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Jason Crawford Owner / Lead Developer
Arcada’s founder and CEO, Jason is a multi-stack engineer with a proven track record in complex application architecture. Before founding Arcada Labs, he worked as a senior engineer at a company in Portland where he built applications for NASDAQ, Bi-Mart, and Lensbaby, picking up a dozen programming languages along the way. Within a few years, he bought out that same employer and moved his clients over to his own brand, Arcada Labs, with the goal of providing a top-quality service to individuals and businesses of all sizes. Jason has built a reputation for offering efficiency, responsiveness, and strong positive results for clients.
Originally from Los Angeles, Jason completed his university degree in biology and classical piano. He has been honing his skills in business and technology since the year 2000, when he started his first small IT business. By 2009, he had founded his own formal IT company which quickly became the top-rated service on Yelp for the greater LA area. Jason has traveled extensively throughout South and Central America, and currently lives in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.
Katie Swick Lead UX/UI Designer
Katie has been working with Arcada Labs since 2018, and has more than 10 years experience as a designer. With a multi-disciplinary design background, Katie works with individuals and organizations on all different types of projects, with the expertise to transform their ideas into visuals that meet and exceed client expectations. Katie offers versatility of design and a creative and intuitive approach, ensuring that each final product supports the client’s mission far into the future.
Katie has a Bachelors in Business Marketing from the University of Rhode Island. She grew up in Connecticut and New York, and later traded the east coast for the west – currently living in Portland, OR.
Ashley Aue Project Manager
Ashley joins the Arcada Lab teams from a 10+ year career in public and non-profit management. Ashley has worked across a number of sectors – from health care to education, international development to mental health and youth and family advocacy services. Ashley applies strong organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills to her work, and enjoys working with clients and partners across all different sectors to understand their interests and needs, and ensure efficient and effective results on any and all projects.
Ashley currently lives in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, but has roots in the Midwestern US. She has a BA in Psychology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Maitane Zarate Herrero Project Manager
Maitane joins Arcada Labs after developing a multifaceted career in international work, with experience in global and multicultural environments. Her varied background – ranging from translation to education, international development to nonprofit program management – demonstrates that she has a great ability to learn and adapt to changes and new dynamics. Maitane fosters an environment of teamwork and ensures that strategy is clearly defined while overseeing performance and maintaining high spirits. Her strong communication skills create a positive impact and enhance Arcada Labs’ process-driven management philosophy.
Maitane was born and raised in the Basque Country, Spain, but currently lives in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. She has a BA in Translation Studies, which drove her to live in five different countries and later obtain a Master’s in International Development and another Master’s in Public Health. She now describes herself as a patchwork of different cultures and tastes.