Brooke Becher is a Built In staff reporter covering fintech and blockchain technologies, including crypto and Web3. Based out of Los Angeles, she’s been writing culture features and reporting local news since 2014. Past works are featured in LA Weekly, The Orange County Register, GOOD Magazine, Long Beach Press Telegram, California Business Journal and Los Angeles Magazine.
Lisa Bertagnoli joined Built In in February of 2021. She previously covered nonprofits and philanthropy as a staff reporter at Crain’s Chicago Business. Her work has also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago magazine, AARP Bulletin, Self and Newsweek.
Jacob Biba is a Built In staff reporter covering robotics and hardware. Prior to Built In, he worked as a freelance writer and photographer. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Intercept and The New Republic. Biba has a degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina–Asheville.
Ashley Bowden joined the Built In team in 2020 covering breaking news across several markets in the tech industry. She currently focuses on the emerging Atlanta tech sector. Before her time with Built In, Ashley wrote articles with Agent Publishing and led award-winning student publication The Pioneer.
Sam Daley is an associate product manager for growth at Built In. He joined the company in April of 2018 and is interested in tech trends in a variety of sectors, including blockchain, robotics, SEO and user acquisition.
Stephanie Drucker is the assistant managing editor of Built In’s editorial team. Prior to Built In, she worked at ABC 7 Chicago (WLS-TV) in various digital content production roles and as an Emmy Award-winning associate producer for Windy City LIVE, the station’s top-rated daytime talk show. She's also written for Warner Brothers Discovery’s award-winning Curiosity Daily podcast and has done consulting work for a variety of clients including Kindling Group, a nonprofit documentary production company based in Chicago.
Tamara El-Waylly is an associate editor for Built In’s features team. She previously worked at Fortune as a commentary editor & a newsletter producer, and as a United Nations reporter at The Asahi Shimbun.
Ellen Glover is a senior staff reporter for Built In. She joined the company in 2019 and reports and writes features primarily on product and design + UX. Her work has also appeared in the Marshall Project, USA Today, the Chicago Reader, the Daily Beast, iHeartRadio and WNYC.
Nick Jackson is the senior director of editorial for Built In. He joined the company in 2020 and oversees the editorial content team, which reports and writes news, features and other forms of editorial designed to instruct, inform and inspire technology professionals who visit our local market sites and BuiltIn.com. He previously worked as the editor-in-chief of Pacific Standard, the digital editorial director at Outside and as an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he launched the magazine’s health, technology and science coverage areas.
Ryan Jacobs is the director of editorial operations at Built In. He joined the company in 2020 and leads the expert contributor team, which publishes dispatches and commentary written by working technology professionals. He previously worked as the deputy editor of Pacific Standard and as a writer and producer at The Atlantic, where he covered international affairs and crime. His debut narrative nonfiction book, The Truffle Underground, was published by Clarkson Potter/Random House in 2019.
Dawn Kawamoto is a staff reporter for Built In. She joined the company in July of 2021 and covers tech careers and hiring advice. She previously worked at CNET’s News.com, Dice.com and the San Francisco Business Times. Her work has also appeared in TheStreet.com, Motley Fool, and Aol DailyFinance.
Hal Koss is an associate editor and leads Built In’s Updates & Optimization team. He joined the company in 2019 as a staff reporter covering ideas and trends in marketing, technology and startups.
Brian Nordli is an associate editor for Built In. He joined the company in 2018. His work has appeared in PBS’s Rewire, the Las Vegas Sun and the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Jessica Powers is an updates reporter for Built In and joined the company in 2022. She is also a freelance copy editor for Haymarket Books, and her work has appeared in gb&d Magazine, neighborhoods.com and 55places.com.
Andreas Rekdal is Built In's director of editorial development. He joined the company in 2015 and is currently overseeing teams producing features, skills/professional development content, and tech explainers across engineering, data science, UX design, sales and marketing.
Cassidy Ritter is a senior associate editor for Built In’s news team. She joined the company in 2021 covering breaking news in Colorado and Austin, Texas. Prior to Built In, her work has appeared in various publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia, including American City Business Journals and 5280 Magazine. Cassidy is also a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Abel Rodriguez is a news reporter who joined the company in 2021. Abel covers breaking news in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro and other emerging markets. Prior to Built In, he was a community reporter for Cicero Independiente and his work has appeared in various Chicago nonprofit newsrooms including Injustice Watch and Borderless.
Jacob Rubalcava is a web producer who joined the company in 2021. Jacob works closely with the editorial features team to produce stories that help unite tech talent and the tech industry.
Jeff Rumage is a news reporter covering tech companies in Austin and Colorado. Before joining Built In in 2021, he worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Patch and other Wisconsin newspapers.
Alyssa Schroer is an SEO content strategist for Built In. Since joining the company in 2016, she has written articles covering a wide range of topics within the tech industry.
Sara B.T. Thiel
Sara Thiel licenses book excerpts and other publications for Built In’s Expert Contributor Network. She joined the company in 2021, having previously worked with Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s award-winning education department. Sara holds a Ph.D. in theater studies and has taught at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Illinois. Her monograph, Performing Pregnancy on the Early Modern Stage, 1603-1642, is under contract with Routledge.
Matthew Urwin is an updates writer for Built In. He joined the company in 2021 as an SEO writer, and he has written for The HOTH, BKA Content and Cox Automotive, covering solar energy, auto repairs, business technology and other topics.
Rose Velazquez is an updates reporter for Built In and joined the company in 2022. She previously worked as a reporter for Delmarva Now covering crime, breaking news and justice-related issues. She studied mass communication with a concentration in journalism at Louisiana State University, where she served as a reporter and editor for the student newspaper The Daily Reveille.
Brennan Whitfield is an updates writer for Built In. She joined the company in 2022 and edits and expands upon existing stories written by the editorial team.
Seth Wilson is a senior associate editor for Built In’s Expert Contributor Network. He joined the company in 2020, having previously worked for Music Inc. and the national magazine of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks. He has taught courses in writing, theatre and film at Stephen F. Austin State University, the University of Georgia and the University of Illinois.