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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.

Kelly Barber Developer

Kelly is a full-stack developer with three years of experience ranging from startup to agency environments. While working with a number of small startups, as well as a mid-sized, design-focused agency, he gained experience working on all aspects of an application and in multiple programming languages and frameworks. He has been with the Arcada team for over a year and has been involved in all major projects throughout that time.

Before beginning his career in web development, Kelly worked in construction and carpentry while earning his Bachelor degree in Political Science and Urban Planning from Dalhousie University. After completing his degree, he worked in the restaurant industry in multiple roles, eventually moving into management of large teams for a catering and events company. He has lived throughout Canada, in Australia, and in 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.

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