Jessica Lachenal is a writer, editor, and immersive experience designer based in Oakland, California. She works primarily with the written word, devising and developing narratives for story-focused art installations and immersive experiences.
By day, she works as a Development Editor for the California College of the Arts. There, she edits and curates content for the school’s internal Portal website. She also leads content development training for faculty and staff, teaching them about best practices for writing for the web as well as editorial process.
She is also an editor for No Proscenium, the guide to everything immersive.
Previously, she was an Associate Editor at SFist.com, where she covered local news in and around the San Francisco Bay Area. Before that, she was an Assistant Editor at The Mary Sue, where she wrote about the intersection of pop culture and feminism. There, she wrote about the roles women play in shaping pop culture, including (but not limited to): comics, movies, video games, television, and more. She also managed TMS’ wonderful base of contributors and freelancers.
By night, she works as an experience designer, and is a member of several Bay Area art collectives, including the Living Room Collective and the Elsewhere Philatelic Society. As a member of each of these groups, she’s helped devise, develop, and facilitate various art installations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
In the past, she worked for Nonchalance, a situational design agency based in San Francisco. There, she filled many roles in support of The Latitude Society. As part of her position, she wrote stories, scripts, treatments, songs, and large-scale communications. Additionally, she helped create and co-edit a publication about world building and myth creation, managing a staff of volunteers. She also worked as a community manager, serving as a liaison between the staff and the community, performing community outreach, and fielding support e-mails. Finally, she assisted with design of an “in-universe” set, working the full timeline from concept to production.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact her via the contact page. She would love to work with you!
She hopes that this has been as awkward for you as it has been for her.