My earliest memories consisted of covering the length of the living room sofa in marker drawings, covering the kitchen cabinets with paint and crayon, and spending my days observing nature by trudging through Minnesota farm fields and returning home a muddy mess. With an commercial illustrator mother and a carpenter for a father, I grew up in a creative household where "making" was second nature. I was raised to know the difference between a flat head and a Phillips, magenta and red violet, Monet and Manet.
That creative spirit was matched with an insatiable drive to learn about the world and the people in it. Growing up, I wanted to be the president of the United States, an astronaut, and an art teacher. I was the only 9th grader I knew who watched CSPAN, and who wanted a subscription to the New York Times. While I cherish my upbringing, the older I got, the more I realized that my ambitions were a little too big for the prairie skies. So I made a promise to myself that I would always live outside my comfort zone, that I would take risks when possible, and that I would never stop learning. An eclectic resume and a half filled passport later, I stumbled upon the field of design and have truly found my calling.
I hold a Master of Industrial Design from Georgia Institute of Technology specializing in design research, and a B.A. in fine arts from Mount Holyoke College. For two and a half years, I served as Program Manager of Spark Corps, a design consultancy focused on design for social impact. In addition to my professional work, I am passionate about giving back to the design community. I serve as board co-chair of The Museum of Design Atlanta’s (MODA) Toast MODA Board and have previously volunteered with the Biomimicry Institute.
I want to take the "rules" of design and then bend, break and develop them to create new solutions. I love thinking about where I want to go as a designer and the problems I would like to help solve. I love that for the first time in my life I have found a career that miraculously blends all of my interests and passions. I wasn’t looking for design, but I am finally where I need to be.