Jessica Wan (she/her)Gym Manager
While most people recognize Jess from Berkeley Ironworks, GW is now where it’s at! She started climbing around 2008 and like most everyone else, it became her life [insert any cheesy quote]. And if you’ve read her bio from before on the BIW staff page, then yes, her ideal climbing day is still a day out bouldering in Font, followed by a bowl of strawberry ice cream.
Julie (she/her)Desk Staff
An East Bay native, Julie has been climbing in gyms for three years, and whatever she could reach for about 23 more before that. When not at the GW front desk, she can be found reorganizing objects around the gym, going for long walks, sewing nifty items (it has pockets!!!), or dancing. Talk to her about biotech or motorcycles any day of the week.
Richy (he/him)Desk Staff
While many need a bed to fall asleep on each night, Richy possesses the unique ability to sleep on the ground easily. When climbing, his chalk bag is typically barren except for twigs and pebbles. Given these attributes, one could call him a true dirt bagger but then he wouldn’t be able to give in to his vices… Current mood — binge-watching Jeopardy and playing The Office theme song on repeat.
Dario (he/him)Desk Staff
If not on his bike(s) you can find him climbing if not climbing you can find him hanging out with his dog Ziggy. On a day off from the front desk, Dario is most likely drinking coffee, listening to Larry June, and screen printing t-shirts all at the same time. Talk to him about the Warriors championship aspirations or mid-century interior design!
Dan (he/him)Desk Staff
Do you hear bass-heavy EDM? Is the scent of Earl Grey wafting under the prow? Then that’s probably Dan behind the desk.
Originally from across the pond, Dan grew up surfing and gallivanting along the wild North Cornish coast before discovering climbing in the dingy walls of East London (since much improved). Soon after, he found that the sea cliffs from his childhood were also climbable and set about finding the friends and gear needed to stay alive when doing so.
When not behind the desk you can usually find Dan, face obscured by a camera or laptop, telling stories or approximating art.
Julia (she/her)Desk Staff
An educator by day, at the front desk by night! Julia is originally from upstate New York and loves to find adventure wherever and whenever here in the Bay. A true cat lady for life, you’ll likely find Julia camping, road tripping, or hiking with her cat Ace! She also likes to pass time basking in the sun, trail running, and enjoying green tea ice cream.
Joshua (he/him)Desk Staff
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Josh first got his start climbing right here at GWPC. When he’s not behind the front desk or climbing, you can find him running, biking, hiking, or sunbathing with his dog, Mickey. Talk to him about your project or the best California climbing destinations!
Kyle (he/him)Desk Staff
Originally from Sacramento-ish, Kyle moved to the Bay Area for school and fell in love with climbing along the way. He has a twin brother named Cody who plays soccer and also isn’t a half-bad climber himself. When not behind the desk or climbing you can find him practicing an instrument, playing video games, or cooking, come talk to him about your favorite places to eat in Oakland!
Elena (she/her)Desk Staff
Elena began climbing in 2017 when she was attending her beloved Santa Monica College. She also became vegan whilst at SMC and has been passionate about animal rights activism ever since. She can become easily distracted if she sees an animal because of the level of adoration she has for them, “SQUIRREL!” Besides that, her other favorite activities include eating food, doing pretzel-like yoga poses and being silly. Catch her taking whips on her projects in the lead section.
Ellen (she/her)Belay Staff
A Berkeley native, Ellen worked as a dancer in Europe and Canada for the past 8 years before returning to the Bay for law school with aspirations of being an environmental lawyer. She started climbing at Berkeley Ironworks in high school, and the passion followed her to Montreal where she began waddling through the snow towards every boulder she could find.
At the gym, you can find her punting off her latest boulder project or lying under the Kilter Board. Feel free to ask her what she’s reading or for her painfully detailed list of sci-fi book recommendations.