Here’s the long story...
Drawn to understanding people and societies within a sociocultural lens, I decided to study psychology and anthropology at Amherst. I supplemented my education by also studying Japanese; it helped me explore how language influences the human perspective.
Lived and studied in Japan, taking classes that focused on ethnographic research and cross-cultural studies.
Conducted psychology research with graduate students at the Psychology of Social Justice Lab. Research focused on domestic partner violence and policing equity.
With a better understanding of ethnographic and quantitative research practices, I conducted my own research inquiry into gender expression and intersectional identities.
Now more specifically drawn to educational anthropology and cognitive psychology, I completed my 2-year graduate research. My research focused on how the incorporation of intertextual shifts as a pedagogical tool could help build student engagement and text-to-self connections.
Hoping to capitalize on the skills and knowledge I gained from my graduate program, I consulted students through the college application process and helped redesign a school's master schedule (a 6-month project) for the betterment of the overall student and faculty experience.
Having established a passion for the application of research to solving real-world problems, after moving to the Bay Area I discovered user experience design. I was excited about exploring how ethnographic and psychology research could be used in the digital space so I completed a 1-yr intensive UX design program with Bloc, focusing on UX strategy, ideation, and prototyping.
From enterprise software to consumer-facing products, I've challenged my creative thinking by working on diverse products.
Working in a fast-paced environment dedicated to supporting the entire application life-cycle from development to deployment. CloudBees gave me the opportunity to challenge my technical knowledge and empathize with a user-base that is versatile and opinionated.
EarnUp is a mission-drive start-up where I have been given the opportunity to lead design initiatives, research, and develop our first design system. As the primary product designer, I work across multiple projects and mentor our associate designer.