Cal McAllister is a proud Detroit native who cut teeth as a beat writer for the Chicago Tribune. After getting in a lot of trouble for making things up, he switched to advertising.
Before co-founding Wexley School for Girls
in 2003, he worked on regional, national and international business at small shops like WONGDOODY and global agencies like Foote, Cone and Belding and Publicis Worldwide.
Cal’s worked in every major consumer and trade category on brands like Nike, ESPN, Microsoft, Xbox, T-Mobile, MADD, Coca Cola, The Red Cross, RealNetworks, Amstel Light and NASCAR, to name a few.
His work has been recognized by most every international advertising award show, including Cannes, the Clios, Communication Arts, New York Art Director’s Club and the One Show. He as also judged the Lotus Awards in Vancouver, regional and national ADDYs and the OneScreen Film Festival for One Show among others. As a screenwriter, his films were selected and screened at the Seattle International Film Festival, Slamdance, the Chicago Short Film Festival, Atom Films and the RESFest International Film Festival, among others.
Cal sits on the Board of Directors as an officer for People for Puget Sound, an environmental non-profit organization working to protect and restore the health of Puget Sound and the Northwest Straits through education and action. He also sits on the Board of Directors for The Creative Circus, an advertising portfolio school in Atlanta. In 2007, he was named one of the Northwest’s Top 40 Under 40, a list of promising young business leaders by the Puget Sound Business Journal. In 2008 he was named one of Seattle’s 25 most influential people by Seattle Magazine.