I have over a decade of experience using Anthropological methods in the fields of Applied Behavioral Analysis and Public Health. This enables me to navigate complexity. As a UX researcher, strategist, and designer, I'm motivated and aim to elevate design and people.
My family faced generational trauma. From racism to physical and sexual abuse, 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
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. As I gleaned insights, I learned of my relative privilege, a loving family, and I could empathize. 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.
My foundations in Anthropology equip me to effectively learn, communicate, and translate concerns to-and-from different stakeholders. When I notice systemic problems, I bring stakeholders together to enact change through learning, strategy, and action.
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.
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, designing, re-designing, being a generally curious nerd who loves learning new things, and occasionally nothing at all!