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Meet Morgan Brass of Downtown Works

Today we’d like to introduce you to Morgan Brass.

Morgan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
While I am not the owner of Downtown Works, I knew I wanted to work with co-working space while I was spending a year abroad, working with leadership teams in Thailand and street kids in India, (along with traveling to around twenty countries and living in four).

I am passionate about creating and building communities, and knew I wanted to do this among business people and intellectuals in San Diego. When I heard about the concept of co-working spaces while abroad, I was instantly enthralled! While the increase in startups and entrepreneurial pursuits enables more people to work from home on a flexible schedule, it also secludes owners, employees, and freelancers from the rest of the world.

The problem is seclusion among businesses, the solution is co-working, and Downtown Works is the best space in town! I saw many of the co-working spaces in our city during San Diego Startup Week, and Downtown Works was by far my favorite. After being sought out by my current co-worker and community Manager, Candace Vanderbilt, I knew I wanted to join this team!

Downtown Works is built by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs and business people in San Diego. The vision is housing and connecting both Startups and established businesses, and creating a space for these owners to connect and get to know each other.

There are so many jobs that I had never heard of, or that people have created themselves. Learning about these roles has given me a broader understanding of the entrepreneurial markets in San Diego. I got to where I am by asking questions and seeking out people I want to learn from. Being genuinely interested in the process of bringing a new business into fruition inspires me to do the same someday.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
As I am not the founder of Downtown Works, I haven’t been through the typical entrepreneurial struggles. However, I see people going through them every day. From starting a business, gaining capital, staying late here at Downtown Works, doing pitch competitions, gaining more investments, creating business plans, or gaining customers, there is so much to the process of starting a business.

The expectation of starting a business is that it will take over the founders’ life in the beginning, and that there will be struggles. Working for Downtown Works has given me this perspective, which I think is important. If a founder doesn’t have the expectation that they will need to sacrifice their time and energy into their business, the founder will have a much harder time having their business succeed.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Downtown Works – what should we know?
We are Downtown Works co-working, a premium co-working space made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. I am most proud of how our community has grown. We are set apart as all our owners work in our building, and invest in the companies in the space. We have a third floor, fourth floor, mezzanine, and rooftop balcony. Our actual space sets us apart from others because of our start-out interior design and options for our members to work in different settings within the same building. We also have the best staff in town!

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
I went to Point Loma Nazarene University, and had many professors and mentors who I would meet with one-on-one about life and class.

I have had mentors with my church and community in the Point Loma area who have demonstrated how to be a person with strong character, integrity, and servant leadership.

I have sought out many mentors in every way I’ve wanted to grow. This has enabled me as a professional, because it seems natural and obvious to seek out mentors in whatever I want to do.

I was a nanny in Barcelona, and my host parents were big influencers in inspiring me to work with innovation and technology.

Even in their busy lives, I am still supported by our owners who have had many businesses of their own. I think it is really important to have a wide network of people who trust and know me so if I need mentorships in a specific field, I could be connected to a person in this field.


  • $150/month for Works+, (10 days a month from 8am-6pm).
  • $295/month for open desk membership (24/7 access to our building).
  • $495/month for an exclusive desk membership.

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