I am a design researcher, strategist, and visual artist working in the social impact sector. I combined my life long love of art and design with years of experience in the nonprofit sector to pursue a career in social design.

 

I have a diverse educational and professional background which began with a B.A. in Leadership Studies. After graduation, I served a year in AmeriCorps working with middle school students in Newark, NJ. I then focused my work in the nonprofit sector for several years with organizations like Girls Inc, The Urban League, and The Children’s Defense Fund.  I held a variety of roles from Program Coordinator to Designer 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.

I approach everything with humility and compassion which helps me to find common ground across difference. I am is passionate about women’s issues and am currently part of an advocacy group that brings awareness to sexual assault and domestic violence. I believe design can be used to move people towards wholeness and move systems toward equity.  In May 2021 I will graduate with a Masters degree in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts and my thesis is examining ways design can make healing more accessible to trauma survivors.

In addition to my design practice, I love exploring storytelling through a variety of mediums including reading dystopian novels, exploring film photography, and trying new 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