About

Friends At Work partners with the world’s greatest artists and impacters to help their visions thrive and realize both their creative and social impact passions.

Friends At Work is a 21st century management and social impact company. Founded in 2015 by Ty Stiklorius, FAW partners with artists and changemakers to realize their creative, business and social impact goals. We are a full-service management firm that includes expertise in touring, digital, marketing, branding, creative and philanthropy. FAW’s robust musical roster includes some of the world’s most respected and beloved artists, including John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, Raphael Saadiq, RuthAnne, VOILÁ, Frawley, Katell Keineg, Charlie Puth and Speelburg. Our Impact team works with preeminent leaders in various fields to amplify their work and expand their reach, including such impacters as Obama Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal. We also support initiatives for positive change, such as John Legend’s criminal justice reform organization FREEAMERICA and the Show Me Campaign. Friends At Work is passionately committed to helping impacters and artists thrive, affect change for the causes they care about and amplify their art to reach people all over the world.

Ty Stiklorius

Founder
Ty Stiklorius is the Founder and CEO of Friends At Work, a management, entertainment and social impact company that partners with leading creators, influencers and brands to elevate important voices and help their vision thrive. Founded in 2015, LA-based Friends At Work supports the careers of artists including John Legend, Lindsey Stirling, and Raphael Saadiq among others. Friends At Work also partners with corporations and individuals on social impact strategy, business development, and creative storytelling and production. Ty’s work with John Legend began in 2006 with JL Ventures, where she created and developed artist-focused strategies for content innovation and social impact. Ty is a principal alongside John Legend in the Get Lifted Film Co. production company. She served as Executive Producer on the Oscar-winning film La La Land, WGN’s hit series Underground, A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy and most recently won an Emmy for Outstanding Variety Special (Live) for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC. Ty and Legend have started multiple non-profit partnerships including the Show Me Campaign and #FREEAMERICA to influence the national conversation regarding mass incarceration and prosecutor integrity. Their work strives to tackle many issues within the criminal justice system, specifically advocating to end the practice of life without parole for children, amplifying the voices of those impacted by the criminal justice system, and breaking down stereotypes to end the era of mass incarceration in America. In 2017, Fast Company included Ty on their Most Creative People list and Billboard named her as one of the most powerful women in music. Ty earned an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from The University of Pennsylvania. She serves various non-profit and private company boards, including Penn Law's Advisory Board for the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice, LIFT-Los Angeles, and Americans for the Arts.

Rob English

Chief Creative Officer
Rob English is a Cultural Change Specialist. Starting his career in traditional advertising he learned Brand Architecture while leading the creative vision on initiatives for Fortune 500 brands such as Vitamin Water, Reebok and Volkswagen. Specializing in brand development, he has a proven passion for breakthrough creative that can penetrate elusive and rapidly evolving targets such as youth, tech and fashion. Specializing in merging brands with culture, Rob led the creative vision of Vitamin Water’s first national advertising campaigns with 50 cent. Following this he was an agency creative lead for the Lifestyle division of Reebok which included women’s fashion and their legendary music programs. Through this work Rob’s brand and culture talents were utilized in launches for the Ice Cream Skate Shoe brand with Pharrell Williams, Scarlett Hearts with Scarlett Johansson, S. Carter with Jay Z and the G-Unit brand with 50 Cent. This path soon led Rob to leave traditional advertising and begin working directly with artists and cultural figures. Establishing a more nimble approach to branding, storytelling and artist campaign development he creative directed marketing campaigns for Lady Gaga including her retail experience “Gaga’s Workshop” with Barney’s New York and her global perfume launch called Lady Gaga FAME. In 2016 Rob joined Ty Stiklorius to co-found the Artist Management firm Friends At Work, where he has creative directed for artists including John Legend and Lindsey Stirling. Rob now heads Friend at Workshop® bringing culture to the Social Impact space, Rob has worked on impact initiatives focused on the future of learning (MacArthur Foundation, CZI, SNHU) and criminal justice reform (John Legend's FREEAMERICA). Rob and the Friends At Workshop team conceptualized and produced “The Stinky Booty Song” Pampers Pure campaign with John Legend, which started a conversation about men and parenthood.

Erik Flannigan

Client Management Strategy
Erik Flannigan is a veteran music executive and manager who consults on FAW client management strategy. He is also a producer, filmmaker, journalist, music archivist and author. Recent producing projects include “John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father’s Day” (ABC), The National’s live album “Juicy Sonic Magic” and accompanying documentary short, Juicy Sonic Magic: The Mike Millard Method and the NBC holiday special “A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy.” He is also a strategic consultant to NUGS.net on their live music distribution platform. Prior to coming to FAW, Erik was EVP of Music/Events Strategy and Development at MTV where he oversaw the network’s music series, specials and annual tentpole events including the Video Music Awards, as well as leading the network’s Music and Talent division, emerging artist platforms, strategic partnerships and MTV Live. Prior to MTV, Erik was a leader in VIACOM’s Music & Entertainment Group, where he was in charge of multi-platform programming and product for MTV, VH1, Comedy Central and Spike. He joined Viacom from AOL in 2006, where he served as GM and Vice President of Programming, responsible for AOL Music, AOL Radio, Moviefone.com and AOL Television. Before that, Erik worked at The Walt Disney Company as Vice President of Programming for Moviebeam, overseeing film acquisitions and programming for the first-generation movie streaming service and prior to that, he was Vice President of Music Services and Programming at RealNetworks where he launched the first subscription music services in the US. Earlier, Erik was SVP, Entertainment Verticals, for the Walt Disney Internet Group, where he was the head of ABC.com, Movies.com, MrShowbiz.com and WallofSound.com. Erik is a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle. He is married to Ty Stiklorius and lives in Los Angeles with their two lovely children.

Adina Friedman

President of Artist Management
Adina Friedman was recently named President of Artist Management for Friends at Work, which she helped to launch in 2015. Adina manages electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling, singer-songwriter RuthAnne, and is launching up-and-coming acts Speelburg and Frawley. A Detroit native, Adina got her start as a college marketing rep for Atlantic Records at the University of Michigan, where her eagerness and resourcefulness soon won her a full-time position at Warner Music's New York office. While there, Adina quickly rose through the ranks, eventually landing in Warner's Direct to Consumer department, where she managed the online presence of industry heavyweights such as Paramore, Bruno Mars, and Shinedown. She concurrently launched her own artist management company, where Adina secured major licensing deals and national tours for developing artists, and previously worked at indie start-up tinyOGRE. She soon caught the attention of John Legend's management, who beckoned her to L.A. to become a valued part of their team and later joined Atom Factory. In early 2013 she began working on Lindsey Stirling and become a vital part of Lindsey's growth and success. In October of 2015 she joined Ty Stiklorius as part of her new venture Friends At Work and has continued to take on new clients in the years since. In 2019, shesaid.so named Adina to their Alternative Power 100 List.

Catherine Stellin Waller

Chief Marketing Officer
Catherine Stellin Waller is Friends at Work’s Chief Marketing Officer. With more than 20 years experience in strategic marketing, consumer insights and entertainment marketing, she provides the strategic vision and management for all of our artists’ relationships with brands. Notable work includes an ongoing relationship with Pampers, which combines content marketing with social impact initiatives, including a relationship with John Legend that highlights the importance of fathers and resulted in the installation of 15,000 diaper changing stations in men’s restrooms across the country. The relationship grew to a partnership with Procter & Gamble to shine a light on racial bias. In the years prior to joining FAW Catherine was SVP at strategic advisory firm, MediaLink, at the experiential marketing firm Civic Entertainment Group, and at the publicity firm PMK/HBH. She spent nearly a decade at Creative Artists Agency, working at the intersection of brands and entertainment. In the social impact space, Catherine has worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Natural Resource Defense Council and is a passionate advocate for equal access to special education. Catherine is a noted authority on consumer insights and marketing trends and has spoken at USC’s School of Cinema and Television, Harvard Business School, and New York University. She has also been on NBC’s The Today Show and CNN’s Headline News discussing a diverse range of topics from youth culture to health care. Catherine graduated from the University of Michigan and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.

Jeremy Gruber

Head of Artist Marketing & Digital Strategy
Jeremy Gruber is the Head of Artist Marketing & Digital Strategy at Friends At Work, representing artists including John Legend, Lindsey Stirling and Raphael Saadiq. Jeremy has spent more than a decade working with artists at all levels helping them grow their brand and businesses by bringing together traditional marketing with the latest technology. Growing up the child of classical musicians and music teachers, he picked up electric bass at age 14, igniting his passion for all forms of music. After graduating with a Music Industry degree from USC, Jeremy started his career in artist management and marketing helping to manage the wine label, public speaking and corporate career of legendary drummer Mick Fleetwood at the boutique firm Sabre Entertainment. He went on to run digital for 10th Street Entertainment and Eleven Seven Music working with marquee rock bands including Mötley Crüe, Papa Roach, JET and Blondie. In 2010, he joined the leading independent label Concord Music Group helping to establish the direct to consumer team and later building the digital marketing & strategy department where he worked closely with established legends like Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Gregg Allman and James Taylor as well as up-and-coming stars including the launch of Nathaniel Ratliff & the Night Sweats. In addition to his artist marketing work, Jeremy is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California's music industry program and is a partner at the marketing tech startup found.ee.

John Warren

Head of Touring
John (Jay Dub) Warren is the head of Friends At Work’s touring department. Jay Dub is a native Angeleno who started in show business in junior high when he was cast in a Broadway play in New York City. After spending time with professional stage hands, lighting and sound techs, he knew his future would be working behind the scenes. After high school he spent a few years working in and around entertainment until he found work as a roadie, touring with a number of notable acts including Pink Floyd, The Grateful Dead, Crosby Stills and Nash, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Toto, John Fogerty and The Beach Boys. In the late eighties he took a short break to open a full-service keyboard rental and cartage company in Los Angeles where he worked with the best studio musicians, producers and composers in the business, but returned to touring a few years as a Tour Manager and Tour Accountant, serving many years with bands such as the String Cheese Incident, several incarnations of the remaining members of the Grateful Dead, Keller Williams, Bonnie Raitt, Keb Mo, Brian Wilson, The West Coast arm of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Lumineers, Lady Gaga and others. In addition to being FAW’s head of touring, Jay Dub serves as John Legend’s tour manager and tour accountant.

Andrea Sumpter

Head of Communications
Andrea Sumpter is Friends At Work’s head of communications. Andrea is a veteran entertainment publicist who started her career in her hometown of Kansas City, promoting local entertainment while finishing her journalism degree from the University of Kansas. In 2006, after graduation she moved to Los Angeles and started her nearly decade-long tenure with Paramount Pictures working in national publicity for feature films, both in Los Angeles and in New York. During her time at Paramount she worked on films for DreamWorks, DreamWorks Animation, Marvel and Bad Robot, to name a few. In 2015 Andrea joined IDPR’s content team where her clients included A24, Roadside Attractions, STX, Focus Features, Netflix and Amazon. In 2019 Andrea joined Friends At Work and works across all departments on communication strategy and support. She has also launched her career as a content creator and is producing Neal Katyal’s digital salon “The New Normal” and Kirsten Vangsness’ YouTube show, “Kirsten’s Agenda.” In her spare time she supports her habit as a design junkie and music head and lives her best life with her three cats in Studio City.

Taina Nieves

Artist Management
Taina Nieves is part of the Friends At Work artist management team and runs day-to-day for John Legend. Brooklyn-born and Florida-raised, Taina first established her reputation within the music industry when she began working with Earth, Wind & Fire in 2010. After receiving her Juris Doctorate and passing the Florida Bar, Taina decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment law. After touring with EWF for several months, she began working within the legal department at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles. Later that year, she was offered a position at Azoff Management by EWF’s manager. This move awakened her desire to turn her focus from the legal field to a career in artist management—a decision for which she is eternally grateful she made. Taina spent seven years as a day-to-day manager at Azoff/Fullstop Management, continuing to work closely with Earth, Wind & Fire, as well as with artists Jennifer Hudson and Raphael Saadiq. Taina managed every aspect of Jennifer’s career, which included platinum albums, film, TV, a NY Times best-selling book and major brand deals. In 2018 Taina joined Friends at Work, where she serves as John Legend’s day-to-day manager and continues to be a key member of Raphael Saadiq’s team. In addition to providing support for Raphael’s first album cycle in eight years, Taina keeps John’s very busy world running smoothly, which includes recording and releasing music, tapings of hit TV-show “The Voice,” as well as his social impact work and commitments for John’s wine label, LVE. When she isn’t glued to her computer screen, Taina loves spending time with her family, enjoying the sunniest outdoor activities she can find.

Candice McCarthy

General Manager / Director of Operations
Candice McCarthy is Friends At Work’s General Manager / Director of Operations. Hailing from the great state of New York, Candice graduated from Hofstra University before serving as office manager, scheduler, fundraiser, volunteer coordinator and campaign consultant to a member of Congress in both New York and Washington, DC. In 2007, she joined the Viacom Entertainment Group (Comedy Central, Spike, TV Land) and rose through the ranks to ultimately be responsible for management of west coast production at Comedy Central, facilitating physical production of the network’s original series, special events, development and short form production. In 2018 Candice joined Friends At Work, bringing her a wealth of infrastructure and operational management experience to oversee finance, legal/contracts, office operations, human resources and employee development. She is a member of SHRM and aPHR HR certified. Candice is passionate about supporting domestic abuse survivors and ending their criminalization and belongs to the philanthropic organizations UNICEF Unite and Moms In Media. Candice lives in Playa del Rey with her husband John and their daughter Cecilia.

Nicole Swedlow

Director of Creative Operations
Nicole Swedlow is Friends At Workshop’s Director of Creative Operations. Nicole was born in Los Angeles but spent her childhood moving all over the state of California and losing herself in books and stories before eventually getting her English degree from UC Davis. After graduation she honed her business acumen and discovered her love of analytics and problem solving working in retail management, leading multiple departments at Neiman Marcus before going over to Gap, Inc. as a general manager for Athleta where she traveled the country training new employees on technical product and customer experience. She left Gap, Inc. to work as general manager of a boutique production company, running the business side of the company and falling in love with visual storytelling. In 2018 Nicole joined Friends At Workshop where she oversees operations and finance and helps tell amazing stories while figuring out the improbable. In her spare time Nicole flies X-Wings, teaches summer courses at Hogwarts, has a vacation home in Oz and hangs out with her dog Zelda.

Lee Loechler

Head of Original Content
Lee Loechler heads up Original Content for Friends At Workshop. An international “romance icon,” Lee is a filmmaker and “dad joke” enthusiast hailing from Boston. Lee has won awards for his work with John Legend's FREEAMERICA organization, telling the stories of people affected by mass incarceration. More recently, his collaborations with Pampers, including directing a top-rated Super Bowl commercial, normalizing engaged fatherhood, and installing changing tables in men’s bathrooms, led consumers to rank the brand as having the best advertising in a 2019 survey. Prior to joining Friends At Workshop, Lee served as Head of Digital Content for Atom Factory, where he built the original content department from the ground up. Lee is an honors graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a big proponent of impromptu guitar jam sessions. On December 30th, 2019, Lee proposed to his high school sweetheart, Sthuthi David, M.D., by hacking them both into the climax of her favorite movie, SLEEPING BEAUTY. A video of their engagement went viral and has been viewed millions of times around the world.

Wesley Brown

Senior Strategist
Wesley Brown is a senior strategist at Friends at Workshop. Growing up in North Carolina, Wesley was a music-lover, singing in choirs and playing in school bands. When he got to college at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, he discovered his passion for music, dance and choreography when he joined the Expressions Dance Company. While still in college, Wesley directed and choreographed the Eleganza Show, a charity fashion/dance show that raised money for the Boston nonprofit, the Center for Teen Empowerment. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Romance Languages and Literatures, Wesley started his career at Deloitte Consulting where he specialized in corporate strategy projects for clients across a variety of different industries, from the nonprofit sector to hospitality to healthcare. From there he went on to be a director at MediaLink, a strategic media and advertising advisory firm, where he focused on developing go-to-market and marketplace visibility strategies for brands, advertising agencies, and publishers. In 2019, Wesley joined the Friends at Workshop team, combining his passion for music, marketing and impact. At FAW, he leads projects for the team's large brand clients, enabling them to build and implement cultural marketing strategies, often with a social impact focus.

Katie Phillips

Director, Fan Engagement & Digital Marketing
Katie Phillips is the director of fan engagement and digital marketing on the Friends At Work artist marketing team, helping artists engage more deeply with fans at all stages of their careers. Prior to joining the FAW team, Katie was at the music management & marketing firm Market Monkeys working in strategic planning, fan engagement and artist management. Before moving to LA, Katie worked in both Nashville and Philadelphia, leading the marketing & communications team at CID Entertainment, an experiential VIP company with a clientele that includes Goldenvoice (Coachella, Stagecoach), Bonnaroo, Kelly Clarkson, Luke Bryan, Phish, Imagine Dragons, Dave Matthews and St Vincent. Originally from Fargo, ND, Katie graduated from Eastern University in Philadelphia. She developed her storytelling toolkit in the nonprofit arts sector in Philly, building compelling fundraising campaigns for organizations such as Art-Reach, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Yes! And... Collaborative Arts and Girls Rock Philly, all of which bring the arts to under-resourced communities. She currently volunteers with Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles, a social justice nonprofit dedicated to empowering young people through music and mentorship.

Whitney Collins

Artist Management
Whitney Collins is part of the Friends At Work artist management team and is day-to-day on John Legend, Raphael Saadiq and social justice advocate Jarrett Harper. She is well versed across multiple disciplines with a background in advertising, production, public relations, and journalism. As a former Executive Producer at BBDO New York, Whitney worked to bring the marketing needs of corporations and the creative visions of artists together, orchestrating a variety of projects in locations across the globe. Her work garnered many awards and accolades including an Emmy, multiple Cannes Lions, Clio’s and more. She concurrently started a small event planning company, SUITE 1285 in New York catering to high-end clients. Since relocating to Los Angeles, Whitney landed a role as a Creative Producer at Beats By Dr. Dre where she was a part of multiple campaigns that truly integrated music and culture with advertising. Most recently, she took the opportunity to cultivate a career in the music industry as a part of both John Legend and Raphael Saadiq’s management teams at Friends At Work. Whitney attended Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus on soccer and academic scholarship, graduating from the University Honors Program, Summa Cum Laude and Salutatorian of her class.

Mikaela Puth

Artist Management
Mikaela Puth is part of the artist management team at Friends At Work and manages singer, songwriter and producer Charlie Puth. Raised in the seashore community of Rumson, New Jersey, she attended Gettysburg College and graduated with a degree in Sociology and English. She moved to New York City immediately after graduation and worked for the CEO and co-founder of Refinery29, where she helped bring a number of projects to fruition, including the celebrated and visionary exhibit 29Rooms. In 2017 she moved cross-country to California and joined Patriot Management to be Charlie Puth’s day-to-day manager. After a couple of years she ventured out on her own and launched Mickey P Management where her roster included her brothers, Charlie and Stephen Puth, before joining FAW in 2020. Mikaela is a classically trained pianist and an avid marathon runner.

Ashaya Robinson

Creative Producer
Ashaya Robinson is Creative Producer on the Friends at Workshop team and has had the privilege of working with artists, education and brand clients. Ashaya grew up in Atlanta, Georgia where her love for the arts and storytelling first began when she was a performer. She studied film at Howard University in Washington, DC while simultaneously performing and producing live shows for other artists. After graduating from Howard, Ashaya decided to make the move out west to Los Angeles where she produced intimate showcases before beginning work at the artist management firm, Atom Factory. In 2016 Ashaya joined the team at Friends at Work where she has the incredible opportunity to help produce and tell amazing stories every day.

Natasha Belikove

Digital Coordinator
Natasha Belikove is the digital coordinator on the Friends At Work artist marketing team. A Maryland native and Los Angeles transplant, Natasha graduated from Syracuse University with a BFA in Art Photography. She first fell in love with the art after receiving a Pentax Program Plus film camera from her mother for her 14th birthday. Part of the Internet generation, she was exposed to social media for personal use at a young age and was a self-proclaimed “Myspace master” by the age of 13. She has previously worked for Special Olympics, Syracuse Chiefs (former Nationals AAA), and entertainment advertising company Trailer Park. Today, she combines her innate creative and social media intuition working with and photographing FAW artists. Beyond her passion for photography and social media, she loves dogs, traveling, fighting the patriarchy and buffalo wings from Wings Over Syracuse.

Tina Warren

Project Manager
Tina Warren is a project manager at Friends At Workshop. Tina spent the first twenty years of her life growing up in the Catskill Mountains of New York’s Hudson Valley. Being encompassed by nature, fresh air and beautiful landscapes inspired her creativity and storytelling at a young age. This led her to pursue a BA in Communications and Media at SUNY New Paltz, graduating with her degree at just 20-years-old. Valuing the possibilities education opens up and her thirst for knowledge unquenched, she moved to New York City to attend The New School for Social Research, earning her MA in Media Studies. From there, Tina began her career with Viacom, which is where she discovered her unconventional love of managing projects. After 8 years of living in Manhattan and desiring a change of scenery (and warmer temperatures!), she moved to Los Angeles to work at Riot Games, the home of the well-known game “League of Legends.” She still wasn't fully sold on LA but quickly changed her mind after meeting with the team at Friends at Workshop, eventually joining their team in 2018. Her “Friends at Work” have actually become her “Friends in Life,” making LA even warmer.

Jessica Breslow

A&R / Artist Management
Jessica Breslow is part of the Friends At Work artist management team. Born and raised in South Florida, Jessica has always had a deep passion for the arts. She grew up singing and doing musical theatre, which eventually led her to study TV/Radio/Film with a music industry specialization at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. During her last semester of college, Jessica started working full time at Pulse Music Group, where she worked with amazing pop and urban clients such as Starrah, Bonnie McKee, DRAM, Matoma, and Kaytranada. After two years, Jessica transitioned into Warner Chappell's Pop A&R department. She had the privilege of working with amazing clients such as Ian Kirkpatrick, Scott Harris, busbee, and Cheat Codes as well as scouted and signed a developing artist/songwriter. Jessica currently serves as FAW’s head of A&R, working closely with artist managers to shape the company’s roster and lend her song development expertise to a wide range of projects. One who wears many hats, she is also day-to-day manager to Lindsey Stirling and Frawley. Additionally, she facilitates the hiring and training of our administrative staff and interns. Some of her favorite highlights to date are helping A&R Lindsey Stirling’s album “Artemis,” placing a few records on John Legend’s upcoming album “Bigger Love,” and producing one of Lindsey Stirling’s music videos, “Sleepwalking."

Sarayu Caulfield

Artist Management
Sarayu Caulfield is part of the Friends At Work artist management team. Raised by physician parents in Portland, Oregon, Sarayu grew up strumming her guitar and dabbling in neuroscience research. By age 17, her research was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Street journal, in Teen Vogue, presented to the National Institutes of Health and The American Academy of Pediatrics where she was the youngest presenter in their history. As one of five Stamps Scholars at USC, her natural aptitudes for neuroscience and business led her to highly selective courses in the music industry and The Marshall School of Business. Her creative spirit, love of research and intuitive understanding of music made way for a pivotal meeting with Founder of Friends at Work, Ty Stiklorius, in 2018 (invited after pitching an idea while in class for John Legend’s team). This inspired and empowered Sarayu to start working with the company at age 20 while continuing to pursue her degree. Today, she works as a junior manager at Friends at Work, where Sarayu’s recent efforts include working on the management teams of John Legend and more, while also managing talented new artists like the pop-rock duo, VOILÀ, to widespread recognition, and presenting to the Grammys Task Force about rank choice voting.

Nastia Barkan

Artist Management
Nastia Barkan is part of the Friends At Work Artist Management Team. Born and raised in South West London, her love of music can be traced back to car rides listening to her father’s homemade classic rock mix tape of music he listened to during the 70s and 80s in the USSR, which included The Eagles’ “Hotel California” possibly one of the subconscious motivators in her move to Los Angeles at age 18 to attend the University of Southern California. She majored in Communication at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, focusing her coursework, where possible, around music communication, in addition to minoring in both Music Industry at the Thornton School of Music and Italian at the Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences. In her junior year of college she began interning at Patriot Management, where she stayed on until her graduation, working on acts including The Backstreet Boys, One Republic, Swedish House Mafia and Pharrell Williams. In the summer between her junior and senior year she interned for Patriot’s joint venture in the UK “MGMT 16” where assisted in tour managing the DJ duo Sigma’s European festival appearances and their Ibiza residency at Amnesia, in addition to working across the entire management roster. After graduating from USC she accepted a full-time position with music manager Mikaela Puth as day to day manager for Charlie Puth. Since coming over to Friends At Work with Mikeala and Charlie in March, 2020, Nastia continues to manage Charlie day to day.

L.J. Alexandre-Strong

Creative Coordinator
L.J Alexandre-Strong is Friends At Workshop’s Creative Coordinator. Growing up in a musical family in Illinois, it was only natural that L.J.’s interest in music started very early. She began playing the violin at just 3 years old, followed by the piano at 6 and viola at age 12, sparking her music career ambitions. With developing interests outside of performing and an aspiration to work behind the scenes with current music artists, L.J. went on to study Music and Business with an emphasis in music production and arts enterprise at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!). At just 17 years old, L.J. turned to events and entertainment management, producing several high profile music concerts in the Central Illinois area with Brandon Rice Events and Entertainment, LLC. This led to an opportunity to intern at Friends At Workshop in the summer of 2017, where she was able to gain experience in creative and video production. Upon graduation in 2018, L.J. became an Executive Director of a small non-profit organization, Youth Music Illinois, before returning to work full time with the Friends At Workshop team in 2019.

Sammy Seaver

Artist Management
Sammy Seaver is part of the Friends At Work management team. Growing up in San Diego, Sammy discovered a passion for music the moment he first picked up a guitar at 9 years old. After completing an extensive tour performing at local coffee shops in high school, Sammy enrolled at UC Davis, double majoring in Music Composition and Communication. As a Regent Scholar and member of the Honors College, he focused his thesis on the influence social media has on music preference, recruiting more than 100 students for his experimental trial. During his college career, Sammy worked in a studio recording live concerts, led the marketing team of the campus programming department, worked as a manager at major music festivals around the country, and even worked as a consultant in Florence, Italy, helping local artists pitch songs to radio. He joined the Friends at Work team immediately after graduating in 2019.

Delaney Howard

Intern
Delaney Howard is an FAW intern. With a Bachelor's in Communications, Delaney is currently working towards her Master's in Digital Social Media from University of Southern California. Previously, she was the Golden 1 Center Digital Intern for the Sacramento Kings, where she worked in social media management, strategy, content creation, and live event coverage spanning multiple genres and sports. Delaney is passionate about the connection between fans and artists, and thrives on creating those special experiences. In her free time, Delaney enjoys binging Netflix, traveling, and hanging out with her friends.

Aijah Raye Refuerzo

Intern
Aijah Raye Refuerzo is an FAW intern who is a photographer, multi-hyphenated artist and a junior at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Aijah grew up with an eclectic mix of people. Having a diverse set of friends who are artists, athletes and humanitarians has influenced her creative work and has shaped her point of view on the world. Aijah learned to appreciate the beauty within all of these communities and as a content creator, she translates this understanding into her work. While living on the East coast, Aijah worked closely with fashion designers, documenting their creative process in preparation for fashion week. Back home in L.A., Aijah has been a creative consultant, photographer and producer for creative companies like the NFL, National Geographic, Hyatt Hotel, Lemon Perfect, Beats By Dre. and Amazon.

Jaryn Valdry

Intern
Jaryn Valdry is an FAW intern who is a junior at the University of Southern California studying Communication with minors in Classical Saxophone and Music Industry. Jaryn's passion for music has sparked her interests in supporting artists in their creative process and discovering new talent. She is also passionate about research and diversity in the entertainment and music industries, recently working with the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative on a study looking at the diversity of major and independent music companies, radio, streaming, and live music companies. When Jaryn has some free time, you can find her watching New Girl, making a fresh playlist, or playing with her dog, Scooby.

Galit Hara-Salzberg

Intern
Galit Hara-Salzberg is a FAW intern who is in her last two quarters at UC Davis. She is finishing her double major in Communication and Design and loves exploring the different paths within visual communication. Galit has a passion for music, talent buying, A&R, and branding. She currently runs the UC Davis entertainment programming board and has had the opportunity to plan marketing life cycles, create content, and book talent. In her free time, Galit enjoys traveling, outdoor adventures, hanging out with friends, and sending pictures of her housemate’s cat to everyone and anyone.