Design isn't just about aesthetics, it's about impact.
I use design as a method to help chip away at some of the world’s most complex problems. I'm committed to creating a world that is more just and equitable, and I believe the process of incorporating design into services and systems will help us get there.
I'm currently spending six months with the Service Design Team at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). I am visiting CFPB from the Federal Reserve Board, where I am a UX/UI Designer. At the Federal Reserve, I was the first design hire on an in-house product team that creates digital tools to improve how policy, research and data is shared and visualized.
My first job in government was as a design strategist for the LAB at OPM (the US Office of Personnel Management) where I taught human-centered design to federal employees and consulted on design projects for a variety of federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Previously, I worked with Bridge International Academies, the largest chain of primary schools serving parents across Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria and India, to help launch a 50 school public-private partnership with the Government of Liberia. In my role, I used service design and qualitative, ethnographic research to help develop go-to-market and parent engagement strategies for the pilot launch.
I serve on AIGA DC's Board of Directors, where I lead the DotGov Design initiative. I also teach interaction and interface design, a core required course, to students enrolled in the Interaction and Information Architecture Master's Degree and Certificate Program at the University of Baltimore.
I am a graduate of the Design for Social Innovation MFA program at the School of Visual Arts. As a student, my work was featured in the New York Times and Fast Company.
Prior to studying design, I worked at the intersection of communications and international development in Afghanistan, producing television and radio campaigns. While overseas, I organized a group of volunteers to launch of the first-ever TEDx event in Afghanistan, which is now run by a group of local Afghan students. I was a Fulbright in Hong Kong, an Abshire-Inamori Leadership Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and an Entrepreneurship Fellow with the Open Hands Initiative in Jordan.