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The staff are responsible for executing on the vision and directives from the Board of Directors, and are the force behind the day-to-day operations of the IGDA. To reach the staff, email or please use our Contact form.


Kate Edwards
Executive Director

Kate Edwards is the Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA), hired in December 2012. She is also the founder and principal consultant of Geogrify, a Seattle-based consultancy for content culturalization, and a unique hybrid of an applied geographer, writer, and corporate strategist, built upon a passion for global cultures and media technologies. Formerly as Microsoft’s first Geopolitical Strategist in the Geopolitical Strategy team she created and managed, Kate was responsible for protecting against political and cultural content risks across all products and locales. In the Microsoft Game Studios, she implemented a “geopolitical quality” review process and was personally responsible for identifying potential issues in all 1st party games between 1995 and 2005. Since leaving Microsoft, she has provided guidance to many companies on a wide range of geopolitical and cultural issues, and she continues to work on a variety of game franchises. Kate is also the founder and former chair of the IGDA’s Localization Special Interest Group, a former board member of IGDA Seattle, the co-organizer of the Game Localization Summit at GDC, and is a regular columnist for MultiLingual Computing magazine. In October 2013, Fortune magazine named her as one of the "10 most powerful women" in the game industry and in December 2014 she was named by as one of their six People of the Year in the game industry.

Tristin Hightower
Director of Operations
Tristin Hightower is the Director of Operations for the IGDA, hired in March 2013. She was named Geek of the Year at the 2012 Philadelphia Geek Awards and is "kind of a big deal.” Tristin entered the industry in 2006 as a Web Producer for Comcast’s Casual Games portal. After leaving Comcast, she produced the 2009 GameX Industry Summit. More recently, she was a community manager for Burst Online Entertainment before accepting a position with the IGDA as the Director of Operations. No stranger to the IGDA, Tristin has been heavily involved in the organization as a member of the Women in Games SIG Steering Committee from 2008 to 2013 and the Philadelphia Chapter from 2009 to 2013. She has also participated in the coordination of five game jams since 2010. Tristin has led several initiatives to get more women involved in game development and technology in general. She is the co-founder of the Philadelphia chapter of Girl Geek Dinners and was a co-organizer of Philadelphia’s first women*-only hackathon, LadyHacks. Newly relocated to the Greater Denver area, Tristin looks forward to learning about the local gamedev and tech scenes. 
Jillian Mood
Partner and Member Relations Manager
Jillian Mood has been working as an HR Leader for over 10 years, specializing with entertainment companies and more recently the game industry. Along with all things talent, she played a key role in keeping game companies culture exciting and positive and was also a brand ambassador. The last couple years she began getting very involved in the industry by co-founding the very successful Ottawa Game Jam (OJam), advising and working on game conferences, speaking at large events such as: Montreal International Game Summit (MIGS), Game Connection Paris, Respawn Germany and many more. She also heavily promotes the game industry in her region to help both studios and the independent developer community grow. Jillian got to know IGDA by joining and then becoming the co-chair for her local chapter, IGDA Ottawa, and she is thrilled to be a part of the largest non-profit association to represent and serve the global game industry.

Supporting Services

Talley Management Group
Talley provides accounting and membership support services for the IGDA.

Stride PR
Stride PR serves as the IGDA's media and press contact.
Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
Hugh Webster with Webster, Chamberlain & Bean provides general council for the IGDA.
The Game Attorney
The Game Attorney provides general council for the IGDA.


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