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I co-scope challenges with project sponsors, engage stakeholders to understand all points of view, highlight insights to reframe perspectives, generate alternative solutions and find moments to test ideas, iterate, build in feedback loops and develop plans of action to execute on ideas. Currently I am an experience designer for Kaiser Permanente. Previously, I was the Associate Director of Design for America where under my leadership the program grew from 40 college students at one university to 1,000 students at 29 universities throughout the US where interdisciplinary teams used creative problem solving for local and social good. My past work and students have been discussed in publications and blogs such as Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Core77 and more. I have given talks at conferences such as TEDx, IDSA, IxDA, Better Word by Design, and given workshops at college campuses across the country. I earned my masters in Organizational Change from Northwestern University and a BFA in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design and have taught design and engineering at both universities.

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!