Sway's story begins in Carmel, California, where the forest meets the sea.

That’s where I spent my childhood climbing trees, collecting hermit crabs, and playing jump rope with long strands of kelp. Through my school years, I studied the climate crisis and the many inequities wrought by waste and pollution. My love for nature led me to explore incredible ecosystems all over the world. The more I saw, the more awestruck I was by our planet’s beauty – but also by the ubiquity of plastics spoiling and disfiguring even the most remote corners of Earth. 

As a designer building brands and packaging systems, I began to think about how I could critically address a problem so large that it impacts every living being on earth. Comprehensive solutions to the plastic problem didn't seem to exist. When I set off for New York to earn my MFA in Design, I was determined to develop a better solution. That’s when I stumbled upon seaweed: an abundant, benevolent resource that can be transformed into a home-compostable plastic replacement. It turns out, this familiar marine material from my childhood is full of untapped potential! 

Joined by my partner of over five years, Matt, we co-founded Sway in 2019 with the vision of building a regenerative future. Since then, we've traveled from California to Peru visiting seaweed farms along the Pacific Coast, explored regions of the world most affected by plastic waste, and met with biomaterial innovators across borders and backgrounds. And now, we’ve built a team of remarkable individuals to bring seaweed replacements for plastics to market. We're so excited for what comes next.

Let's make waves. 

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Julia Marsh
Sway CEO & Co-Founder

Our Team

Plastic pollution bears immense consequences across human and natural systems. To solve them, we believe that we must unite a team that is just as diverse. Our team includes material engineers, supply chain enthusiasts, product designers, and environmentalists. We've each found ourselves confronted with the same frustrations around plastic packaging – and the drive to do something about it. 

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Julia Marsh

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Julia is a designer and creative director with over a decade of experience building brands and packaging systems. She is led by the belief that designers can create practical solutions for the planet’s greatest challenges.

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Matt Mayes

CSO & CO-FOUNDER

Matt's career has centered around improving the environmental, economic, and social sustainability practices of major organizations. When he's not conducting research in the field, you'll find him in the backcountry, camera in hand.

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Danielle Zola

SUPPLY CHAIN LEAD

Danielle spent years developing scalable, sustainable packaging and sourcing solutions for CLIF Bar before joining our team. Outside of supply chain innovation, she's best known for running marathons and organizing trash clean ups.

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Stefano Cestellos

LEAD MATERIALS SCIENTIST

Stef is a Philomathia Fellow and current Berkeley PhD candidate. He is also a published researcher for his work around solar-driven CO2 conversion to value-added chemicals and is a finalist in the NASA Centennial Challenge competition.

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Emily Nicholson

SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGIST

Emily’s background is in supply chain innovation in both Argentina and the Dominican Republic. She’s largely responsible for the connections Sway is forming with seaweed farmers, processors, and their communities.

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Clint Morris

LEAD MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Clint is passionate about finding the harmonies between agricultural practices and advanced manufacturing solutions to produce sustainable results. On weekends, you'll find him connecting with his rural roots at his family's ranch.

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Russell Reed

BRAND & MISSION MANAGER

Russell is a student of geography, fascinated by the deep interconnection between humans and the environmental systems we exist within. He is especially interested in indigenous knowledge and regenerative solutions. 

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Siri Sakulyong

JUNIOR INDUSTRIAL DESIGNER

Siri is a designer driven by sustainability, biomimicry, and social impact. Coming from Thailand – a country surrounded by the ocean – she is especially motivated by projects that put biology and sustainable innovation to real world use.

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Niall Collins

SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIST

Niall is passionate about developing the bioeconomy. His goal is to help shift industries away from fossil-based and resource-intensive supply chains, towards regenerative practices. He's also an avid sailor!

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Alyssa Pace

COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATE

Alyssa is a communications professional who is passionate about building a regenerative future through community development. She traces her love for the environment back to her roots in Berkeley and summers spent in Yosemite.

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Mike Cheng

SPECIAL ADVISOR

Mike has over 40 years of experience in manufacturing, corporate social responsibility, business strategy, and management. He is an adjunct professor and Advisory Board member at the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley.

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