About

JDI is a boutique consultancy that brings emerging technology and science-driven companies to market.

Our vision is a world in which science flourishes. We pursue mastery of marketing, communications, and design to ensure that our clients get the attention they deserve. We believe that a good story well-told can change the world.

Our clients are on a mission, and so are we.

Our Team
We’re a senior group, and we come from diverse backgrounds like journalism, industrial design, code, government, events, academia, film, and finance. Few of us self-selected for agency life originally. That makes us unusual as a firm. We do our best work when everyone’s voice is heard and appreciated. We value truth, growth, generosity, and diversity.
Damaris Alfonso
Juan Ávila
Alexa Ball
Damaris Alfonso
Director

As the child of an industrial designer and a journalist, pragmatic creativity has always been a mainstay in Damaris’ life. Her dad once explained the work of the invisible people who create logos during a visit to an antique store… and the rest is history. After a decade as a designer, she especially loves using illustration to catch people’s attention or communicate complex topics. For this reason, branding and infographics are among her favorite work.

Damaris’ work at JDI allows her to take advantage of her strengths as a communicator, but also as a student. Taking a client's nascent idea and turning it into a fully-realized vision is one of the most rewarding aspects of her career. And every client is an opportunity to learn about a new industry or science, as well as learn new ways to communicate with a different audience.

Her favorite (and highly recommended!) podcasts include Hidden Brain, Heavyweight, and 99% Invisible.

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  • Synthetaic
  • WorldQuant University
  • Litmus Health
  • Folio
  • Norbert Health
  • Cyclica
Juan Ávila
Manager

Discovering his love for collaborative work came to Juan by accident. At the last minute, a music festival hired him to be a pianist. He found out that there is nothing more exciting than working with others towards the same goal.

In his hometown of Bogotá, Juan loved working in opera departments with many different kinds of creative people all striving toward the same goal: to perform an opera under ridiculously tight deadlines and budgets. This discovery led him to earn a doctorate in collaborative piano. He thrived on the mix of precision, art, and research required in the program.

JDI is also a place of intense collaboration, where art and science are mixed. Juan is excited to be here because he's always been curious about how the world works. As soon as he learned to use a screwdriver, he disassembled anything he could get his hands on. Now Juan gets to unravel the scientific discoveries made by clients and marvel at the things they’ve made.

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    Alexa Ball
    Vice President

    Alexa busts into markets with high barriers. She prizes agility and swiftness, helping her clients create influence and build momentum on a daily basis. Done well, small moments can impact major movements.

    A teacher at heart, Alexa has learned how to harness the “kids-eye” view. She gravitates towards above and beyond ideas, where nothing big or small is out of bounds. It’s “what if” and “yes, and,” and then rolling up her sleeves to make the blue sky a reality.

    Before JDI, she worked closely with underprivileged youth as an instructor in AmeriCorps. Today she’s a therapeutic riding instructor at Healing With Horses Ranch, and Alexa also co-leads JDI’s professional development program.

    You’ll rarely find her without dirt under her nails or her canine companion, Luna. She calls many places home, having been born in Canada, raised in Charleston, and educated in Scotland.

    Find out more about Alexa on LinkedIn.

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    • Fuzionaire
    • Hypergiant
    • Canvas 1839
    • Farmobile
    • Triggr Health
    • Camera IQ
    Talia Bromberg
    Justin Davis
    Rebecca Ewing
    Talia Bromberg
    Senior Director

    Talia loves the ephemeral nature of design, which turns intangible feelings and ideas into a tangible experience that communicates something and serves someone. Taking a client’s vision and goals and translating them into visual form is an extraordinary and rewarding challenge.

    Talia’s academic and work experiences align with her desire to understand people and human behavior. She studied film and anthropology at Mount Holyoke College and assessed independent films for potential acquisition and distribution at FilmBuff.com. Design is at the crossroads of visual creativity and the pursuit of human understanding; it begins with understanding the user, along with their challenges and desires.

    Talia previously worked for Mogul.com, a platform to help women across the globe connect and exchange knowledge. Mogul exposed her to design thinking and the ins and outs of product development, along with the opportunity to design in different media from VR and animation to app design.

    Find out more about Talia on LinkedIn.

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    • WorldQuant Predictive
    • Civic I/O
    • Squarelink
    • DivInc.
    • Skyloom
    • Clarus
    • Litmus Health
    • Veritas
    • Foundation Communities
    • SAFE
    Justin Davis
    Head of Finance

    Justin creates and implements systems that track our KPIs. He excels at analyzing and interpreting the data that guides decisions made by executives at JDI. Justin brings a meticulous eye to research and has an affinity for finances.

    Prior to JDI, Justin was a Loss Mitigation Specialist at OneWest Bank (acquired by CIT Group). He built the bank’s first quality control department, implemented new auditing policies, and helped senior executives navigate an ever-changing landscape of regulation and compliance issues.

    Justin values precision, accuracy, and clarity—and speaks spreadsheet as a second language. He believes no process is sacred, or perfect. He’s uniquely gifted at finding the signal in the noise.

    On any given day, he’s either doing mathematical party tricks for the amusement of the team, sprinkling humor into team meeting notes, or reading up on the San Antonio Spurs. Justin is unbeatable at movie and TV trivia, and he would like to be an avid golfer.

    Find out more about Justin on LinkedIn.

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    • DSACT
    • Litmus
    Rebecca Ewing
    Vice President

    As a Vice President at JDI, Rebecca is focused on creative services: from copywriting to graphic design and code, from photography to film and audio production. She has spent a decade as both a verbal and a visual communicator, helping companies large and small craft a narrative that speaks volumes. She's a marketer by trade, but an artist at heart. Rebecca believes that the best designs in any medium are data-driven and customer-obsessed. After years as a communicator, she is building a unique creative department at JDI that looks at client challenges from the same side of the table as marketing itself.

    The majority of her experience lies in emerging consumer technology, with a focus on sports, entertainment, health and social impact. Previous to JDI, Rebecca spent two and a half years at global agency Porter Novelli, for which she's eternally grateful. There was no better place to learn the ropes; PN instilled in her the drive of an entrepreneur and opened her eyes to a wide world of innovation.

    Find out more about Rebecca on LinkedIn.

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    • Kernel
    • Siri
    • Mirum
    • Structured Polymers
    • Triggr Health
    • Color Factory
    • Outbox
    • Upstream
    • Vulcan
    • SXSW
    • The Daily Dot
    Tony Fassi
    Gabby Ferguson
    Risa Fielder
    Tony Fassi
    Vice President

    Tony works closely with enterprise software and developer-focused clients, and he's a lifelong tinkerer and naturalist. He bought his first telescope at age 12 and has built almost every computer he's ever owned.

    Tony is driven to both understand how things work and tell stories that inspire a similar curiosity in others. At JDI he applies his expertise across AI, Robotics, Blockchain, and Genomics. The majority of his work spans content creation – writing op-eds, white papers, and case studies – media relations, and messaging and positioning. He also enjoys recruiting for JDI.

    Before joining JDI Tony worked as a US Coast Guard Captain and a divemaster, founded a coffee roasting company, and earned a doctorate in American Studies at UT Austin where he taught courses on the history of underground infrastructure and the rhetoric of futurism.

    These days he spends as much time as he can exploring the outdoors with his daughter, Luisa, reading pulp detective fiction, and taking stuff apart.

    Find out more about Tony on LinkedIn.

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    • VIV
    • Clear Labs
    • Satellogic
    • ARCH Mission Foundation
    • Bonsai
    • Fuzionaire
    • Immuta
    • WorldQuant University
    • Hypergiant
    • Austin Bat Cave
    Gabby Ferguson
    Manager

    Anyone who knows Gabby will tell you that her name doubles as an apt personality description: she is a passionate communicator. Gabby is a helper by nature and to her, there’s nothing better than being the conduit that meaningfully connects customers to brands.

    Gabby went to the world’s first journalism school and is proud of her educational background. At the Missouri School of Journalism, she found her purpose: shaping clients' stories so that consumers understand their brilliance and impact. She most recently worked in public relations for ALDI USA, where she helped spearhead PR surrounding their sustainability initiatives, another passion of hers.

    Moving was the norm for Gabby growing up, from Peoria to Singapore, but in each place she went, the people she met helped transform her into the communicator she is today. She’s excited to be in her new (much warmer) home city of Austin.

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      Risa Fielder
      Senior Director

      As a young child, Risa drove her mother crazy when she’d beg her to stop the car so she could ask someone, “Why are you doing that?” Her curiosity about people blossomed into a career in customer service, where she strived to understand how to improve people’s experiences.

      When she started working at the Acton School of Business, Risa maintained her focus on customers but added responsibilities for the operations of the university. It was a delightful surprise when she learned to love google sheets, analytics and pivot tables!

      Risa currently works as Chief of Staff to Josh Jones-Dilworth of JDI. Here her talents flourish as the two worlds of people and operations collide. The mission of JDI is to help make precedent-setting science companies thrive; Risa amplifies Josh’s efforts to deepen JDI’s impact.

      Whether she’s having a beer with a construction worker or sipping champagne with CEOs at a fundraiser, Risa knows life is full of amazing stories and she is eager to hear them all.

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      • Kernel
      • First Dollar
      • Senseye
      Ryan Frank
      Doug Freeman
      Michelle Gamboa
      Ryan Frank
      Manager

      Ryan is insatiably curious. An avid reader and learner, he loves to explore new ideas — from the granular to the grand. He always has questions and looks for the how, the what and the why. Following a top-down approach to problem solving, he starts at the solution, and not the problem.

      Before JDI, Ryan was a hospitality professional, and worked as both a cook and bartender. He practices a mise en place mindset: working meticulously and methodically, trusting in preparedness. In marketing, he now holds that you can’t be ready for everything, but you can be ready for anything.

      Outside of work, he spends his time cooking, enjoying nature and studying data science at The University of Texas at Austin.

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        Doug Freeman
        Senior Director

        Doug is fascinated by how we talk about technology, and how it informs our social and cultural narratives.

        As a founding member of JDI, he helped develop the firm’s expertise in artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and emerging frontier technologies.

        He works across all clients to discern emergent patterns, develop new initiatives, and help companies define their vision and strategy. He’s driven by a desire to discover the unique story not yet told.

        Doug earned his Master’s degree studying digital rhetoric at the University of Texas, where he taught in the Digital Writing and Research Lab.

        He also writes for the Austin Chronicle, profiling some of the most interesting artists throughout Texas. He has written for numerous publications and is co-editor of the Austin Chronicle Music Anthology, published by University of Texas Press.

        Doug laughs too loud, argues too much, and asks far too many questions. You can find him on Twitter and just about anywhere else as @DMFreeman.

        Find out more about Doug on LinkedIn.

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        • Vulcan
        • SRI International
        • Arch Mission Foundation
        • Leia
        • Roku
        • Next IT
        • Aviate
        • Civic I/O
        Michelle Gamboa
        Manager

        Michelle’s core mission is to help people feel inspired to try things differently. She puts this mission to work on the JDI operations team, helping lead recruitment, training, and professional development.

        Michelle discovered her passion for helping people thrive when she spontaneously moved to South Korea to teach English. There, she reveled in the challenge of finding inventive ways for her young students to practice a new language. There wasn’t anything she wouldn’t do to make learning just a little more special – from designing elaborate games, hunting down ingredients for a taco making lesson, and even teaching the Cha Cha Slide (despite her own atrocious sense of rhythm.)

        After that, she was hooked on empowering others to grow their potential. In her career, she has trained Starbucks baristas on customer service, taught teenagers psychology in Shakespearean plays, and connected educators to local chefs and hoteliers for unconventional curriculum development.

        Now, at JDI she continues that work by helping the team become world-class in marketing and design, and experts in helping precedent-setting science companies become well-known and understood.

        Michelle is a devoted consumer of cooking and baking competition shows, true crime podcasts, and science fiction/fantasy novels. She also unironically enjoys organizing and color coding everything in her life.

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          Rose Garza
          Shanna Gerlach
          Cameron Gordon
          Rose Garza
          Manager

          Rose is an award-winning ad/marketing professional whose passion for advertising started earlier than most. From Miss Cleo and Mr. Six to Fruitomic Punch Gushers to Budweiser's "Wazzup?" — these well-told stories left a lasting impression that gave Rose more joy than the Saturday morning cartoons themselves. When it came time to make a career decision, there was only one route she wanted to take: creating well-told stories that had consumers reaching for a tissue, laughing out loud, or rethinking an opinion.

          Since then, Rose has immersed herself in advertising, from serving on various leadership and board positions for Ad 2 and AAF to helping to create fully pro-bono marketing campaigns for nonprofits in her free time. At JDI, her holistic approach to paid media involves finding insights in large volumes of data to drive bold strategies, celebrating the iterative process, and creating business ROI.

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            Shanna Gerlach
            Manager

            Instead of going to preschool like most kids, Shanna spent her most formative toddler years at her family’s kitchen table splattered with paint and glue, experimenting with her mom’s old art supplies and a collection of odds and ends. Though Shanna doesn’t remember exactly what she created, she does remember how: with abandon, confidence, curiosity, and boundless ambition.

            Now armed with a dual-degree in theater and psych (and those countless hours of kitchen-table art), Shanna remains true to her multidisciplinary roots.

            She is the most excited about projects that reach above and beyond, recognizing that often the best approaches to problem-solving are the untraditional ones. In her design work, she is passionate about surprising people, immersing them in unexpected experiences that spark wonder just as fluently as they communicate complex ideas.

            In the same breath, the logical side of her brain thrives in handling emergent and high-stakes situations. She’s honed these skills as a camp advisor with Camp Kesem (a national non-profit for kids impacted by a parent’s cancer) and carries that leadership and follow-through to her work today, ensuring that the big ideas she dreams up actually come to life.

            And if you need any more proof that Shanna refuses to back down from a challenge, in her free time she loves bouldering, sharing her spoken word poetry, thrifting unique and fun pieces, and racing the clock to solve the daily NYT crossword.

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            • NextSense
            • MAS Cultura
            • Senseye
            Cameron Gordon
            Associate

            Cammie has often been referred to as a quiet leader. Sensitive and empathetic, she learned from an early age that everyone has a voice that deserves to be heard. She believes the best leaders are the best listeners.

            Whether it is through painting or writing, Cammie loves being creative. Cammie melded her creativity with her strong value of justice by focusing her education on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Cammie received a BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies and Communications from Tulane University. Through her studies, she was provided the tools to craft a critical intersectional lens for viewing the world and she intends to use it.

            Cammie was drawn to JDI because of its diversity. She’s excited to work with a team that brings different perspectives to the table to share in the common goal of telling a client’s story in an impactful way. Cammie’s goal is to use her communication skills to help connect with clients and bring their stories and products to life.

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              Ali Haider
              Josh Jones-Dilworth
              Liz Jones-Dilworth
              Ali Haider
              Director

              Ali is a storyteller. He gets excited about tinkering with language and the order of words until a sentence sings. At JDI, he loves working with entrepreneurs building companies with compelling science to ensure they have a prominent voice in their industry.

              Ali is a seeker. Dual heritage and a hyphenated identity gave Ali an early education in embracing complexity and uncertainty. He is comfortable navigating ambiguity, although he informs himself as much as possible in any given situation.

              Prior to JDI, Ali was the Executive Director of Austin Bat Cave. He is most proud of building the core team and championing their health and self-care. He also launched adult writing classes and membership programs to drive revenue growth for the organization.

              Ali believes in the power of good writing and approaches any piece of writing as a storyteller—valuing voice and narrative form. He has published fiction, poetry, and essays, and in his free time, he enjoys baking bread.

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              • Keep Austin Fed
              • Skyloom
              • Yobe
              • edX
              • and Farmobile
              Josh Jones-Dilworth
              Founder & CEO

              Josh has spent his career making sure that the right things get the attention they deserve.

              At work and in life, he’s passionate about science and technology. Josh's specific expertise lies at the intersections of “brains, bots and bodies.” He founded JDI in 2009 to bring emerging technology and science-driven companies and to market. He’s also a co-founder of Litmus Health, The Daily Dot, Culturati, and Totem.

              Josh is a believer in giving back early and often. He’s on the Boards of McDonogh School, Nautilus Magazine, DivInc, SAFE, The Entrepreneurs Foundation, and Folio Collaborative. He teaches in the Acton School of Business MBA program in Entrepreneurship and is an Advisor to the Austin Tech Alliance.

              Josh is grateful to live in beautiful Austin, Texas with his rockstar wife Liz and two energetic daughters, Claudia and Quincy.

              Find out more about Josh on LinkedIn and Substack.

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              • Siri
              • Viv
              • WolframAlpha
              • Clear Labs
              • SRI International
              • Kernel
              • Nginx
              • My ASICS
              • Fuzionaire
              • Arch Mission
              • Zocdoc
              • Outbox
              • Roku
              • Canvas 1839
              • WorldQuant University
              • Hypergiant
              Liz Jones-Dilworth
              President & COO

              JDI calls upon Liz’s writing, teaching, process-creating, and problem-solving skills on a daily basis. Fueling her efforts is her goal to make JDI a place where everyone on the team finds their work meaningful.

              Liz first pursued the most impactful career she could imagine: teaching. While getting her Ph.D. in American poetry, she taught literature and communication at The University of Texas at Austin. Inside academia, she was horrified by the working conditions her colleagues had to accept in order to do the work they loved.

              Meanwhile, exploring publishing and non-profits sparked her interest in operations. Initially attracted to these companies for the art they created, Liz found she cared most about how they ran, how they fostered growth, and how they treated customers and team members.

              Find out more about Liz on LinkedIn.

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              • The Daily Dot
              • Litmus
              • DSACT
              • Farmobile
              • Culturati
              • Vida
              • Clear Labs
              Jack Kaulfus
              Kevin Lahaise
              Emily Leclair
              Jack Kaulfus
              Associate

              Jack has dedicated almost two decades to creating opportunities for people to explore and effectively communicate ideas. At JDI, this means Jack doesn’t shy away from doing the hard work of uncovering truths with clients who wish to help make a lasting difference in the world.

              Jack brings 17 years of experience as a teacher, which has taught them the importance of fostering trust to make space for creative collaboration. From co-creating college essay workshop Application Jumpstart to helping digitize and edit Gertrude (the oldest queer literary journal), Jack has made a career of clearing space for growth and encouraging new voices to shine.

              Beyond facilitating boundary-pushing conversations, Jack loves the research involved in putting disparate parts together to create something new for audiences. They are fired up about the ways in which JDI clients are moving the world in a more sustainable direction for everyone.

              Jack is a fiction writer, ⅕ of the queer Americana band Brand New Key, and an aspiring quilter. November through May, you can find Jack hiking the trails around Austin with their dog, James. All the other months, you will find Jack in the AC, reading horror and watching serial crime dramas.

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                Kevin Lahaise
                Vice President

                Kevin has spent his career helping early stage technology companies outmaneuver their competition. In his leadership role at JDI he is responsible for the overall client experience and outcomes. He works directly with clients to set marketing strategy and ensure programs track towards their goals. And while the allure of top-level strategy never fades, Kevin can still be found writing press releases and case studies, talking to customers, debating with analysts, penning op-eds and executing product launches.

                Kevin is also General Manager of Totem, a software startup incubated at JDI. Totem builds hosted press pages that 8 out of 10 journalists prefer. If you don't have a press page, Totem can make a great one for you.

                When he's not working, Kevin is probably cooking French or Italian food, gardening with moderate success, or earning neighborhood noise complaints with his kids Audrey and Harry, and his wife Cameron.

                Find out more about Kevin on LinkedIn.

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                • Republic Wireless
                • WorldQuant University
                • Conversable
                • Groundfloor
                • Aptimize
                • NGINX
                • OpenStack
                • Hypergiant
                • Bandwidth.com
                • Next IT
                • Siri
                • Viv
                Emily Leclair
                Manager

                As a farmer’s daughter from Northwest Iowa, Emily’s character was formed by dragging a hoe through soybean fields, dreaming about making people laugh. That combination of grit and creativity is what she looks for as part of JDI’s recruitment team.

                Emily orchestrates complex scheduling and travel plans. She is known among her co-workers for finding a way when there is none, using her mystical skills to bend time and space. She ensures that we’re able to accommodate clients on tight timelines.

                Emily’s training in acting and improvisation amplifies her natural ability to listen, respond with empathy, and build relationships quickly. Saving all the drama for the screen and stage, she is appreciated by her colleagues for her cool head as well her quick wits.

                Emily recently moved to L.A. When she's not performing or taking acting classes, she explores the city through various hikes, tacos, and Korean spas. She’s a voracious podcast consumer, and wants to know your favorite one.

                Find out more about Emily on LinkedIn.

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                  Sohaila Mueller
                  Yvonne Oaks
                  Olivia Ochoa
                  Sohaila Mueller
                  Associate

                  Sohaila has spent a lifetime mastering how to bend the constraints of space, time, and resources to her will. While working at a community development center, she fed 60 people twice a day with food bank donations and without a functional kitchen. She’s at her best when she's cartwheeling between a variety of tasks, stomping out fires, and yanking out inefficiency by the root.

                  Sohaila loves to see people thrive and eagerly removes obstacles that keep them from doing so. As both a teacher and a hairstylist, she learned how to build rapport and relate to anyone without judgement.

                  At JDI, curating guest experience, finding interior design pieces, solving IT quandaries and developing financial reports are all in a day's work for Sohaila.

                  When she is not reading voraciously, you can find her on the golf course or in the garden, always birdwatching.

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                    Yvonne Oaks
                    Director

                    Yvonne is a Director on the Business Development team at JDI where she manages our client funnel and internal team processes. Her curious nature and interest in everything helps her create dynamic environments where people can flourish.

                    She strives to make the team’s day to day easier through concise, time saving initiatives and intentional systems. With endless practice from 17 years in hospitality, she has the unique ability to wear many hats while still being laser focused on the matter at hand; handling it all with grace.

                    In everything she does, the person comes first. Listened to a new podcast? She wants to hear about it. Found an amazing new restaurant? Where and when are we going? You are going to change the world? How can I help? Her people-first approach to problem-solving and team management humanizes the fine art of getting things done.

                    In her free time, you will find Yvonne watching or performing in local theatre or cheering on her son, the budding soccer star. Cooking is how she shows her love so you will often find her cooking a homemade meal for her family. International travel is her passion and she has traveled to over 8 countries and hopes to one day visit all the continents in the world.

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                      Olivia Ochoa
                      Manager

                      Olivia has the brain of a project manager and the heart of an artist. In her early career, she worked behind the scenes in theatre, solving logistical puzzles and managing dozens of artists as they worked together toward a can’t-miss deadline: opening night.

                      She learned to approach unexpected challenges from unconventional angles; even now, a day where she can solve a problem in a creative way is her favorite kind of day. Armed with color-coded calendars and checklists and drawing on her artistic sensibility, Olivia helps drive the JDI design team towards “opening night” as they elevate clients’ world-changing ideas.

                      When not at the office, she can most often be found volunteering at the library, creating analog art of her own, or bopping along to the latest K-pop hit. A former bookseller who holds a master’s degree in library and information science, she always has a book recommendation (or three) up her sleeve.

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                        Jacqueline Rubin
                        Haylei Scoggins
                        Brittany Solano
                        Jacqueline Rubin
                        Associate

                        Jacqueline is a Business Development associate at JDI. Her power is her ability to combine creativity, critical thinking, curiosity, and an aptitude for communication — what she calls the 4 C’s. At JDI, she helps companies grow from research, to innovation, to industry-wide impact, realizing her passion of bringing science to the forefront of society.

                        Jacqueline constantly seeks adventures, a trait she shares with the ambitious entrepreneurs she works with day-to-day. In a series of cross-country moves and explorations, she found the perfect, unique degree in Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

                        In addition to being a science nerd, Jacqueline loves cooking and expressing her prolific personality through new cuisine. In Austin, you can find her exploring the city and the range of activities it has to offer (and yes, she’s already been sky-diving twice).

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                          Haylei Scoggins
                          Associate

                          One career day in elementary school, Haylei dressed up in a white lab coat and proclaimed she was going to be a scientist when she grew up. She fell in love with science’s role as the foundation to understanding the world around us and how there are constantly new discoveries that can change our entire perception of once-held beliefs.

                          To pursue science, Haylei earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and an M.S. in Exercise Physiology from University of Texas at Austin. After following her own curiosities, she realized she also loved helping others discover the wonder of science and became a middle school science teacher.

                          After seeing the wonder, growth, and success of her students, Haylei decided to share her passion for science and teaching – a direct translation for marketing – with JDI’s clients. Her style is to roll up her sleeves, jump in, and make it work, whatever the situation at hand.

                          Outside of JDI, Haylei loves to craft via creating Cricut projects, drawing, sewing, and more.

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                            Brittany Solano
                            Vice President

                            Brittany pushes big, classical industries forward. Her work spans agriculture, healthcare and manufacturing.

                            The key to communicating scientific concepts is discerning the basic building blocks of any given breakthrough. There’s almost always an old technology behind each new one. As such, Brittany is at her best when marketing science from the inside out, starting with a solid understanding of a technology’s fundamentals. She has an uncanny ability to convey esoteric concepts to a mass market.

                            Brittany also co-leads JDI’s business development efforts; she is responsible for developing new practice areas like food systems and consumer genomics.

                            Previously Brittany helped start The Food Lab, ran the Food Studies Project, interned at Texas Monthly, and wrote for the Daily Texan.

                            She lives outside of Austin in historic Georgetown with her husband, Tim, and her two dogs, Scout and Ollie. She spends her time outdoors as much as possible.

                            Find out more about Brittany on LinkedIn.

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                            • Clear Labs
                            • Bina Technologies (acquired by Roche)
                            • Farmobile
                            • Ozlo (acquired by Facebook)
                            • Vida Health
                            • OS Fund
                            • OpenStack
                            • Skyloom
                            Heather Stafford
                            Jamal Wilburn
                            Heather Stafford
                            Director

                            Raised outside Baltimore, Heather has long been fascinated with human behavior and the wide range of factors that influence it. Her interest in the ‘UX of cities’ led her to earn her master’s in Media Studies and Technology from the University of Texas at Austin, and continues to inform how she thinks about user experience and the sociological implications of emerging technologies.

                            At JDI, Heather’s work with health tech, artificial intelligence and agtech clients has validated her belief that technology can save the world, but only if people want to hear about it.

                            Prior to JDI, she managed customer service, events and operations at General Assembly and was a transit supervisor at the University of Virginia.

                            Despite her experience in technology, Heather learned most of what she knows driving a bus for a living. Outside of work, Heather loves to bake, spin yarns (literally and figuratively), and have conversations with her dog and cat. She is still hunting for the best bagel in Austin.

                            Find out more about Heather on LinkedIn.

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                            • Farmobile
                            • Hypergiant
                            • Vida Health
                            • WorldQuant University
                            • Canvas 1839
                            • Transmute
                            Jamal Wilburn
                            Senior Director

                            Jamal’s career has spanned finance, media, theater, entrepreneurship, and technology. What ties it all together is a passion for how creative thinking and communication unfold in a business context. Nothing is more exciting to him than helping others find their voice.

                            Jamal is focused on business development at JDI, where he gets to reframe the questions that founding teams are facing. Risk takers spark Jamal’s curiosity; uncovering their drivers, goals, and emotions is his favorite part of the job.

                            Jamal studied International Business and Finance at Howard University, and Finance and Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Prior to JDI, Jamal’s experience at boutique investment management firms William Blair & Company and Dimensional Fund Advisors gave him an appreciation for the value of good advice.

                            Outside the office, Jamal is often reading the Economist, working on his deadlift, or watching Netflix. And chilling.

                            Find out more about Jamal on LinkedIn.

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                            • Canvas 1839
                            • Traverse
                            • DivInc
                            • Satellogic
                            • ScaleFactor
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                            One of our many extracurricular projects at JDI is that we’re very proud co-owners of the science, art, and culture magazine Nautilus. This article uses the magazine’s namesake mollusk to describe how science and story meet.
                            The author, Robert Burton, M.D., a neurologist and novelist, says it best:
                            “Science remains one of the great advances of humankind. Its stories, properly told, are epic poems in progress, and deserve to stand alongside the great stories of history.”
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