DSI Reflecting on Summer 2022’s Community Design for Leaders Course


Kara Meyer

Managing Director - (+) POOL

Mohit Raj

Co-Founder at Turn Your Concern Into Action Foundation

Karen Proctor

Designer-In-Residence Spring 2022

Michelle Fehler

Visual Communication Design Biomimicry Faculty Associate, School of Life Sciences Affiliate Faculty, The Biomimicry Center - Arizona State University

Sabine Salandy & Jasmine Cardona

Tech Talent Pipeline Program Manager & Executive Director of Economic Development, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York

Willy Wong

Chief Creative Officer at NYC & Company

Brittney McFarlane

Product Designer at

Jennifer White-Johnson

Art & Design Activist and Educator

Mihir Kshirsagar

Clinic Lead - Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University

Rachael Dietkus

Founder - Social Workers Who Design

Bernard Hayman

Global Head of Impact, Measurement & Learning - Purpose PBC

Markus Kessler, Umila Singh, Daniel Herrera, Kate Newman and Taiwo Adeoye

Division of Prevention Services, NYC Administration for Children's Services

Deborah Marton

Executive Director - Van Alen Institute

Bon Ku & Robert Pugliese

Assistant Dean of Medical Education & Director of Innovation Design - Thomas Jefferson University

BIPOC Design History

Curriculum Designers & Instructional Designers - BIPOC Design History

Daniel Edelman

Associate Director of Strategy and Operations - The Next 100

Lesley-Ann Noel

Associate Director for Design Thinking for Social Impact and Professor of Practice - Tulane University 

Erica Boonstra

Principal Advisor, Global Design - International Justice Mission

Sadie Red Wing

Design Educator & Advocate for Tribal Visual Sovereignty

Alexander Frantzen

Founder & CEO of Carbon Calories

Sarah Fathallah

Freelance Social Designer and Researcher

André Blackman

Founder & CEO - Onboard Health

Ishan Khosla

Founding Partner - The Typecraft Initiative

Raja Schaar

Program Director & Assistant Professor - Drexel University

Shugo Hama

Co-Founder - Thien Sinh Farm

Rasmia Kirmani Frye

Founder - Fund for Public Housing

Nicole Cardoza

Founder - Anti-Racism Daily, Yoga Foster, Reclamation Ventures

Daisy Rosales

Co-Founder and Executive - Brio

Liz Jackson and Alex Haagaard

The Disabled List

K.O. Campbell & Andi Broffman

Large City Strategy Lead & Portfolio Lead - Built for Zero

Alex Anderson

Founder - Good Measure

Denise Shanté Brown

Founding Director + Holistic Design Strategist - Black Womxn Flourish

Shayla Byrd & Hannah Nicdao

UX Writer & Interaction Designer - Google

Christian Delsol

Former Public Information Media Executive Producer - United Nations Population Fund

Rodrigo Muñoz

Founder - Andes Materials

Katie Puccio & Liz Wells

Desk Lunch

Chelsea Toler-Hoffmann

President, Keep Families Giving

Angela Patton

CEO - Girls for A Change

Hosan Lee

Founder & CEO - TableTribes

Emilie Miyauchi

Board Member and Peer Educator - CEANYC

Anna Nazo

Performance Artist

Katherine Zhou

Designer - IBM

Natalie Sims

Design Director - Public Policy Lab

Jacob Rader

Interaction Designer / Researcher - Proximity Designs

Adam Kahane

Director - Reos Partners

Sloan Leo

Community Builder

Patrician McCarthy

Founder - The Mien Shiang Institute

Ivy Woolf Turk

Founder - Project Liberation

Christie Nicholson

Entrepreneur-in-Residence - GIANT Innovation

Jeremy Faludi

Sustainable Design Strategist / Principal - Faludi Designs

Aviva Oskow

Human Centered / Visual Designer - 18F

Scott Lehman

Principal / CEO - Human Spark

Hannah Calhoun, Bill Cromie, and KT Gillett

Blue Ridge Labs, Robin Hood

Antionette Carroll

Founder and President / CEO - Creative Reaction Lab

May Abdalla and Amy Rose

Co-founders, Anagram

Ted Alcorn

Director of Innovation, Everytown for Gun Safety

Alumni Night

Pragya, Josh, Rhea, Sebastian, and Akshata

Rochelle Ardesher

Co-founder/director, Point B Design + Training

Sara Aye

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Greater Good Studio

Mark Barden

Co-author, A Beautiful Constraint

Kate Black

Founder, Magnifeco

Natasha Blank

DJ; Founder, The Get Down

Micaela Blei

Senior Manager, The Moth Education Program

Erika Block

Founder, Local Orbit

Dara Blumenthal and Nathan Snyder

Nature of Work

Carroll Bogert & Alex Tatusian

President & Editorial Designer, The Marshall Project

Pamela Bolton

VP of Innovation and Strategy, Concern Worldwide U.S.

Atif Bostik

Executive Director, Uplift Solutions

Wendy Brawer

Founder, Green Map System

Sarah Brooks

Director of Insight and Design, US Veterans Affairs

Rachel Brown

Director, Sisi ni Amani International

Rachel Brown

Center for Prevention of Genocide Fellow; US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Schuyler Brown

Strategy Director, Sightful

Bill Browning

Founding Partner, Terrapin Bright Green

Bill Browning

Founding Partner, Terrapin Bright Green

Bill Browning

Founder, Terrapin

Amy Chasan

Founder and Owner, Sweet Generation

Neill Coleman

Principal, Mission Magnified Consulting

Lisa David

President and CEO, Public Health Solutions

Katy Davis

Managing Director, ideas42

Susan Davis

Founder, BRAC

Tim DeChristopher

Bidder 70

Jane Diplock

Former President, SEC of New Zealand

Gabriele Donati and Ted Wallach


Jed Emerson

Founder, Blended Value

Matt Enstice

President and CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus

Matt Enstice

President and CEO, Buffalo Niagara Medical Group

Tirtza Even

Director, Natural Life film

Robert Fabricant

Co-Founder & Partner, Dalberg Design

Abby Falik

Founder, Global Citizen Year

David Fenton

Founder and CEO, Fenton Communications

Leetha Filderman

President and COO, PopTech

Kenny Fries

American Memoirist and Poet

Christine Gaspar

Executive Director, Center for Urban Pedagogy

Ruth Gates, Ph.D.

Director, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology

Alex Gladstein

Director of Institutional Affairs, Human Rights Foundation

Jennifer Gootman

Director of Social Consciousness & Innovation, West Elm

Jennifer Gootman

Vice President, Social Consciousness & Innovation West Elm

Nancye Green

Chief Design Officer, The Medicines Company

Elísabet Gunnarsdótti, Gudrún Hallgrims-dóttir

Women's Rights Activists, The Long Friday

Rosanne Haggerty

Founder, Community Solutions

Amy Hall

Director of Social Consciousness, Eileen Fisher Company

Amy Hall

Director of Social Consciousness, EILEEN FISHER

Doug Hebert

Principal and Design Director, Savage Brands

Nicholas Higgins

Director of Outreach Services, Brooklyn Public Library

Jeffrey Hollender

Founder, Seventh Generation

Jennifer Holt

acting CEO, Building Markets

Gabrielle Horowitz-Prisco

Executive Director, The Lineage Project

Richard Hsu

Professor, Tongji University School of Design and Innovation

Inside Out Project

Rhea Keller and Luiz Gomez

Emily Jacobi

Executive Director, Digital Democracy

Jonathan Jacobs

The Vintage DJ

Nick Jehlen

Partner, The Action Mill

Tracy Johnson

Senior Program Officer, User Experience & Innovation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Laura Kadumus, Meghan Lazier, and Gina Kim

How an MFA from Design for Social Innovation at SVA prepares you to be a creative leader.

Yolanda Kakabadse

Minister of Environment for the Government of Ecuador

Ben Keesey

former CEO, Invisible Children, Inc.

Kerri Kelly


Ariel Kennan and Team

The Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, NYC

Cheryl Kiser

Executive Director for The Babson Social Innovation Lab

Amanda Kizer

Manager, GIIRS Impact Rating program; B Lab

Matt Klein

Executive Director, Blue Ridge Foundation

Ben Knight

Co-Founder, Loomio

Nathaniel Koloc

Co-Founder and CEO, ReWork Jobs

Jesse Kornbluth

Head Butler; Author

Anjali Kumar

General Counsel, Warby Parker

Jessica Ladd

Founder, Sexual Health Innovations and The Social Innovation Lab

Amy Larkin

Founder, Nature Means Business

Steve Larosiliere

Founder and President, STOKED

Dr. Roberta Lee

Vice Chair, Department of Integrative Medicine, Mount Sinai Beth Israel

Dr. Laurie Leitch and Dr. Loree Sutton

Threshold GlobalWorks

David Levine

President, Sustainable Business Council

Lance Lindblom

retired President and CEO, The Nathan Cummings Foundation

Lance Lindblom

President, The Nathan Cummings Foundation

Rachel Lloyd

Founder and President, Girls Educational & Mentoring Services

Robin Low

Co-founder, Civil Innovation Lab

Nancy Lublin


Giorgia Lupi

Partner and Design Director, Accurat

Lynne Maguire

Innovation & Strategy Consultant (Healthcare and Nonprofits)

Nancy Mahon

Senior VP for Global Philanthropy and Corporate Citizenship

Sunitha Malieckal

Account Manager, Greyston Bakery

Gabriel Manga

Social Entrepreneurship Consultant

Chelsea Mauldin

Executive Director, Public Policy Lab

Erin Mazursky

Co-Founder and President, Rhize

Kevin McSpadden

Director of Marketing and Brand Strategy, Facebook

Paul D. Miller

DJ Spooky

Hirokazu Nagata & Bumpei Yorifuji

NPO Plus-Arts

Alexis Ohanian

Founder, Reddit

Bill Ottman

Founder and CEO, Minds

Ben Peterson

User Experience Designer, US Department of HUD

Jonas Piet

Partner & Lead Service Designer, InWithForward

Daniel Pinchbeck

Co-Founder, Center for Planetary Culture

Paul Polak

Co-founder, Windhorse International

Paul Polak

Founder, IDE and Design for the Other 90%

Dr. Paul Polak

Founder, IDE and Design for the Other 90%

Jake Porway

Founder, DataKind

Doug Powell

Distinguished Designer, IBM

Dave Rapaport

VP of Earth and Community Care, Aveda

Nathaniel Raymond

Director, Signal Program at Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Jonathan Rich

Advocacy Strategist, Roberts+Rich

Michelle Risinger

Innovation Director & Human-Centered Design Technical Expert, PACT

Laurie Ristino

Director of Center for Agriculture & Food Systems, Vermont School of Law

David Rock

Director, NeuroLeadership Institute

Tayo Rockson

Host of the As Told By Nomads Podcast & CEO of UYD Management

Anne Rudig

Former Director of Communications, The Episcopal Church

Jason Rzepka

VP of Public Affairs, MTV

Jonah Sachs

CEO, Free Range Studios

Margaret Klein Salamon

Director, The Climate Mobilization

Susan Reilly Salgado

Managing Partner, Hospitality Quotient

Victoria Sammartino

Executive Director Emeritus, Voices UnBroken

Brad Schenck

Digital Director, Rainforest Action Network

Roddy Schrock

Director of Programs and Residencies, Eyebeam

Mark Seltman

Master Palmist

Shaolee Sen

Executive Director, Hot Bread Kitchen

Debika Shome

Deputy Director, Harmony Institute

Albert Shum

CVP of Design, Experiences & Devices Group, Microsoft

Santiago Siri

Founder and President, Democracy Earth Foundation

Ryan Smith

Co-Founder and CTO, Micromidas

William Spear

Founder, Second Response

Lina Srivastava

Principal, Lina Srivastava Consulting

Dave Stangis

VP Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer at Campbell Soup Company

Andy Stefanovich

Corporate Curator and Provocateur

Matt Stinchcomb

Executive Director,

Brett Stoudt

Assistant Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Kiko Suarez

VP of Communication and Innovation, Lumina Foundation

Elizabeth Talerman & Miguèle Issa

Partner, Brand and Organizational Strategy, Nucleus & Strategist / Designer, Nucleus

Henry Timms

Executive Director, 92nd Street Y

Emily Tow Jackson

Executive Director and President, The Tow Foundation

Lizz Winstead

Co-creator, The Daily Show

Naomi Weinstein

VP, Innovations Institute for Community Living (ICL)

Joey Womack

Founder / CEO, Amplify 4 Good Amplify 4 Good

Danielle Wood, PhD

Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab; Director, Space Enabled Research Group

Casey Box and Jiten Yumnam

Land Is Life

Michael Murphy

MASS Design Group

Tracy Johnson

Gates Foundation

Jonathan McKay

Maggie Breslin

The Patient Revolution

Lori Melichar

Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Jake Porway

Founder, DataKind

Evan Thomas and Zoé Bezpalko

PSU SWEETLab and Autodesk Foundation

Anne LaFond

John Snow, Inc.

Marc Brackett

Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Rosanne Haggerty

Community Solutions

Sundaa Bridgett-Jones

Rockefeller Foundation

Heather Fleming

Catapult Design

Doug Powell

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