Eric and Britta Jackson formed alder|creative in 2013.
We’re a husband and wife team with a passion for doing great things and developing high quality businesses.
Eric brings the attention to detail and tech knowledge, with a degree in Digital Culture plus 10 years of Graphic Design experience. Britta has started multiple small businesses and worked in a variety of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations around the PNW, both large and small (from Microsoft to a youth shelter to The Woodland Park Zoo). She worked in partnership with the Washington State Business Development Center to gain her degree in Entrepreneurial Business from Western Washington University.
We like ideas. We love brainstorming. We want to see change and growth happen – especially in our home area of Grays Harbor.
Side Note: We also love coffee, art, downtown development, and travel. We’re former city-dwelling, concert-obsessed, musicians who traded it in (mostly) for family life with our baby girl and the occasional pint of beer at an outdoor concert.
We currently work from our home office. Please contact us for more information.
Meetings are by appointment only.
Britta was born and raised in Aberdeen, Washington. After graduation, she received her degree in Business Management from Western Washington University in Bellingham. She spent the next five years working in marketing and event planning in Seattle; starting as an events intern at the Woodland Park Zoo, moving into a development position at a non-profit shelter, then on to an administrative position in a marketing team at Microsoft, and finally an Event Director for the Archdiocese of Seattle. In search of a more creative position, she moved to Portland, Oregon (just before Portlandia, FYI) to work as a Design Assistant at Fix Studio, an interior design and branding company.
In 2011, Britta returned to Grays Harbor to open a retail store in Hoquiam with her mom. The business was a marketing success, gaining loyal customers through social media strategy, creative events, and community involvement. Despite the success, retail wasn’t the right fit and Gray’s General Store closed its doors in 2014.
Since returning to Grays Harbor, Britta has worked diligently on improving her writing skills through blogging, freelance writing for Go Go Grays Harbor, Grays Harbor Talk, Grays Harbor Community Hospital, Washington Coast Magazine and The Daily World. This experience combined with a passion for small business and entrepreneurship led to the formation of alder|creative in partnership with Eric Jackson where she continues to write, strategize, consult and makes an attempt to keep the office organized.
Britta is a board member of the Seabrook Community Foundation where she enjoys supporting Grays Harbor with funding for many essential community programs. Since also becoming a mom in May of 2017, she loves spending time with her daughter playing, cooking and going on walks.
Eric moved to Grays Harbor at a very young age with his family and attended St. Mary School and graduated from Aberdeen High School. His original passion for architecture led him to design school in Wisconsin, but he eventually made the wise decision to return to the West Coast to finish school at Washington State University in Vancouver, earning a degree in Digital Technology and Culture with a focus on Multi-Media Presentations.
He returned to Hoquiam and found his passion for communications and videography through working with Grays Harbor Paper. He then moved on to Grays Harbor Community Hospital where he was a major part of the re-branding of the organization through new logos, communications, newsletter design, website, advertising and more.
His perfectionism and attention to detail is part of his unique charm as a designer and general helper to friends and family. Many seek his assistance for a variety of problems, since he has a depth of knowledge in electronics, computers, mechanics, construction, and design. He also has an affinity for beer reviews, cooking and vinyl records.
Eric spends his free time playing with their baby girl, tinkering with electronics and home automation, and playing guitar as a choir director for his church.