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DSI Hrudaya Veena Yanamandala (‘18) is Bridging the Gap Between the Human and the Technical

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Kara Meyer

Kara Meyer is Managing Director at + POOL, where she oversees the development of the world’s first water-filtering, floating swimming pool. She helped establish the 501c3 Friends of + POOL in 2015 and heads the organization’s operations, programming, and administration, with a focus on fundraising and expanding partnerships for the development of the + POOL…

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Kalli Retzepi

Kalli Retzepi is a designer and technologist, and a grad of the Media Lab at MIT. She uses technology, design and images in order to explore the politics of digital interfaces, the narrative of the user and to imagine new metaphors for the Web. She has presented her work in various institutions (MIT, NYU, Rutgers, New Museum) and conferences (Radical…

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Kate Reed Petty

Kate Reed Petty is a writer and communications consultant who specializes in civic and nonprofit organizations. She has 12 years of experience collaborating with designers, researchers, and thought leaders to translate complicated subject matter into clear, compelling prose—in formats ranging from 280-character social media posts to 280-page research reports. As an editor, writing coach, workshop…

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Corwin Green

Corwin Green is an educator and communications designer, whose focus is to investigate how collective power is created in design and art. A generalist, he works in print, environmental and digital platforms. He is fascinated by brand development and engagement, the function and dysfunction of cities, and the ways space can be augmented and manipulated.…

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Mari Nakano

Paul Lillehaugen

Paul Lillehaugen is an urban planning and strategy consultant with a background spanning the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Previously, Paul worked at 100 Resilient Cities, where he helped cities across the U.S. and Canada develop long-term resilience strategies to address their critical social, economic, and environmental challenges. He has a Masters in Urban Planning…

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Emily Herrick

Emily Herrick is a design strategist with a practice grounded in curiosity and context currently working at the Service Design Studio at the Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. She collaborates with city agencies, employing the methods of design research + service design, to improve upon public services with an eye towards inclusivity, accessibility, and delightful user experience. She…

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Edwina Portocarrero

Edwina Portocarrero is a researcher, inventor, producer and designer working at the intersection of art, culture, technology, and society. She recently co-founded Super Market, a design and creative technology production and consulting agency working at the intersection of artistic practice, cultural production, and social good. Edwina obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. at the MIT Media…

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Wenfei Xu

Wenfei Xu is an urban planner, data scientist, and designer whose research uses data-driven methods to understand the geographies of urban inequality. Her current project investigates the historical impacts and contemporary socio-spatial legacies of redlining practices in American cities. She has worked in mapping, data, and design organizations including CARTO, the Civic Data Design Lab, Stamen Design and…

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Kobla Asamoah

Kobla serves as the Program Director for HBK Incubates, Hot Bread Kitchen’s business incubator. In this role, Kobla focuses on growing the incubator program and works closely with its member businesses to provide business development resources and programming that will aid in their growth ambitions. In addition to a passion for entrepreneurship, he brings years…

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