Maya Wallace serves on the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, most recently as co-chair of the commission’s Race and Cultural Equity task force. By day, she ensures program integrity and works to improve organizational performance at the California Department of Justice.
Andru Defeye is an established poet, writer, film editor, emcee, journalist and is currently the videographer for Comstock’s’ Buzzwords series. Defeye is founder of the Zero Forbidden Goals performance art crew (ZFG) and has performed everywhere from art museums to festival stages while also designing and developing a Hip Hop based curriculum that meets common core standards in classrooms. Defeye has worked since 2006 documenting local arts and culture as a writer and editor with publications including Sacramento News and Review and Submerge Magazine.
Anne Da Vigo is an award-winning public relations professional and former print journalist who wrote features and covered the police beat for the Sacramento Union. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines. She is winner of the Jameson Award from the Writing at Pacific conference for an unpublished second novel.
Jessica Dumont is a freelance writer, editor and content specialist with a background in corporate public relations. A born-and-raised Placer County resident, she currently lives in Roseville with her husband and two young daughters following stints in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.jessicadumont.com.
Michelle McDaid documents the joy and connection of families in everyday moments through her business, Memories by Michelle. Her photography work has been published in Folsom Style and Sacramento Parent magazine, where she also pens human interest articles. Originally from London, Michelle is a currently-frustrated traveler. You’ll often find her daydreaming of traveling the world with her 8-year-old daughter, funding their adventures through photography and writing. For more, visit www.mbymphotos.com.
Mary Beth Barber of Sacramento is and independent freelancer writer and former political journalist for publications like Capitol Weekly, California Journal and others. She got her MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow School of Business, is an active volunteer for creative and education-related nonprofits and boards, and is fascinated by California’s influence on the national and worldwide economy.
Faith Lewis is a Sacramento based freelance writer and editor. After studying in Oxford, she graduated from Sacramento State with a bachelor’s degree in English. Her love of writing is rivaled only by her love of travel. Find her blog at anothersidetrackedlife.wordpress.com.
Tania Fowler, owner and founder of Interplay Coaching, is a business coach focused on working with executives and their teams to help drive stronger team engagement and performance.
Gordon Fowler is the president and CEO of Sacramento’s 3Fold Communications, a Sacramento-based communications company.
Seth Scholar is a portfolio manager with U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management in Sacramento and San Francisco.
Dave Kempa is a freelance reporter and adjunct journalism professor at American River College. A resident of Southside Park, he serves on the boards of local nonprofits 916 Ink and Alchemist CDC.
Port J. Parker formed Parker Law Group in January 2018. He has more than 23 years of experience in numerous areas of law. He specializes in complex business, civil, tort and probate litigation. He has extensive transactional experience and acts as General Counsel to a diverse group of businesses throughout California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona.
Kachet Jackson-Henderson is the face behind The Lipstick Giraffe, a Sacramento-based fashionable lifestyle brand. In addition to creating content for the TLG blog, Kachet handles wardrobe styling for special events on behalf of local and national retailers as well as personal style consultations. She can regularly be found on Good Day Sacramento and FOX40 offering style tips and showcasing season’s hottest trends. By trade, Kachet’s background is in marketing and advertising, with over five years of experience both agency and client side. She is currently an independent professional, specializing in social media, content strategy and public relations.
Vanessa Richardson is a freelance writer in Sacramento who covers finance, startups and women in business. She also writes for Entrepreneur, Fortune and Money magazines.
Kyle Monk has an elegant and unique style blending minimalism with story telling. His work specializes in a range of expertise, covering a broad gamut – from conceptual and fine art to documentary. A perfectionist, he believes his education will never be complete and lives to challenge his talents.
Anna Petkovich is a recent New York City transplant by way of Sacramento. Her work has appeared in Sactown, The Bold Italic and Comstock’s magazine. Her focus is on the arts, dining news and travel. Her (fairly vacant) Twitter is @a_petkovich.
Former Diablo Magazine style editor Caitlin McCulloch is now a freelance writer and agency-signed model. Interests include fashion, rooting for the Niners, Giants, and Warriors, working out, cooking, and, like many other graduates of Sonoma State University, a good glass of wine. Caitlin is based in Sacramento but travels as much as humanly possible.
Rick Larkey is executive director of the North State Building Industry Foundation.
Kim Palaferri is a freelance photographer for Comstock’s magazine.
Brandon Getty is a freelance photographer for Comstock’s.