I’ve worked on projects of all sizes—with non-profits, governments, and Global Fortune 1000 companies on topics such as civil and human rights, financial inclusion and consumer protection, and media development. Here are some of them.

Reimagining the First-Time Voter Experience in the US

Through a partnership with non-profit Democracy Works, I led a team of researchers and designers to help address low turnout rates among America's young, first-time voters. Through a combination of exploratory, evaluative, and comparative research, we found key behavioral trends that heavily influence whether young voters will actually vote or not, and provided design recommendations to address each one, to ultimately help push more people to the polls. This engagement was honored by the Core77 Design Awards in the 'Strategy & Research' and 'Service Design' categories as well as by the International Design Excellence Awards in the 'Design Strategy' category.

 

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Embracing Informality: Designing Financial Services for China’s Marginalized

We conducted a study to explore and share a deep understanding of the daily lives of China’s rural villagers, migrants workers, and ethnic minorities, and their use of informal financial services. As co-author, my particular focus was to build the case for a new remittance service that meets the untapped financial needs of migrant workers, while still being feasible in China’s existing legal and business environment.

 

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Reaching Survivors of Human Trafficking in NYC

Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program provides services to survivors of labor and sex trafficking. We worked on how best to reach potential victims, who are often difficult to contact and may be hesitant to seek out help. My role was to conduct ethnographic research (in English & Spanish) and develop prototypes in support of a new outreach strategy focused on leveraging check cashing shops.

 

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EasyPack: Redesigning the Humanitarian Data Toolkit

EasyPack is an intuitive and easy to implement organizing solution to use Internews’ Humanitarian Data Toolkit (HDT) and keep track of its components. My team conducted interviews with Internews staff and partners who piloted the HDT in Dadaab, Kenya, then built and tested a series of prototypes taking into consideration the different cultural contexts and the needs of users of varying levels of technical knowledge. The final prototype was awarded as the winner of Design Thinking DC‘s 2013 Summer of Design.

 

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