I'm a writer, editor, designer, art director, stylist and culture producer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m also a mother of two.  

I enjoy a myriad of creative projects, in particular ones that explore innovative storytelling, share diverse and authentic stories, and connect to multicultural audiences. I'm also interested in creating opportunities for others. 

My ideal projects are ones that help me grow intellectually and culturally, especially any that require figuring solutions for tough problems or stretching/breaking traditional concepts.




meg [AT] mateoilasco.com


My education background includes a bachelor's in psychology with specializations in Asian American studies and business administration from UCLA. I also pursued a graduate degree in architecture at UCLA. 

From 2010-2015, I was the creative director of Anthology Magazine, a home and lifestyle print magazine that I co-founded with Anh-Minh Le.

I'm a freelance stylist and designer with clients such as Sunset, Modern Luxury, Chronicle Books, and Abrams. As a freelance writer, I focus on food and lifestyle for various publications including Sunset and Cherry Bombe. You can see my writing clips here (my byline also appears under Meg Jose Mateo.)  

I've authored seven books and founded the Inc. creative business series with Chronicle Books; been featured in publications such as SunsetReal Living, and Real Simple; served as a guest on radio programs including Martha Stewart Living Radio, After the Jump, and KPFA; served as a speaker at CCA, Alt Summit and EWIP; and received design awards from The Pasadena Museum of California Art, Print Magazine, and Western Publishing Association (Maggie Award).