Meet The Team


Michelle Laker – Director & Editor-in-Chief – USA/UK


From: California
Also lived: Wales & England
Location: San Bruno
Languages: English & a little bit of Spanish
Loves: Discovering the sameness that connects us across cultures, and exploring the differences that make us all uniquely fascinating.
Fun fact: When I’m not exploring the open spaces of the Bay Area with my wild boys, I’m doing yoga, refinishing furniture, or eating candy in secret.

Contact: Michelle@lifeinthebay.org or 1(650)636-4258

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Sarah Jennings – Copy Editor, Content Curator & Writer – Wales

From: Wales
Also lived: England & Denmark
Location: Palo Alto
Languages: English
Loves: Books, books & more books, words and literature are my hugest passions! Cats, Food, Music.
Fun fact: I moved from the UK to Denmark to study English…this always seems to amuse people!
In my free time I enjoy: I love to learn, so I can normally be found reading or writing! Other than this a lot of food, cooking, baking, and trying new cuisines.

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Lesley Andrews – Copy Editor & Writer – South Africa

From: South Africa
Also lived: UK
Location: SF Bay Area
Languages: English & Afrikaans
Loves: Reading, photography, anything cat-related, tea.
Fun fact:I had never left South Africa until I graduated from university and went straight to London for a year with my best friend. What an eye-opening experience!
In my free time I enjoy: Getting outside, exploring new neighborhoods and parks, trying delicious food!

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Nicola Morrison – Copy Editor & Writer – UK

From: Northern Ireland
Also lived: Wales, England & Australia
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Languages: English
Loves: My family, my cats and coffee, not necessarily in that order! I love the beach and the ocean and feel lucky to be surrounded by water here in the Bay Area.
Fun fact: I’m rediscovering my childhood love of roller discos at Redwood City Roller Rink.
In my free time I enjoy: Enjoying the many parks and open spaces in the Bay Area, exploring San Francisco, and sampling some good wine.

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Felicity H. Barber – Senior Writer – England

From: England
Location: San Francisco
Languages: English & Spanish
Loves: Writing, tea, West Wing box sets, politics, knitting, and cats.
Fun fact: I wrote a book which was given as a gift to HM the Queen.
 In my free time I enjoy: Being outdoors, walking with the baby, and going to local beaches.

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Christina Felschen – Senior Writer – Germany

From: Germany
Also lived: France, Argentina & Scandinavia
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Languages: English, German, French, Spanish & a little Swedish
Loves: the wilderness, climbing, people who believe in and fight for human rights. And squirrels!
Fun fact: I have crossed the Baltic Sea in a kayak and the world’s oceans in a Japanese NGO ship, but am still afraid of deep water.

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Gita Arimanda – Writer & Community Outreach – Indonesia

From: Indonesia
Also lived: Singapore
Location: Sunnyvale
Languages: Indonesian & English
Loves: Baking, cooking, reading.
Fun fact: I am a new convert to baking! I also love to read and explore on the science behind baking and cooking techniques.
In my free time I enjoy: I translate videos at TED.com, and go hiking.

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 Ambar Briastuti – Writer – Indonesia/England

From: Java, Indonesia
Also lived: Singapore & England
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Languages: Javanese, Bahasa Indonesian & English
Loves: Any outdoor activities, art and culture, indie movies (especially Brits) with great conversation
Fun fact: If asked about the countries I have lived in in the past I can wine and complain but can also give tons of recommendations.

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Jessica Harrington – Writer – USA

From: Michigan
Location: Sunnyvale
Languages: English
Loves: Travel, animals, asking ‘what happens if…?’
Fun fact: I spent the night in no man’s land between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
In my free time I enjoy: Exploring with my family and friends.

 

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Archana Patwardhan – Writer – USA/UAE

From: USA
Also lived: United Arab Emirates
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Languages: English & Marathi
Loves: Discovering new restaurants, cooking new cuisines, writing, trying new fashion trends, international travel, watching movies, and creating new fun experiences with my kids!
Fun fact: I used to have an online chocolate truffle business which I started to combat the banality of my day time analyst job.
In my free time I enjoy: Constantly trying to tackle my never ending list of places to hike, swim, eat and play at!

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Louise Griffin – Writer & Community Outreach – Wales

From: Wales
Also lived: England
Location: Redwood Shores
Languages: English (does Welsh count?)
Loves: Sunshine, medieval history, live music, sarcasm, Wales, a proper curry, new adventures and red poppies.
Fun fact: I’ve never played any team sport but have held the Football World Cup, Rugby World Cup, Ashes and Ryder Cup.
In my free time I enjoy: Family stuff, yoga, running, community volunteering.

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Consiglia Iovine – Graphic Artist – Italy

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David Laker – Technical Lead – England

From: England
Also lived: Wales
Location: San Bruno
Languages: English
Loves: My Wife & Kids 🙂 And Vegas!
Fun fact: Unofficial 3rd longest tongue in the world.

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Guest Contributors

Alice Malia – Guest Contributor – UK

Gareth Lea – Guest Contributor – UK

Edu Bardelli – Guest Contributor – Argentina

Tanaya Vikrant Singh- Guest Contributor – India

Stephanie Segeren – Guest Contributor – Netherlands

Louise Bennett – Guest Contributor – UK

Former Contributors

Emily Bond – Former Contributor – Sweden

Nicoletta Giorgi – Former Contributor – Itlay

Jasper Sikken – Former Contributor – Netherlands