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Currently the Associate Director for Design for America (DFA) and a lecturer at the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University, I am a San Francisco native and passionate about the intersection of design education and local/social impact. My studio, students' projects, and DFA have been discussed in publications and blogs such as Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Core77 and more. I have been fortunate enough to have spoken and given workshops at TEDx, the NE IDSA Conference, Better Word by Design Conferences, Fulbright Seminar, and given workshops at college campuses across the country. I earned my BFA in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design where I received RISD’s Community Service Award and the Rachel Carson Award upon graduation. I am currently working on a masters in learning and organizational change at Northwestern University. At the start, I founded and taught the advanced studio, Design for Social Entrepreneurship at RISD, Design Futures at Pratt and worked with nonprofits such as Design that Matters and GreenBlue.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Workforce Investment Act: Room by Room Video!!

Room by Room was part of this summer's Workforce Investment Act from Obama's Recovery Plan. Check out the video Harken Productions put together for the City of Providence on us! 


Thursday, October 1, 2009

EK Hero Party in NYC!

Got to hang out with some of my real life heroes and sheroes tonight!! Woohoo!

Timberland EK Heroes with new celebrity hero Wyclef Jean! Check out his Yele Haiti!
One of my favorite sheros, Majora Carter, and new fellow EK Hero friend Andrea Bakacs

They had posters of us. Kind of embarrassing and kind of cool. 

And they had drinks named after us! 
Me and fellow Grainer, Brittany Kleinman