Improv comic. Producer of Things. Designer.
I’m a lifelong learner
who designs education programs, cooks 8-hour pasta sauces, and reads three books simultaneously.
I work to give others
permission to be creative and produce better relationships between each other and our environment.
On Designing for Good
“Good” has become a marketing tactic. While enterprise businesses bring tech innovation, they don’t typically strive for positive social impact. In the coming decades, this is where interaction design can truly do “good” work— by integrating with education, public health, and civic institutions.
We can do ‘good’ by:
Training the public sector on prototyping and ideation
Utilizing Liberating Structures to empower all communities to have a place at the table
Communicating the interrelation of physical, mental, and spiritual health
Austin Center for Design
I’m a graduate of the 9th cohort of Austin Center for Design (AC4D). Founded by Jon Kolko, renowned designer, author, and teacher.
AC4D provided me with a:
Rigorous, collaborative design process that furthered my existing leadership skills
Disciplined framework to conduct research and test products and services
Visualization skills to sketch, map, and wireframe prototypes quickly
Why Improv Comedy Matters
I was rapid prototyping long before design when I founded AP Comedy, a youth improv program.
Great improv and great design both require:
Quick idea generation and execution
Reliable teammates who can iterate and critique work respectfully
Adaptation to an existing environment
Comfort with ambiguity and abductive reasoning (reasoning that generates hypotheses)
Ability to perform publicly, under pressure
Leadership & Storytelling
As a leader I’ve led award-winning education programs, hired creative teams, and presented in front of thousands. For effective communication and leadership, telling stories is critical.
My leadership style:
Communicate with people where they’re at
Direct, compassionate critique
Practice storytelling structures like the Hero’s Journey
Prioritize outcomes without compromising meaningful discussion
Allow individuals to take the initiative, and grow into a strong process