OUR FOUNDING STORY

Social Cipher is led by a team of autistic advocates, game developers, and social entrepreneurs. Motivated by personal experience, we believe in neurodiverse inclusion through representation, self-advocacy, and empowerment.

Our work has earned us recognition as Camelback Education Fellows, Halcyon Incubator Fellows, and most recently Facebook Gaming's 2019 Global Gaming Citizens.

We believe in a future in which neurodivergent youth can understand and embrace their differences to achieve magnificent things. Our team is going to make that future a reality.

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OUR TEAM

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VANESSA CASTAÑEDA GILL

CEO

Captain of the SS Social Cipher. Vanessa handles all the business to keep Social Cipher shipshape. When she’s not thinking up the next big move for SC, she builds escape rooms and online mafia games.

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LUCY STEVENS

HEAD ARTIST

Quartermaster. Lucy is the reason why Ava looks so good. She’s probably watching a Studio Ghibli film somewhere right now.

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JOEL GROFF

LEAD DESIGNER / DEVELOPER

Pilot. Joel plots the design and development charts for Ava. He’s also Social Cipher’s resident fossil hunter.

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LOUISA TSAI

PROJECT MANAGER

Boatswain. Louisa plans out the Social Cipher crew’s work (and makes sure Ava isn’t broken). Her current project is convincing Vanessa to order 500 Pud plushies.

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CALEB CUTLER

ANIMATOR

DANA LUERY SHAW

NARRATIVE WRITER

CHRIS NEALY

MSW, LCSW

SEL CONSULTANT

JESSICA SCOTT

NEURODIVERSITY CONSULTANT

ALI BREGAR

NEURODIVERSITY CONSULTANT