Nathan has spent over a decade of his life developing forward-thinking, people-focused leadership, business, and creative skills. He began this self-education when he dropped out of college to take his first job in 2008 in a startup division of the Walt Disney Company and, again, in 2010, when he founded Proxart, a non-profit organization and publication dedicated to creating and supporting artistic communities in cities around the world.
These experiences in multi-disciplined leadership roles in strategy, marketing, entrepreneurship, technology, and design thinking led him to start working as an advisor for Emmy-nominated culinary magazine, Life & Thyme. Shortly after, he became a founding member of internationally-recognized digital agency, Toi, where he was able to spearhead relationships with clients ranging from startups like Genee and Set For Service—both of whom have been acquired—to corporations like Verizon and Red Bull.
From 2015 to 2017, as CEO of Toi, Nathan oversaw the company’s strategy, financials, operations, marketing, sales, employee happiness, and client satisfaction. In addition, as he became aware of the new realities of a freelance future, Toi partnered with WeWork to put on roundtable and speaking events around the country focused on ‘The Future of the Creative Class,’ highlighting changes and solutions that freelancers, creative agencies, and other businesses need to anticipate to make the future a more equitable one for everybody.
Having just recently stepped down as CEO of Toi, Nathan is in the process of forming a consultancy focused on helping companies develop healthy business practices, branding, marketing, messaging, and leadership coaching at the management and executive level.
An avowed policy and public service wonk, he is actively involved in local movements and policy initiatives in and around Austin, TX, where he lives wit his wife, Amanda, and puppy, Max, who they adopted after drinking three margaritas in Santa Barbara, CA, and deciding, sure, why not?