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15+ years of
marketing expertise.

Curious about
practically everything.


product marketing

Research-driven strategy and collaborative execution at the intersection of what's on offer and what customers are interested to hear.

targeted channels

Who are we speaking to, what are we saying to them, and how will they hear it — in the product, on social, and everywhere in between.

purposeful messaging

Writing that remains true to product and brand while speaking to the priorities of carefully defined audiences.

eclectic inspiration

From dry-farming to airline routing, etymology to Census methodology, I know just enough about a lot of things to make novel connections.

Some of what I can do for you



Review a pitch

Draft a blog post (here's a sample)

Edit copy for clarity, consistency, and grammar

Unstick your creative process

Give an honest assessment of your zany idea


Get something done

Pull together a workable content strategy

Audit and improve your social presence

Plan a strategy for an upcoming campaign or launch

Triage a firedrill of a project

Consult on translation and international strategy


Start-to-finish project

Craft a full marketing strategy for a startup or launch

Drive a research project: customer, competitor, market

Manage the design and launch of a website or event

Keep a creative team pointed toward client goals

Freelance with an agency (like my buddy Sandy's)


Part of the crew for a while

"Zeroth marketing hire" for startups

Backfill for parental leave or a sudden departure

Instill your team with optimism and collaboration

Play well with creatives, techies, dealmakers, and idealists

Share snacks from cuisines you've barely heard of


A few examples of work exhibiting some of my strengths.


Way of a Warrant

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Most users don’t know that Google often pushes back against court orders for private user information, while government agents are frustrated that they don’t always get what they ask for. I worked closely with Legal, Policy, and our creative agency to tell our perspective clearly and memorably, using a completely unconventional but wildly successful approach. At 2 million views and counting, “Way of a Warrant” is surely the most popular stop-animation video about legal process in the history of the world.


Santa Tracker

Santa Tracker is full of whimsy and joy, but it serves a real purpose as a driver of brand love for Google. As marketer, strategist and program manager,  I guided engineers, a design agency, and several Google products to keep the focus. From drafting pun-packed blog posts to shepherding a major design overhaul, I ensured we hit overarching brand themes as well as a sensitivity to regional needs for a highly global product. I also once had to settle a debate over whether "artisan candy-cane moulding" made a gingerbread house sound unapproachably bougey, so, yeah, it was pretty fun, too.


For Google Translate’s 10th anniversary and 100-language milestone, our creative team assembled a head-turning pop-up restaurant with Michelin-starred chefs, where you had to use the apps to read the menu and order your food. As a linguist and the app’s lead marketer, I made it clear from the very start that every single word had to be manually vetted by native speakers, and that nothing in the experience was faked — we even changed some of the dishes to ones with names that translated properly with the product as it was.


I help Portland's fledgling progressive business organization refine complex topics into clear and persuasive speech. I pay attention to what people say with too many words, and find the thread connecting them. I helped the board articulate the value of membership in one-sentence nuggets, and drafted a member's four-minute testimony to a state legislative committee on the complex topic of minority business owners' limited access to funding. As the ED put it, "Jesse, you're not only good at listening, but you also hear."

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Crisis Response

Hurricanes and earthquakes don’t follow working hours, and the needs often don’t follow the playbook. As a member of Google's Crisis Response team, I supported and often managed components of the communication and product efforts across continents and time zones. My before-and-after screenshots were seen by millions on TV (that's Haiti at left), the translations I hunted down greatly expanded our reach, and I even brokered an arrangement to enable one-cent calling to Nepal. With tenacity and execution, I gained a reputation as an effective communicator and trustworthy decision-maker under pressure.


Scam Spotter

One of Google’s Legal teams wanted to meaningfully help seniors by highlighting how to avoid scams, a multi-billion-dollar scourge. I brought in my friends at Sandy Russell Creative, took on the role as senior strategist, and we researched the heck out of how scams operate, what info is already out there, and how seniors consume media and use websites. We found existing info to generally be patronizing and hard to follow. So with huge text and retro-inspired graphics, we used three golden rules to convey a simple yet empowering framework for seniors to preserve their money and their self-image in the face of pesky scammers. 

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I'm from Oakland, graduated with a degree in linguistics from the University of Chicago, and lived in San Francisco and Brooklyn before making Portland, Oregon home.

In my fourteen years at Google (last three as a TVC — IYKYK), I marketed triple-bottom-line products and policies: good for people, company, and planet.  Two of my proudest accomplishments are stopping SOPA from garbling the Internet and launching Google Translate's biggest-ever improvement. I also worked on crisis response, elections, Google Maps for Media, and several other security and policy efforts.


I've since built up my startup and B2B chops, most recently as a product and brand marketing director. All three roles were fun, but focusing on the same challenge for too long got boring. I bring my best energy and focus with novel challenges. Yo ho, the freelance life's for me.

Filling my life with joy, jokes, and lots of dishes are my wife Laura, two kids, two dogs, and a cat. I love to cook, sneak in some gardening when the kids occupy themselves, and when I'm feeling really indulgent I'll go down a Wikipedia rabbit hole.

If you got this far, you must be interested. (Or a friend who I asked to look over this site.) Take a look at my LinkedIn, and let's get in touch.


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