About

justin-at-brendas

I’m a writer, digital communications professional, and native Californian currently based in Oakland. I’ve called the Bay Area home for most of the past decade, and almost two years ago got back from two years abroad in Berlin and Oaxaca. I freelanced for three years, starting in San Francisco, and following that worked for Citizen Engagement Lab as a designer / developer. I recently started working in a similar capacity for EdSource, supporting the biggest team of education reporters in the state.

I earned a BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, but my working life has taught me at least as much. I’ve worked as a freelance journalist, press operator, copyeditor, and blogger. Prior to that I held jobs including dishwasher, cook, construction worker, janitor, and day laborer.

In no small part due to my range of life and work experiences, I’ve made a point of aligning my work with my desire for social justice. As a technologist I’ve had the opportunity to work on prominent projects and campaigns that have had a lot of exposure and impact. More about my technology and design work here.

Even when I’m limited in how much time I put into it, I define myself as a writer first. More about my writing here. I’ve never stopped being busy with art: fiction writing, reading, listening to and making music, tinkering with technology. From 2011 – 2014 I maintained Creosote Journal, an arts, culture, and travel blog which I co-founded and spearheaded the writing and editing for.

I live with my wife, Aurora; daughter, Manzanita; and dog, Zora. They are the best.