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

 

With a background is 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 where I learned to design systems, develop program strategy, build community, and communicate messages clearly. These unique 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 everyones perspective. I love hearing people’s experience 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. Currently, I am working to bring more empathy and community participation to tech development.

In addition to my design practice, I love exploring storytelling through a variety of mediums including printmaking, writing, reading dystopian novels, exploring film photography, and people watching at coffee shops. 

Experience

Education

MFA Design for Social Innovation, 2021

School of Visual Arts

Areas of Study: Design Research, Communications Design, Games for Impact, Mapping & DataVisualization, Facilitation, Metrics and Evaluation

 

BA Leadership Studies 2014, Cum Laude

University of Richmond

Minor: Women & Gender Studies

Areas of Study: Models of Leadership, Public Policy, Justice and Civil Society, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Anthropology, Sociology

Certificate, Graphic Design

Pratt Institute