Passionate, accomplished and intent on shaking up the status quo. Meet the IDEO.org team.
Co-Lead + Executive Director
Jocelyn is the Co-Lead + Executive Director of IDEO.org. Jocelyn’s work focuses on identifying non-profit and social enterprises with whom to partner and designing innovative solutions related to water and sanitation, agriculture, energy, health, financial services, and early childhood education. Jocelyn specializes in building social enterprises and advising businesses in the developing world, where she uses the market to effect social change. Jocelyn oversees IDEO.org’s business development, fundraising, and operations and works to spread IDEO.org’s learnings through the social sector.
Prior to joining IDEO in 2007, Jocelyn worked in Kenya as an Acumen Fund fellow with an agro-pharmaceutical company involved in the production of malaria treatments. She served as VisionSpring’s interim country director in India, where she helped increase the distribution of low-cost reading glasses to the urban and rural poor. She also did training, project management, and business development for Chemonics International, a contractor for USAID.
Jocelyn received an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Grinnell College in Iowa.
Co-Lead + Creative Director
Patrice is the Co-Lead + Creative Director of IDEO.org. Patrice’s work focuses on partnering with nonprofits, social enterprises and foundations to deliver innovative solutions to problems that affect low-income communities. She’s worked across a diverse set of challenges, including youth employment, early childhood learning, scalable solutions for water and sanitation, financial inclusion and more. She also created and stewarded HCD Connect, the online platform to build community amongst human-centered practitioners, a now vibrant website with 50,000+ users.
Before founding IDEO.org, Patrice was a Design Director with IDEO and her work spanned large-scale social change in the private, public, and social sectors. She sees design as a way of thinking that can be used to solve problems large and small, whatever the sector. At IDEO, she led projects in healthcare, financial services, hospitality and education, with clients including Nike, Mayo Clinic, The American Red Cross, Gates Foundation and Marriott International. Before joining IDEO, Patrice was a Senior Designer with SonicRim, a design strategy consultancy.
Patrice holds a BFA in industrial design from the University of Michigan.
Senior Designer + Project LeadIn his role as Senior Designer and Project Lead at IDEO.org, Danny leads teams in designing human-centered products and services to improve the lives of people living in poverty. He also guides the strategy for IDEO.org's water and sanitation portfolio and the Innovation Fund, an initiative for exploring edge technologies and their potential applications for the alleviation of poverty.Danny joined IDEO.org as a Global Fellow in the 2013 Fellowship class, bringing a background of design and entrepreneurship and a passion for innovation in the social sector. In addition to his role at IDEO.org, he is a partner in Who Gives A Crap, a philanthropic toilet paper company in Australia, and has co-founded two other startups: Liga Masiva, a direct-trade coffee company, and Black and Blue Design, a design consultancy in Argentina. He began his career at Method and Catapult Design, and holds a Bachelors of Industrial Design with honors from Pratt Institute.In eighth grade he pitched a no-hitter.
Communication Design Lead
In her capacity as a Communication Design Lead, Stacy helps IDEO.org think strategically about how we positions ourselves in the world, as well as how the organization effectively delivers design to its clients. She also leads IDEO.org project teams.
Prior to joining IDEO.org, Stacy worked at IDEO across multiple industries including fashion, retailers, media, and entertainment to reposition brands and bring new strategic offerings to life. She has also designed communications and products for a wide range of international publishers and retailers such as Rizzoli International Publications, The Guggenheim Museum, and André Balazs Properties among others.
She holds a BA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Senior EditorAs IDEO.org's Senior Editor, Aaron leads our storytelling, editorial strategy, and social media efforts to spread human-centered design. With over a decade of experience as a journalist, Aaron's job is to figure out which stories count, how to best tell them, and how to make them stick.Aaron is currently a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, was Deputy Editor at Dwell Magazine, and got his start as a reporter and researcher for Pulitzer Prize winner William Safire's "On Language" column in the New York Times Magazine. His work has appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Details, Fast Company, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and other publications. He went to Amherst College and majored in English.
Communications Specialist, AmplifyIn her role as Communications Specialist, Shauna leads storytelling and strategic communications for the Amplify program, a five-year effort funded by the UK Department for International Development to make international aid more collaborative and human-centered.Shauna joins IDEO.org from Room to Read, a global organization dedicated to improving literacy and gender equality in education. Over the past decade, Shauna's work has focused on helping nonprofit organizations and start-up businesses tell their stories, with a breadth of experience in media relations, community management, cause marketing, and editorial writing. She also serves as an advisor for EMERGENCY USA, an international organization that brings health care and medical infrastructure to communities devastated by war. Shauna holds a bachelor's degree in language studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jessie oversees the Fellowship program with a focus on recruiting, providing team support for design projects, and engaging alumni. As the Fellowship Lead, Jessie works to identify design talent and supports their growth and experience throughout their year at IDEO.org and beyond.
Prior to joining IDEO.org in 2011 as an Executive Coordinator, Jessie worked at John Berggruen Gallery in San Francisco along with several other arts for social change organizations and museums throughout college. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Jessie was a double major at Tufts University, graduating with degrees in art history and architectural studies, while also attending the Tisch School of Citizenship and Public Service. In her free time, Jessie volunteers with an organization helping students to be the first in their family to graduate from college.
In his role as Finance Manager, Spencer manages the day-to-day accounting and operations of IDEO.org, and works with the entire team to develop a financial picture for IDEO.org’s future.
Spencer comes to us from Chicago where he worked for a number of years in nonprofit finance and accounting. Those experiences include working at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) as a manager of administrative and capital accounting and at Loyola University of Chicago as a manager of general accounting.
Spencer holds an undergraduate degree from Ball State University, and a Master of Science in Accounting from Indiana University– Indianapolis.
Jade stewards partnerships that align with IDEO.org's mission to alleviate poverty through human-centered design.
Jade is passionate about innovative, people-first approaches to global poverty relief. She joined IDEO.org after three years at Land O'Lakes International Development Division, where she worked on USAID international development programs and new business efforts in the agriculture and enterprise development sectors. Prior to this, she worked as a renewable energy researcher for the State of Utah and in sustainability efforts at the University of Utah.
She holds Bachelor's Degrees in International Relations, Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of Utah.
Amplify Program Director + In-House Counsel
Sean lead's IDEO.org's Amplify program, a five-year effort funded by the UK Department for International Development with the goal of making international aid more collaborative and human-centered. He also serves as our In-House Counsel.
Prior to heading the Amplify program, Sean served as IDEO.org's Knowledge Manager, where he oversaw IDEO.org's various initiatives to spread human-centered design in the social sector, including the launch of the HCD Connect platform and the Human-Centered Design for Social Innovation course for the +Acumen program. Sean has led design workshops for social sector professionals, students and entrepreneurs from Zambia to Pakistan to New York City. Before joining IDEO.org, Sean served as the Executive Director of Smallbean, a social enterprise with an innovative educational approach combining technology skills and cultural preservation training. He also worked as a corporate attorney for four years.
Sean holds an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, a law degree from Georgetown, and attended Massachusetts College of Art & Design.
Program Operations Specialist, Amplify
Yennie supports all aspects of the Amplify program. In her role, Yennie is responsible for the finance and operations of the grant, and also facilitates relationships with key partners and stakeholders.Prior to joining IDEO.org, Yennie was at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, supporting a portfolio of grants focused on instructional support and tools for teachers. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Chicago.
Program Assistant, Amplify
As program assistant, Jamie provides administrative and operational support for IDEO.org’s Amplify program. Her work includes liaising with internal and external partners, conducting program related research, and maintaining organizational systems.
Prior to joining IDEO.org, Jamie worked with an international law firm and a local food bank as part of her master’s program. Her previous experience includes an internship with the State Department in Geneva and human resources at a Bay Area community bank.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in international studies from the University of San Francisco.
In her role as Bookkeeper, Amina’s primary responsibility includes the recording of financial transactions. She also supports other team members in performing additional finance tasks and documentation.
In 2011, she received a Fulbright scholarship from U.S. Department of State to pursue her Master’s degree in the US. Prior to this, she was working in Afghanistan as a Program Assistant and Gender Focal Point with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Amina holds an undergraduate degree in pharmacy from Kabul University and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology.
Interaction DesignerIn her capacity as an Interaction Designer, Natalia helps IDEO.org create innovative services, interactions, and experiences to improve the lives of people who need it most. At IDEO.org, she has worked on projects ranging from designing a financial literacy mobile app with Moneythink to collaborating to bring our human-centered design learning platform, Design Kit, to life.Prior to joining IDEO.org Natalia worked at the advertising agency Leo Burnett as an Interactive Art Director, creating engaging digital campaigns, creative strategies, and branded multi-platform experiences for clients such as Procter & Gamble. She’s also been involved with a number of startups in NYC, collaborating closely with entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses, focusing on UX and web design across industries such as health and wellness, media, and entertainment.Natalia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia and a Master’s in Interaction Design from Domus Academy in Milan, Italy.
As IDEO.org’s Executive Assistant, Ally supports Jocelyn and Patrice in their role as Co-Leads. She is responsible for communication, strategic relationship management, and general support. Ally also assists with funding to support IDEO.org’s mission.
Ally joins IDEO.org after two years at Bloomberg, LP in New York, where she worked as a Sales and Account Manager on the New Business team and the Southeast team. She focused on expanding the client base and educating existing clients. Ally received Bachelors’ Degrees in American Studies and Economics from the University of Virginia. She led the university tutoring program, where she provided assistance to low-income elementary, middle, and high school students in the community.
Director of Strategy + Operations
Matt drives business development at IDEO.org. In this role, Matt works with partners to think strategically about what challenges and opportunities human-centered design can help them address. Matt also secures the general funding to support all facets of IDEO.org's mission.
Matt’s deep curiosity about leadership and innovation in the social sector have led him to partner with and work for a variety of organizations. Matt came to IDEO.org from New Profit Inc., where he helped social entrepreneur-led organizations overcome organizational barriers to scaling impact. Before joining New Profit, Matt supported fundraising strategy development and organizational development at a multi-state dropout prevention organization as part of New Sector's Residency in Social Enterprise Program. Matt has also explored various aspects of nonprofit management and the social sector via internships with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Focus: HOPE, Nonprofit Finance Fund, GlobalGiving, and United Way Worldwide.
Matt holds a BBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Senior Partnerships LeadShalu Umapathy is a Senior Partnerships Lead at IDEO.org where she is focused on identifying the most important design challenges for IDEO.org to solve and the right partners with whom to solve these challenges. She is also a business designer on IDEO.org project teams. Prior to this role, Shalu was a Global Fellow at IDEO.org, where she gained rapid and deep expertise in human-centered design methodologies by working on projects including the social enterprise Asili in the DRC, and a series of agriculture projects focused on smallholder farmers in Africa.Prior to IDEO.org, Shalu’s experience spanned the international development and business strategy sectors. At Abt Associates, a USAID contractor, she leveraged her private sector business design background to support global health projects including tools to measure the sustainability of health organizations and a challenge fund to spur innovation in health across East Africa.Shalu also has extensive experience in the private for-profit world, including strategy consulting at Bain & Company where she supported Fortune 500 businesses, and Digitas, where she used analytics to improve her clients’ marketing programs. She was a Clinton Fellow in India and has an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Jacqui’s role as Communications Specialist focuses on knowledge sharing and the spread of human-centered design in the social sector. Through a number of mediums, including HCD Connect, IDEO.org, and IDEO.org’s social media channels, she creates a space where users from across the global can apply human-centered design towards poverty related challenges.
Before joining IDEO.org, Jacqui volunteered with non-profit organizations including Kiva, interning with the strategic initiatives team to leverage micro finance for greater social impact, and Uganda Rural Community Support Foundation where she worked to structure an agriculture-specific micro lending program. Jacqui furthered her grasp of human-centered design as a first-year recipient of an HCD Connect Microgrant for this project. In her spare time, she coordinates an annual HIV/AIDS awareness bicycle ride, Bike Zambia. She received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Psychology from Boston University.
John Won is a Senior Designer at IDEO.org, where he leads teams and guides the human-centered design process from user insights to rapid prototypes. He continues his experience following the 2012-13 IDEO.org Fellowship when he worked on projects that included improving mobile-money services among low-income people in Ghana and understanding long-term and youth unemployment in the US.
John came to IDEO.org from IDEO’s New York office where he worked at the intersection of communications design and business design. He specialized in translating complex information into simple storytelling. Previously John served as a news graphics editor at The Wall Street Journal, where he covered financial, economic, and political news, worked on real estate financial graphics, and consulted in information design. John first learned design at age 17 when he taught himself how to use QuarkXpress in the ACT UP/NY workspace. Since then, he's witnessed the impact that visual design can have within grassroots social change, and it’s been a constant source of inspiration for him today.
Experience + Talent Lead
Dave focuses on leveraging and shaping experience in a way that fosters an extraordinary culture at IDEO.org. As a Talent Lead for the IDEO.org Core Team, Dave supports the IDEO.org team in recruitment, career development, and management. Dave also oversees the IDEO.org space, operations, and human resources.
Prior to joining IDEO.org, Dave spent six years as a product and field marketing manager for a major biotechnology and life sciences corporation. He managed the membrane chromatography product line for Sartorius Stedim in North America.
Dave holds a Bachelor's Degree from Vanderbilt University in Engineering Science and Psychology, concentrating in Management of Technology, Psychopathlogy, and Clinical Neuroscience.