Aleksandra Sasha Markova

Partnerships Marketing Manager

As partnerships marketing manager for Elance-oDesk, Sasha develops industry partnerships and marketing plans that introduce more businesses and freelancers to the benefits of online work. Prior to joining Elance-oDesk, she co-founded Blackbox, a seed stage accelerator focused on helping non-U.S. startups. Originally from Russia, she now lives in the Bay Area. Follow her on Twitter: @Lady1337.

Alexia Nielsen

Social Media Marketing Manager

Alexia Nielsen is the social media marketing manager at Elance-oDesk, overseeing social media engagement initiatives. Prior to oDesk, Alexia managed online and social media marketing for advertising startup Crowd Science and spent six years in various marketing and production roles in the video game industry. Alexia holds a B.A. with honors in Communication and an M.A. in Media Studies, both from Stanford University.

Ally Basak Russell

Director of International Marketing

Ally is the director of international marketing at Elance-oDesk, where she leads global marketing programs, campaigns, and partnerships tailored to oDesk's customers abroad. She began her career at various international development and human rights NGOs before transitioning into Silicon Valley startups. Ally's professional passions lie in cross-functional teamwork, crisp writing, clean design, business across borders, and empowering the developing world through technology and entrepreneurship. When… read more

Amy Partridge

Communications Manager

Amy Partridge is the Communications Manager at oDesk. In this role, Amy is focused on supporting and accelerating oDesk’s global PR efforts. She brings with her a valuable combination of PR agency and client-side experience. Most recently, Amy was the Communications Director at tech startup Grubwithus. Amy holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Communications.

Amy Sept

Managing Editor

As the Managing Editor of the oDesk blog, Amy Sept works with regular and guest writers to share information that helps freelancers and businesses navigate the future of work. A writer and social media pro, she owns Nimbyist Communications and often works remotely with non-profits, tech companies and small business owners.

Anjali Cameron

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Anjali Cameron is a senior product marketing manager at Elance-oDesk, where she focuses on incorporating the needs of customers into product development and marketing. Prior to Elance-oDesk, Anjali worked in consumer marketing for startups and larger organizations, most recently leading marketing for Cashie Commerce, an ecommerce startup. She holds a BA in Public Policy from Brown University and MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of… read more

Darrell Jones


Editor-in-Chief at Elance-oDesk, Darrell shepherds the flock of talented writers who contribute to the Elance blog. But more than a one trick pony, he also puts his own writing chops to work on more Elance-oDesk writing projects than can be mentioned in this small space. Darrell honed his skills as a senior writer with Square, Yahoo! and several noted advertising agencies.

Eileen Chang

Senior Product Marketing Manager

Eileen is a customer champion at Elance-oDesk, launching and communicating product improvements designed to help our community thrive. Having worked in non-profit and for-profit spheres, she is passionate about using business and technology to change how the world works. Eileen holds a BA in History from Harvard College, an MBA from UC Berkeley, and a gold medal in the 2014 oDesk limbo competition.

Elizabeth Tse

Senior Vice President of Operations

Elizabeth Tse is responsible for trust & safety, customer success, global payments, and customer support at Elance-oDesk. Prior to joining us, Elizabeth was the chief operating officer for Samasource, a non-profit that provides online work to women and youth in Africa and South Asia. Previously Elizabeth was VP of global billing, payments and collections at eBay and held senior positions at Zuora and Providian Financial… read more

Fabio Rosati

Board Member

As founding CEO of Elance-oDesk, Fabio launched the company's vision of creating an online workplace for the world. More than 14 million businesses and professionals connect and work together on Elance-oDesk, two leading online work platforms that merged in 2014. With 2014 billings of $940 million, and thousands of public and private "talent clouds," the Elance-oDesk community is one of the most productive on earth.… read more

Jaleh Bisharat

Senior Vice President of Marketing

Jaleh Bisharat, Elance-oDesk’s senior vice president marketing, is a seasoned marketing executive with a history of growing startups into vibrant brands that inspire passion in their customers. Before joining oDesk, she was the vice president of marketing at several innovative companies including OpenTable, Jawbone and, and also served on the Board of Directors at OpenTable and Homestead Technologies. Jaleh received a Bachelor of the… read more

Jeff Chen

Senior Director, Trust and Safety

Jeff Chen is the head of Trust & Safety at Elance-oDesk. He focuses on designing and implementing programs and policies to make Elance-oDesk the world’s most trusted online workplace. Before joining the company, Jeff held various marketplace roles at eBay, most recently as Director of Managed Marketplaces. Jeff holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley in Statistics.

Julia Camenisch

Contributing Author

Julia Camenisch is a freelance technology and business journalist. She also works as an editor and copywriter for a wide range of clients, including national magazines, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Julia brings to oDesk a passion for empowering small businesses through the innovative use of technology.

Linda Lo

Talent Development and Merchandising

Linda Lo is responsible for talent development and merchandising, focusing primarily on programs aimed at improving talent quality and client experiences on the oDesk platform. She joined Elance-oDesk initially as a recruiter for startup and enterprise clients. Linda holds a BA in Psychology from UC San Diego.

Liz Dantzker

Marketing Coordinator

Liz Dantzker is a marketing coordinator for Elance-oDesk, working in many facets of the department and learning as much as she can. She recently graduated from the Colorado College with a BA in psychology. She loves California but still misses the Rocky Mountains!

Melanie Feltham

Contributing Author

Melanie Feltham is a full-time freelancer who specializes in social media and search engine marketing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Linguistics, a Bachelor of Science Honors in Psychology, and a Master of Business Administration.

Monica Chua

Product Marketing

Monica has a passion for companies that bring opportunity to hard-working and inspired individuals. As a product marketer at Elance-oDesk, she is focused on customer success and launching solutions that deliver more value to the network. Monica comes from eBay and PayPal where she worked on small business growth and marketplace protection. She received a degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside.

Rich Pearson

Senior Vice President, Categories and Geographies

Rich Pearson is responsible for category management, client success and international at Elance-oDesk. Previously, Rich led marketing and business development at Posterous, through its acquisition by Twitter, and previously held senior marketing positions at Yahoo!, Attributor, Homestead, Segasoft, and Del Monte Foods. Rich holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business and a BS in Marketing and Finance from UC Berkeley.

Ron Cirujano

Country Manager, Philippines

Ron Cirujano joined Elance-oDesk as Country Manager for the Philippines in March 2013 and is responsible for Elance-oDesk's activities within the country. He has more than ten years of experience in marketing, both online and offline. Prior to joining Elance-oDesk, Ron was the marketing head of an international company that operates in Philippines; he handled their global online campaigns with a focus on social media,… read more

Shoshana Deutschkron

Senior Director of Communications

As Senior Director of Communications, Shoshana brings to Elance-oDesk extensive experience in strategic communications for the technology industry. Her unique data-driven background helps uncover insights from Elance-oDesk’s online workplace data. Prior to Elance-oDesk, Shoshana was a Vice President at market research firm Penn Schoen Berland, where she provided research-based communications counsel for companies including Ernst & Young, HP, EA and eBay. Throughout her career, she… read more

Sondra & Jeremy Orozco

Digital Nomads

Newlyweds Sondra and Jeremy are traveling the world as Digital Nomads. Sondra is a product manager at Elance-oDesk, where she focuses on onboarding new clients. Jeremy was a firefighter in California for 10 years and just quit to become a writer and entrepreneur. They’re documenting their adventures and tips for other aspiring Digital Nomad on their blog, Nomad Life, and here on the oDesk blog!

Stephane Kasriel


As CEO, Stephane Kasriel is driving the company’s vision of connecting businesses with talent faster than ever. He is an expert on working with professionals around the world, having managed the company’s global tech team of 300+ product managers, designers and engineers. Stephane has 16 years of leadership experience. Previously, he was Global Head of PayPal Consumer Products (where he achieved unprecedented growth for the… read more