LONG: Mara Zepeda is the co-founder and CEO of Switchboard, an online community building platform often described as a non-creepy Craigslist. Mara has spent her entire life working in organizations and higher education, directing programs at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, as a contractor with a US State Department-funded exchange program in Moscow, as a daily reporter with National Public Radio, as a consultant and curator to companies, unions, and non-profits, and as a board member of arts organizations, neighborhood associations, and her alma mater, Reed College.

Switchboard is the solution to a challenge Mara observed in all of these experiences: the need for communities to facilitate meaningful, high-value interactions between members.  Its clients include colleges, universities, and communities of all sizes. Switchboard was part of Wieden+Kennedy's Portland Incubator Experiment's class of 2013, and its office is based in Portland, Oregon. 

Mara graduated with honors from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism with a focus on digital media, and received her B.A. in Russian from Reed. 

Concurrently, since 2009, Mara has been the proprietor of Neither Snow, a calligraphy studio working with clients such as Martha Stewart Omnimedia, One King's Lane, Samsung, Nike, and Wieden+Kennedy. She teaches workshops internationally and has become well known for her unique calligraphic tattoo designs. These commissions provided the seed investment to get Switchboard off the ground.  

She loves meeting new people, writing hand-written letters, cross-country road trips, and the 505. 

SHORT:  Mara Zepeda is the co-founder and CEO of Switchboard, an online community building platform often described as a non-creepy Craigslist. Mara has spent her entire life working in organizations and higher education at places like Harvard University, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; as a reporter with National Public Radio; and as a board member of arts organizations, neighborhood associations, and her alma mater, Reed College. 

Mara graduated with honors from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism with a focus on digital media, and received her B.A. in Russian from Reed. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico and loves meeting new people. So get in touch. 

TWITTER: Mara Zepeda is the co-founder of Switchboard. She's also a calligrapher, sometimes reports for NPR, has lived out of a suitcase for three years, and is an unabashed optimist and amateur. 

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