I am currently serving as Managing Director for Design and Innovation at Singularity University Labs.
Singularity University is a benefit corporation that provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a startup accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies, and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people.
SU Labs is an open innovation campus where large organizations, startups and field impact partners come to use exponentially accelerating and converging technologies to create new sustainable business solutions and tackle the world’s most challenging problems.
SU Labs serves entrepreneurs, corporations and impact partners exploring and commercializing breakthrough technological innovation.
Our portfolio companies leverage exponential technologies ranging from artificial intelligence and robotics to physical sciences to address humanity’s grand challenges – from food to energy, water, security, health, environment, education, poverty and space. SU Companies are for-profit and non-profit organizations impacting the world of tomorrow.
You can see a recent example of our work with Lowe's, the OSHbot.
I was on the founding team of Level Money, a mission-driven design-led financial services organization in San Francisco. Level’s mission is to empower America’s young adults to take control of their financial futures, both individually and collectively, by creating fair and trustworthy personal financial services and by educating and advocating for financial sustainability. I helped build Level from two people with a mission statement through definition, funding, team building, product development, iteration, launch and growth.
Level continues to grow its product offering and active user base.
Our startup video is here.
My career is built on a foundation of design thinking and innovation. As a veteran of IDEO, my work stems from a practice of understanding peoples’ needs, dreams and desires and translating that insight into product, service, environment and communication solutions. I synthesize research through frameworks and principles to make the insights actionable.
During my 9 years at IDEO, I was able to drive innovation programs from multiple roles. First as a design lead and human factors specialist to project management and on to my role as a Senior Portfolio Director.
My passion for emerging technology created a portfolio with a focus on digital experiences, driving innovation programs for cross-industry organizations ranging from Fortune 500's to early stage startups.
I am a Certified Biomimicry Professional and continue to explore the practice through emulation of nature’s strategies, an ethos of creating conditions conducive to life and reconnecting with the natural world.
I continually engage with scientists to inform and inspire my work. I meet with emerging technology companies to find possible market opportunities for their businesses. I bring teams to wet and green chemistry labs to get a closer look at new experiments and technologies. I've facilitated Biomimicry sessions at the San Diego Zoo and other natural habitats.