Meet the RO Team

Talent, experience, and process are all important factors in selecting the right agency for your interactive project. But when it comes right down to it, people make the difference. When you work with Rolling Orange, you engage with a core team that has worked together for years. We are a passionate about what we do and take delight in forging long-lasting client relationships. We pride ourselves on being easy to work with and emphasize constant communication during every step of our project engagements.

MANAGING PARTNER, CLIENT SERVICES Jake McGowan

Jake Jake is co-founder and managing partner of Strategy and Client Services for Rolling Orange. During his 15 years at the firm, Jake has earned recognition as an expert in web strategy for higher education working with clients such as Stanford University, Princeton University, UCLA and University of Chicago. He has also delivered Web strategies to leading performing arts organizations, including the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall.

Prior to Rolling Orange, Jake co-founded Pantheon Interactive, one of the first web agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he was responsible for establishing client relationships with high-tech stalwarts such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, and Microsoft. Pantheon was purchased in 1998 by iXL Enterprises (now Razorfish), where Jake became Vice President of Online Learning. Prior to Pantheon, he worked at SGI as a product manager of their ground-breaking and award-winning external website, “Silicon Surf.” Away from work, Jake is an avowed “Gym Rat” who frequents local basketball courts for pickup games, adult leagues, and the occasional game of H-O-R-S-E with confused strangers.

MANAGING PARTNER, ENGINEERING Derek Evans

derek Derek Evans heads the technical brain trust at Rolling Orange. Working closely with the firm’s creative and business staff, Derek architects elegant technical solutions that address client needs, and then oversees the development of software that brings them to life. At Rolling Orange, Derek has been instrumental in developing robust and reliable technical solutions for Rolling Orange clients such as Stanford University, the San Francisco Symphony, Princeton University, and the University of Chicago’s Alumni Community.

Prior to co-founding Rolling Orange, Derek served as Head of Engineering for the Digital Media Services division of iXL (now Razorfish), which at the time was one of the world’s largest interactive agencies. A huge fan of amusement parks and late 20th century history, Derek publishes highly popular Flipboard sites about the early days of Disneyland and Ghost Towns around the world.

DIRECTOR OF USER EXPERIENCE Jason Fountain

Jason As the newest member of the team, Jason Fountain comes to Rolling Orange after heading up all web design and development efforts for a top East-Coast-based digital brand agency. Jason’s deep experience and understanding of strategic design is matched only by his advanced front-end programming skills. In his previous position, Jason designed solutions for a broad range of high-tech, consumer-product, and higher education clients, including Nikon, Mattel, Covidien, Oracle, and Valparaiso University. At Rolling Orange, Jason heads up all user experience work and has led creative efforts for top clients, including UCLA, the City of Hayward, and the City of San Francisco. As a self-professed “food snob” Jason enjoys preparing gourmet cuisine using organic ingredients harvested from his own garden.

Front-End Web Developer Robert Armijo

robertRobert Armijo brings top-tier Web development, information architecture, and interface design skills to the Rolling Orange team. He is RO’s resident WordPress expert and takes the lead on most front-end production activities, bringing design concepts to life with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and other coding techniques. His work is present in just about every project in the RO portfolio and he’s been instrumental in strategic sites for UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra among many others.

Prior to joining the firm, Robert worked as a multimedia designer/developer at 1185 Design in Palo Alto. Before that he was a Web producer at California Eastern Labs, where his projects spanned everything from content development to Web statistics analysis. In his off hours, you’ll likely to find Robert cheering on his son Ryan and the rest of the Newark A’s, which is by all accounts the best Little League team in the region.

PROJECT MANAGER / CONTENT STRATEGIST Lisa McGowan

lisa Lisa McGowan is an ultra organized project manager who is tasked with making sure our projects stay on schedule, within budget, and delivered with the highest quality standards. In addition to her PM role, Lisa also keeps tight reins on operations and finance at Rolling Orange. Lisa also heads up all content strategy activities, working closely with our clients to evaluate, enhance, and migrate content into their redesigned sites.

Prior to joining Rolling Orange, she managed the Web production team at rightscenter.com, an online literary rights exchange. Before that, Lisa worked in publishing, and luxuriated for many years in the bookselling world.