Alana Joy is an award winning marketing strategist and digital generalist, with a passion for inspiring both business and consumer facing brands to innovate creatively. In 2011 she founded Creatv, and has worked with both startups and publicly traded companies, helping them to build and launch product, establish and harness communities, and experience tangible, exponential growth.

She has been featured as a thought leader, privacy advocate, host, speaker, and correspondent for outlets such as CNBC, ABC news, This Week In Twitter, Blackberry, Media Bistro, Huffington Post, RWW, Mashable, LA Weekly and many more. She has spoken at SXSWi, WordCamp, Social Media Camp, and Social Media Week Los Angeles, to list just a few, and was formerly a co-Managing Director for Girls In Tech LA.

Alana sat on the advisory board for the inaugural launch of Social Media Week LA and is currently on the advisory board for the New Media Certification program for Oregon State University, where she also teaches various courses in online communications and digital marketing as an adjunct professor. She is a Mentor for the Oregon Story Board Accelerator and is a founding advisory board member of See Girl Be.

Born and raised in New York, Alana moved to the Miami area with her family when she was 12 years old. At 20, she ventured west to Los Angeles, where she spent 11 years chasing the dream.

She dabbled in acting and modeling, and wrote and recorded music with a handful of talented producers while in development, before releasing her first self-produced EP. Her music got repeated spin on the Saturday Night Mixdown on KJLH Los Angeles. AJ did background vocals on Existero’s “Hopeless Crooks With Open Books“, a project that includes contributions from Mickey Avalon and other members of the underground hip-hop force, the Shapeshifters.

She currently resides in Portland, OR with her daughter (3) and dog (10), where she does her best to keep Portland weird. She’s a risk taker, living openly and authentically, with her own unique spin on how to navigate our life architecture. Creativity, authenticity, and growth motivate her perspective. She is a feminist, optimist, and catalyst… and a non-stop force of nature.

Game: not games.