L.S. Cook
Sue and Steve, construction workers and eco hippies.

Who the heck built this website and why?

NOTE As of August 2017, Ecosteader is still just a side project; it does not generate income. The Amazon links in the Bookstore and EcoDepot above have producted a total of about three dollars in the four years I've been working on this.

I am in the process of filing Ecosteader as a public benefit corp. Proper ecological development is something I care deeply about, and proper ecological consideration does not go hand-in-hand with the interests of private real estate companies.
Howdy! My name is Leona, and I'm the lead developer and founder of Ecosteader. Here's my story: As the daughter of two nomadic eco-hippies, I and my three brothers grew up in Las Vegas, Alaska, Florida, and Southern Utah. In every place my family lived, we learned about and championed education and respect for Mother Earth and for all her ecological biodiversity. Our dad (pictured below) was in construction; he hung sheetrock. All of us kids considered it a special treat to go spend the day on a job site with Dad, doing scrap work. Our mother cleaned hotel rooms and worked various mostly minimum-wage jobs.
Growing up, I loved science. My University career began at Pacific University, and finished at SUU, where I earned a Bachelor's of Science degree (Accountancy) in 2003 and an MBA in 2004, the year my dad passed away.
After graduation, I fell in love with open source software, and spent the better part of the next decade being nomadic on my own, always on the road, living cheap here and there, reading tech manuals, and studying big and little cities and communities sprawl and development. Today I'm a technologist and a technical writer who thrives on finding, creating, and/or documenting for efficiencies.

Mission & Vision
We are building Ecosteader to embolden and empower a new generation of people committed to fighting the greed and corruption in the real estate industry. We're familiar with some of the biggest problems in the construction industry today… probably the biggest problem in the construction industry today is finding reliable workers and growing a company! So most of everything we do here is to help small local businesses localize better.
Part of that goal is to usher in a new generation of builders: intelligent and creative workers eager to build the neighborhoods and communities of tomorrow. We believe in lean design and green building. We believe in DIRECT owner-owner transactions and cutting out the middleman. We want to save Portland from becoming like San Francisco, a wasteland of outlandish rents and awful crowded commutes. Portland is our beautiful and fair city; we build it, we own it.
"How" we are doing this is by empowering people with the information, tools, checklists, and resources they need to transact directly with each other -- buyer to seller -- without a middleman. We ask any company in Portland Metro to advertise in our directory to maximize the localization benefits for each city.
Ecosteader is dedicated in memory of Sue and Steve Cook.
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