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Trailblazers: Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

The editorial team has a special attachment to our new series, The Trailblazers: Rewriting the Narrative, because so many of us feel that media portrayals of women have been too one dimensional. Today, women are doing incredible things in all fields – from science and technology to finance, law, business, athletics and more.  With the Trailblazers series, we hope to highlight and celebrate female role models, encourage more equal and just representation in the media, and help foster a more tight-knit community locally helping women find mentors, business partners, friends and more.

Below, you’ll find some incredible trailblazers from in and around Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Jessica Fassett

When I was a kid, I would print photos and use scrapbook papers to piece together collage art that I dreamed of seeing on a snowboard. I quickly discovered that graphic artists were responsible for those designs and I decided that’s what I wanted to do. Read more>>

Renee Bresten Carter

I first discovered my love for drawing through anime. I adapted the style and would spend hours sketching, inking, coloring, and photoshopping my portraits of beautiful fantasy-like characters with bright colors and stern faces. I started a Deviant Art and filled it with my work, which soon began to expand to different areas of art. Read more>>

Pam Kellogg

I was eager to roll my sleeves up and learn from the ground up. I performed a wide variety of roles over the years from working the order desk to warehouse liaison and outside sales and service. Learning the operations, sales and business development from A to Z was imperative in my career development. Read more>>

Christine Mansour

I’m a freelance videographer & photographer – I have a knack for translating brand goals into visual media since I’ve been on both sides of the coin. I work with a variety of different companies to create lifestyle content that elevates their brand. In addition to my freelance work, I am a member of the USA Beach Team Handball team – I compete in tournaments around the world representing my country. Read more>>

Erika Grundon

One of the main constants in my life was my landscape photography, yoga and desire to try modeling again. I began to become more serious about these passions in 2017 after I took a small break from working to develop some goals for my future career. It began as a hobby and I worked with photographers as a model to help build their portfolio and hone in on my skills. Read more>>

Annie Legault

I fell madly in love with the textile department. At the university level, art is treated and explored in a conceptual way, and fiber has guided me to the design path. The utility has become an integral and total part of my artistic process. At the opening of our final exhibit, a journalist/designer notice my work and the effect snowball is produced. Read more>>

Dana Murray

My career has taken me from working at a luxury resort spas on the Las Vegas strip, spa management, beauty writing for publications, education and product development for beauty brands. With all of this experience and knowledge, I felt I had to share it with the world in addition to the fact that I loved writing. That is how my blog Babe + Beauty was born. Read more>>

Sydney DeVault

I knew that I needed to start my own business to get to where I wanted to be in life. I knew that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life trading my time building someone else’s dream, I just wasn’t sure what to do or where to get started!After graduating college, I took an amazing job at a startup in downtown San Diego. Read more>>

Ashley Marie Kouza

Glamghoul simply started as a new hobby. I’m a full-time hairstylist and also co-owner of The Velvet Hair Lounge in Ocean Beach. I was looking for a creative outlet outside of the salon, and I love all things fashion! I’m a complete shopaholic but also a workaholic. Read more>>

Amy Adams

Honestly, growing up a tomboy and riding dirt bikes and four wheelers, hanging out with all my military school friends, playing in the desert has not really set the foundation as your typical Lash Girl, but here I am. I couldn’t be any happier. And I can say that with full confidence knowing where this baby business is headed. Read more>>

Madeline Schmidt

True to my adventurous spirit and how I grew up, we are always taking them around town to enjoy it. Tide pools, hiking, the beach, bike riding, street mural hunting, and whatever else we may find, our kids have grown accustomed to enjoying life’s simple pleasures. I noticed time and time again, after going on our adventures, we would inspire our friends to break the normal routine and go explore these hidden gems we found. Read more>>


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