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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.


Trent Oster
Interim Executive Director
Trent Oster

Trent Oster started developing games in 1994, as a game designer / artist / programmer on "Blasteroids 3D", a truly awful 16 bit Dos game. Later that year Trent was one of six original co-founders in Bioware, working on the action game "Shattered Steel". After splitting off in 1995 to co-found "PyroTech Studios", Trent returned to Bioware in 1996 to ship "Shattered Steel" as lead 3D Artist/Programmer. During his time at Bioware, Trent worked as a Technical Artist, Programmer and Project Director, leading the development of the award-winning Neverwinter Nights from a one sentence description through two expansion packs and over 5 million units sold. After a stint as the Director of Technology at Bioware (and surviving two acquisitions), Trent left the company in 2009 to co-found Beamdog with former Bioware Lead-Programmer Cameron Tofer. When not rapidly switching hats from Director of Business Development to Creative Director, Trent likes to take breaks in the soothing environment of his Mazda RX-7 Road Race car.

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.
Brandon J. Huffman
Brandon J. Huffman provides general counsel for the IGDA.

Brandon is a lawyer at Odin Law and Media who helps game developers, game publishers, tech and internet startups navigate the legal and regulatory side of their businesses. In addition to providing general counsel to the IGDA, he serves on the boards of the IGDA-NC Triangle, Triangle ArtWorks and the North Carolina Bar Association's Sports and Entertainment Law section. He has presented to the American Bar Association on topics such as regulation of business activity on the internet and the legal implications of let's play videos, and he has written for both the ABA's annual cyberspace law survey and the Media Law Resource Center's privacy law updates. You can find him on twitter @brandonjhuffman.
Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
Hugh Webster with Webster, Chamberlain & Bean provides general counsel for the IGDA.


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