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Hi, I'm Alyson!

I am a designer, researcher, and strategist working in the social impact sector. 


With a background in social science and community development, I am passionate about understanding and advocating for the needs of people most impacted by a product or service.   My career began in non-profits where I learned to design systems, develop program strategy, build community, and communicate messages clearly. After some time in the field, I pursued an MFA in social Innovation design and now work on a variety of social impact projects. My unique background and  experiences have inspired my multifaceted perspective on how design can be used to create better outcomes.


Gaining a holistic view of an issue is important to me and I approach every situation with empathy and humility as I try to understand stakeholder perspectives. I love hearing people’s lived experiences and working with them to create a new way forward using participatory design research, trauma informed practices, and co-creation.

I believe design can be used to move people towards wholeness and move systems toward equity.


Featured Projects

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Research to understand how to recruit the types of foster parents who meet the needs of youth in the system
Collaborative design sprint for harm reduction organization to create an encrypted order fulfillment system.
Research and Strategy- Creating a strategic plan for increased member engagement. 
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Reducing stigma around healing from sexual violence and facilitating long term support through relationship building

More About Me


Current Favorite Book:

Seven Days in June

Favorite Drink:

Bubble Tea

Favorite Shows:

Abbott Elementary, Heartstopper, One Tree Hill

Favorite Activity:

Fetch with my dog, Teddy

Favorite Artistic Medium:

Printmaking or Film 

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