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“Fireside Campaigns is an integral part of the Run for Something team—they’ve helped us tell our story, and more importantly, the stories of our candidates and have made our lives much easier by handling the day-in-day-out of our press operation.”

-Amanda Litman, Co-founder and Executive Director of Run for Something
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Digital

  • Ryan Alexander

    Ryan Alexander

    Partner

    Ryan has been working with political campaigns and organizations since 2004. Prior to joining Fireside, he was a principal at GPS Impact where he led the digital efforts for Randy Bryce for Congress, Conor Lamb for Congress, Dr. Kim Schrier for Congress, and Andrew Gillum for Governor in the 2018 elections.

    Ryan was the Digital Director for Tom Wolf for Governor in Pennsylvania in 2014, a Senior Writer on the Obama-Biden digital team in 2012, was the Digital Director for Recall Scott Walker campaign in 2011-2012, and he was a Senior Communications consultant to the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) in 2009.

  • Julia Rosen

    Julia Rosen

    Partner

    Julia has over fifteen years’ of experience with data-driven digital organizing, raising tens of millions of dollars for political campaigns and non-profits. She’s lead teams and programs at organizations like GPS Impact, ActBlue, MoveOn, and the Courage Campaign.

    Her expertise is in driving integrated digital programs that are reflective of a strong brand identity and narrative, turning warm leads into donors and volunteers. She’s been a trainer, leader and mentor to countless digital organizers. And she serves on the board of the chapter-based Equality Federation and the Faith in Public Life Action Fund.

  • Tim Lim

    Tim Lim

    Senior Advisor

    Tim Lim is a leading voice in comprehensive media planning and buying for both politics and brands. Tim most recently served as a Partner at Bully Pulpit Interactive (BPI), a full-service marketing agency, as well as the President and Founder of Precision Network, a cutting edge media buying firm.

    Tim founded Precision Network in 2012, which became a multimillion dollar online advertising platform and buying shop under his leadership. Tim is also the founder of Blue Digital Exchange (BDX), a co-founder of Ascend PAC and a board member of Run for Something.

    Previously, Tim was the Director of Partnerships at Change.org and prior to that role ran the Washington, DC office for Grossman Marketing Group led by former DNC Chair Steve Grossman. Tim most recently served on the National Finance Committee of Biden for President as well as for the Biden-Harris Transition. He also served as a founding Co-Chair for Gen44, the young professional arm of President Obama’s re-election campaign and served on the National Finance Committee of the Hillary for America campaign in 2016.

    Tim has been featured on the TODAY Show, the front page of the New York Times, Bloomberg, USA Today, Axios, AdAge, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Daily Beast, AdExchanger, and other outlets. In 2017, he was named to the Politico Playbook Power List.

  • Leslie Adames

    Leslie Adames

    Junior Digital Associate

    Leslie is a Junior Digital Associate at Fireside Campaigns, where she helps support the day-to-day digital communications needs of several clients.

    Born and raised in the DMV area, she is a graduate of Trinity Washington University with a degree in Communication. With an interest in voting rights and civic engagement amongst the Latinx community, Leslie worked her way up at Voto Latino, a nonprofit focused on registering Latinx voters. Starting as a Digital Communications intern, she went on to become a Digital Associate. When not in the office, Leslie enjoys reading, traveling, and catching up on all her shows.

  • Ashly Blanc

    Ashly Blanc

    Principal

    Ashly Blanc is a digital strategist with over 6 years of experience in the progressive space helping candidates and organizations understand the impact of the internet. Prior to joining Fireside Campaigns, Ashly served as the Director of Partnerships at Taskforce where she focused on the impact organic social has on mobilizing the electorate. Prior to that, Ashly served as Senator Cory Booker’s Digital Director in Iowa where she oversaw all aspects of Booker’s Iowa online presence from peer-to-peer messaging to Instagram Live. Ashly has served as a digital strategist for the Colorado House Majority Project, the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, and other progressive campaigns. Ashly is proudly from Pueblo, Colorado and firmly believes her grandma’s green chile recipe should be housed at the Smithsonian. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and enjoys bragging about being from Colorado and not knowing how to ski.

  • Jordan Johnson

    Jordan Johnson

    Junior Digital Associate

    Jordan joined Fireside Campaigns as a Junior Digital Associate in June of 2021. She is a recent graduate from Sam Houston State University where she earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication & Innovation from Texas Tech University. Before joining Fireside, she interned for several nonprofits and progressive organizations, including the ACLU of Georgia and the Texas Democratic Party. She has a passion for social activism and all things digital media. She believes that media can be used as a tool for real change and is eager to use her skill set to advance causes that impact us all.

  • Dan Molina

    Dan Molina

    Senior Associate

    Dan Molina joined Fireside in July 2020 as a junior digital associate and has since worked with a variety of House and Senate campaigns, local races, and national non-profit organizations on their digital fundraising and messaging efforts.

    Before joining Fireside, Dan previously interned for Rep. Stephanie Murphy’s 2018 re-election campaign as a fundraising intern before moving to D.C. and interning in her Hill office. After his time on the Hill, he interned at the bipartisan Economic Innovation Group as a research and policy intern, tracking legislation related to economic mobility and labor issues.

    A proud son of Central American immigrants, Dan was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2019 with a B.A. in Political Science and Certificate in Intelligence and National Security.

  • Dan Shaw

    Dan Shaw

    Junior Associate

    Dan Shaw joined Fireside in the spring of 2019 and has played an impact role in assisting efforts on, the DLCC, Jon Hoadley for Congress and several digital campaigns for Senators and members of Congress.

    Dan began his political activism in 2014 working on a congressional race on Long Island, since then, he’s worked on state and federal campaigns every cycle. Dan was a DCCC fellow and graduated from SUNY Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.

    Dan has dedicated his professional, academic and personal life to become a political operative capable of curving corporate influence in American elections, guaranteeing access to healthcare, combating wealth inequality and ushering in a new era of government aid to disenfranchised and under-supported communities.

  • Shania Stephen

    Shania Stephen

    Senior Associate

    Shania started at Fireside in the Summer of 2020 after graduating from The George Washington University and has since become a Senior Associate. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Political Communication at American University. Some of her clients include Antonio Delgado for Congress, Michele Rayner for Congress, and Black Lives Matter.

  • Francoise Stovall

    Francoise Stovall

    Vice President, Digital Strategy

    For nearly 20 years, Francoise has worked to strengthen democracy and win progressive victories. As Vice President of Digital Strategy at Fireside Campaigns, she works in partnership with clients to meet their goals using innovative digital strategies. Before joining the Fireside team, Francoise worked to strengthen democracy around the world by training civic partners in emerging democracies on digital tools and tactics with the National Democratic Institute. While at Every Voice, she worked on important victories to change the way money flows through politics. And at Voto Latino, she led the organization’s effort to digitally register more than 600,000 voters ahead of the 2020 election.

    Francoise graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs. She is a passionate member of the Bey Hive and has seen Beyonce in concert four times.

  • Mariel Tepper

    Mariel Tepper

    Junior Digital Associate

    Mariel joined Fireside as a Digital Fundraising Intern in September of 2020 after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in May 2020. At her alma mater, she pioneered progressive projects as President of Urban Studio, a student organization that provides professional development for emerging artists. With Urban Studio, Mariel conceptualized/curated Homegrown at The Museum at FIT, a home and community-themed art exhibition which showcased the diversity and multiculturalism of New York City. In August, she organized Urban Studio’s Instagram art fundraiser “Facing Change 2020” which raised over $700 for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Trans Women of Color Collective. Mariel also participates consistently in the New York City elections, actively assisting voters as a Poll Worker. Through her creative and professional roles, Mariel consistently prioritizes her commitments to social and economic justice, the democratic process, environmental preservation, and the betterment of her local community.

  • KD Young

    KD Young

    Junior Digital Associate

    KD joined Fireside in June 2021. He has managed social media campaigns and successfully constructed digital marketing plans for PUMA, Vogue & Complex. As a Howard University Alumni, Kofi is very passionate and deeply involved in racial and voting justice and uses his various skills in digital and marketing to make a change in his environment.

  • Raymond Luu

    Raymond Luu

    Junior Digital Associate

    Raymond joined Fireside in Summer 2021 as a digital intern and is now a Junior Digital Associate, Prior to joining Fireside, he worked in the field, gaining experience as a fundraiser for a national nonprofit focused on public health and environmental legislation. Eventually becoming an Assistant Canvass Director in Santa Cruz. Afterwards he applied and was accepted into the NDTC Digital Organizing Cohort, where he got his first foray into digital organizing.

    Raymond worked on the Texas Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign in 2020, helping elect Democrats up-and-down the ballot in the Greater Houston Area. He is now excited to find himself at Fireside, where he can build on and learn new skills to help elect progressives and push forward progressive policies.

    Raymond earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, where he focused on issues relating to housing inequality and environmental policy.

Data

  • Sam Nitz

    Sam Nitz

    Partner

    Sam is a partner at Fireside with over 15 years of experience running paid media campaigns and targeting operations in the progressive movement.

    Prior to joining Fireside Campaigns, Sam ran his own consulting firm where he brought his data-driven program management approach to advise advocacy and digital campaigns from California to North Carolina.

    As Deputy Independent Expenditure Director, Sam ran the $10 million EMILY’s List all-digital independent expenditure to help motivate and turnout millennial women for Hillary Clinton–one of the largest digital-only campaigns of 2016. In addition, he spent seven years at EMILY’s List as Director of Targeting and Analytics helping to develop innovative testing techniques used in every independent expenditure campaign.

    Sam is a sought after trainer and lecturer and has trained hundreds of activists, staffers, and candidates on how to seamlessly integrate data, targeting, experiments, and messaging. He also currently serves on the campaign board of the LGBTQ Victory Fund.

  • Michelle Hertel

    Michelle Hertel

    Senior Data Associate

    Michelle joined Fireside Campaigns as a Senior Data Associate in summer 2020. She believes in the power of data and analytics to highlight and advance progressive issues. Prior to joining Fireside, Michelle worked as the Democracy Fellow at the National LGBTQ Task Force, where she created 2020 elections outreach materials, and produced a report on the potential role of LGBTQ voters in swinging elections.

    Michelle earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Penn State (We Are!) in 2015, and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University in 2020.

Comms/PR

  • Brad Bauman
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    Brad Bauman

    Partner

    Brad is the former executive director of the Congressional Progressive Caucus where he oversaw its legislative, communications and political operations for over 80 members of Congress. He has also been the communications director for various members of the house and Congressional campaigns.

    Brad has developed communications and PR strategy for electoral and issue campaigns at every level. He’s worked as a Senior Advisor for several Presidential campaigns, for party committees, large progressive organizations, independent expenditure campaigns and labor unions as well as resistance groups and issue advocacy organizations. He has handled some of the most difficult crisis communications problems during the Trump Era and is a trusted voice among Democratic operatives.

    He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Florida International University and an M.A. in Political Management from The George Washington University.

  • Alana Caesar

    Alana Caesar

    Junior Associate

    Alana joined Fireside Campaigns as a junior communication consultant in fall of 2020. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with B.A.s in Broadcast Journalism and Government & Politics. Prior to joining the Fireside team, Alana worked as an intern for the ACLU communications team, CNN’s Political Unit, and CBS This Morning, among other positions. In these roles, Alana tracked the 2020 election and the Mueller Probe, connected with local and national reporters, and helped cover the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. Alana’s previous comms experience also includes work around the criminal justice system and voting rights.

  • Ned Cooper

    Ned Cooper

    Senior Associate

    Ned Cooper is a senior associate at Fireside Campaigns working with the New Florida Majority, the Center for Secure and Modern Elections, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. Ned joined Fireside Campaigns under its previous title, Harta Communications, and has worked on a variety of statewide and national clients including the Yang2020 presidential campaign. He serves as the primary press contact for New Florida Majority, and drafts press releases, media advisories, op-eds and talking points. He works with clients to develop their communications and messaging strategies and conducts reporter outreach and press relations on their behalf.

    Prior to joining Fireside Campaigns, Ned worked as an intern in the office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. During his time in the Senate, Ned drafted social media content, helped compile press clips and assisted in legislative research projects. He also spent time working in Florida during the 2018 election cycle, working on both Andrew Gillum’s gubernatorial campaign and Bill Nelson’s Senate campaign– organizing, training volunteers and knocking on doors.

  • Devon Cruz
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    Devon Cruz

    Senior Associate

    Devon is a Senior Communications Associate at Fireside Campaigns who joined the team as a Junior Communications Consultant in January 2020. His passion for writing and progressive politics brought him to the firm and while here he has worked on clients including the Alliance for Youth Action, DC Vote, Labor Table, the National Vote At Home Institute, Mike Collier for Texas Lieutenant Governor and Marked By Covid.

    Devon’s background is primarily in campaign communications and labor activism. Before coming to Fireside he worked on the Justin Nelson for Texas Attorney General campaign in 2018 and for the Texas AFL-CIO during the 2019 Texas legislative session.

  • María Gamba

    María Gamba

    Junior Associate

    Prior to joining the team, María graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Journalism. During her time in college, she began conducting personal, in-depth interviews to shine a light on Austin leaders, small businesses, artists, and social movements for a local eco-friendly foundation. Soon after graduating she became interested in taking a more hands-on approach to politics and began her time as a Spanish Field Organizer for Dan Feehan’s campaign for Congress in Minnesota, where she got to work closely with immigrant communities in the rural midwest that are often left out of political conversations. As an immigrant herself, María is deeply driven by the desire to help underserved groups and advance progressive policies.

    In July of 2021, María found her place at Fireside Campaigns as a Junior Communications Associate where she proudly works with Run for Something, Mike Collier for Texas, United We Dream, and the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health.

  • Erika Gulija

    Erika Gulija

    Principal

    Erika joined Fireside Campaigns back in April of 2019 when the firm was still under the old branding of Harta Communications. Having been with the firm since the beginning, she has worked on some of the firm’s most successful TV bookings and print pieces with clients like Yang2020, The Indivisible Project, Black Lives Matter, The Alliance for Youth Action, and Run for Something—among others.

    Prior to joining Fireside Campaigns, Erika interned for the press department on Jared Polis’ winning gubernatorial campaign in Colorado and worked as a community organizer during the 2016 general election and 2018 midterm election. Erika holds degrees in Journalism and International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder with minors in religious studies and Arabic.

  • Britton Lee

    Britton Lee

    Junior Associate

    Britton Lee is an experienced public speaker with a passion for fostering an inclusive and progressive environment through amplifying the voices of communities that have been historically underrepresented. Her clients include AAPI Victory Fund, Act To Change, Center for Secure and Modern Elections, and The Texas Freedom Network.

    Prior to joining Fireside, Britton attended Northern Arizona University where she majored in communication studies and public relations. As a student, Britton was a legislative broadcast intern for the State of Arizona where she collaborated with the Senate Democratic Caucus to develop Canyonside Chats. Additionally, she is a national champion in persuasive speaking for her speech that advocates for legislative action and provides resources for survivors of a form of sexual assault called stealthing.

    In her free time, Britton enjoys rollerskating, cooking, and pretending to enjoy hiking.

  • Claire Murchison

    Claire Murchison

    Senior Associate

    Claire’s love of storytelling, writing, and politics led her to join Fireside Campaigns in the summer of 2020. Since joining the firm, Claire has helped health care advocate Laura Packard, redistricting powerhouse Sister District, AAPI Victory Alliance, and (nearly all of) Texas shape and place the stories of key progressive leaders.

    Before Fireside, Claire worked as an actress in Atlanta, GA. In addition to her communications know-how, she also brings knowledge of on-camera technique, acting theory, and script analysis to best advise clients as they prepare for TV, radio, and podcast appearances.

    Claire is passionate about racial, social, and economic justice; she’s dedicated her work to raising awareness on behalf of those ideals. Outside of work, she volunteers with Back on My Feet, an organization that promotes running to build routines, boost confidence and break the cycle of homelessness.

  • Dinanda Pramesti

    Dinanda Pramesti

    Junior Associate

    Dinanda Pramesti joined Fireside in February 2020 as a junior communications associate. She is working with organizations like Alliance for Youth Action, Spread the Vote, and United We Dream drafting pitches to reporters, press releases, op-eds, and conducting press relations.

    Prior to joining Fireside Campaigns, Dinanda worked as a contractor for Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign for a brief period of time as well as a communications fellow for FWD.us, working on comprehensive immigration reform and criminal justice reform.

    Dinanda has organizing experience during her time in undergrad at George Mason University, working with undocumented students and Virginia state legislators to pass immigration reform in the state. She’s passionate in racial, economic, and social justice as well as immigrant and migrant rights.

  • Abhi Rahman

    Abhi Rahman

    Vice President, Communications

    Abhi Rahman is a progressive communications and rapid response strategist with more than 10 years of experience helping progressive candidates and causes win daily messaging battles to lead and win campaigns. Prior to joining Fireside Campaigns, Abhi served as the Director of Strategic Communications for the Texas Democratic Party, the most covered state party in the country. As the communications director for the Texas Democratic Party, Abhi served as the main spokesperson and press liaison for the organization, as well as primary writer on communications materials, such as press releases, op-ed’s, talking points, advisories, and internal and external memos. Prior to that position, Abhi worked for Stacey Abrams’ historic Gubernatorial campaign in Georgia. In this position, he served as an on-the-record spokesman, top in-house communications strategist, and as a primary writer for both Leader Abrams and the Georgia Democratic Party. Previously, he served as the Communications Director for two of the busiest Reps on Capitol Hill, first for Rep. Henry Cuellar, then for Rep. Josh Gottheimer in the United States House of Representatives. He spent the 2016 cycle as the Deputy Communications Director and Research Director for The Franklin Forum. Abhi owns a Master’s Degree in Public Policy with an emphasis in Political Communications from George Mason University and attended undergrad at Colorado State University.

  • Abby Shepard

    Abby Shepard

    Junior Associate

    Abby joined Fireside’s communications team as a junior communications associate in summer 2021. She works with a range of clients to draft communications materials and conduct press relations including Common Defense, Laura Packard, Center for Secure and Modern Elections, and MOVE Texas.

    Prior to Fireside, Abby developed a campaign strategy for Take Back the Tap, a national campaign to end water privatization and provide access to clean water. She also served as the partnerships coordinator for the College Climate Coalition, connecting the student divestment movement with other radical climate justice organizations.

    Abby holds a Bachelor of Science degree in music and psychology from Central Michigan University. Outside of Fireside, she is an active climate justice organizer with movements like Stop Line 3 and the mental health committee lead for The Eric Domanico Foundation, as well as a foodie, cat lover, and avid yoga and meditation practitioner.

  • Emily Slatkow

    Emily Slatkow

    Principal

    Emily joined Firside Campaigns in November of 2018. She has managed PR strategy and press outreach for clients like the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Run for Something, Spread the Vote, Florida Rising, Jon Hoadley for Congress, and National Vote at Home Institute. During Emily’s time with Fireside, she has managed large press events, Congressional campaign rollouts, and the successful product launch for Action Builder, a new relational organizing toolset by Action Network.

    Emily moved to Washington D.C. from Florida where she was born and raised. While in Florida, Emily worked as a grassroots organizer on campaigns and organizations like the 2012 Obama Re-election Campaign, Ruth’s List FL, Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial campaign, Pat Kemp for County Commission, and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in 2016. Emily received her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.

  • Will Soltero

    Will Soltero

    Senior Associate

    Will joined Fireside in the spring of 2020, working with the Dr. Al Gross for U.S. Senate campaign, Center for Secure and Modern Elections, DC Vote, We Can Vote, Common Defense, and the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center.

    Will’s work prioritizes expanding voter participation and access—all to build a more just political system that looks more like the people it serves. He previously worked on the communications team at Common Cause and as a researcher for Represent Us, aiding their missions to hold power accountable and root out political corruption. Will also spent time on Capitol Hill as an intern for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Congressman Richard Neal of Massachusetts.

    Will holds a degree in Political Science and Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and grew up in a military family—bouncing between Florida, California, Rhode Island, Italy, and Guam.

  • Hannah Wright

    Hannah Wright

    Junior Associate

    Hannah joined the Fireside communications team in the summer of 2021. Prior to joining Fireside, Hannah organized with the Michigan Democratic Party’s Coordinated Campaign in Oakland County, which saw record turnout during the 2020 election. She has also interned with Planned Parenthood of Metro. Washington and on Capitol Hill.

    Hannah received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in International Affairs from The George Washington University. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and can quote The Princess Diaries line by line.

Operations

  • Sakita Douglas

    Sakita Douglas

    Operations Director

    Sakita Douglas is a career Human Resources professional and leader with experience across industries including Construction, Healthcare, High Tech, Oil & Gas, Power/Utilities and non-profit. Sakita has spent her career transforming HR organizations to ultimately align with operational outcomes and improve customer experiences. She is a versatile, fast moving and pragmatic leader recognized for adding value to the success of the business. She brings a refined ability to connect quickly with executive leaders, understand the context of their challenges and work with them to develop strategic and tactical solutions. Most recently, Sakita was the Director of Human Resources with PTW Energy Services in The Woodlands, TX (Houston) and led the HR function across North America. Prior to joining PTW, she was a principal consultant with TMR Solutions Group, a consultancy focused on delivering pragmatic HR and Talent solutions to clients facing immediate challenges within their human capital life cycle.

    Sakita is a graduate of Texas A&M Commerce, where she received a B.A.in Organizational Leadership. She is actively involved in the Houston Food Bank, T-STEM (Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) College Scholarship and Houston SPCA (Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

    A native Houstonian, Sakita is an enthusiastic active member of the greater Houston community and enjoys cooking, travel, dog parks and all things Tex-Mex and BBQ.

  • Malinda Frevert
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    Malinda Frevert

    Managing Director

    Malinda Frevert has over a decade of experience doing digital work for candidates, electoral groups, and advocacy organizations. She began her career organizing farmers and ranchers against the Keystone XL pipeline for BOLD Nebraska, has worked for electoral campaigns in Minnesota and Ohio, ran the email program at EMILY’s List for four years, and was deputy digital director of the DSCC.

    In her five years as a manager, Malinda developed a deep appreciation for process, structure, and good management. She aims to make Fireside a place where great people can do great work. She regularly organizes manager-focused panels to encourage more honest and ethical leadership in the progressive movement.

Design & Dev

  • Darci Larsen

    Darci Larsen

    Design Director

    Darci joined Fireside in 2020 and brings over 14 years of experience in politics and design. Prior to joining Fireside, she built a thriving boutique design business, Ironic Squid Design Studio, that serviced clients across the country with web, graphic, advertising, print and branding design. She’s done work for House and Senate campaigns; state legislative and mayoral races; activism efforts, IEs, and PACs; business branding; and nonprofit work all the way up to designing for the Biden-Harris presidential race.

    Her work has been seen in the New York Times, Haaretz, many notable minority media publications, and in mailboxes across the country during campaign season.

    Darci earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University. She lives a deeply coffee-and-latte-centric life in Seattle with her boyfriend, cat, [ever more] sprawling garden, and [ever more] overflowing cupboard full of artisanal pantry goods.