Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ginna Christensen, the daughter of two entrepreneurs, grew up knowing that innovation and the arts would play a central role in her professional and personal life.
Ginna started her career in the fashion industry, working in merchandising and marketing for Giorgio Armani, Ellen Tracy, and Emanuel Ungaro, and got her start in the rug business with Aga John. As the VP of Sales and Product Development, she helped reinvigorate the high-end rug company, forging deals with companies like Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma Home.
In Sept of 2013, Christensen joined the Los Angeles-based team at Woven as Creative Director. In her three-plus years with the company, she implemented programming, produced events, and created business development strategies which resulted in increased sales revenues, regional and national press coverage, and the launch of Woven at Design Within Reach.
Sought after for her cool and creative solutions to the challenges of modern businesses, Christensen was asked to join the board of the West Hollywood Design District in 2016. In her role as Chairwoman, Ginna is leading marketing strategies, implement programming, services and events to promote the district on a global scale and increase revenues for its members.
Ginna has a strong desire to give back with the work she does. In March of 2016 she creating an avenue to do just that with the launch of her women's group Women at Work. The goals of the group are threefold: provide programing that offers pragmatic solutions to the challenges women face in the work place, inspire brave creative work, and provide a safe place for women to share their challenges as well as their victories. The group has grown to be over 150 strong, and Christensen continues to work on new ideas for workshops, Master Mind Circles, and VIP events to help support her members.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Marisa brings her love of design and 8 years of sales/marketing experience to the team at GC Collaborative. Marisa has had the pleasure of working in sales roles at top lifestyle publications including Robb Report, Bon Appétit and Travel + Leisure. Most recently, she served as a Regional Sales Director at Luxe Interiors + Design where she worked with luxury home designers and builders, architects, real estate businesses and other design professionals throughout Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Combining her passion for brand strategy and creative marketing solutions, she will be project managing and working on the logistical planning of events and marketing initiatives at GC Collaborative.
Lithuanian born visual artist Gintare Bandinskaite has a passion for all things design. Her extensive background in fine art informs her professional work as a Graphic Designer, Photographer, and Painter. Gintare is thrilled to have been with GC Collaborative since its inception, incorporating her art & design work for marketing, brand positioning, and content creation. Her work has been featured in large scale exhibitions and sold internationally.
Amanda brings her experience in art and textile design with her love for people to GC Collaborative. Raised in Chicago, Amanda worked independently for several boutique textile lines before entering the sales side of the textile and furniture world. This is where she honed her skills in sales and working closely with Interior Designers.
While travelling for business, she absorbed the back ends and trends of the industry and developed long-lasting relationships with industry professionals. During the course of her experience in inside and outside sales - networking became a passion!