Staff & Contacts
Chief Executive Officer Amy Banner Updegrove
I started my media career at Texas Monthly magazine in ad sales and moved with them to their New York office, Mediatex National Sales, selling advertising for Chicago magazine. From there, I served for many years as the Retail Marketing Director for Polo Ralph Lauren and in 2000, I became Interim Publisher for Latina magazine. In 2002, I returned to Texas Monthly and Emmis Communications as Advertising Director. I was named Publisher and President of Los Angeles magazine in September 2007, and in 2010 returned once again to Texas as the VP, Group Publisher of Emmis Publishing and the Publisher of Texas Monthly. This long, amazing career in media, marketing, sales and client service has given me a specialized skill set to easily adapt to my role as Chief Executive Officer of Leverage Global Partners.
Our President Annalisa Povlock
As President of Leverage Global Partners, Annalisa is responsible for developing products and services, producing events & media, and managing the team that serves our network of real estate firms.
Under Annalisa's leadership, Leverage has achieved a membership base of 130+ real estate firms and has launched an internal marketing agency to serve the creative development and brand marketing needs of its members. With Leverage Global Partners from its beginning, Annalisa has contributed to every functional area of the company.
Prior to joining Leverage, she managed acquisition and construction of multi-family housing developments for an affordable housing developer and worked as an Associate to a top-producing Real Estate Agent in Los Angeles. She holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health from Indiana University.
When she's not steering the ship at Leverage, Annalisa can be found with her family enjoying all that life in Southern California has to offer and completing renovation projects on her duplex.
Phone: (310) 500-3661
We have assembled a team of experts in their respective fields - from digital marketing to customer service - who are working to keep Leverage on the leading edge of the global real estate market.
Sales Manager Cristina Taggart
Born and raised in New Jersey, my family traveled up and down the coast visiting various cities. As I got older, I had the itch to get out and see how the other half of the Country lived, so I moved to Arizona and graduated ASU with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Events Management and Tourism Management and Development. After graduating, I spent time in hospitality, as well as the sports industry, traveling the Country with a national team. I have a true passion for helping others achieve their goals, which is why I love my role here at Leverage. As Sales Manager, I have the opportunity to speak with agents all over the world and connect them with other like-minded agents. When not at Leverage, you will find me cooking, in the gym or exploring the ever-changing city of Los Angeles.
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Phone: (310) 500-3640
Account Manager Dakota Spillman
Hailing from Northern California, I was raised in a family immersed in the real estate business. This gave me the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally at a young age, awakening my passion for meeting new people and learning about different cultures. Since then, I have been lucky enough to study Communication and Linguistics in cities from Santa Barbara, California to Zurich, Switzerland. I started my professional career in Business Management, arriving at Leverage with experience in media, marketing, and real estate. As an Account Manager, I am driven to create an individualized strategy for your business. When I am not in the office you can find me spending time with my family in Sonoma County, enjoying the sunshine at the beach, or jet setting to someplace new.
Marketing Coordinator Jamie Cohen
Born and raised in Southern California, I recently graduated from Loyola Marymount University, where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Business Administration. I took the chance to broaden my horizons by spending a semester abroad in Germany, during which I spent weekends traveling throughout Western Europe. During this time, I discovered my passion for traveling and immersing myself in different cultures. As Marketing Coordinator at Leverage, I am able to use these interests in order to help our valued partners all over the world grow and benefit from our services. When I am not traveling or immersing myself in a new creative venture, I prefer to spend my days on a yoga mat and my nights sleeping in a tent.
Phone: (310) 500-3659
General Manager Raquel Peña
I come to Leverage Global Partners with an extensive background in finance. As a native to Los Angeles, I have had the opportunity to work in diverse industries such as entertainment, publishing and law. I get a charge out of learning the inter-workings of business operations and am thrilled to have the chance to gain a working knowledge of the real estate field. For play, you can find me at live concerts of assorted genres, catching independent movies, and reveling in the latest LA hot spots.
Phone: (310) 500-3656
Administrative Coordinator Taryn Felder
Taryn Felder started at Leverage as freelance and then joined the team permanently not too long after. She grew up in a US military upbringing and has lived many places. She graduated with her B.A. in Global Business. She enjoys traveling, spending quality time with her family, and pasta.
Leverage Consultant Morgan Northway
Morgan Northway, is the founder of Morgan Northway Coaching and Mentorship. She had the opportunity of being Director of Membership Services at Leverage Global Partners the last 4+ years, and is now excited to work with the Leverage Team as one of her Corporate Clients. She specializes in personal & professional development of employees, setting up new systems for daily efficiencies & organization strategies, as well as creating a motivated and positive team culture.
When she is not working with her corporate or one on one clients, or hosting workshops, or launching an online program, you can find her posted up at a coffee shop in Santa Monica reading, writing, and having tea with a dear friend. She believes in living for the joys of today, not the joys of tomorrow.
Phone: (310) 500-3641
Creative Contributor Irlanda Navarro
Irlanda Navarro is a multidisciplinary designer based in San Diego with a background in Social Media Management, Marketing, Graphic Design and Photography. Her cross-cultural experience working with companies in Mexico and in the States, and speaker of English, Spanish and French, allow her to bring a global and fresh perspective into her creative endeavors.
When not in front of her computer, you can find her enjoying the beach, trying out new sports and spending time with her family.
Phone: (310) 500-3641
Creative Contributor Jenifer Tracy
Jenifer Tracy is the owner and Creative Director of JENCO CREATIVE, a boutique graphic design studio founded in 2007 in sunny Los Angeles. Jenifer’s work has been recognized as smart, effective and inspired and has won multiple awards. Having worked with a diverse range of clients from the Got MILK campaign to Mary J. Blige, Jenifer has a relentless desire to create quality work that expresses her client’s personality and vision.
Phone: (310) 500-3641
Creative Contributor Libby Farris
Libby Farris was previously VP Creative Services for Texas Monthly magazine and is now an Austin-based freelancer who writes about all things garden, home, and lifestyle. Her favorite Instagram accounts for design are @pigottsstore and @jeffreybilhuber. She believes any couch looks better with a dog sleeping on it.
Phone: (310) 500-3641
Creative Contributor Sophie Duvall
Graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in journalism, Sophie fell in love with the live music capital of the world and never left. She began her career at Texas Monthly Magazine, a regional publication covering all things in the Lone Star state from news and politics to music and BBQ. Starting as the receptionist, Sophie worked her way up to sales and digital marketing coordinator where she managed both print and digital ad traffic and assisted the digital sales and marketing manager on client proposals and reporting. Currently, she is an email marketing specialist in the booming IT industry of Austin. Sophie’s passions include travel, design, trying new workouts to challenge herself like Krav Maga, and -- like every true Texan -- queso.
Phone: (310) 500-3641