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' (end users-team members) 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!