Our Team

Who We Are

The Work in Place project is a nonprofit initiative powered by people who are passionate about remote work issues. We are supported by a strong network that includes major media organizations, technology companies, remote and flexible work leaders, university researchers and other leaders in the remote work space.

 

Michael Erard

Michael Erard, PhD, is a writer and linguist who coined the term “work in place.” He is a co-founder of Work in Place and member of the Summit’s steering committee. For five years, he worked in place as a senior researcher and metaphor designer for the FrameWorks Institute, a strategic communications think tank in Washington, D.C.

Misty McLaughlin

Misty McLaughlin is a digital strategist and organizational development expert for software company Jackson River. She is a co-founder of Work in Place and a member of the Summit’s steering committee. She has worked in place since 2007, managing remote, distributed teams and providing support on work/life balance and work-in-place arrangements. 

Annie Leahy

Annie Leahy is the Executive Director of Work in Place and she serves on the steering committee.  Leahy has over 20 years of experience in media and nonprofit with senior positions at ABC News and the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. She most recently served as Executive Producer & Director of Programming for Poptech, the renowned innovation and social change network, and she is on the Executive Board of SPACE Gallery, a nonprofit contemporary visual and performing art space in Portland, Maine.

Jennifer Hutchins

Jennifer Hutchins is the executive director of Creative Portland, a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 to support Portland’s creative economy. She is a co-founder of Work in Place and a member of the Summit’s steering committee. She serves on the boards of the Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation and the Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Andy Graham

Andy Graham is the Chief Innovation Officer of Designtex, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Steelcase, a global leader in the office furniture industry. He is a co-founder of Work in Place and a member of the Summit’s steering committee. Andy was the founding president of Creative Portland and serves as the president of the Hewnoaks Artist Colony on Kezar Lake in Lovell, Maine.