Gwen Millius, President
Gwen has been a practitioner of the persuasive arts for 15+ years and an entrepreneur since 2002. On behalf of her clients, she breaks big, complex problems down into little parts and then helps find solutions to the little parts. She forges new connections where none existed before. She constantly searches for the right word for the right place. She leads horses to water and convinces them drinking would be a great idea.
Gwen has been a two-time Portland City Club Member of the Year, was named one or Portland Business Journal's "40 under 40," and served as the chair of the Portland Design Commission from 2011 to 2015. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College in Claremont, California. While she named her company Parachute Strategies for reasons she’s happy to explain, Gwen doesn’t understand why anyone would willingly jump out of a perfectly good airplane.
Graphic Designer and Project Manager
Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Julia is a world traveler (31 countries and counting) with a background in fine arts and sociology. She served two years as an Oregon AmeriCorps*VISTA member and VISTA Leader and has lent her graphic design, copy writing, and outreach skills to several area nonprofits over the last several years.
Julia cheerfully dons all hats that come her way at Parachute Strategies, taking on any manner of task from designing logos to running social media campaigns to flexing her acting muscles in promotional videos for our clients. When it comes to design, Julia aims for work that is clean, striking, timely, and always, always client driven. She has offered, on several occasions, to jump out of an airplane for Parachute Strategies...with the provision that all her gear and her chute must be branded to the hilt, of course.
Aubrey Gates King,
Digital Media Specialist and Copywriter
Aubrey grew up moving around—from England to New York City to Florida. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Chinese Studies, and she completed a two-year teaching fellowship with a nonprofit in China. Her diverse background has given her the awareness and adaptability to write copy with chameleon-like skills. Aubrey was the designated "grammar nerd" at her previous office and has an eye for spotting typos and style inconsistencies. She is also a published poet and enjoys bringing creativity with form and function to all written communication. Though terrified, she looks forward to the day when she will cross off “skydiving with Dad” from her bucket list.
Production Artist and Copywriter
Ross grew up in the dissimilar locales of Southwest Florida and Southwest England, often with his face buried in a sketchbook. He has a Bachelor of the Arts in Creative Writing from Florida State University and a background in illustration and teaching. A published cartoonist and occasional publisher himself, Ross has a keen eye for detail and consistency. As a designer, Ross approaches his work with a narrative lens, framing projects as exciting puzzles to crack. His work is clean, audience-aware, and playful when appropriate.
Ross nearly went skydiving in the summer of 2018, but chickened out after overhearing a conversation in which two patrons were trying to figure out whether or not this establishment was “the one where those people died.” Maybe someday.
1428 SE 19th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214