Justin McDowell leads the visual design and front-end development for the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Before that, he worked for the Arbor Day Foundation and founded Ignite Lincoln, where he directed four sold-out shows. His proudest accomplishment, however, is a space-opera theme song he wrote for his corgi.
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