About

Cross-cultural Design Expertise

I grew up a glob­al cit­i­zen, liv­ing in Ethiopia, Nepal, India, and the Unit­ed States. As an adult, I’ve lived in Syria and Vietnam, and have spent extend­ed time in the Nether­lands, Thai­land, Lebanon, and Turkey. These inter­na­tion­al expe­ri­ences con­tin­ue to shape my per­spec­tive and approach to com­mu­ni­ca­tions and design. My years liv­ing abroad and work­ing on mul­ti-cul­tur­al teams have taught me how to build con­sen­sus and facil­i­tate col­lab­o­ra­tive solu­tions. Through my work I aspire to bridge cul­tur­al divi­sions and cre­ate avenues for mutu­al under­stand­ing. Explore my writ­ing about cross-cul­tur­al top­ics, and side projects explor­ing typog­ra­phy in Hanoi and cal­lig­ra­phy in the Mid­dle East »

Client Experience

I have expe­ri­ence work­ing with non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, cul­tur­al insti­tu­tions, uni­ver­si­ties, and small busi­ness­es, both local­ly and glob­al­ly. Past clients include the Smith­son­ian Insti­tu­tion, the Library of Con­gress, the Lou­vre Muse­um, the New York Pub­lic Library, and the Kennedy Cen­ter. View my port­fo­lio »

Teaching Experience

I am an estab­lished edu­ca­tor with teach­ing and course devel­op­ment expe­ri­ence. Since under­grad­u­ate when I worked as a teach­ing assis­tant at Wheaton Col­lege, I have been involved in edu­ca­tion. After receiv­ing my Mas­ter of Fine Arts in Inte­grat­ed Design from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bal­ti­more in 2009, I worked as an adjunct pro­fes­sor at both the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bal­ti­more, devel­op­ing and teach­ing cours­es in media lit­er­a­cy, web design, and design prin­ci­ples and soft­ware. While study­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bal­ti­more I also worked as a Grad­u­ate Assis­tant in the Dig­i­tal Design Lab, where I taught design soft­ware to oth­er stu­dents. See my stu­dents’ work »