Good design is universal. Whether working at a financial firm or an architectural firm, designing for print or for the web, I bring a clean sense of style and an eye for detail to all of my projects. Working across a variety of industries has given me the opportunity to adapt and refine my vision to new situations and new challenges, and made me a stronger designer.
In 2013, I co-founded the movement for Boston to bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Armed with an idea, I helped register the Boston 2024 Organizing Committee as a non-profit organization working to encourage business leaders and city officials to explore an Olympic bid for the City of Boston. Though the Olympics didn't succeed, we were able to move the needle by putting such an idea out there. I learned a lot in the process and was able to grow by exposing myself to critique. It also taught me that only if we work together and listen to all voices, Boston will always succeed.
In 2017, I was inspired to make a run for public office after hearing President Obama's farewell speech to "grab a clipboard, get some signatures and run for office" if you're disappointed in your elected officials. I wasn't an experienced policy-maker but to me, politics is all about people and understanding their needs. I was a designer committed to changing my civic environment for the better—finding creative solutions to challenging problems. I had the belief that empathy and good design can be applied to reimagine how we work together to solve our greatest civic challenges. After seven months of campaigning, I came in 3rd out of 7 candidates which isn't bad for my first foray into Boston's deep rooted political scene! Every journey needs to start somewhere and this was just the beginning.
I've learned time and time again that the fear of failure should never hold you back from thinking big—lets think big together!