Education
Rhode Island School Of Design
Providence, RI, USA  |  2010 - 2014
Honors, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial Design 
Brown University
Providence, RI, USA  |  2011 - 2013
Liberal Arts Courses
   /West African Writers & the Political Kingdom
   /The Entrepreneurial Process
   /Burden of Disease in Developing Countries 
Georgetown University
Washington, D.C., USA  |  Fall Semester 2012
International Relations Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA, USA  |  2014
Product Design and Development Studio

Experience

United States Agency For International Development (USAID)
Communications Advisor | Washington, D.C. | Jan 2015 - present

In coordination with the USAID Office of Local Sustainability, led the strategy and execution of all visual design and branding efforts of a new Congressionally-mandated development program. Led the launch efforts for the program and produced all necessary material, both print and web, for efficient communication with USAID Missions.


Byline
Chief Design Officer | San Francisco, CA | Jul - Oct 2014
Designed and led the development of a crowdfunded journalism platform with a team of developers and founding members. Completed viable prototype from idea to execution in two months for successful seed investment.


STEAM Maharam Fellowship
Lead Researcher & Designer | Kampala, Uganda | Jun - Aug 2013
Designed and led an ethnographic research project in central and eastern Uganda. Interviewed 150+ people in 3 cities, 12 NGOs, 4 slums, and 3 schools.


RISD Global Initiative
Founder & President | Providence, RI, USA | Jan 2013 - May 2014
Utilized web & mobile tools, print, and a whole lot of lobbying to establish a culture of global awareness at RISD that was nonexistent before.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Public Engagement Intern & Design for the Environment Consultant | Washington, D.C., USA | Sep - Dec 2012
Provided design consultation to the EPA’s Design for the Environment program and influenced the internal vision of the program.

Ashoka: Innovators For The Public
Research Intern | Seoul, Korea & Washington, D.C., USA | Jun - Sep 2012
Helped establish the Ashoka Korea branch through bilingual research.
A Better World By Design
Branding Lead & Advisor | Providence, RI, USA | Nov 2010 - October 2013
Led all design efforts in strategizing and creating visual systems for the 2011 conference of more than 1000 attendees worldwide.

Freelance Branding
Freelance Brand Identity Consultant | Various Locations | Jul 2012 - Present
Worked with clients from Massachusetts to Chile to help their business realize its identity. (ex. Tufts University Fletcher School, TOHL, etc)

Skills

Software
Microsoft Office, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Muse, SolidWorks, basic HTML & CSS


Hardware
Lathe, Band saw, Scroll Saw, Table Saw, Hand Tools

Others
User Research, Information Architecture, Copywriting, Concept Development, Event Programming, Presentation Creation & Delivery, Project Management, DIY Diplomacy


Language
English (Fluent), Korean (Fluent), French (Intermediate)

Just for Fun
Midnight Soccer, Swimming (Butterfly Specialist), Piano, Clarinet, Gown-making

Achievements 

Guest Lecturer at MIT Integrated Design Management Master's Program, 2016
Invited to give lecture on social design to a graduate class


Robert O'Neal Award, 2014
Awarded by RISD Industrial Design Department to one student


Student Speaker at RISD Commencement Ceremony, 2014
1 of 2 student speakers (undergraduate and graduate) selected to speak at commencement ceremony. Watch the video here.


RISD Artist Ball Best Individual Costume, 2014
1 of 1 student selected as Best Individual for her hand-made Shin Ramyun & chopsticks costume

Rhode Island Business Plan Competition Semi-Finalist, 2014
1 of 6 student semi-finalists chosen to advance to next round of competition for funding


Maharam Fellow, 2013
1 of 10 students awarded a $5000 grant to fund self-proposed summer project centered on the intersection of design and public policy. Press release here.

Media: GB Times, Brown Political ReviewWait...What?

Student Speaker at Board of Trustees Meetings
1 of 2 students invited by Trustee Dryfoos and RISD Provost to speak on vision for the future of RISD in 2050


Panelist at A Better World by Design
Invited to speak on panel “Designing New Narratives” at the 2013 conference


References

Thomas Carter, USAID
thcarter [at] usaid.gov  /  +1 (202) 712 5226


Leslie Fontana, RISD
lfontana [at] risd.edu  /  +1 (401) 932 4828


Matthew Kressy, MIT
mkressy [at] designturn.com / +1 (508) 494 2112
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