Design Together

Design Manager at Mailchimp, Brooklyn

I build and lead collaborative teams that serve customers and grow the business.


Hello! I recently moved to Brooklyn after nearly a decade in Silicon Valley working at Stripe, Twilio (TWLO), and Pivotal Labs (PVTL). My work is all about people: customers, designers, and teams.





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I manage user-centered teams that build products people love. We are constantly in touch with customers and build products that evolve with their needs. I’ve particularly been successful at multiplying my impact by building teams (Pivotal Labs) and tools (Stripe, Twilio) and with clients Figma, Volkswagen, AAA, Macy’s, and Samsung.

I was one of the first designers and design managers at Pivotal Labs. I moved to Berlin to open a new office and lead the design practice managing 6 designers. In San Francisco (HQ), I managed designers and worked on developing the design and research process scaling it to 15 other offices worldwide. 

Collaborating across orgs so designers can do their best work is my specialty. I establish the product roadmap by working backwards from business goals and customer needs. I help designers on my team shape their career, develop design systems, and iteratively build elegant user experiences.

I’m from Chicago and earned my Master’s in HCI at Indiana University. I enjoy making clothes,  projecting digital art, and teaching the konmari method.




ByDesign Conference

Design Together, PRague

People often think of designers as creative visionaries. But our job is to fall in love with problems not solutions. In this talk I shared three collaboration techniques for research, idea generation, and critiques for designers to use with their teams tomorrow.


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Love and War in Agile, San Francisco

On agile engineering teams, it can feel like design polish will never be a priority. In this talk, I offered tips to develop better relationships with engineering and product managers to see visible and tactical improvements in products that ship to customers. 


Startup the Party

Conference Cofounder, Tokyo

I teamed up with two friends in Japan to co-created a 7-day conference of art, music, and prototyping. I recruited techies from Facebook, Google, Dropbox, and Patreon to collaborate  with makers in Japan.