CURRENTLY

Design Director, Service Design Studio
NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity
since 2018 Apr

Faculty Thesis Advisor
School of Visual Arts, Design for Social Innovation
since 2018 Sept


PREVIOUS ROLES

Deputy Design Director, Service Design Studio
NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity
2017 Aug-2018 Apr

Interaction & Design Lead
UNICEF Innovation
2013-2017

Exhibition Designer and Design Director, Too Young to Wed
United Nations Population Fund and VII Photo Agency
2012 October

Media Design Director
Disruptive Media Lab
2012 Apr-Aug

Exhibition Designer and Creative Director, Women are the Fabric
United Nations Population Fund
2012 March

Innovation Specialist
PepsiCo with Design Continuum
2010 Sep-Dec

Freelance Designer
See partial list below under Clients & Collaborations
since 2005

Youth Services Coordinator
Little Tokyo Service Center
2002-2005



CONVERSATIONS + WORKSHOPS

Social Impact Studio
Speaker - From the Field
2018 November

Designit
Panelist - The Case for Inclusivity
2018 October

Better World by Design Conference
Conference Speaker - Civic Design in Action
2018 September

NextGen Network Multi-Bank Forum
Panelist - Workforce of the Future
2018 September

DigitalGov Webinar
Co-Presenter - Civic Service Design Tools + Tactics (video recording)
2018 July

National Association for Welfare and Statistics (NAWRS) Virtual Conference
Co-Presenter - Human Centered Design for Social Programs (video recording)
2018 July

Parsons, The New School
Course: Strategic Design and Management; Instructor: Norah Maki
Co-Lecturer on storytelling and business pitching
2018 April

School of Visual Arts, Design for Social Innovation Global Lecture Series
Co-Presenter on NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity, Service Design Studio
2018 March

BuzzfeedDesign Club
Presenter on NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity, Service Design Studio
2018 March

School of Visual Arts, Interaction Design MFA Program
Speaker - An Evening with Mari Nakano
2017 October

Parsons, The New School
Course: Managing Innovation in the Media; Instructor: Charles Warner
Co-Presenter on UNICEF Innovation, communications and real-time data
2017 March

Princeton Social Innovation Conference
Panelist on UNICEF Innovation and designing for social impact
2017 February 24

Carnegie Mellon University
Course: Interaction Design, Masters; Instructor: Austin Lee
Lecturer on UNICEF Innovation and designing for social impact
2016

Design for Social Impact
NPR Studios, Washington D.C.
Panelist on career pathways for designers in social impact
2016 September 28

Just Innovate: Collaborate 4 Social Impact (C4SI)
Design Impact Hub - Geneva, Switzerland
Presenter on UNICEF Innovation + Workshop Facilitator on Human Centered Design
2016 September 24

LEAP 2: Value of Design Symposium
Participant (invite only)
2016 April 9-12

Wesleyan University
Course: Human Centered Design for Social Change; Instructor: Ric Grefe
Lecturer on UNICEF Innovation and designing for social impact
2017 & 2016



NOTABLES

Young Innovator Alumni Award
ArtCenter College of Design
2015

Media Design Program Scholarship Recipient
Summer 2009, Spring 2009, Summer 2008

AIGA 365/30 Competition Winner
Print/Promotion Category
They Give Birth to Life, poster design
2009

Designmatters Fellow
United Nations Population Fund
2008


EDUCATION

M.F.A., Media Design Program
ArtCenter College of Design
2009

B.A., Asian American Studies w. Minor in Political Science
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
2002

University of California Education Abroad Program (EAP)
International Christian University and Tsukuba University, Japan
Japanese and International Studies
2000-2001


OTHER ACTIVITIES

Chair, Board of Directors
Aozora Community Foundation
since 2016

Fellowship Mentor
Designmatters
2015-2017

Apprentice and Instructor
Loop of the Loom
2011-2018

Contributing Writer
Rafu Shimpo
2004-2014

INTERESTS

Trying/Tried: Weaving, Cooking, Catering, Pickling & Fermenting, Writing, Photography

Bucket List: Homeopathy/Herbs, Archery, Sign Language, Illustration