Chris Kohlhardt

Chris Kohlhardt

Chairman of the Board & Founder

Chris Kohlhardt

Chris Kohlhardt

Chairman of the Board & Founder

As our resident power-user and fearless leader, Chris keeps us all pushing towards a more visually-based world. Before developing Gliffy, Chris gained insight into Rich Internet Applications as a member of Laszlo Systems' elite professional services group, Laszlo Studios and managed teams in high-profile web deployments such as Orbitz.com and Toyota.com. When he isn't working, Chris races his mountain bike. Chris has a degree in Computer Science from San Francisco State University.

Jeremy Kreitler

Jeremy Kreitler

CEO

Jeremy leads operations at Gliffy. He has been working on internet products for companies like Yahoo!, MapQuest, Lonely Planet and an extensive list of startups for longer than he cares to remember. He once tried out for the U.S. Olympic bobsled team.

Phil Lavery

Phil Lavery

VP of Sales & Business Development

Phil Lavery

Phil Lavery

VP of Sales & Business Development

Phil leads Gliffy sales, business development, and customer success efforts. He is an accomplished startup sales and channel executive, management consultant, and entrepreneur. Before coming to Gliffy, he spent 15+ years building winning teams and accelerating revenues with successful startups and big players including Microsoft, Red Hat and Cisco. When not working, Phil loves outdoor adventures with his four children.

James Rowley

James Rowley

VP of Engineering

James Rowley

James Rowley

VP of Engineering

As the VP of Engineering, James is responsible for making sure the trains run on time. His past work experience includes leading and scaling engineering teams numbering in the 100s at companies such as Oracle, Siebel Systems, Cisco and ClearCare, and building software that supports the world’s largest companies. His 20 plus years of experience as a software executive serves him well in his present role at Gliffy. It allows him to stay up-to-date with current software engineering practices to ensure an ever-accelerating rollout of new features and world-class systems performance. When not doing engineering awesomeness, James loves spending time helping those less fortunate, cooking Italian food like his Mama did and feeding people!

Brian Ford

Brian Ford

UX Director

Brian Ford

Brian Ford

UX Director

With a diverse background in design, and a passion for creating elegant, compelling, and beautiful interactive experiences across web, mobile, and game products, Brian is now leading UX Design at Gliffy. When he’s not working to make Gliffy’s products more beautiful, fun, and easy for people to use, you can find him sketching in the sun, dodging traffic on his bike in San Francisco, and working on his snatch technique with friends in the gym.

Edmund Leung

Edmund Leung

Director of Product and Growth

Edmund Leung

Edmund Leung

Director of Product and Growth

Edmund draws from corporate and startup experiences in advertising platforms, developer frameworks, and media products to delight users. He holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. In his spare time Edmund is passionate about food and developing food centric relationships.

Kathleen Zipper

Kathleen Zipper

Operations Manager

Kathleen Zipper

Kathleen Zipper

Operations Manager

Kathleen, better known as just "Zipper" around the office, works hard to keep the Gliffy team smiling. Prior to joining us, she spent ten years in New York City building an ​operations career while putting herself through college. With her previous roles ranging from graphic designer to HR assistant to supply chain manager, her reputation as a walking, talking Swiss army knife certainly holds true. Zip is a big fan of giraffes, true crime, and cherry tomatoes. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, hanging out at the local pottery studio, and finding her next great travel adventure.

Zachary Propersi

Zachary Propersi

Director of Engineering

Zachary Propersi

Zachary Propersi

Director of Engineering

As the Director of Engineering, Zac establishes engineering practices for his team, prioritizes features with business owners and conducts code reviews. His past work experience includes building a video management platform, a Facebook app that interfaces with a console game, and managing a search engine implementation team. His diverse experience serves him well in his present role, allowing him to stay up to date with current software engineering practices. When not doing engineering awesomeness, Zac loves spending time with his family, learning new skills such as cooking and investing, and reminiscing about those college days when he was a member of a Filipino hip hop dance troupe. I don't hate it, ship it!

John Almeida

John Almeida

Demand Generation Manager

John Almeida

John Almeida

Demand Generation Manager

John is the Demand Generation Manager at Gliffy. With his diverse background in finance and operations, he has developed a data-oriented approach to new problems and ideas. He grew up in Texas and appreciates a good medium-rare steak and/or honey-butter chicken biscuit from Whataburger. In his spare time, you can find him hiking, surfing, snowboarding and playing soccer.

Natalie Pan

Natalie Pan

Software Engineer

Natalie Pan

Natalie Pan

Software Engineer

Natalie is originally from Montreal where she studied finance at McGill University and computer science at Concordia University. Prior to working at Gliffy, she helped initiate the use of Design Systems at Gap Inc. On her spare time she is learning to make chocolate, traveling, working on personal projects and staying active.

Jun Loayza

Jun Loayza

Senior Product Manager

Jun Loayza

Jun Loayza

Senior Product Manager

Jun Loayza is a Senior Product Manager at Gliffy. Before coming on board, Jun lead Product and Growth at Torre, an on-demand marketplace for creative projects. For fun, Jun leads Humble Bee, a space for contemporary children’s stories about artists, scientists and entrepreneurs that come from humble beginnings. His goal is to inspire the next generation of creators.

Liza Mock

Liza Mock

Editorial Content Manager

Liza Mock

Liza Mock

Editorial Content Manager

Liza grew up in orchestra pits with two musician parents where she learned the art of sitting quietly and observing the world around her. When she was six, she wanted to be a ballerina or a pirate, but eventually decided to become a Marketing Writer instead. Liza loves that part of her job involves breathing life into inanimate objects and giving voice to things that don't speak, but still sometimes secretly dreams of sailing the high seas.

Ovais Quraishi

Ovais Quraishi

Engineering Manager, QA

Ovais Quraishi

Ovais Quraishi

Engineering Manager, QA

Ovais has 20+ years of consumer and enterprise-software automation testing under his belt. Most recently, he worked on Mobile App security based, end-to-end SAAS testing. In addition to enjoying time with his family, Ovais likes to drive fast, help the needy, and experiment with his Bare Metal Virtualization-based media home server.

Steve Valencia

Steve Valencia

Growth Product Manager

Steve Valencia

Steve Valencia

Growth Product Manager

Steve is a product manager on the Gliffy Growth team. He got his start as a management consultant for "big business" before packing his bags and joining the tech startup fray in the Bay Area. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Steve has a strong affinity for blue crab consumption, Old Bay seasoning and Ravens football.

Sunny Uppal

Sunny Uppal

Sales & Account Manager

Sunny Uppal

Sunny Uppal

Sales & Account Manager

Sunny has been in sales since his college years, having graduated from San Francisco State with a B.S. in Business Admin. He’s worked in retail, done door to door cold calling, and held inside & outside sales positions. When not working, Sunny likes to hang out with his family, especially his wife and puppy named Kobe. (Yes, it’s after Kobe Bryant.) He also enjoys playing basketball. Sunny is a fan of the Lakers, San Francisco Giants, and 49ers.

Jan Revis

Jan Revis

Engineering Manager, Atlassian

Jan Revis

Jan Revis

Engineering Manager, Atlassian

Jan, a graduate of San Jose State, is our Atlassian ecosystem manager. He comes from a background in telecommunication infrastructure and has worked with web and online learning apps in the past. At Gliffy, Jan likes to stay on the cutting-edge of cloud development and is learning new things all the time. When not taking care of his kids, Jan likes to practice Kung Fu, mountain bike, read and indulge his love of permaculture. Though careful and circumspect most of the time, Jan has his wild moments—like that one time he blew out his knee on the dance floor. We don’t call him “Conference Dancer” for nothing.

Kris Williams

Kris Williams

Senior Software Engineer

Kris Williams

Kris Williams

Senior Software Engineer

Kris is a senior software engineer on the SaaS team. He has been a software development enthusiast since he was a hippy kid in the 1970s and a professional software craftsman for almost 3 decades. He has been witness to the evolution of the modern information age, from the earliest personal computers and operating systems, dial-up, BBS, the earliest incarnations of the Internet, the beginning of the world-wide-web, up through the current state-of-the-art platforms, protocols and devices. He has a passion for comics, science fiction movies, space exploration, strategy and simulation games, and enjoys discovering new tools and learning new programming languages.

Rahul Trehan

Rahul Trehan

Senior Software Engineer

Rahul Trehan

Rahul Trehan

Senior Software Engineer

Rahul holds a Masters in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Being a person who enjoys a challenge, Rahul has worn many different hats. His expereince as a full-stack developer runs the gamut from insurance and healthcare to compliance and retail. A dyed-in-the-wool adrenaline junkie, when not behind a screen, Rahul can be found mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking. He hopes to complete his AFF certification in the near future and do solo jumps.

Nate Pendleton

Nate Pendleton

Principal Software Engineer

Nate Pendleton

Nate Pendleton

Principal Software Engineer

Nate is a principal software engineer on the editor team. He has worked for over two decades developing a wide array of software, including AAA video games, rendering software, animation tools, content pipelines, mobile applications, internal enterprise tools, and web applications. His professional passions are bridging the human-computer divide; elegant, modular architecture; and clean, efficient build and continuous integration workflows. Personal passions include anything related to art, music, games, food, drink, music, comedy, and technology.

Derrick Hom

Derrick Hom

Account Manager

Derrick Hom

Derrick Hom

Account Manager

Derrick is an Account Manager at Gliffy. Born and raised in San Francisco, he originally thought of becoming a teacher, but ended up being fascinated by the Atlassian ecosystem instead. His job has afforded him a chance to travel for the first time. He’s been to Australia and Spain and looks forward to new adventures. In his free time he likes to run.

Charles Fineberg

Charles Fineberg

Senior QA Engineer

Charles Fineberg

Charles Fineberg

Senior QA Engineer

Charles has spent time professionally running campus networking, managing wuarchive (worked on wuftpd there) and wupost (at one time one of the fastest usenet news distributors), being an Internet Service Provider, measuring internet performance, and testing software. In his free time, he spends time with his family, traveling and going to a music festival now and then.

Chris Rodriguez

Chris Rodriguez

Head of Marketing Operations

Chris Rodriguez

Chris Rodriguez

Head of Marketing Operations

Chris is the Head of Marketing Operations at Gliffy with a background as diverse as the systems he's worked with. His expereince has taken him from Avionics—he worked on F-16s in the Air Force, to optics—he was an optical technician for the James Webb Space Telescope, to Philosophy—he’s a lifelong student. His current passion is for data and he strives to create solutions for engagement, analytics and action. Chris secretly wants to be a light-weight engineer so he can integrate all the things.

Tom Kapanka

Tom Kapanka

Senior DevOps Engineer

Tom Kapanka

Tom Kapanka

Senior DevOps Engineer

Tom comes from an Open Source background, having worked with the Python CMS community for many years. With a traditional sysadmin background, combined with "full stack" experience, DevOps has become a natural fit for him, specializing in cloud-based infrastructure management. He moved to the Bay Area in 1998 and now lives in Oakland with his wife.

Jesse Moore

Jesse Moore

Software Engineer

Jesse Moore

Jesse Moore

Software Engineer

Jesse Moore is a Software Engineer at Gliffy. Originally from Berkeley, CA, he somehow managed to make it all the way across the bay to San Francisco. A veteran game designer of 16 years, he recently decided to try his hand at something new—working as an engineer in the much larger world of web application development. Jesse, who considers himself a refined vinegar aficionado, is a lifetime fan of the Warriors and basketball in general. When not pursuing either one of those passions, he can be found playing guitar (while pretending to be in a band), running barefoot on Ocean Beach, or sampling the latest bourbon.

Jay O’Conor

Jay O’Conor

Principal Software Engineer

Jay O’Conor

Jay O’Conor

Principal Software Engineer

Jay's written software for just about every kind of computer imaginable, from deeply embedded microcontrollers up through massively parallel supercomputers. Before taking his career into web software, he wrote software for consumer electronics equipment at Philips and various smaller companies. When not writing software, Jay enjoys flying (private pilot), movies, and anything with bacon.

Jonathan Potter

Jonathan Potter

Senior Software Engineer

Jonathan Potter

Jonathan Potter

Senior Software Engineer

Jonathan started as an electrical engineer working at Air Force Research Laboratory. He decided to switch to software development and moved to the Bay Area. As a software developer he has focused on highly interactive web applications. Much of his hobby time is spent learning and teaching math.

Kenny Lopez

Kenny Lopez

UX Designer

Kenny Lopez

Kenny Lopez

UX Designer

Kenny is a UX researcher on the Design Team. He loves learning new tools and processes that can be applied to the Gliffy ecosystem. He’s worked with a bunch of startups in the Bay Area including Fotition, Tilt, and PRX. When he’s not sketching away, you can probably find him (if you look really hard) hiking in Yosemite or flying his drone at Lands End.

Mary Nielsen

Mary Nielsen

Product Marketing Manager

Mary Nielsen

Mary Nielsen

Product Marketing Manager

Mary is the Product Marketing Manager at Gliffy. She grew up on an island in the Pacific Northwest and moved south to play Division I. field hockey at Duke University. Mary holds her masters in creative writing and is mildly confident in her Harry Potter trivia skills.

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Customer Support Advocate

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson

Customer Support Advocate

Russell is a Customer Success Advocate at Gliffy and, contrary to popular belief, is not a Quarterback for a professional football team in Seattle. He takes great pride in doing everything in his power to create a fantastic customer experience for Gliffy's customers. His background includes 15 years in both the technology and video game industries. Outside of Gliffy, you can typically find Russell producing philanthropic events in the Bay Area.