Meet the people who organize Games to Gather!
Co-Director, Community Manager, Organizer for Ready, Set, Game: Women’s Night and Special Events
Jay is a graphic designer and social justice panda who found out about Games to Gather in 2013 and fell in love with its inclusive, creative and diverse community. She has since become involved in many ways; organizing events, hosting focused discussions, teaching people terrible dance moves and trying to empower women and further the goals of Games to Gather by bringing new people into the fold and spreading the love through games and game design. She also designed this website.
Organizer for The Game Garden
Jefferson and his sister once ate forty Har Gow in one setting. Much later in life he would help to produce a game called Turn of the Card, and loves sharing the chaotic passion of game design at The Game Garden. Now an “adult”, he is very friendly and would love to talk your ear off about why you should develop at least one game in your life.
Organizer of Ready, Set, Game: Queer Encounters
Jeremy is a storytelling enthusiast, spending most of his life overanalyzing and practicing every medium from comic books and movies, to podcasts and live stand-up. When not commanding his army of tuxedo cats Jeremy can be found participating in virtually every Games To Gather event, and organizing the bi-monthly Queer Encounters night which serves to analyze the LGBTQIA* experience in gaming.
Co-Director and Organizer of Ready, Set, Game: Open Play North
Josi-Lyn is a paraeducator working with children with autism and a lover of games and people. Shortly after finding herself at a Games To Gather event she knew she had found a good place. Excited about the acceptance she found within the social community and the organization’s drive toward creating a space that allows that, she has since begun to organize events and is starting to create her own games.
Organizer for Ready, Set, Game: Open Play Central
Nathan is a communications junkie working in the web design & support field, with obsessions revolving around storytelling in all its shapes — game design, public radio, graphic novels, stand-up comedy, film, and so on ad nauseum. After finding Games To Gather through the recommendation of Indie Games on Demand volunteers, he was quickly swept away by the community’s commitment to quality play and outgoing inclusivity for all players, and it didn’t take long before he was helping to lead the core Open Play event. Since then, Nathan has only become more committed to the idea of building & maintaining safe, positive spaces in which to play boldly.
Phillip is a programmer, web developer and South African transplant who plays a lot of video games and spends his free time feeding the homeless pets of Portland. He also built this website and would be more than happy to address technical issues you’re having.
Co-Director, Events Coordinator, Organizer for The Game Garden and Special Events
Tayler is a social worker, advocate for responsible masculinity, cat dad, and craft beer aficionado who grew up in the Portland metro area. In 2011 he founded Ready, Set, Game PDX in order to meet people interested in playing story games and other indie analog games. As this community grew, it eventually formed the foundation of what would become Games to Gather.
“More and more, we recognize the unrivaled power of gameplay to create a common ground, to concentrate our collective attention, and inspire long term efforts.”
-Jan McGonigal, Reality is Broken