...a seasoned design & research practitioner.
For two decades I've been on the front lines of human centered design, solving design problems in high-growth startups and leading my teams by example. I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty with UX/UI design and qualitative research.
...to build a diverse and effective design and research team.
My "super power" is coming in as one of the first designer / researchers at a startup and ultimately building a high-powered team of diverse, specialized, and talented design and research practitioners who create real product value.
...a design practice that puts the user first.
Since graduating with a degree in anthropology, ethnography has been a centerpiece to all my design processes. I am uncomfortable green-lighting any design for production that has not seen the eyes of the intended audience.
I'm proud to admit that I don't know everything. I hire designers and researchers who are better practitioners than than me and who value curiosity and experimentation above ego. Together, we lay aside bad ideas when we find better ones. And when we disagree we don't assume we're right. We assume only that the user is right and we test.