I love making things.

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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

  • Facilitation
  • Project management
  • Writing
  • Storytelling
  • Visual communication

  • Design research
  • Ethnography and discovery
  • User modeling
  • Insight generation
  • Prototyping


Where I've worked


Experience

Innovation Strategist   2014 - present

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


Education

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

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Art salons

I host gatherings for local musicians, poets, and visual artists.

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Exhibitions

I create and show two-dimensional artwork and sculptures I make from found objects.

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Local food

I adore cooking, especially when creating with ingredients from my local farm share.