Meet the Team

About Us

Led by JinJa Birkenbeuel, Birk.Creative is invested in building long term relationships with our clients and having authentic conversations that result in custom solutions that get great results.

Team Members

JinJa Birkenbeuel
JinJa Birkenbeuel

President and CEO

JinJa Birkenbeuel is a trusted business advisor who fosters a lively creative process. She also has extensive experience networking for entrepreneurs and business leaders, and also consulting them on how to create and manage their personal brand and social profiles. Since 1997, JinJa has provided personal branding and representation for civic leaders and entrepreneurs in the public and private sectors, created marketing and advertising campaigns for NGOs, not for profit organizations and institutions, and collaborated with private and Fortune 500 companies like Google, Inc., SolarCity, Ericsson, AECOM and more. JinJa Birkenbeuel serves on the board of directors for the Jewish-Black Business Alliance and Young Chicago Authors. JinJa is also songwriter and publisher for Utah Carol, a musical group that composes songs for film, advertising and business.

Grant Birkenbeuel

Vice President

Grant Birkenbeuel is Vice President of Birk Creative. Grant Birkenbeuel provides information technology consulting, support and infrastructure, as well as project management and admin duties to Birk Creative. In 2010, at his former global logistics company, he won “Employee of the Year” award in for going “above and beyond while demonstrating client-centric thinking and action.” While at UTi, now DSV, a global leader in logistics and supply-chain management, he was responsible for company-wide computer and network software and hardware. To increase employee efficiency, he has provided infrastructure upgrades to multiple branches, including 100-plus users at the Chicago site. His agile response to emergency situations has included effectively containing and removing a global virus, keeping user downtime to a minimum.He led the planning, coordination and implementation of new communication systems for the firm’s 75,000-square-foot Chicago office. He served as technical liaison with the company’s main IT hub in California and managed vendors’ competitive bidding.His time- and money-saving solutions have included a technology fix that effectively joined two non-adjacent office spaces to boost productivity when the Chicago office doubled in size. He helped make possible the seamless rollout of a Global Sales software package, with onsite installations and training.

Sarah Best-Wilson
Sarah Best

Content & Social Strategy

An experienced, award-winning digital marketer with a focus on content and social media strategy, marketing and social media advertising. A seasoned freelance writer and blogger who has written over 60 articles and edited thousands more. A visual artist and dance film curator who is inspired by movement. A content marketing rock star, Sarah brings a pitch perfect answer to that elusive “What should I write about that will garner great SEO today?” to the development process at Birk Creative.

Christian Byrd
Christian Byrd

Project Manager and Digital Designer

Christian Byrd is Birk Creative’s super powered project manager and digital designer. He creates beautiful and seamless, web experiences for Birk Creative clients. Christian also is our tech superhero! He is detail oriented, steady in his analytical approach to problems, and never loses his cool when faced with seemingly insurmountable website design challenges. Christian can often be found sharing innovative digital strategies and systems with Birk Creative to help its customers #wintheInternet.

Esther Ikoro
Esther Ikoro

Content and Digital Strategist

A self-taught creative by instinct, Esther is a former medical student with a passion for creating beautiful and custom content that exactly aligns with client outcomes. With a logical and curious mindset, Esther brings super ideas backed by insights and data to Birk Creative’s agency clients. On her free time, you will find her filming and recording for her “See You Outside” podcast, chronicling her wildand personal experience with nature.

Katherine Lindstedt
Katherine Lindstedt

Copywriter and Communications Strategist

Katherine Lindstedt is a copywriter and communications strategist with expertise in branding, content strategy, and email and social media marketing. She has nearly a decade of experience helping nonprofits, cultural institutions, and brands reach new audiences, engage their communities, and increase brand visibility.

Previously she was a Copywriter at Big Duck and a Communications Associate at Blue State Digital, where she specialized in nonprofit communications, fundraising, and advocacy. She holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and enjoys leveraging the power of the written word to effect social change.

Joe Liu
Joe Liu

Technical Director

Joe is passionate about bringing design to life by developing customized coding solutions for a variety of web based applications. With his background in Electrical Engineering he approaches all projects from a system architecture standpoint first and an implementation standpoint second. Using this dual phase approach uniquely positions his team to create solutions that meet the bigger picture needs of their clients. When not sourcing your site, Joe enjoys hitting the gym and spending time with his wife Kerri, son Oliver, and daughter Violet.

Kara Burrell Wright
Kara Burrell Wright

Community and Corporate Engagement Strategist

Kara Burrell Wright is Birk Creative’s corporate and community engagement strategist. She is also the founder of Mindhearted, Inc., a diversity education company for parents passionate about raising culturally competent children. To date, the Mindhearted community has parent subscribers in the United States, Canada, Europe and Africa—all with the mission of respecting and building understanding with people regardless of background, beliefs, education, experience, gender, sexual identity, religion or skin tone. Kara began her career as a diversity and inclusion specialist with an organization development firm and served as consultant and client engagement manager. She worked with both private and public sector organizations including Fortune 500, national non-profits and several other state and local organizations. Watch her video here. 

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