Executive Design Director & Chief Communications Officer
Shauna is a writer, design researcher, and strategist who believes in the power of human stories to inspire great design and bring about social change.
In her role as Executive Design Director & Chief Communications Officer, Shauna works alongside design teams and communities to surface insights that unlock new possibilities, create narratives that inspire action, and tell stories about our work. Over the past eight years at IDEO.org, Shauna has worked on projects and programs focused on advancing health equity, criminal justice reform, refugee rights, gender equality, and climate resilience. She also previously served as Managing Director and co-lead of our New York studio.
Prior to joining IDEO.org, Shauna worked to expand access to quality education and health care at organizations like Room to Read and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. She also helped launch and grow a number of mission-driven startups in Europe and the San Francisco Bay Area.
A social scientist at heart, Shauna holds a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Outside of work, she’s happiest barefoot on a beach somewhere or at home in Brooklyn, where she can usually be found wandering around with a strong cup of coffee in hand.