I create intuitive and beautiful user experiences and interfaces from conception to implementation while continuing to challenge myself by learning new skills and technologies in UX/UI design and front-end development. I have over ten years of experience in project management, research and communication and am a collaborator and problem solver.
Card sorting, Collaboration, Competitive evaluation, Content writing and strategy, CSS, Ethnography, High- and low-fidelity prototyping, HTML, Icons, Interviewing, Logo design, Mockups, Personas, Paper and digital prototyping, Research, Scenarios, Sitemaps, Sketching, Strategy development, Storytelling, Style Guides, Surveying, Task and User flows, Team-building, UI Patterns, Usability testing, Visual Design, Wireframes, and Workshops
American University | Washington D.C. | MA International Affairs
Middlebury College | Middlebury, VT | BA Music/Comparative Regional Studies
Bloc.io Immersive Online Coding Bootcamp | Designer Track (UX/UI and front-end development)
Honors and Awards
Bloc & Women Who Code - Bootcamp Scholarship
U.S. Department of State - Meritorious Honor Award - Outstanding teamwork and service for First Lady Michelle Obama's visit to South Africa
Women Who Code, member
Women Who Startup, member
Advisor to South African NGOs
President Student Action for Refugees, American University
Balsamiq, Invision, Sketch, Illustrator, Axure, HTML, CSS, paper and pen
Freelance UX/UI Designer | Denver CO | 2015-current
Work with clients to develop intuitive and functional web and mobile design interfaces and user experiences, branding, layouts, style guides and logos design. User research and testing, user flows and sitemaps, content strategy, sketching, wireframing, prototyping and visual design/layouts. Clients include digital marketing agencies, startups and nonprofit organizations.
Leads the UX/UI for website development and other online activities of ContextWest and their clients. Duties incude designing buttons, icons, color, layouts and style guides and conducting user research, content strategy, IA, content writing, sketching, and wireframing. Manages projects and collaborates closely with specialist team members including the art director, copywriter, developers, social/online marketer and the analytics team. Other duties include participating in client meetings, research and thought leadership, and branding inspiration.
Founder/User Experience & Interface Designer | Bibi Blu, Denver CO | 2014-current
Bibi Blu is a social enterprise. I developed Bibi Blu's brand and did all of the UX/UI design work. I created the logo using Illustrator and Sketch. I designed the site using a range of tools including paper and pen, white boarding, Balsamiq, Invision, Illustrator and Sketch to create personas, user flows, logos, layouts, sitemaps, low- and high-fidelity wireframes and prototypes. I am also the founder of Bibi Blu.
Community Grants Coordinator |U.S. Department of State, South Africa | 2010-2012
Spearheaded successful public-private partnerships through identifying and building strong working relationships with corporate social investors. Created innovative advocacy and training programs and workshops for community leaders both in the United States and South Africa. Served as lead site officer for First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to an orphan and vulnerable children HIV/AIDS program in Soweto, South Africa. Participated in strategic planning discussions for the U.S. Mission South Africa, technical committees, and executive staff in the non-profit sector. Managed and emceed official Ambassador’s Grant Signing Ceremonies, which brought together top embassy personnel, foreign press, grantees, and key public and private sector contacts. Collaborated with community leaders and organizations from urban, rural, and semi-urban South African communities.
Labor Office Assistant | U.S. Department of State, South Africa | 2009-2010
Provided program and research support for the Regional Labor Office. Created a monthly newsletter distributed worldwide detailing current South African labor news. Represented the State Department at meetings with key international and local labor stakeholders. Drafted the annual trafficking and child labor cables for South Africa.
Deputy Director of Global Programs | Feminist Majority Foundation, VA | 2002-2006
Managed all day-to-day operations of the global division including research, fundraising, administration, marketing, and outreach. Developed, managed, and evaluated community development projects, including the Nobel Peace Prize-Nominated Campaign for Afghan Women and Girls and the Campaign for International Family Planning and Reproductive Rights. Represented non-profit organization at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the UN Commission on Population and Development, and at U.S. government meetings. Created, organized and designed programming for a conference for over 400 college students on global human rights.
Internships | Washington D.C. | 2001-2002
Human Rights Watch - Women's Rights Division for the Middle East/North Africa
U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Search for Common Ground - Arts & Culture Division
Executive Assistant to the CEO | Women for Women International, D.C | 2006-2007
Provided program, research and administrative support for the president and executive division.
Advisor, Community Development| Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013-2014
Provided technical and program assistance to community projects and NGOs.
Serves as a mentor for the online, self-paced UX Design workshops where participants learn with the help of a curated curriculum and 1-1 guidance from an expert mentor. Helps students understand core concepts, keep students on track and review and critique projects.
Content writer for Proto.io, Luminary Digital and Enlist Moms on topics including content strategy, UX design, product management, social change and women in tech. Proto.io is read by over 20,000 people monthly in over 100 countries. Received media accreditation for the Collision Conference and upcoming Web Summit in Lisbon for 2016. See links below
Freelance Content Writer & Strategist| Secret Stache, Denver, CO | 2016-current
Serves as the Content Designer for The Mobile Community of Excellence team helping DaVita guide the mobile technology direction, standards and delivery that help to create secure, consistent, branded and digital experiences for patients, providers and teammates.
Improves the quality and design of the content on DaVita mobile and web applications to increase usability, understanding and adoption rates for patients and clinicians. Serves as subject matter expert when it comes to content creation (writing, curating, and editing) as well as coaching and training. Conducts user research and testing and synthesizes findings to share with stakeholders.