I love making things.
I'm an entrepreneur and artist at heart. I thrive when I’m listening to people’s stories, uncovering the unexpected, and digging in to what makes ideas work. But I don't stop with gathering insights - I'm even more excited about rolling up my sleeves so I can get to work building.
My love affair with creating began during my earliest days in the high chair, but it was at the age of 9 when I started branching out into business. That year I started a store in my basement called FFC Dollar where I sold handmade crafts my neighbors and I made from recycled materials. Our little pillows and magnets were renown throughout our quiet Indiana town.
In the two decades since FFC Dollar, my quest to create has taken me across the globe, and led me to hone my skills in art, business, and entrepreneurship. On the grassroots level, I founded a food startup in Edinburgh, and expanded market access for artisans and designers in Ecuador, India and Kenya. It was through working with international organizations like the Scottish Government and PSI, a global health organization in 65 countries, that I upped my facilitation game.
These days I’m using those facilitation chops to spark innovative group thinking throughout the design process, and I’m learning as much as I can about service design. If you’re a dreamer who’s passionate about using design to solve important problems, reach out to me so we can make something together.
What I bring
- Project management
- Visual communication
- Business modeling
- Product management
- Design research
- Ethnography and discovery
- User testing
- Insight generation
Where I've worked
Innovation Catalyst 2017 - present
The Hatchery @ AARP | Washington, DC, USA
Innovation Strategist 2014 - 2017
Population Services International | Washington, DC, USA
Founder 2016 - present
Claritas | Washington, DC, USA
Consultant 2013 - 2014
Dunia Social Innovation | London, UK
Social Impact Analyst 2013
Soko | Nairobi, Kenya
Co-Founder + Director of Marketing 2012 - 2013
thinkfresh | Edinburgh, Scotland
Marketing + Communications Fellow 2011- 2012
Women's Funding Network | San Francisco, USA
MSc in Management University of Edinburgh Business School
BA in Art + International Studies Davidson College
Service Design Immersive Cooper Design
Human Centered Design for Social Innovation IDEO + Acumen
Things I love
I host gatherings for local musicians, poets, and visual artists.
I create and show two-dimensional artwork and sculptures I make from found objects.
I adore cooking, especially when creating with ingredients from my local farm share.