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About

We started #open because we think that dating can be better.

Our Team

After graduating with a degree in political science, Amanda spent 15 years managing local, state, and federal campaigns. As a master’s candidate at Harvard Extension School, she became fascinated by the capacity of game theory to explore human behavior and the applications of game theory to location based dating.

David has spent the last 23 years working on a variety of innovative ventures—including JavaNet, Broadvoice, and Free​Conference​Pro—that have provided internet based services to at least a million subscribers to date. His talent for molding raw technology into outstanding experiences makes him a perfect pair with Amanda.

As #open’s first resident millennial, Alyssa has a native understanding of the world of digital dating. Having cut her teeth while climbing the management ladder in fast casual dining establishments, Alyssa is ready to keep the team on task.

After dropping out of high school, Max spent the better part of a decade working all sorts of different jobs before returning to academia to get a Bachelor’s in English from UMass Amherst. Max believes that the rich are an underutilized source of sustenance.

Sky is a kickin’ rad iOS developer with 42 years of experience doing kickflips with iPhones. He's delighted to be contributing his digital chops to building a safer, sex-positive community and helping people connect with each other 😍.

Sunday is an experienced mobile app developer specializing in Android & iOS. On his off-time, Sunday enjoys playing for his local soccer club.

Hannah graduated from the University of California Los Angeles in 2016 with a bachelor's in English. She entered corporate America in the finance sector, but her current role and responsibilities are ever-changing. Originally from Chicago, Hannah now reps #open on the beaches of Miami, Florida!

Ryan is a security-focused backend developer. Ryan joined #open to be a part of a project with a positive impact that places user's privacy and security at the top of the list.

Ben is a tech polyglot lending his skills to #open as a backend developer. He believes that user experience isn't just on the front end, and that code, the internet, and relationships should be open.

Rafael is an experienced software tester who specializes in test automation. He's dedicated to digging into all of the nooks and crannies of the app to find all of the bugs that need crushing and all of the ways that the user experience can be improved! Rafael is excited to be part of a project that will have such a big impact on the sex-positive community.

Community Ambassadors

Tristan Taormino

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Tristan Taormino is a woman of many titles: feminist, author, activist, speaker, radio host, #open Trusted Advisor, and, most recently, Lead Community Ambassador. The amount of passion, charisma, and vigor she brings to the sex-positive, LGBTQ+, and kink communities is undeniable.

Andrew Gurza

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As a queer, sexy, disability awareness consultant, crippled content creator, blogger, and podcast host, Andrew helps us ensure that everyone in the #open community has a voice; disabled or able-bodied. We agree with Andrew: #DisabledPeopleAreHot

Cooper Beckett

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You may know Cooper from the Life on the Swingset podcast, his books on polyamory and swinging, or from his new horror novel Osgood As Gone. Cooper is deeply immersed in the sex-positive, polyamory, and swinging scenes, co-organizes The Swingset Takes Desire and now lends his bisexual polyamorous male perspective to #open.

Elle Chase

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Elle is a certified sex educator, author, body acceptance and pleasure advocate who is also well known for her award winning, sex-positive, sensual images blog Lady Cheeky which was named the “#1 Porn Site for Women” by Cosmopolitan and HuffPost. Elle has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, The Today Show, and The New York Times and is a regular speaker at universities, in the podcastosphere, and all over the dial.

Erin Tillman

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We couldn’t be more excited to have Erin Tillman, "The Dating Advice Girl" herself, as a Community Ambassador. As a dating empowerment coach, the author of The Consent Guidebook, and the recipient of NOW’s 2018 Gender Equity Award, Erin is helping move #open in the right direction and it’s definitely a match!

Jaclyn Friedman

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Jaclyn is a writer, educator, consent expert, podcaster, and the activist who popularized "Yes means Yes." Jaclyn can be found on campuses and at conferences across the country working to put an end to campus sexual assault and advocating for women’s sexual liberation and empowerment.

Dr. Liz Powell

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As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Liz specializes in non-traditional relationships and sex education. She's a powerful advocate for meaningful, pleasureable relationships that go beyond the bedroom! As the author of the book Building Open Relationships, Dr. Liz and #open were meant to be.

Dirty Lola

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Bringing down the house as the producer and host of Sex Ed A Go Go and a well-known sex educator and speaker, Dirty Lola is ready to entertain and educate as a #open Community Ambassador! For the last six years, Lola has used her platform to encourage a warm, no holds barred approach to body and sex positivity.

Marla Stewart

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As the owner of Velvet Lips, the co-founder of the Sex Down South Conference, and a professor at Clayton State University, Marla “Queen of the South” Stewart is truly a renaissance woman! Marla’s diverse experience and unique perspective makes her a perfect fit as a #open Community Ambassador.

Twanna A. Hines

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Twanna is a writer who has graced the pages of The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Time Out New York, and Lifetime, to name a few. She’s appeared on CNN, NPR, Sirius, CBC, and other major networks as an award winning sex and relationship educator, and she doesn’t stop there: Twanna is also a performance artist, social activist, and proud cat parent.