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MARQUISE STILLWELL

Founder & Principal

Marquise is the Founder and Principal of Openbox. As a business designer and developer for more than two decades, he grounds the Openbox vision in strategic planning from the fields of investing, product development, and technology. Marquise also works in creative leadership, teaching with the KaosPilots in Denmark and South Africa to help students learn by doing.

An active supporter of the arts, Marquise has collaborated with director Petter Ringbom on three short films and one feature-length movie, Shield and Spear (2014), about the rise of creative expression in post-apartheid South Africa. Marquise acts as a board member for the Lowline Underground Park and board advisor for the Andrew Goodman Foundation, and he is a mentor to Geeks Without Bounds and the Girls & Boys Club. He is also a supporter of the Joyce Theater, Makeshift magazine, and MCA Denver for their ability to inspire exploration and empower creative cultures.

Marquise is passionate about the power of design, and has a boundless curiosity for life. You can find him riding his bike through the streets of Manhattan, doing his part to build a greener urban future.

ADRIANA ESTRADA

Managing Director

Adriana is the Managing Director of Openbox. A strategic-thinker, storyteller, and creative analyst, Adriana oversees all business processes at Openbox; from business development to client engagements to team growth, Adriana takes a holistic approach to ensure that Openbox’s vision and long-term goals are implemented in a human-centered way. As an experienced business developer, Adriana enjoys working with clients to help them find the new products, services, and solutions they need to drive business results.

Prior to Openbox, Adriana worked at Milk Agency, Siegel + Gale, Redscout, and SYPartners. She has partnered with a broad range of clients from the arts to technology, including: New York City Ballet, Make-A-Wish, Moxy Hotels, IBM, P&G, PacSun, Aéropostale, Johnston & Murphy, Westin Hotels, Nokia, American Express, American Public Media, and Kellogg’s.

Adriana graduated from Stanford University with a BA in French, and UCLA School of Law. She has a fashion degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and speaks four languages. When she’s not working, Adriana is collecting vintage leather jackets from the 60’s, going to art shows, or traveling to new surf breaks around the world.

PETTER RINGBOM

Creative Advisor

Petter is a Swedish-born designer and filmmaker. Prior to Openbox, he was a partner in the creative agency Flat, where he served as an art director for clients such as MoMA, American Red Cross and ESPN. He has taught at Parsons School of Design and New York University and served on the board of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). His work has been recognized by the AIGA, Art Directors Club, The Webby Awards, Print Magazine, Society of Publication Designers and Communication Arts. Petter’s films have screened at many of the world’s leading festivals including Tribeca Film Festival, Moscow International Film Festival, IDFA, Hot Docs, and Gothenburg International Film Festival. He has created film installations at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Wexner Center for the Arts and Art Basel Miami. Petter was a Film Independent Fast Track Fellow for 2013. In his spare time he likes to make his son laugh.

AMANDA OSTROVE

New Business and Partnerships

Amanda manages Openbox’s new business and partnerships efforts. Before joining Openbox, Amanda worked in media, holding tenures at both the New York Observer and The Week.

In her time with Openbox, Amanda has developed partnerships with organizations across the education, technology, finance, and community development sectors. Amanda has also collaborated with fellow Openbox designers on client engagements in facilitation, content development, and project management capacities.

Amanda enjoys thinking of new ways to bring collaborations to life. She’s continuously inspired by social innovations and is always looking to support change makers by sharing tools for community-centered design.

Like her work, Amanda’s play is driven by her passion for collaboration and creativity. Amanda is an avid yogi and holds a teaching certification in vinyasa yoga. She enjoys dancing for local choreographers and choreographing dances of her own.

ANGELA HAN

Communications Designer

Angela is a Communications Designer at Openbox with a BFA in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design. She contributes her expertise to client projects and internal company initiatives that span print, digital, and time-based media.

Prior to Openbox, she worked at BBDO and Kantar, where she specialized in data visualization, infographics, and composite imagery for the creation of global knowledge media.

Originally from southern California, Angela enjoys exploring New York City’s historical and hidden gems, from vintage shops to galleries. In her free time, she likes to find recipes that let her expand her cooking skills and explore different cuisines.

CARLY O'CALLAGHAN

Business Designer

Carly is a Business Designer with a depth of expertise in producing landscape assessments, business models, and implementation roadmaps. Having worked closely with government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and civic leaders, Carly’s diverse experience spans both the non-profit and private sectors.

Carly’s passion for strategic innovation and civic engagement began early in her career at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, where she was a researcher and communications specialist. She regularly represented the university internationally at multiple G8 world leaders' summits. A desire to embed a human-centered approach and develop her design thinking capabilities led Carly to pursue her MBA at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. During her tenure at Rotman, Carly interned at the Royal Bank of Canada, where she led efforts in adapting new technologies and digital channels to redefine the way people interact with financial services.

Hailing from the Great White North, Carly most recently lived in Paris, before relocating to New York City. As a recent transplant to the Upper West Side, Carly can often be found foraging at NYC Greenmarkets, perfecting the art of the Central Park flâneur, and attempting to read the Sunday New York Times in its entirety.

CASEY JAMES

Project Manager & Production Specialist

As a project manager at Openbox, Casey brings a depth of expertise in managing small- to large-scale projects in the industries of pharma, CPG, luxury goods, financial services, auto, and healthcare, among others. His previous tenures at ?WHATIF! Innovation, Parsons the New School for Design, and Simon Malls have honed Casey’s know-how in process optimization, organizational systems, interdisciplinary collaboration, and workshop facilitation.

Casey complements his project management skills with experience in ethnographic research, prototyping, and teaching, using all three to support the bespoke client engagements and solutions that Openbox delivers.

Casey lives in Brooklyn and enjoys designing furniture and home accessories, which he sells locally. He is also an internationally represented artist and has exhibitions annually from Los Angeles to Berlin.

CHLOE CHANG

Communications Designer

As a communications designer at Openbox, Chloe collaborates with her team to bring strategic and research-driven concepts to life through visual design. She is committed to the idea that design can be both beautiful and a powerful agency for change.

Chloe got her BFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute and previously worked at HZDG in New York as a designer specializing in branding and advertising. She became passionate about brand strategy and using design as a tool to create meaningful connections between brands and communities.

Having grown up in Beijing and traveled across China and abroad at a young age, Chloe is comfortable crossing cultural boundaries. She’s found a second home in New York, where you can find her enjoying good food—whether at a restaurant, food stand, or backyard BBQ—and throwing down at dance parties.

KAREN JOHNSON

Systems Designer

Karen is a Systems Designer who brings a background in journalism, urban planning, and research. Her approach to problem solving draws from interdisciplinary fields including the social sciences, urban design, and management. Though she spends a lot of time examining the “big picture,” Karen keeps a vigil eye toward translating strategy into tangible products and outcomes.

Before joining Openbox, Karen was a visiting researcher in France where she developed and led a study on entrepreneurship and innovation processes at the country’s top engineering school. Her passion for understanding communities and complex systems was cemented early in her career while working as a journalist for city newspapers, eventually making her way to editing and editorial project management for corporate startups. A desire to better understand people and the systems in which they operate led Karen to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she moonlit at the Sloan School of Management and Media Lab while earning a master’s degree in city planning.

A Pacific Northwesterner through and through, Karen has a thing for good coffee, bicycles, and enjoying the little things in life. She is passionate about sustainable development, expanding access to educational opportunity, and currently on the hunt for volunteer projects in her adopted neighborhood of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

MICHAEL LALLEY

Content Strategist

Michael is a Content Strategist at Openbox. Equal parts strategic thinker and storyteller, he brings with him a diverse skillset, ranging from upstream brand strategy to downstream content creation.

Prior to Openbox, Michael was a creative strategist at Interbrand where he helped clients define their positioning and express themselves through messaging and voice. Michael also spent several years as an ad agency copywriter producing work that spanned TV, radio, direct, digital and social media. Clients he’s helped range from Fortune 100 companies to emerging non-profits, including AT&T, Dell, Howard Hughes Corp., The Humane Society of the United States, Citibank, Cricket Wireless, Wolters Kluwer, LuminAID, and Women Moving Millions.

Hailing from the heart of Texas, Michael has a passion for good tequila and queso. In his spare time, you can likely find him frolicking in Central Park, in spin class, or eating his way through New York City.

NU GOTEH

Innovation Fellow

Currently completing a Masters of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons, Nu is an Innovation Fellow at Openbox. Nu integrates his academic experiences into frameworks for research, design, and ideation.

Prior to joining Openbox, Nu drove brand strategy, marketing, and event production for a variety of lifestyle brands, including as PUMA, Red Bull, and Sonos. Through building campaigns, experiences, and platforms for community, Nu discovered his passion for connecting with people and ingenuity for empathizing with their pain points.

Currently residing in Bed-Stuy, BK—Nu gravitates towards obscure vinyl, bad movies, and lengthy podcasts. In addition to hosting his own monthly parties, he also moonlights as a DJ at some of the top venues across the country.

RACHAEL PICKERING

Special Projects and Experience Manager

Rachael is Openbox’s Special Projects and Experience Manager. Prior to joining Openbox, Rachael spent nearly a decade in client management in NYC’s fast-paced fashion and finance industries.

In her time at Openbox, Rachael has brought her social savvy, collaborative spirit, and penchant for strategic problem-solving to ensure that Openbox’s culture is happy, healthy and inspired.

Rachael works closely with Openbox’s Principal and Founder, Marquise, to design new ventures with entrepreneurial collaborations and philanthropic partners. Offering guidance and support, Rachael holds the space for visionary thinking to become action.

A Southerner at heart and in manner, Rachael stays close to her roots by cooking Delta delicacies and attending bluegrass concerts and BBQ festivals. To burn it all off, Rachael can be found in pilates class or exploring places she has never been. Y'all.

MICHAEL SENDROW

Communications Specialist

Michael Sendrow has 15 years of experience producing brand, corporate, and creative copy. Combining his background managing large-scale innovation projects, he approaches copywriting as much a means to develop business strategies as an end to express them.

Prior to joining the Openbox team, Michael worked at innovation firm ?What If!, where he managed client engagements for a range of global brands and helped build its design, production, and editorial divisions. He has also partnered with progressive agencies such as Purpose, Tag Collective, and the Rise Group to develop new businesses, movement organizations, and Web properties.

A native of Phoenix, he has criss-crossed the States — to Philadelphia for college, west to Seattle to found the artist services company Shunpike, and back east where he currently is a part-time novelist based in Queens.

ASHLEY WILLHITE

Communications Specialist

Ashley brings an expertise in writing and narrative to Openbox’s design thinking practice. Her writing explores the intersection between business, culture, community, and place. She is inspired by local economies, innovative entrepreneurism, and creative collaboration.

With a background in program management and partnership development, Ashley brings business savvy to the narrative development process. She has worked across sectors with such institutions as the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, New York Restoration Project, The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Just Food, AECOM Design + Planning, and Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Ashley played semi-professional soccer while in college. These days she gets her sweat on by running 5K’s. She dabbles in poetry for creative insight and does headstands when in search of a new perspective.