I've spent the last 12 years applying research and design across the fields of Psychology, Public Health, IoT (smart technology) within academic research, and robotics within last-mile delivery services. This enables me to navigate complexity with strong foundations in quantitative, qualitative, and iterative methods. As a UX researcher and designer, I'm motivated, strategize, and aim to elevate design and people.
My family faced generational trauma. My parents had many issues they tried to rectify in having a family of their own. Unfortunately, the odds were stacked against us. As a family, we faced financial instability, homelessness, and other hardships. By 15, I left my home. Fortunately, my aunt and uncle took me in.
Foundations in Empathy
This was a really difficult time for me. As I searched for meaning, I took refuge in learning about others. It taught me about wicked problems in a world where complexity exists as a byproduct of systemic issues. I have a deep well from which I can draw empathy in service of others.
Learning and Giving Back
I believe everyone should have a seat at the table. I'm grateful for my perspective, and I put it to work. I remain principled to elevate others as they navigate obstacles on their paths.
I use a tenet of anthropology regularly- cultural relativity. Cultural relativity means that people construct their knowledge, motivations, practices, and values relative to their culture. By learning about my stakeholders' personal cultures, I'm able to weave their concerns, user needs, and business strategy into good products and experiences.
Human-Centered & Motivated Researcher and Designer
I'm motivated by curiosity, a desire for equality, and a scientific yet empathetic understanding of people. I understand Design permeates everyday objects, relationships, and systems. This impacts real people, and structures how I craft thoughtful methods, products, and experiences.
I'm iterative by nature, believing that most things can be tweaked and continuously optimized. I learn, because I find it fulfilling. I use my learnings to gain insights on the human experience. I apply those learnings because it gives me purpose. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Just for Fun
In my free time, I recharge by riding my bike up big hills, appreciating plants and animals, volunteering, recording as a studio musician, cooking, tinkering with Arduino physical computing, working on cars, drawing, and occasionally nothing at all!