'm a Dream by Seinabo Sey
  • Foxwarren by Foxwarren
  • El Mal Querer by Rosalía
  • Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  • Piano and a Microphone 1983 by Prince

Farnell Newton

Roster & Repertoire Coordinator

Farnell Newton

Roster & Repertoire Coordinator

Born in Miami, Florida and raised in Philadelphia, Farnell moved to Portland in 2000 and has been working his ass off in the jazz scene here ever since. A renowned trumpet player who has performed with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Bootsy Collins, Jill Scott and more, Farnell contributes his 22 years of teaching, performing and touring to his success with our A&R Team, where he connects with incoming artists, scouts out new artists to work with our community and curates funky jams onto mixtapes every week.

Not only is Farnell passionate about connecting with artists, he is also constantly performing at venues around town, making guest appearances in the recording studio for musicians worldwide, or writing and recording his own work. Either that, or he’s hanging with his five kids, singing along with them and Shrek The Musical.

Farnell’s favorite albums of 2018:

  • Somewhere in Between by Braxton Cook
  • The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre by Sly5thAve
  • Swagism by Ghost-Note
  • Earth and Sky by EyeLoveBrandon
  • Modern Flows, Vol. 2 by Marquis Hill

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 2018:

  • Skulls Example by Dear Nora
  • House with a Pool by Charge it the the Game
  • Lamp Lit Prose by Dirty Projectors
  • Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides by Sophie
  • Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts

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 singles of 2018:

  • Slow Burn by Kacey Musgraves
  • Ultimatum by Disclosure
  • We the Funk feat. Fuego by Dillon Francis
  • After the Storm by Kali Uchis
  • Little Lies by ODIE
  • Como Te Quiero by Khruangbin
  • All the Stars by Kendrick Lamar & SZA
  • Joy by Loma
  • Huffing Paint by Frank Leone

Quinn Kennelly

Senior Relationships Manager

Quinn Kennelly

Senior Relationships Manager

Chicago is home to Wilco...and Quinn Kennelly. We could stop there, but…

After interning for two years at Bloodshot Records, Quinn ventured away from the landlocked midwest and headed west to Oregon to attend Lewis & Clark College, where she recently earned a degree in Rhetoric & Media Studies. No longer the most tenured intern at Marmoset, Quinn officially joined the team in May 2015, where she plans trips and takes names on the Marketing Team.

Immediately immersed in the Portland music community, Quinn’s radar for new music has her frequenting local house shows and sharing the best new music with the rest of the Marmo fam. Whether she's going to shows or seeking out new awesome people to work with, her role and influence at Marmoset has helped shape the amazing group of filmmakers and creatives that make up our community.

Most of all, if you don’t remember anything else about Quinn, know this: she’s crazy for pepperoni pizza.

Quinn’s favorite albums of 2017

  • Everybody Works by Jay Som
  • Melodrama by Lorde
  • II. by The Courtney's
  • A Crow Looked at Me by Mount Eerie
  • Powerplant by Girlpool

Emeline Le-McConnell

Relationships Coordinator

Emeline Le-McConnell

Relationships Coordinator

Born in Lyon, France, Emeline grew up in a historically enriched city where architecture dating back to the Renaissance period could be found on every corner. As someone who lives and breathes travel, Emeline is always on the go; when she's not cozied up at home watching movies or reading, she's exploring every coffee shop around Portland, Oregon.

Emeline joined Marmoset's Marketing Team in 2018 and was immediately drawn to the company's values. In-- she loves coordinating marketing trips and making an impact in people's lives.

With her steadfast love of jet setting, Emeline's lifelong goal is to move outside of the country and set up roots in either Canada or Europe.

Emeline's favorite albums of 2018:

  • Urban Flora by Alina Baraz
  • Everything is Love by The Carters
  • My Dear Melancholy by The Weeknd
  • Black Panther Soundtrack by Kendrick Lamar and Various Artists
  • Lush by Snail Mail

Adrian Anaya

Relationships Coordinator

Adrian Anaya

Relationships Coordinator

Adrian Anaya was born in Martinez, California. When he was only two years old, Adrian embarked on his Northwest adventure, his family making the big move up to Portland, Oregon. He began working at Marmoset in February 2018, his very first day at work coinciding with the company retreat in Sisters, Oregon — Adrian immediately became a member of the Marmoset family. He loves waking up every morning, genuinely excited to come into the office and work alongside some of the most genuine, welcoming people.

When Adrian isn’t hustling at Marmoset, he produces and performs his own music. You can find him under his artist name, “Anaya”. So far, he’s impressively released two EP’s titled, “Patience” and “Progress.” His next big project will be to release his third EP installment, “Presence.” His long-term goals include successfully paying off all his student debt, then creating a professionally mastered album, then embarking on his own tour.

Adrian's favorite albums of 2018:

  • DAYTONA by Pusha T
  • Care For Me by SABA
  • Something To Feel by Mac Ayres
  • JID by DiCaprio 2
  • I Used To Know Her pt 2 EP by H.E.R

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 2018:

  • The Horizon Just Laughed by Damien Jurado
  • Skulls Example by Dear Nora
  • Cranberry by Hovvdy
  • 7 by Beach House
  • Historian by Lucy Dacus

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 2018:

  • Be the Cowboye by Mitski
  • The Pact by Slothrust
  • I Need to Start a Garden by Haley Heynderickx
  • Twin Fantasy by Car Seat Headrest
  • Honey by Robyn

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 2018:

  • The House by Porches
  • DAYTONA by Pusha T
  • Sweetener by Ariana Grande
  • Honey by Robyn
  • Fever Focus by Jacques Greene

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 2018:

  • Rare Birds by Jonathan Wilson
  • God's Favorite Customer by Father John Misty
  • Wanderer by Cat Power
  • Performance by White Denim
  • The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs by Wye Oak

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 2018:

  • Time For The Moon Night by GFriend
  • Ossuarium Silhouettes Unhallowed by Hooded Menace
  • Voicenotes by Charlie Puth
  • Ghost by Prequelle

Jenna Covey

Community Ambassador

Jenna Covey

Community Ambassador

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:

  • Rumors by Fleetwood Mac
  • News of the world by Queen
  • Chronic 2001 Dr. Dre

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

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 2018:

  • Self-titled by Ted Lucas
  • Whack World by Tierra Whack
  • Bark Your Head Off, Dog by Hop Along
  • Double Coda by The Glands
  • Freedom by Amen Dunes

Sarah Crisp

Tech Team Lead

Sarah Crisp

Tech Team Lead

Born and raised in Olympia, Washington, Sarah’s childhood can be defined by a passion for animals, music and technology. A graduate of The Evergreen State College, Sarah channeled her love for animals by working in veterinary medicine throughout school and a couple years after. However, it was only a short time until destiny took over and she made the transition to software work in 2011.

Having taught herself HTML4 in 1998 to create interactive quizzes about the Redwall book series, Sarah’s interest in software development eventually led her to Marmoset, working as our Tech Team Lead. She maximizes the value of the software built by the devs by making sure the team knows what the company needs most to be awesome.

When she’s not perfecting Marmoset’s app with the Tech Team, Sarah can be found biking around Portland, hanging out with her pets or watching RuPaul’s Drag Race at Beulahland.

Sarah's favorite songs of 2018:

  • Love Is Stronger Than Pride by Amber Mark
  • LMK_What’s Really Good_Remix by Kelela
  • Outstanding by Lido
  • Escape by Ouri
  • Challenge by Lolo Zouaï

Mike Wroblewski

Software Developer

Mike Wroblewski

Software Developer

Mike sees many parallels between web development and music. Born and raised just down the road in Salem, Oregon, Mike found the pull of Portland’s music scene strong and moved up to the city after high school, where he started learning software code and playing in local bands with friends.

The way he tells it, learning JavaScript gave him flashbacks to mastering barre chords in middle school band. He loves both music and coding because they challenge him in similar ways -- both can be extremely frustrating and likewise, each can be quite rewarding. After studying code independently for some time, he attended Portland Code School in 2014, and is growing as a front-end developer -- and also an accomplished mustache-grower. Often referred to as “Mustache Mike” around Marmoset HQ, Mike spends most days working through our ever- evolving list of software innovations and advancements every day like a pro.

When not making our wildest website dreams come true, you can probably find Mike on a stage around Portland, playing with his band, Paper Brain. When not on stage, he’s often backpacking somewhere in the PNW backcountry, carrying everything he needs in his pack.

Mike's favorite albums of 2018:

  • Bad Behavior by BRONCHO
  • abysskiss by Adrianne Lenker
  • The House by Porches
  • Masana Temples by Kikagaku Moyo
  • 7 by Beach House

Nichole Barrett

Senior Software Developer

Nichole Barrett

Senior Software Developer

Originally from Racine, Wisconsin, Nichole spent much of her high school career wearing gold sequined dresses or bonnets and hoop skirts (depending on the season) and singing alto in her school’s various choirs. While not learning and performing showtunes or Christmas carols, you would often find Nichole blasting Alkaline Trio and Linkin Park in her Chevy S10 or CD walkman.

After high school, she attended Marquette University for two years studying Spanish and English. She dropped out after realizing university life wasn’t for her then moved to Portland in 2009 — knowing nothing more about the city than a paragraph she read on Wikipedia about the climate. She enrolled at the Art Institute of Portland to learn Web Design but ended up shifting to Development upon discovering a lack of design talent but a strength for languages. Mostly self-taught, Nichole has now worked in the field for around seven years and is excited to blend music into her daily life again as a software engineer at Marmoset.

Out of the office, you can find Nichole in the kitchen or talking to her cat-son, Oso. She has a weekly father-daughter remote video game night, and attends Invictus Defense Academy in Beaverton to train Krav Maga other nights. Notoriously an all-black dresser, she breaks out the brightly colored tennis skirt during the summer months.

Nichole's favorite albums of 2018:

  • Whack World by Tierra Whack
  • Cocoa Sugar by Young Fathers
  • All Bitches Die by Lingua Ignota
  • Bad Behavior by BRONCHO
  • Year of the Snitch by Death Grips

Andrew Dang

Software Developer

Andrew Dang

Software Developer

Originally from Vancouver BC, Andrew has lived in Beaverton, Oregon for most of his life — finally making the move to Portland in in 2016. As part of our technology team, Andrew is a developer at heart, enjoying drawing and coding in his free time. Apart from being a tech wiz, you’ll catch Andrew on the road traveling. One of his long-term goals being to one day move to and live abroad.

If you want to chat about pets, Andrew was a dedicated fur foster parent for six months to a 13 year old Basenji mix named Barney. In that short time, Andrew knew he couldn’t part ways with his four-legged pal, making the plunge to give Barney a forever home.

Andrew's favorite albums of 2018:

  • Sex & Food by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • Do Right by Sugar Candy Mountain
  • Sweet ’17 Singles by Twin Peaks
  • Little Dark Age by MGMT
  • 7 by Beach House

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 2018:

  • Art of Doubt by Metric
  • Let's Make Love by Brazilian Girls
  • I Don't Want: The Gold Fire Sessions by Santigold
  • Unusual by Marian Hill
  • Infections of a Different Kind by Aurora

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 2018:

  • Mow the Glass by Lavendar Flu
  • Double Negative by Low
  • 7 by Beach House
  • Sleepwalking by Jonathan Bree
  • Only Now Forever by The KVB

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 2018:

  • God's Favorite Customer by Father John Misty
  • Clean by Soccer Mommy
  • Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  • Thank You for Today by Death Cab for Cutie
  • Deception Bay by Milk & Bone

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 2018:

  • Hell-On by Neko Case
  • Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves
  • The Tree of Forgiveness by John Prine
  • Chime by Dessa
  • Honey by Robyn

Nikki Burian

Project Manager

Nikki Burian

Project Manager

Hailing from the great state of Iowa, Nikki Burian packed up their work ethic, goat cheese obsession, & cat carrier and relocated to Portland in 2012. After being raised on a healthy diet of 2000s country and classic rock, Nikki has since become a massive fan of just about anything with a beat. They are constantly searching for the type of music that makes them feel something so beautifully, they forget what they’re doing — if only just for a moment. Their current daily rotation includes a lot of pop, old country, hip-hop, and bachata music.

When they aren’t working their dream job as a Project Manager at Marmoset, you can find probably them dancing at a live show, performing as a spoken word poet, or deep-diving into true crime podcasts & shows. Their guilty pleasure, you may be wondering? #bachelornation. Nikki’s biggest passion is people; standing tall with them, working harder for them, and finding joy because of them.

Nikki's favorite albums of 2018:

  • A Star is Born by Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper Sey
  • El Mal Querer by ROSALÍA
  • Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B
  • Honey by Robyn
  • Freedom by Amen Dunes
  • Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe
  • So Sad So Sexy by Lykke Li