The Wāhine Freelance Alliance Team

“You Lift Wāhine, You Lift a Generation”

Marion Ano

Director & Founder

Wāhine Freelancers are the Future

Founded in 2021, The Wāhine Freelance Alliance Team is dedicated to the development of wāhine-centered economy by connecting them to a pipeline of empowering freelancing and self-employment opportunities, workforce development training, self employment business strategies and systems, and freelance finance literacy.

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ALOHA! Meet the Wāhine WordPress & Freelancer Academy Teaching Team. We are SO excited to start our Academy in April 2022. Join Our Newsletter to stay in touch!

Marion Ano is the owner and developer for Wahine Coder. She has nearly a decade of experience as a freelance mobile and website developer for Hawaiʻi based clients. Additionally, she specializes in information architecture including organizational and business strategies around the implementation and integration of technologies. Besides working for her amazing clients, Marion teaches coding and visual design for mobile applications at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu for the Academy of Creative Media & writes children’s books with her son!

Jess Manapul is a freelance graphic designer who has experience working with brands of all sizes to create effective websites and digital marketing campaigns. After earning her Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Creative Media from the University of Hawaii–West Oahu, Jess began her career in the digital design field by joining one of Hawaii’s largest marketing agencies. She continues to work independently with her clients, using her design and UX skill set as well as freelance freedom to focus her time creating online experiences and digital content for small businesses. She is passionate about community-focused projects where she can lend her professional experiences to help other women navigate through the digital world and reap the benefits of freelancing.

Paola Martin is a self-taught, multi-disciplinary graphic designer and web developer with over a decade of digital design and WordPress development experience. She works as the lead designer and developer for a wide breadth of clients ranging from local start-ups to nationally recognized franchise brands. Paola is passionate about helping others succeed through the services she provides, as well as through mentorship and collaboration. This passion has led her to wonderful opportunities(such as this!) and close relationships with amazing teams. Her success as a full-time freelancer with no formal education is something she looks forward to sharing in hopes of inspiring other women to begin their journey towards personal and financial freedom via WordPress design and development.

Vera Zambonelli is an academic, artist, and activist. Vera earned her Ph.D. in Urban Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, a Masters in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, and Laurea in Japanese Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Engaged scholarship informs her research interests, which include issues of diversity, social justice and inclusion, community building, and feminist filmmaking. In 2011, Vera founded Hawaiʻi Women in Filmmaking (HWF) with the mission of using filmmaking to amplify women and girls’ voices and share their own compelling stories. She has been teaching at the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and the Academy for Creative Media at West Oʻahu since 2016. Vera has co-produced and directed Season 1 and Season 2 of Reel Wāhine of Hawaiʻi, a film series that redresses gender inequity in the film industry by documenting the real-life stories of Hawai‘i women filmmakers through a female gaze.

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