Member Profile: Tyler LePard

We’re going to keep this introduction short and sweet: we’re thrilled to introduce you to Tyler LePard, creator of Wondershop Communications and all-around kick-ass individual.


What are you passionate about?

Doing good – locally, nationally, and globally – drives my work. I care about many issues related to social justice and fighting poverty, but advocating for women’s health and rights as been the main thread throughout my career. After college, I worked as a medical assistant at Planned Parenthood in Portland, then helped launch a reproductive health online publication (now called Rewire) after graduate school. I went on to do media and communications for international family planning and HIV prevention at a small nonprofit, then global health at a big foundation. I helped launch a new crowdfunding platform for girls’ and women’s equality for a couple of years before I decided to start my own independent consulting business.

I believe in the power of people working together, which is the essence of organizing, activism, social media, and coworking.

What are you working on right now?

I’m managing social media and digital ads for a new campaign from the Pride Foundation that I’m excited about. TRANSform Washington is a public education initiative celebrating the dignity, diversity, and humanity of transgender and gender nonconforming people in our state. The campaign has a lot of great stories from transgender people who are community volunteers, retirees, medical professionals, family members, and more. I’ve always felt strongly about social justice issues, so it’s fun to be able to blend my work and activism in this way.

Actually, I found this work through Office Nomads (Jacob and Katie connected me with their friend, who hired me). And another nomad (Kevin Owyang) built the website!

How did you get to where you are now?

I’ve worked some random jobs in my life (pizza delivery woman, grain elevator operator, White House intern, labor union organizer) and for a long time it didn’t seem like I was on a career path. I hate being asked where I see myself in five years because that hasn’t been how my career has evolved. (I also hate the question “What do you do?” as though my job is my life, but thankfully that doesn’t come up in Seattle as often as it did in DC.) I do like to occasionally sit down and map out dreams, big ideas, and potential directions for my life, and believe in the power of putting things out into the universe. But I also think being able to take the leap for unexpected opportunities has been what’s brought me to where I am now.

Freelancing has been great and terrible. It is stressful to not have financial stability (yet), but I do love the flexible schedule and ability to work with different people on interesting projects that I care about. And, of course, I love coworking. Thankfully, my wife has a steady job and has been incredibly supportive.


Why coworking?

I appreciate the community at Office Nomads — that’s what keeps me coming back. It’s not just a nice space to work, though I like the free coffee and wifi, access to a printer/copier, snacks, etc. I didn’t realize that I was looking for and needed this network of people that I could bounce ideas off of, ask questions about freelancing and taxes, or know who to refer a client to for help building a website. Nomads are the best resources! I’ve found clients, a financial planner, an accountant, a hiking buddy, and friends here.

I also appreciate the programming — Waffle Wednesdays, Thursday afternoon snacks, field trips to interesting places, Spanish conversation lunch, and meditation are a few of my faves (yes, I like food). Some weeks I plan which days I’m going to come in around what’s on the calendar.

It’s terrific that Office Nomads is dog-friendly, even though I don’t bring my dogs in (they aren’t well-behaved enough). It makes me feel at home that I can go cuddle a dog when I need a break from my computer.

What is one thing about you most people don’t know?

I have a green belt in kajukenbo. I have been training for more than five years at Seven Star Women’s Kung Fu, which is another wonderful community that I love. I enjoy learning new things and getting exercise that is also a ton of fun. This year I’ve been learning to teach kung fu and I’m delighted to share my love of martial arts with new students.

I think it’s important for everyone to learn self-defense and I encourage everyone I know to take at least one class.


Thank you Tyler for sharing your story with us and for being such an awesome part of our coworking community. Thanks also to Marti Rhea for sharing these beautiful member photos with us! Stay tuned for more…

Member Profile: Dana Twight

Back in 2012 Dana Twight was listening to KUOW (one of Seattle’s public radio stations) and heard Jacob being interviewed about coworking in Seattle. She had recently transitioned to being an independent financial planner and had been working from home for nearly a year. “I can’t believe I’d never heard of coworking before 2012!” she exclaimed. Shortly thereafter she came into Office Nomads and the rest is history. Anyone who has worked at Office Nomads since 2012 has likely met Dana – she’s been an enthusiastic member since day one and is always up for a chat about travel, politics, sports or finances. We are excited to introduce you to the fabulous Dana Twight!


What is one thing about you most people don’t know?

How about a few things? I climbed Little Tahoma and Mt. Baker at age 15. I’ve marched in a national marching band in the Rose Bowl parade. I’ve given a speech in the WA State Capitol Rotunda. And my first time on the radio was was on a KISW FM show called “Your Mother Won’t Like it,” where listeners brought in their own records. The guy who spun the records for me was long-time Seattle DJ Steve Slaton.

What are you passionate about?

Financial education, political and civic engagement, and reading. Oh and public speaking.


Why are you a member at Office Nomads?

I’ve stayed a member of Office Nomads for the community, the conference rooms, monthly activities, and the laughter! Some of my most successful events and best afternoons laughing have been here.

What events have you participated in at Office Nomads?

I appreciate Work Sprints for the focused quiet time. After working in Germany for 87 days in 2015, I am happy to practice my German conversation skills at German Happy Hour! And I love the Community Cultivator program as a way to contribute (among other things I’m in charge of keeping the office plants alive) and to be a coworking evangelist.


What was the last place you traveled to for fun?

I recently went to North Carolina to see my daughter in Raleigh. NC is a beautiful state with a rich progressive history, despite recent events. Go for the history and the food, stay for the friendliness.


Big thanks to Dana for sharing some of her story with us, and of course to Marti Rhea for capturing Dana in these wonderful photos! You can check out more about Dana on her website, her blog, and on Nerd Wallet. Stay tuned for more…

Member Profile: Legal Wellspring

Coworking is often mistakenly assumed to be part of a “tech” movement. At Office Nomads we love challenging that assumption and highlighting the incredibly diverse bunch of members who call our coworking community home. One professional crew found in our mix that can take people by surprise are our lawyers! We have a small number of people in the legal field who have found coworking to be a way to further their practice and connect with others. We are excited to introduce you to two of our legal minds at Office Nomads: Erin Sperger and Vanessa Ward of Legal Wellspring! Fun fact: Erin published an coworking and ethical considerations for New Worker Magazine. You should check it out after reading more about her and her colleague Vanessa here:

That’s Erin on the left, Vanessa on the right!

What are you passionate about?

V: Fighting injustice.

E: I believe that words are incredibly powerful. Excellent legal writing coupled with excellent legal research can change lives and make a powerful impact in our community.

Why did you come to Office Nomads?

E: I came to Office Nomads as a brand new attorney and a brand new business owner and I was looking for an office.

Why did you stay at Office Nomads?

E: I stayed at Office Nomads because I received so much more than an office. It met all of my immediate business needs, but it also gave me support that I didn’t know I needed. The people here have such diverse backgrounds and I have learned so much about a lot of different industries. I’ve also been able to help fellow Nomads with legal issues. I like the community feeling at Office Nomads – this is important to me even when I do not get much time to participate. It’s nice to know that people from different industries and backgrounds are trying to build a community.


What was your first job?

V: Stapling campaign signs for my father campaign when he ran for State Legislator.

E: Petsitting my neighbor’s cat when I was ten years old.

Where was the last place you traveled for fun?

V: New Orleans, LA for the Blues and Jazz Festival

E: Clatskanie and Cannon Beach Oregon. I love rocky west coast beaches.

What kind of events have you participated in at Office Nomads?

E: I’ve participated in Social Media Slackers, Stretching, and Snack. I like the casual events at Office Nomads because they gave me a change to socialize and take a mental break from work. I also really enjoy working on puzzles at the front desk.

Thanks again to Marti Rhea for snapping lovely photos of our members in action. Stay tuned for the next Member Profile coming up soon!

Member Profile: Bobby Watson

It’s time for us to introduce you to another one of our spectacular Office Nomads members: Bobby Watson! We are so fortunate to have this wonderful individual in our midst.

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What are you working on right now?

I started working at Full Circle Insights in May as a senior software developer. Full Circle is a Salesforce partner that builds solutions to help marketing and sales understand the true value of their campaigns and responses.

What are you passionate about?

I’m pretty big into running. I’m not sure what I would do if I ever broke my leg or something… I would be completely lost! We have an Office Nomads Running Group that meets every other week that I love being a part of.

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What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

Most people probably don’t know that I’m the president & co-founder of an LLC – it sounds like a big, fancy gig but it really isn’t. My best friend from high school and I set up an LLC (Adams American Capital) a few years ago for investment funding. We’re finally just now getting started on it… maybe one day we’ll become millionaires. ☺

What brought you to Office Nomads?

I moved to Seattle in the summer of 2013, but kept my job in Rochester, NY. I knew that if I just worked from home with my cat every day, I would go nuts. So I sought out Office Nomads after I got settled in, and I’ve been around ever since.

Has anything surprised you about Office Nomads?

I think what’s so surprising to me is the great diversity in the space, as well as how quickly everybody here became more than just my coworkers – they became some of the first friends I had here in Seattle. Sure, there are a lot of us who are software engineers – but we also have several writers, lawyers, financial advisors, teachers, data scientists, ornithologists, … the list goes on and on!

Even now that Office Nomads is a 30+ minute bus commute away I can’t stop coming here. It’s not an office, it’s a community.

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Bobby, we couldn’t agree more! Thanks for sharing your story with us.

You can find Bobby at Office Nomads a couple of days a week, and you can keep up with him on Twitter if that’s your jam.

Thanks as always to Marti Rhea for snapping photos of our photogenic members – you’re the best!

Member Profile: Micha Goebig

Micha confidently strode into Office Nomads in January of 2015, and when we asked “have you been to a coworking space before?” her answer was a gem: “Yes, I started a coworking space in Germany before I moved to the US!” Micha has been surprising and delighting us since day one, and we’re so glad to have her amongst us.

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What are you working on right now?

As a translator, my main customers are a German premium carmaker and its design/event agencies – there’s a great variety of stuff that ends up on my desk to be translated from German into English. Right now I am working on a longer essay on the future of individual mobility for one of the board members, and a comprehensive IT knowledge database. As a writer, I am currently in “summer hibernation,” rereading and reevaluating a couple of stories I have started and other ideas to decide about my next novel project.

What are you passionate about?

My greatest passion is learning. To benefit from the new things I learn I usually try to turn them into daily habits. The latest additions to my calendar are strength training, meditation and studying Spanish.

What brought you to Office Nomads?

I ran my own shared office space in Frankfurt, Germany, before I came to Seattle. I knew I didn’t want to work from home all the time (I really enjoy it 2-3 days a week), so I asked around and a friend who had looked at various places in town recommended Office Nomads. So I checked it out, liked the vibe and became a member.

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What keeps you at Office Nomads?

I really enjoy the focus on community. Of course we are all in the space to get our work done, but there’s plenty of time for a chat or a shared interest/activity. Since becoming a Community Cultivator, I have had even more opportunities to interact with other members, which I love. I am an extrovert with a job most suitable for introverts, so being a part of Office Nomads gives me the perfect balance in my workdays. Plus, as I cannot have my own dog (our kitty is 21 and really doesn’t like four-legged company at all), I enjoy the fact that ON is such a dog-friendly space.

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What is one thing about you most people don’t know?

That’s a tough one – I am not very private! I really dislike my first middle name (I have two), so very few people besides immigration officers actually know it. I tend to use my second middle name, Olivia, which is also part of the pen name I came up with for my writing in English, Olivia de Winter.


You can keep tabs on what Micha is up to on Instagram (for example, right now she’s in the midst of an entire year without shopping!). For an example of a great project Micha worked on this year, check out taoteh.

Thanks again to the fabulous Marti Rhea for the wonderful photos of Micha!

Member Profile: Dave Ross

A little over two years ago Dave Ross walked into Office Nomads and we knew we were in for a treat. Well, change that. We knew Tia was in for some treats. 🙂 Introducing Dave and his awesome canine colleague Tia:

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What are you working on right now?

I primarily work on Twistle, a product built to automate healthcare processes. Twistle is focused on solving communication problems and “gaps” in anyone’s healthcare journey. We built Twistle because too many patients have told us “they never followed up with me.”

Tell us a story from your time at Office Nomads:

I can’t believe this is the first thing that came to mind, but here we go: while boating in Lake Washington two years ago, my friends and I discovered human remains! As morbid/scary as it was, without Office Nomads I would have had no one to tell the next day at work! Having people to tell the story to was really helpful, actually.

What are you passionate about?

I’m most passionate about sharing great experiences with friends and family. This means traveling, exploring the outdoors, dancing, or just watching a movie together.

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

This is a tough question, because I am an extraverted “over-sharer” about my past, present, and future. I would say while most people know me as a lover of slow-cooked meat dishes, they don’t know that I secretly wish I knew how to be a vegetarian.

Why did you come to Office Nomads?

I feel it is essential to have a workplace that allows you to focus and is physically separate from your home.

Why did you stay at Office Nomads?

I really enjoy the atmosphere, the people that work here, and the great location. I love being surrounded by a variety of people (especially not 100% tech), with the primary benefit being a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, stories, and personalities.

Who is this spirit animal that follows you around?

This is Tia, who my wife and I adopted from Eastern Washington. Tia is an incredible listener, loves to hike mountains, and high jumps large obstacles for fun. I couldn’t think of being at work without her.

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As always, thanks to the incredibly talented Marti Rhea for the awesome photos!

Member Profile: Katie Davis-Sayles

It’s time to bring our blog back to life!  We couldn’t think of a better way to reconnect with y’all than to introduce you to some of the incredible individuals who call Office Nomads their coworking home. We hope these Q&As will be a way for you to glimpse into our coworking community and get a sense of how much awesome there is here.

With that, let us introduce you to the fabulous Katie Davis-Sayles – designer, educator, and all-around incredible person. Katie’s introduction to Office Nomads was unique – she came here on a second date with Jacob. We’ll let her tell you the rest!

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What are you working on right now?

I am working a bedroom remodel, a bathroom remodel, various projects for a local stone mason/artist (stone table drawings, website design, marketing materials), and my own rebranding. Plus I’m putting together some business cards for a fantastic photographer that I know.

Tell us a story from your time at Office Nomads.

My first day at Office Nomads was my second date with my now husband. I sometimes (sort of) jokingly say that with Office Nomads, it was love at first sight. With Jacob, it took a few months.

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What are you passionate about?

Design, teaching, art, houses and good food and wine.

What is one thing about you that most people don’t know?

My background is in theater and performing arts. I once worked for WCW (World Championship Wrestling). You know all of those impromptu fights that they have in hallways and dressing rooms and things? I hung the lights for those.

Why did you come to Office Nomads?

I was desperate for a place to work away from home.

Why did you stay?

I love the community. And the space. And Buckley.

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Keep your eyes on the blog for more member profiles coming soon! We’re working with the uber-talented Marti Rhea who is snapping gorgeous photos of our gorgeous members. Aren’t they lovely?!?

Coworking Signals

The little moments that happen within the bounds of a coworking community are some of the best examples of the coworking movement’s ability to make an impact. These moments are rarely newsworthy, but are incredibly important and are so much of the “why” behind what coworking is all about. So why not try to shine the light on these moments and see what happens?

Welcome to #coworkingsignals.

I introduced this little idea to the giant bullhorn festival that is Twitter and was happily surprised when I got my first response:


And then I got another one:


And even more. Some of them in French. Ou là là!



YES! This is what I’m talking about. The “why” of coworking is so rarely touched on because it can be so small. But added up over time, it is pretty powerful stuff.

Please join me in adding your voice to the mix. I’d love to hear what you have to say!

GCUC 2014: The Potential of Coworking


For 3 days, coworking geeks from around the globe gathered in Kansas City for this year’s Global Coworking Unconference Conference. During our time together we shared, listened, learned, argued and laughed. As always when coworking friends convene, it felt wonderful to reconnect with the global movement. Coworking is not just this thing that we do in Seattle – it’s a movement of independent workers from around the world all looking to do better together.

Now back home in Seattle, I am eagerly diving through a long list of great ideas to implement here in our coworking community. Beyond what we’re getting up to here, I think it is important to share some of the bigger picture items that were discussed while we gathered together in the Airline History Museum (hence the planes in all the pictures – cool, eh?):

Forecast: there will be 1 MILLION coworkers by 2018

During the first day’s conference session, Steve King of Emergent Research provided us with this incredible nugget of insight into the future of work: 1 million coworkers around the world by 2018. That’s bigger than the population of Seattle. Bigger than Austin. Bigger than San Francisco. While the total number is impressive, it is the potential of this number that gets me particularly fired up. We have the potential to ensure that 1 million people don’t just have a great place to work, but that they are a part of strong, supportive, collaborative communities. One million people working alongside one another doesn’t sound all that exciting to me. One million people who are tapped into strong support systems and are encouraged to learn with and from one another is an entirely different data set that I hope to contribute to. Coworking spaces have a responsibility to adhere to the core values, and to shift the conversation away from our physical space and onto the communities that form within those spaces.

Unconference Day

We’ll say it again: it’s not about the space

Day 2 was our unconference day, which is when we got to dig deep into specific topics with one another. It is participatory, full of great dialogues, and is the day that I personally get the most out of at this event. In the first session, I hosted a conversation called “Let’s talk about cultivating spaces that matter.” My hope was to highlight that opening and operating a space is the least exciting thing that we do. No city in the world is short on desk space or internet connections. What draws people to coworking is the possibility of having their emotional needs met.

Yes, it sounds woo-woo but it’s the most important work of coworking: addressing the human needs of the independent workforce. These tend to come in the form of social connections and opportunities to learn, not the ability to print something or upload a big file. During this talk, 100% of the conversation was focused around the emotional needs of our members and how to address them. We talked about how a sense of belonging happens, the delicate dance of cultural development, and how to encourage members to take the reins of the space themselves. It was fantastic stuff and reinforced what we’ve learned from 7 years of coworking here in Seattle: it’s not about the space.

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Addressing the true needs of the independent workforce

The final session I was a part of on Day 2 was a discussion about “intentional coworking.” Tony Bacigalupo of New Work City and I talked about our experience bringing Cotivation (accountability/support groups for indies) to our coworking communities. Nicolas Bergé-Gaillard from Les Satellites shared about their member mentorship program, as well as their “Good Actions” project where members work together on a nonprofit project. The central theme of the programs we shared with one another was not that they were great marketing fodder or a way to generate revenue, but that they were ways to encourage our current members to make the most of their membership. Programming at a coworking space can be more than an event listing on a website. It can be another way to build a strong platform on which independent workers can create a community. Coworking spaces have the opportunity to be the platform, and great programming can be a way to set that intention.

Big thanks to everyone who came out for the conference – it was a delight to meet so many great folks from around the world. And thanks to the GCUC team for all your hard work, and for letting us borrow these photos for the blog. See you next year, if not before!

Spring Photo Contest!

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We know working from home isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. For some it works out delightfully well – peaceful, quiet, focused. But for many (and we’ve heard from thousands of you over the years) it’s rife with distractions, lonely, and uncomfortable. We’ve heard your stories, but nothing quite says it like a picture. Show us how bad it can be!

Send us photos of your best (aka worst) home office setups. Whether you’re programming at the kitchen table, crammed into the local café, or attempting to get some work done with a puppy in the house (like Teal, above), we want to see what you’re attempting to work through. Photos can be spontaneous or staged, and we won’t judge you at all if you put your pets or your kids in the photo to get extra points.

The individual with the best photo will win a one-month membership to Office Nomads at any membership level (key card access not included). Send your submissions to We’ll be posting some of our favorites to both our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed. Submission deadline is Friday April 18th at 6pm.

Show us your worst, Seattle!