We are designers, writers, photographers, artists, and makers.
Yvonne Perez Emerson is a spirited explorer. In 2011 she founded WeMake as a passion project and platform to make, learn, and collaborate. Her multi-disciplinary graphic design studio, The Study, is focused on the art of storytelling—both in digital and analogue form. She is also the owner of Tillamook Station, a place to gather and create.
Yvonne enjoys creating community but she also loves adventure. She is an avid motorcyclist, loves hiking, and enjoys a good cup of tea. She lives in NE Portland with her husband Nathan, dog Hank, cat Jack, and bunny Bruno.
Jinnina Chiles is a community builder who has advocated for and championed underserved youth ever since her own youth. Born and raised here in Portland, she began working with young people through the African American Men’s Club summer camp. She’s spent the last two decades as part of Caldera, first as a counselor, then as an advocate, and most recently as the logistics coordinator for the six-week summer camp. She has also been a volunteer of many years with both SMART and Women For Children, a chapter of Friends of Doernbecher. Professionally Jinnina has spent well over two decades working at Wieden+Kennedy, where she’s served in many roles, including administrator of the WK12 program, and her current recruiter position. But her most important contribution has been keeping the agency connected to the Portland community, and helping it give back to the city she loves. She is excited to be part of WeMake because of its commitment to supporting underserved youth, and creating connections so the design community can similarly enrich our city.
Cinnamon Williams has traveled a long, winding path to find herself in Portland as a CPA. Starting out in the deep north of Alaska, she wanted to explore and find something a little different than the small cabin she grew up in. Her ambition lead her south to a host of different organizations (including LAIKA) and a vast depth of experience - all in the name of accounting. One of Cinnamon's passions, besides skiing, dogs and football, is working with artists, not-for-profits, community based organizations and internet start-ups as they set their financial course. Now, as a Finance Manager at Oregon Metro, she supports the many people who work to keep greens spaces alive, expand conservation and create a wonderful living environment in the Metro region. After you meet her, you won't forget her bright smile, warm heart and some crazy story she tells you about living in Alaska.
Rowan Bradley is a Portland-based photographer and digital marketer. His interest in storytelling and creating online presences for organizations led him to work for Scout Books, where he currently manages social media and digital marketing. He joined WeMake to contribute to and connect with the fantastic creative community here in Portland. He is a podcast enthusiast, friend to all dogs, and enjoys traveling and finding great new eats around town.
Morgan Braaten is a designer and illustrator focusing on print, digital media and product. She loves adventures and naps in equal measure, and can usually be found with a book (or two) in hand. Morgan joined WeMake because it embodies some of the fundamental traits that make Portland such a special city, including creativity, community and genuine curiosity. Oh yeah, and coffee. So much coffee. Morgan currently lives in North Portland with her Australian Shepherd, Roo.