I design thingsbecause I valuepeople
and because I believe business and technology can be agents of doing good as well as doing well.
I currently work as a product manager for the design-first creative agency, New York Ave, where I formerly filled the roles of user experience designer and front-end web developer. I also work as a facilitator of creativity and design thinking workshops for The Dali Museum Innovation Labs in St. Petersburg, Florida.
is good but it's people who have most shaped me.
I do the work I do because I value people and believe business and technology can be leveraged as a powerful force for not just doing well but for doing good for people and the life systems on which we rely. To that end, I co-founded and sit on the board of a social enterprise incubator called Ethical Incubator, participate in an international community of enterprise-minded changemakers called StartingBloc and was selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.
and systematically live outside my comfort zones.
Cultural and experiential variety has sharpened my empathy, and therefore my ability to design in an increasingly globalized world.
In the last few years I began performing improv comedy, lived and worked on a sailboat, volunteered on a vineyard and olive farm in Tuscany, teleported around Scotland and Wales, and sought and found long "lost" Italian family in Sicily - on Easter Day when 20 relatives were gathered. I speak French, Italian, and Spanish and I know a few words in goat (learned on the Tuscan farm).
are something I have many of but here's one I particularly like.
Biomimicry (n) - the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes.
Posting weekly biomimicry lessons for the last two years has increased my understanding of something that is and will continue to be a major player in design, from the micro to the macro and the tangible to the intangible. All lessons available on social media, best on Instagram: