I’m a writer, editor, designer, and culture producer—and also, I’m a mother of two. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Over the past 15 years, I developed various skills including writing, editing, design and styling—and had great fun along the way. I launched home and stationery lines. I wrote books, designed books, edited books, and even illustrated and styled them. I started a magazine, art directed photo shoots, and pitched and wrote for other magazines. I produced and styled videos. (My family was quite confused about how to explain what I do.)
These days I pursue creative work (both personally and professionally) that encourages innovative storytelling, shares diverse and authentic stories, marries art and science/research, and connects to a multicultural audience. 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.
Currently, I am a managing editor primarily in cookbooks at Callisto Media, a start-up publisher in Berkeley. I'm also a freelance writer focusing on food and lifestyle for various publications including Sunset and Cherry Bombe.
I've authored seven books and founded the Inc. creative business series with Chronicle Books; been featured in publications such as Sunset, Real 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).