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BLANKSPACES is a coworking community of entrepreneurs and freelancers sharing space, collaborating, and networking. Our five Southern California locations feature WorkCafé open seating, dedicated desks, private offices, virtual office mail services, meeting rooms, and event spaces available by the hour, day, week, month, or year.

As Southern California’s first and oldest coworking community since 2008, BLANKSPACES provides a personal, boutique experience for members to grow their businesses.

Jerome Chang
Founder / Architect
323 330 9505
jerome@blankspaces.com

Jerome is the founder of BLANKSPACES and a still-practicing licensed architect. As an early pioneer of coworking, Jerome co-founded LExC, the League of Extraordinary Coworking (the first national network of coworking spaces) and COSHARE (the first national association of shared spaces). Jerome honed his design skills at Clive Wilkinson Architects (CWA), known worldwide for the office headquarters of Google, Chiat/Day and Mother Advertising. Prior to CWA, Jerome was a designer at SFJones Architects, which has designed renowned restaurants such as Spago Beverly Hills, Nobu Malibu, Hamasaku, and Lucky Strike Bowl. Jerome holds a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University; Master of Engineering and Bachelors of Science degrees from Cornell University. He instilled some right-brain training and a little more left-brain to develop BLANKSPACES. With each project for BLANKSPACES and for private clients, Jerome iterates and improves the various elements that constitute the BLANKSPACES experience.


Ethan Chang
Operations Manager
323 330 9505
ethan@blankspaces.com

Since November of 2015, Ethan has been proudly serving the BLANKSPACES team and community so that everyone can thrive at SoCal’s original coworking company! His choice hobby is anything and everything computers, but when he can escape from said computers, he enjoys outdoor adventures and tasting the best food that Los Angeles has to offer


Emmy Benson
Accounts Manager
323 330 9505
emmy@blankspaces.com

Emmy has been with BLANKSPACES since September 2011, serving as the accounts manager and operational support for all of our locations. When not at BLANKSPACES, Emmy writes Young Adult novels. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Olivet Nazarene University, and several years of stage management experience garnered from Kansas City’s community theatre industry. In her free time, Emmy enjoys brunching and the theatre.


Liz Nowlin
Liz Nowlin
Community Manager
626 665 9955
liznowlin@blankspaces.com

Liz has worked for BLANKSPACES since September of 2017. She’s a Pasadena native, and loves now being a part of the up-and-coming coworking culture and innovation scene that the city is quickly becoming known for. Right now she’s working on earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Her bicycle is her vehicle of choice and weekend hiking adventures are her favorite end-of-week activity. She’s also great for pointing out the best vegan food and bars nearby!


Elizabeth Geli
Elizabeth Geli
Communications
213 550 2235
elizabeth@blankspaces.com

Elizabeth (aka Eliz) is BLANKSPACES’ longest-serving team member, having joined in March 2011. Since then, she’s always helped out in some capacity from behind-the-scenes communication projects to filling in at the front desk. She currently manages the company’s newsletter, calendars, displays, and back-end CRM. She has a bachelor’s in journalism, master’s in specialized arts journalism, and master’s in communication management, all from the University of Southern California. Eliz is a co-host of Sequel Rights podcast and a house manager for Cohaus, a brand of SoCal coliving spaces.


Lani Kim
Facility Supervisor – Larchmont
323 330 9575
lani@blankspaces.com

Lani has worked at BLANKSPACES since December 2018, splitting her time between the Pasadena and Larchmont locations. You can usually find her at the front desk with a cup of peach tea. Raised in the OC, she moved to Pasadena for college, studying chemistry and economics at Caltech. In her free time, she loves to experiment in the kitchen by trying out different bread recipes. On weekends, she travels around the country to compete in various styles of dance.


Ciara Velasquez
Ciara Velasquez
Community Supervisor – Culver City
310 606 3716
ciara@blankspaces.com

Ciara is a Los Angeles native, having been born and raised in the Venice/Culver City area. She is an avid sports lover who has tried everything from dance to softball and even dabbled in surfing. She has her Bachelor’s in English and Journalism from Loyola Marymount University. During her spare time she likes to crunch brunch, read or hang out with her Labrador Retriever, Charlie.


Sandy Roden
Front Desk Coordinator
310 526 2255
sandy@blankspaces.com

Sandy has been at BLANKSPACES since November of 2018. She is originally from New Jersey, but had been living in Seattle for the past 16 years before making the move to Los Angeles with her husband and pitbull mix. During her time in Seattle, she ran her own waxing/sugaring spa for 8 years. When she’s not working, Sandy likes to make a lot of noise with her bass in her band.


May 11, 2016

Since launching BLANKSPACES in 2008, Jerome Chang has made a respected name for himself in the coworking arena. As the first coworking space in SoCal and one of the first…[Read More]

January 4, 2016

By Jerome Chang // Founder, BLANKSPACES 2016 will be a banner year for the design of coworking spaces. Here are some of my predictions. Design styles will distinguish and even glamorize…[Read More]