Michele Hofherr Cofounder & CEO
Michele began her career as a film and theater talent agent in New York City and Los Angeles, representing actors such as Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Aniston, and Alfred Molina. She then moved to the Bay Area, where she discovered her love of photography. Fifteen years later, Michele’s work can be found in countless private collections around the globe and in many high-end hotels, such as the Four Seasons, Omni Hotels, and the Mandarin Oriental. Each iteration of Michele’s career has been driven by her critical eye and her respect and appreciation for a high aesthetic. Her own quest to find and pass along the next great piece in home décor led to the creation of Previously Owned by a Gay Man.
Lindsay Snyder Cofounder & CMO
Lindsay began her career in event planning and project management, before transitioning to consumer marketing. Most recently, she put her diverse expertise to good use as director of marketing at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. After working closely with innovative executives across Silicon Valley, she realized that pursuing her own entrepreneurial endeavor was a natural next step. Her enterprising spirit, coupled with her long-standing interest in transforming her own living spaces, inspired her to join Michele in launching Previously Owned by a Gay Man.
Geoffrey De Sousa Chief Curator
In over twenty years as an interior designer, Geoffrey De Sousa has made a name for himself creating urbane, artful spaces that reflect his curatorial mindset. With a discerning eye developed over a decade of cultivating collections for his San Francisco showroom, De Sousa Hughes, Geoffrey brings a wealth of experience to his ambassador role at Previously Owned by a Gay Man. Since launching his eponymous firm fifteen years ago, he has worked on projects on both coasts, and his sublime designs have been featured in Architectural Digest, Departures, Traditional Home, House Beautiful and many other publications.
Matt brings sixteen years of experience developing social-driven community destinations on the web. Starting at America Online (remember that?) in the late 1990s as a Channel Manager, he experienced AOL’s heydey as the Internet’s one-stop destination. He has since gained extensive experience in e-Commerce and Web Development, and is the Owner and President of AMR Network, developing customized e-Commerce platforms (including SaaS and mobile IPs) as well as API driven data-warehouse solutions. Combining equal parts German genetics (hardworking, efficient, and disciplined!) and Previously Owned by a Gay Man characteristics (clever, entrepreneurial, and a team player!), Matt anticipates exciting innovation as design and technology intersect in his new position.
Jill Bouchard Director of Customer Experience
After spending the first chapter of her career working with internet start-ups, our Jill-of-all-trades brings her zeal for design and her start-up experience to her re-designed second act, as the Previously Owned by a Gay Man’s Director of Customer Experience. Most recently working as the HR Director at Prosper Marketplace, her experience includes operations and facilities management. Jill is a decorated DIYer and avid treasure hunter, and loves sharing that enthusiasm in her engagement with buyers and sellers. Her high energy, entrepreneurial spirit (and willingness to get her hands dirty!) are a perfect match for her hybrid role.
Jennifer Cohen VP of Brand Experience
For more than twenty years, Jennifer has established and managed Internet-based businesses at start-ups and Fortune 500 companies alike. She has worked in many capacities for both traditional and online companies, overseeing all aspects of the marketing process. After launching and running the e-commerce business at Calyx & Corolla, she turned her focus to her own consulting firm, developing interactive solutions for clients like PG&E, Southern California Edison and Applied Materials. Jennifer’s position at Previously Owned by a Gay Man is a perfect match, as it allows her to combine her professional passion for growing e-commerce companies with her personal love of all things home décor–related.
Her motto? Never a dull moment. Her goal? Always a fun read. Kendra is a writer, an organizer, and an enthusiastic champion of keeping things real. A connection to community is very important to her. She enjoys building honest, emotional connections between brands, consumers and products. In her free time, she writes the blog PointsAndPixieDust, a website she created to discuss stylish travel, chic finds, crazy adventures and amazing deals. Here, at Previously Owned by a Gay Man, she crafts clever copy and creates wow-worthy marketing content.
David Crombie Director of Logistics
David worked in Boston for eighteen years in health care information systems and residential real estate, before returning to his Bay Area roots in 2007 to help his childhood friend design, build, and open Mulberry’s Market in Piedmont—a three-year process that involved conducting research, participating firsthand in the establishment’s construction, and serving as its general manager in its first year of business. David went on to work as a small-business consultant and owner, eventually broadening his hospitality and food-service experience by launching Local Café in Oakland in 2011. He continues to put his diverse background to good use for clients throughout the East Bay.
Laura de Petra General Counsel
Laura began her legal career in corporate and securities law at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison. Her practice mainly focused on venture capital transactions and public offerings. She has extensive experience representing companies ranging from Silicon Valley startups to publicly traded multinational companies. She also has represented investment banks and venture capital firms in their investments in growing companies. Laura has worked with some fabulous interior designers in the Bay Area and in Lake Tahoe. She is thrilled with her position at Previously Owned by a Gay Man, which integrates her legal background and her passion for good design.
Douglas Light Design Aficionado
From the mail room of a talent agency (while studying for his masters degree in painting), to the sales floor at Neiman Marcus (as he worked to create his niche in the art world), to flipping houses across California (because he loved it!) – Douglas has always brought his strong sense of style and love of beauty to whatever project he takes on. As a trained painter his artistic influences focus his choices, and at Previously Owned By A Gay Man his influence and joie de vivre helped to shape a company. Douglas fulfilled a lifelong dream with the opening of his art gallery in Palm Springs in March 2014.
Tricia Napper VP of Operations
With over 20 years of management consulting experience in the technology, life sciences, and entertainment industries, Tricia is passionate about starting and growing a business. While a partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, she developed the West Coast Lifesciences Practice to a $50M business in 3 years. After retiring from corporate life, she established a not-for-profit enterprise to deliver equine assisted therapies to children with disabilities. More recently, Tricia launched her own interior design company, and is delighted to explore her creative side at Previously Owned by a Gay Man – where she can leverage her business acumen, her strategic focus and her love of all things design to help grow the business.
Tamara Shannon VP, Copywriter and Content Manager
After years of leading customer service and sales teams at the five-star Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco, and then at upscale retailer Nordstrom, Tamara is ready to take her luxury background to the next logical level: Previously Owned by a Gay Man. Combining her expertise in promoting superlative client satisfaction with her love of style and design—and several years of curating the best of lifestyle in her own home and community—Tamara is excited to be developing, writing and creating content at a company that promotes three of her favorite things: good taste, wit, and making people happy.
Zach Van Doren VP of Marketing Technology
Serving as Director of Digital Strategy, Zach has been helping Fortune 500 companies and start-ups develop successful online marketing and communication strategies for over 10 years. Whether it be paid media, earned media, social promotions and content, product development, partnerships or SEO, Zach weaves multiple touch points to achieve core business objectives in measurable and quantifiable terms. Zach has built a rich record of both agency and direct client experience, working with brands such as Microsoft, HP, Cisco, Wacom, Sony, StubHub & Konami. He is the winner of ad:tech’s 2008 Best Social Media Campaign for ground breaking work in building earned media partnerships between brands and emerging social platforms and applications.
Melanie Peterson Executive Creative Producer
As a multi-talent in the art world, Melanie has worked in different mediums – from photography to illustration and design – and in both corporate and creative settings. She sees beauty everywhere, and has the ability to transfer her vision into interpretable art pieces. Previously Owned by a Gay Man is thrilled to add Melanie’s experience, expertise and creative spirit to the team.