Eastern Foundry is excited to have brought two new members onto the Eastern Foundry staff recently: Leah Morrison as our new Digital Visual Designer and Dan Bowman as our new Communications Associate. We sat down with both to learn about their goals, work ideas and other interests. Be sure to say hello and reach out to them in the office! If you’re a member read their interviews to get insight into how they can offer resources tailored for you.
Leah, Why did you join Eastern Foundry?
I loved the small community environment. What really drew me in though was the diversity of Eastern Foundry’s network and the opportunity to be a part of not just one but numerous businesses who are in different stages of their development.
How can members contact you? Are you able to do design work for them?
Yes! Members can absolutely contact me through my Eastern Foundry email or the Front Desk Team. I do all kinds of design work. I have a Google form that members can access at any time to put in a request remotely if they can not contact me personally as well.
What types of design do you work with? What is your favorite?
I do both print and web design. I really enjoy print design, I have a classical training in typography and illustration. I’m open to anything though and love exploring new areas of design.
Where can I find some of your work?
Right in my portfolio or look around the office! I made some of the recent graphics on the television screens out front and graphics on Eastern Foundry’s media.
Your family comes from a military background so: Army or Navy?
Go Army, beat Navy (Navy can’t even win at their water sports, just saying)! My Dad is a retired Army Colonel so I was born into the allegiance.
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized ducks?
I’m going to have to go with the horse sized duck. Why fight when I could just capture the horse-duck, tame it and start riding it to work?
Dan, Why did you join Eastern Foundry?
I have been lucky enough to be a part of the tech community here in DC and wanted to find an opportunity where I could further grow in my career while helping to cultivate the great network of tech companies in the area. Eastern Foundry's location and community of startups and small businesses offered an interesting and exciting opportunity to be a part of.
How can members contact you? Why should they?
Members can reach me through my Eastern Foundry email or by contacting the Front Desk Team. You should contact me whenever you want something promoted out through the EF network or pitched to the press. Perfect examples of this would be any company growth, recent awards, contract wins or product launches. I’m here to tell your story!
What are your goals here at Eastern Foundry?
I want to help Eastern Foundry continue to grow, especially into DC’s startup/tech scene which is booming right now. In the future when you think DC Tech, you should think Eastern Foundry right away. I am also excited about working with our members and their startups to help them flourish - we have such a wide array of companies here, I can’t wait to get to know all of them and tell their stories.
What’s your passion outside of Eastern Foundry?
I’ve played ultimate frisbee for about ten years now through High School and College and now on various club teams in the area. I help coach kids on the weekend and have worked with professional teams as well. I’d like to take the spirit and camaraderie of the ultimate community and apply it here at Eastern Foundry.
Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck?
Obviously, 100 duck-sized horses. I would simply lead them to a giant sugar cube (conveniently placed across the field) and their horse instincts would kick in. While the tiny horses are preoccupied with their delicious treat I would corral them together, thus escaping unharmed.
Samuel Trostle is an intern at Eastern Foundry and currently studying Cybersecurity at Marymount University.