Experience

Senior Designer MIT/edX

  • Employed from: 2012 – Present
  • Location: Cambridge, MA

Day-to-day, as part of MIT's non-profit organization, I help lead the interaction and visual design of edX's educational products to help millions of people both learn and teach new concepts and subjects. Working with dedicated agile product teams, I manage the design phase of new features and improvements that support our students and faculty's experience. Carrying design work forward, I contribute production-ready front-end development code (HTML, Sass/CSS, JavaScript) to our codebase and, along with the design team, also manage edX's design and front end standards.

User Experience Design Lead ThinkGeek

  • Employed from: 2011 – 2012
  • Location: Fairfax, VA

As the UX lead on ThinkGeek's Customer Experience Team, my role involved overseeing the information architecture and user interface of the company 's e-commerce site. Along with leading the design of strategic projects, monitoring performance, and supporting ThinkGeek's high level of customer satisfaction online, I built a foundation to the team's design process, strategic collaboration with other departments, and communication within the company.

Senior User Experience Designer Viget

  • Employed from: 2009 – 2011
  • Location: Falls Church, VA

At Viget, my primary responsibilities included leading the User Experience phase of projects where I helped clients research, plan online strategies and information architectures, and design pleasurable interactions and useful interfaces. While at the Labs, I worked alongside a range of clients including PUMA, National Geographic, The Sundance Institute, Compassion International, Choice Hotels, and Lafayette College. With each relationship, I contributed a custom-tailored toolkit of skills, clear communication and solutions, and collaboration across disciplines and stakeholders. In addition to working with clients, I helped build and mentor a team of User Experience professionals, educate colleagues about the field of User Experience, and aided the Viget sales team with reviewing and identifying new business opportunities.

Adjunct Faculty Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts

  • Employed from: 2008 – 2011
  • Location: Washington, DC

As part of Boston University's CDIA-based curriculum, I've taught several of the courses offered as part of their Web & Graphic Design program ranging from the technical aspects of working on the web (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) to the creative and strategic where I've art directed students working on pro-bono client work and their own online portfolios.

Web Designer/Developer National Geographic Society

  • Employed from: 2007 – 2009
  • Location: Washington, DC

At National Geographic, I directed the strategy, implementation, and team responsible for front-end development of National Geographic's Digital Media properties including nationalgeographic.com reducing overall page load time, increasing search engine optimization, and general accessibility of online content. Alongside those duties, I led the strategy, information architecture, interaction design, and visually designed user interfaces for strategic initiatives such as user community-driven sites, National Geographic Explorer blogs, and multimedia offerings. A capstone of my time at National Geographic was being a core member in the design and development of a suite of (new at the time) foundational sites including photography, science and space, field work, and online video.

Web Designer/Developer Simmons College

  • Employed from: 2003 – 2007
  • Location: Boston, MA

While at Simmons, I grew into a senior role that led direction, strategy, information architecture and design on key projects. I co-created an award-winning admissions-focused Simmons College web presence that led to a dramatic increase in qualified prospects delivered to admissions via the web, with the College realizing a total 43% increase in enrollments during this same period. Alongside project work, I set standards in how information architecture and front-end development were practiced by the design team, taught web design-centric classes for students and faculty, and led a cross-functional team in setting institution-wide web accessibility standards and guidelines.


Education

Bachelor of Arts Psychology and Studio Art College of the Holy Cross

  • Matriculated from: 1998 – 2002
  • Location: Worcester, MA

Master of Library and Information Science Simmons College

  • Matriculated from: 2004 – 2006
  • Location: Boston, MA

Notable Clients & Partners

  • Choice Hotels

  • College of the Holy Cross

  • Compassion International

  • Earth Echo International

  • The Heritage Foundation

  • Lafayette College

  • National Geographic Channel

  • ThinkGeek

  • The Washington Post