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About Me

I am an award-winning design director with nearly ten years of combined experience in the nonprofit and media sectors. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College. I'm passionate about inclusive storytelling, design for good and cross-functional systems. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with organizations such as Her Campus Media, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Fenway Health, Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island, UUSC, and AIDS Action Committee to spark a range of outcomes from civic engagement to self-care.

Also, I serve as AIGA Boston's Co-Director of Diversity & Inclusion. There, I partner with members of AIGA Boston's Board of Directors and Boston's design community to ideate and execute programming about the intersection of design and diversity and inclusion values, including the Design Education Scholarship and Design for Hire, an event series about diverse hiring.


Graphic Design USA
Health + Wellness Design Award for Boomerangs: Shop Thrift. Fight AIDS

MarCom Awards
Gold Award for Her Campus + bareMinerals: Power of Good Tour
Platinum Award for Her Conference 2018

AVA Digital Awards
Gold Award for Her Campus + NextGen America: Youth Vote
Gold Award for Her Campus + Bed Head Styling: Festival 2018

Design Consulting 

I am seeking new freelance projects for January 2021 and beyond. Let's work together.

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