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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.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Well folks, after the 7 weeks finished up, looks like I'll be packing up my suite case and moving into the citay!! Of Chicago that is as I will now be working on Design for America full-time. Yes, did someone say, "dream come true?" Indeed.

For those of you that may not know the story, my connection to DFA is that on the historic night of November 4th, 2008, I bought the urls designforamerica.com/org with the dreams of one day starting an organization. One year later, was introduced to Professor Gerber of Northwestern (thank you Jocelyn Wyatt!), the faculty founder of Design for America and one year later, poof! Now I am here! Life is truly magical. I'll be refraining from posting here, but please keep up with our news on DFA's blog here!

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