My career path as a designer happened by happy accident. While studying French and Theatre-Business in undergrad, I had a couple of internships with design-forward theatre companies that inspired me to take a few classes in print and web design. My senior year, I worked as a graphic artist for the campus activities team, and after college, I started my freelance communication arts practice.
For the past 6+ years, I have worked with numerous clients (including a number of arts organizations and nonprofits) on everything from print and web design projects to marketing plans, media relations, social media strategy, and community engagement processes. The stuff that really gets me excited is collaborating with others to develop strategic, innovative design solutions that none of us would have been able to create on our own.
In 2011, I started working at Pillsbury House + Theatre. The organization was in the process of transitioning from a “community center with a professional theatre” to an “arts-integrated community center,” meaning the creative process was being infused across the organization—and with great success. The kids in the child care improved their motor skills in dance classes taught by professional dancers; after school kids learned poetry from local hip hop artists; and the theatre hosted new play readings for the patients of the free health clinic. During my four years at Pillsbury House + Theatre, I was exposed to the immense possibilities of Design across disciplines.
Fueled by a desire to use Design as a catalyst for positive change, I am currently pursuing my M.S. in Nonprofit Management at The New School with a focus in transdisciplinary design and change management. My academic and professional interests revolve around applying a creative, cross-disciplinary design lens to organizational and community challenges. As a complement to my degree, I am also working towards my post-masters certificate in Organizational Development with the goal of facilitating change more effectively.