Our Team

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Brad Stephens


Brad Stephens is the Director of both CoLab Roanoke and CityWorks (X)po. After earning his Bachelor's Degree from Centre College in Danville, KY, he moved to Southwest Virginia to attend graduate school at Virginia Tech. While there he researched community collaboration in the environmental field and completed his M.S. in Forestry. Since then, he has been engaged in a number of community development projects, including Big Lick SOUP, Noke Codes & SIMPLE Roanoke. Brad specializes helping uncover potential solutions to systematic problems and increasing the imaginative capacity of communities. 


Ariel Lev


Ariel Lev is a North Carolina native, but has called Roanoke home for nearly five years. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Communications Broadcasting from Appalachian State. Since her time in Roanoke, she has held positions both as an employee and entrepreneur in the community development sphere, most notably as the Director of the CoLab, planner of CityWorks (X)po and owner of her current project, Virginia Design Collective. Ariel specializes in narrative building and storytelling through modern communication mediums and has a borderline unhealthy relationships with her 6 Instagram accounts. 

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