Who We Are
We’re a team of new media entrepreneurs and journalists who have been covering the residential real estate beat for years. While we obsessively track the real estate markets we cover, no, we are not real estate agents. (We get that question a lot.)
Check out our bios below, and feel free to send an email. We like hearing from readers.
If your thirst for behind-the-scenes UrbanTurf intel isn’t quenched, head over to our About page.
Publisher & Co-founder
Will oversees all aspects of UrbanTurf, with a particular focus on the business expansion and technology side of things. Coming nine years after the launch of his first online media business, UrbanTurf is his fourth venture as an entrepreneur, a “job” he adores. Chi-Cha Lounge, Habana Village, and Bob & Edith’s are a few of his favorite spots around town. Computer scientist by education, Will grew up just outside DC in Alexandria.
Editor-in-Chief & Co-founder
Mark oversees the editorial operations at UrbanTurf, so if you have any complaints or accolades, he’s your man. Mark grew up barely within the DC borders and is happy to call himself a native Washingtonian. Prior to starting UrbanTurf, he wrote extensively about real estate in the DC area and New York City. During those rare weekend hours when he is not working, you can find him rooting for DC’s beleaguered sports teams.
Nena was born and raised in Takoma Park, MD. After earning a bachelor’s degree in sociology, Nena spent several years working in property management in DC before making an impulse decision to spice up her life by freelancing for UrbanTurf. Now, Nena spends her days writing full-time for UrbanTurf and freelancing for other local publications. A current resident of Takoma DC, you might also catch her at a go-go or at your favorite bar cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.
Llacey is UrbanTurf’s temporary operations manager. Prior to joining the UrbanTurf team, she spent several years running an elite tutoring company in Potomac, MD and working as a freelance business consultant. Llacey has a passion for writing poetry and learning new languages. Her latest endeavor is raising her preschool son to speak Chinese and Arabic.
Operations Manager & Copywriter
Meriah is UrbanTurf’s operations manager & copywriter and has been with the company, in one form or another, since 2011. Before joining the UrbanTurf team, she spent several years working as a copywriter and publicist in New York City. Meriah is a 7th generation Washingtonian, creative writer, vinyl collector, beer-enthusiast and baker. She has soft spot for all things DC.
Adviser & Co-founder
Rocky Vega is one of the three co-founders of UrbanTurf and continues to advise the team on all matters related to online publishing. Prior to UrbanTurf, Rocky was a co-founder of RFID Update, which he operated from Brazil, Chile, and Puerto Rico, and an associate publisher of FierceFinance. Vega graduated with honors from Harvard University, where he was on the board of Let’s Go Publications and directed business programs involving McKinsey, Goldman Sachs, and Harvard Business School faculty. He recently completed a master’s degree at the Stockholm School of Economics.
Technology & Design
John is the president, lead developer and designer at LogicBrush Studios, the company he founded in 2001. His passion is building beautiful, interactive and out-of-the-ordinary websites and web-based applications. With a background that spans both the technical and the artistic, John brings a rare blended perspective to the web development he does for UrbanTurf.