My goal is to use design and strategy as tools for creating positive social change, whether it's in my own neighbourhood or on the other side of the globe.

I was born in a rural community in New York State, surrounded by family, nature, art, politics and humour. The goal to combine my passion for art and design with a desire to make a difference in the lives of others, has given me the opportunity to explore many different disciplines. From photojournalism to microfinance to reflexology, each experience has influenced my work and passion for design.

I received a master’s degree in design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and my undergraduate degree from Cornell University, where I majored in Policy Analysis & Management. I worked as a microfinance practitioner in the U.S. and Canada assisting new and existing businesses in business planning and obtaining access to capital. I completed the Institute without Boundaries program in Toronto, where I worked with a multidisciplinary team of designers to rethink the future of global housing design.

I have lived and worked on both sides of the border and now call Toronto, home. I am the founder of TrickleUp Design, a design consultancy that focuses on creating innovative products and services that have a positive social impact. In addition to being a practicing designer, I am a sessional faculty member at the Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCAD U) where I teach courses within the Faculty of Design. It is a pleasure and honour to teach young designers about the power of design and how they can use it to influence the world around them. This mix of practicing and teaching design is an exciting challenging.