Alexia Nielsen

Social Media Marketing Manager

Alexia Nielsen is the Social Media Marketing Manager at 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 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

Amanda Foley

Contributing Author

Amanda Foley is a community manager at Government Digital Services in the UK, as well as a freelance writer and strategist for tech startups. Previously, Amanda was a marketing associate for, UK community manager for and Community Manager at TechHub London. She likes strong coffee, stand-up comedy and science fiction.

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 Managing Editor at oDesk, Amy Sept has more than a decade of communications experience and a passion for helping nonprofits and small businesses succeed. She is an experienced freelancer and the founder of Nimbyist Communications, a marketing and public relations business specializing in nonprofit promotions. She has previously studied both journalism and music, and before launching Nimbyist was manager of communications for a mid-sized… read more

Brennan Gamwell

Communications Manager

Brennan Gamwell is a Communications Manager at oDesk, where he focuses on managing the customer reference program to share the inspiring stories of the amazing professionals using the platform. Brennan brings with him extensive experience in non-profit and advocacy communications from his time in Washington, DC, and is just slightly obsessed with grammar and punctuation (especially hyphens). He holds a Bachelor's degree in international communications… read more

Catherine Raney

Marketing Coordinator

Catherine Raney is the Marketing Coordinator at oDesk, focusing on creating educational resource materials and building recognition programs. Before joining oDesk she worked with different international nonprofit organizations including Ashoka and Asylum Access, where she developed a deep interest in globalization and social change. Catherine recently graduated from Claremont McKenna College where she majored in history. She was just awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which she… read more

Gary Swart

Chief Executive Officer

Gary Swart is the CEO of oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace. Gary is a thought leader in entrepreneurship; how best to hire and manage teams; and the future of work, including online work. He is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, fueled by his extensive experience working with startups and small businesses that use oDesk, as well as by mentoring entrepreneurs and business school… read more

Jaleh Bisharat

Vice President of Marketing

Jaleh Bisharat, oDesk’s Vice President of 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

Jenna Weiner

Content Marketer

Jenna Weiner is the former content marketing manager at oDesk and was the editor-in-chief of the oDesk blog. With a background in business and technology writing, she specializes in content marketing and strategy, public relations, and branding. Before joining oDesk, Jenna was a writer and editor for Monitor Group’s marketing department (now Monitor Deloitte) and was the Business & Technology Section Editor for Brafton Inc.… read more

Joshua Warren

Founder and President of Creatuity Corp

Joshua Warren is the founder and president of Creatuity Corp, specializing in Magento and WordPress development, search engine optimization, web development and marketing. He has had tremendous success with online work, first starting as an independent contractor on oDesk and then growing his reputation—and his rate—so significantly that he turned it into a full-time business (Creatuity Corp), which is now booming. Previously, he was the… read more

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.

Laura LeBleu

Word Wrangler

Laura LeBleu is oDesk's official word wrangler, bringing with her more than a decade of professional copywriting experience. She feels a strong kinship with both clients and contractors, having been on both sides of the coin as a longtime freelancer and owner of Cheeky Monkey Copywriting. She lists triathlons, Scrabble, and the em dash among her life's hobbies and minor obsessions.

Matt Cooper

Vice President of International & Enterprise

Matt Cooper, oDesk’s Vice President of International & Enterprise, has more than a decade of executive operating experience in both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Previously, as a member of the executive team at Accolo, Inc., a recruiting services and technology firm, he grew the business from one employee into one of the top 50 companies on the Inc 500 list. He also co-founded a… read more

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.

Mollie Carter

Director of Freelancer Marketing

As Director of Freelancer Marketing, Mollie Carter brings to oDesk extensive marketing experience in the Internet and software industry. As a Senior Manager at PayPal, she was part of the founding team for PayPal’s first telesales organization, helping to build the team to an astounding $50M in annual revenue. While Director at PayPal, Mollie led the Merchant Acquisition Marketing and Consumer Engagement Marketing divisions, developing… read more

Monica Chua

Enterprise Marketing

Monica runs Enterprise Marketing at oDesk, empowering business leaders to accomplish more through a flexible, skilled, and on demand workforce. She has also managed Freelancer Marketing at oDesk, focused on programs that improve freelancer performance and success. Monica came to oDesk after several years with PayPal and eBay, where she led marketing initiatives that simplified and improved trust in online commerce. Monica received a Bachelor… read more

Ramesh Johari

Director of Data Products and Research

Ramesh Johari is Director of Data Products and Research at oDesk, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. His team is focused on matching, search, and recommendations on the oDesk platform. Ramesh has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, and an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard.

Shoshana Deutschkron

Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Shoshana brings to oDesk extensive experience in strategic communications for the technology industry. Her unique data-driven background helps uncover insights from oDesk’s online workplace data. Prior to 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 has… read more

Stephane Kasriel

Vice President of Product

Stephane Kasriel, oDesk’s VP of Product, has more than 12 years of high-tech product and general management experience, including leadership roles at pioneering companies including Fireclick, Zong, Work4Labs, and PayPal. Defining and leading PayPal’s consumer strategy, Kasriel achieved unprecedented growth for the company. He also helped guide Zong in their ascent and rapid acquisition by PayPal, and most recently worked as the COO of the… read more

Yiota Tsakiri

Product Architect

Yiota Tsakiri is a Product Architect at oDesk. She leads oDesk’s visitor site and blog projects, working to provide the end user with an excellent experience. Before joining oDesk, Yiota worked at Atypon Systems as a Software Engineer and graduated from Illinois Institute of Technology with an MSCS.