Design Strategist
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Design and Sustainability Strategist, Interdisciplinary Researcher, and Facilitator

I specialize in leading interdisciplinary research initiatives and developing socially impactful services, products, and system interventions that enable sustainable and equitable futures.

 
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Hi, I’m Dani

My work sits at the intersection between human-centered design, sustainability strategies, and business design. As such, I am passionate about using my work to break-down complex problems and find opportunities that can inspire and enable systemic change.

I use design and innovation processes for social impact, digital, consumer goods, service, academic, and co-creation projects. My specialties being interdisciplinary research, design and sustainability strategies, leadership, and group facilitation. Along the way I have worked for and with Dalberg Design, Parsons School of Design, Foossa, Freshkills Park Alliance, West Point Academy, IGES, and a series of small design studios.

Most recently, I collaborated with Dalberg Design and IGES to enable and empower communities vulnerable to mosquito borne diseases to become central actors in their city’s public health policy. By doing so our aim was to help reduce outbreaks of mosquito borne diseases (e.g. Zica, Dengue, Yellow Fever and Chikunguña virus) around the world. The project ultimately lead to the creation of a platform that uses citizen science to eliminate mosquito breeding sites and provide public health actors with access to high quality validated data.

Currently, I am working with Parsons, The New School for Design, and the Freshkills Park Alliance to help engage high school students around the U.S. with their consumer habits’ impact on sustainability. To do so I am leading a series of sustainability-centered workshops in collaboration with Freshkills Park and local high schools. At the moment I’m in the process of translating the workshop’s learnings into a modular and playful curriculum toolkit that can be accessed and used by high schools’ nationwide.

In the past, I have worked as an Art Director and Communication Designer, leading the development, campaigns, and branding design of various new small businesses. In addition to this I have also created work that expands from user interfaces to campaigns and motion graphics for companies like Siemens, CAF the Development Bank of Latin America, Discovery Communications, HBO, and Psychologies Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When not working as a Design Strategist, I can be found teaching strategic and business design at Parsons, hiking in the wilderness, rock climbing, and
reading existential or environmental philosophy.