About Our Founder & Advisory Board
Founder, Bridgid Coulter
We were only waiting for this moment to arise.
Spring 2018 found Bridgid looking for a new home for her design studio. Having operated from a traditional brick & mortar in downtown Santa Monica for a decade; she was expecting to replicate the past model in a new location and quickly learned that the commercial lease landscape had changed dramatically.
She had previously worked from home, from coffee shops & restaurants, and even “in studio” from a design-build home she designed in Venice and was now faced with so few traditional leases, she was open minded to the possibilities. Having visited the older “executive office” rental model in the past; it was eye opening to see the many new players and amenities in the coworking space now; this consideration was impossible to ignore.
Bridgid is a researcher and searched hundreds of options online and toured over 30 workspaces across the country. She was especially drawn to spaces that were owned by or focused on supporting women. Then the questions became, what might it be like to operate from such a space?
So by end of summer, she had joined nomadic memberships at a few different coworking workspaces in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. And soon made a temporary move into a postage-stamp-sized private office at a very professional spot in West Los Angeles. She and her team immediately found relief in having the responsibilities of building operations in the hand of someone else, they could focus on work. Pretty dope.
After a few weeks of working in that small glass cube within a beautiful space; access to conference rooms and fancy water; the team even found inspiration in the energy of the surrounding entrepreneurs and found productivity thriving.
So a new question emerged, what would it be like if the community where she parked our studio was focused on programming, wellness, creativity, activism, support & incubation to address specific needs of women of color. What if this were a global network, connecting the women of color doing amazing work all over the world. What if we could all find each other and share resources and opportunities? And she felt strongly that while the focus would always be front and center on women of color; they should also welcome allies of all race and genders who were committed to similar values rooted in diversity, The time is now for these sometimes tough conversations to be had amongst us all – united. Collectively, these are the seeds for how Blackbird were born. And beginning November 1, 2018 Bridgid was building the collective with an intention toward global connectivity.
Advisory Board (Includes Team & Executive Founding Members)
Bridgid is honored to be joined by a powerful collective of close knit friends & colleagues with a wide-range of business expertise from entrepreneurship, strategic marketing, creativity, civic activism & wellness; including key players from our company town – encompassing everything from entertainment to technology and beyond.
Back Row to Front Row: Valeria Hernandez • Toni Thompson • Kristal Oates • Vicki Batkin • Dayna Lynn North • Michole Brianna White • Christina Gomes • Yolanda Martin • Bridgid Coulter • Christine Clemons
Charter / Public Statement: Our corporation’s public mission is to create a collective of physical and virtual workspaces around the globe that provide opportunities for the advancement of women of color and allies of all genders and to incorporate amenities into those workspaces that celebrate creativity and promote wellness and a balanced life for positive social and economic outcomes. Our corporation’s network will induce equal access, advocate for political decency, engender hope and respect the planet.