Our Team

Our practice rests on the shoulders of generations of activists, organizers, thinkers, and freedom-fighters to whom we owe gratitude for their contributions in building towards a just world.  We carry on in the tradition of community-centered work that we hold to be key for our collective liberation.  

 

 
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  Brooke Staton   Brooke Staton is a recent graduate of the dual master’s degree program in Public Health and City Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies the connections between place and well-being, and honors her family's legacy of Civil Rights activism by looking for opportunities to challenge social systems that inequitably distribute power, privilege, and opportunity across communities. She has extensive experience in community-based participatory research, impact assessment, and design praxis.

Brooke Staton

Brooke Staton is a recent graduate of the dual master’s degree program in Public Health and City Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies the connections between place and well-being, and honors her family's legacy of Civil Rights activism by looking for opportunities to challenge social systems that inequitably distribute power, privilege, and opportunity across communities. She has extensive experience in community-based participatory research, impact assessment, and design praxis.

  Julia Kong   Julia Kong is a design researcher with a background in digital design and engineering. She is currently a facilitator with Reflex exploring the practice of equity design. Before this, Julia was a design researcher at IBM Design and the founder of the chapter of Design for America at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis. Throughout these years, she has explored what it means to create belonging in spaces built on inequitable and complex power dynamics.

Julia Kong

Julia Kong is a design researcher with a background in digital design and engineering. She is currently a facilitator with Reflex exploring the practice of equity design. Before this, Julia was a design researcher at IBM Design and the founder of the chapter of Design for America at her alma mater, Washington University in St. Louis. Throughout these years, she has explored what it means to create belonging in spaces built on inequitable and complex power dynamics.

  Pierce Gordon   Pierce Gordon is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. He investigates frameworks, methodologies, and contexts for evaluating innovation for social change. By analyzing design-centric stories for their topics, areas of interest, how they interact with target communities, and how they evaluate their outcomes, he characterizes current best practices for innovation praxis.

Pierce Gordon

Pierce Gordon is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California, Berkeley. He investigates frameworks, methodologies, and contexts for evaluating innovation for social change. By analyzing design-centric stories for their topics, areas of interest, how they interact with target communities, and how they evaluate their outcomes, he characterizes current best practices for innovation praxis.

 
  Julia Krammer   Julia Kramer is a Ph.D. Student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her degree at the University of Michigan in mechanical engineering. She investigates design thinking methodologies, histories, and how design thinking aligns and contributes to issues of global poverty and social justice. Julia recently won First Place in the Global Health Category for the Big Ideas contest for Visualize: Saving Lives with Training for Cervical Cancer Screening.   

Julia Krammer

Julia Kramer is a Ph.D. Student in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her degree at the University of Michigan in mechanical engineering. She investigates design thinking methodologies, histories, and how design thinking aligns and contributes to issues of global poverty and social justice. Julia recently won First Place in the Global Health Category for the Big Ideas contest for Visualize: Saving Lives with Training for Cervical Cancer Screening.

 

 
  Jaryn Miller   Jaryn is a hands-on, passionate service designer, researcher, and maker with the Veterans Experience team. Throughout his career Jaryn has used design thinking to develop products and services across the consumer, medical, military, and social sectors. From early childhood education to the environmental impacts of consumer waste, Jaryn has always enjoyed utilizing design to tackle complex societal issues.

Jaryn Miller

Jaryn is a hands-on, passionate service designer, researcher, and maker with the Veterans Experience team. Throughout his career Jaryn has used design thinking to develop products and services across the consumer, medical, military, and social sectors. From early childhood education to the environmental impacts of consumer waste, Jaryn has always enjoyed utilizing design to tackle complex societal issues.

  Cesar Viramontes   Cesar Viramontes is an Industrial Designer who has been working in design consultancies on a wide range of physical and digital products. He’s a hands-on as a designer to solves problems through physical prototyping, sketching and design thinking. While working on products in  medical, self care, housewares, etc, he uses those tools to create the best user experience. He received his B.S. in Industrial Design from Cal State Long Beach University.   

Cesar Viramontes

Cesar Viramontes is an Industrial Designer who has been working in design consultancies on a wide range of physical and digital products. He’s a hands-on as a designer to solves problems through physical prototyping, sketching and design thinking. While working on products in  medical, self care, housewares, etc, he uses those tools to create the best user experience. He received his B.S. in Industrial Design from Cal State Long Beach University.

 

 
  Yuval Barash   Yuval Barash is a consultant for a wide range of clients (e.g. nonprofit organizations, foundations, and investors).  Previously, Yuval worked at Amplifier Strategies where he advised philanthropists and foundations and conducted research to drive mission-driven outcomes.  Before Amplifier, Yuval worked at Cambridge Associates where he specialized in investment consulting and helped nonprofits meet financial goals through strategic engagement. Yuval has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Brandeis University.

Yuval Barash

Yuval Barash is a consultant for a wide range of clients (e.g. nonprofit organizations, foundations, and investors).  Previously, Yuval worked at Amplifier Strategies where he advised philanthropists and foundations and conducted research to drive mission-driven outcomes.  Before Amplifier, Yuval worked at Cambridge Associates where he specialized in investment consulting and helped nonprofits meet financial goals through strategic engagement. Yuval has a bachelor's degree in Economics from Brandeis University.

  Jonathan Hung   Jonathan Hung is a UX designer and product strategist, aimed at using human-centered technology and creative problem solving to advance social enterprises. He currently works as a consultant for startups, individuals, and organizations who advance equity in society. His expertise is in user research, workshop facilitation, and rapid prototyping. A skeptical optimist, Jonathan seeks an approach that both challenges and listens to conventional wisdom. He received a BA in Cognitive Psychology from UC Berkeley.

Jonathan Hung

Jonathan Hung is a UX designer and product strategist, aimed at using human-centered technology and creative problem solving to advance social enterprises. He currently works as a consultant for startups, individuals, and organizations who advance equity in society. His expertise is in user research, workshop facilitation, and rapid prototyping. A skeptical optimist, Jonathan seeks an approach that both challenges and listens to conventional wisdom. He received a BA in Cognitive Psychology from UC Berkeley.