Caitlin Jee Hae Behle

Director, Community Leadership

Caitlin is a community builder and design researcher working to disrupt social inequity through intention connection, design research, and inclusive community engagement.

Borrowing from participatory action research and human-centered design, Caitlin works alongside communities and nonprofits to inspire change. She designs and facilitates dialogues and workshops that allow people to show up fully and with vulnerability, unpack and make sense of diverse perspectives, and move from ideas to action.

Her experience growing up in Kentucky as a transracial Korean-American adoptee drove her to seek out stories that disrupt mainstream narratives and amplify overlooked voices. Outside of Design Impact, she helped launch a platform to celebrate Asian food culture in Cincinnati. She continues to build community as a   board member for the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati.

Prior to Design Impact, Caitlin worked at ArtWorks where she managed their creative entrepreneurship programs.  Caitlin often speaks on Asian-American identity and community leadership. She’s spoken at the Women’s Fund, Wave Pool, and the Americans for the Arts Convention among others.  Caitlin earned a BFA in Electronic Media and a Certificate of Journalism from the University of Cincinnati.

Creative Outlets: Cooking, hiking
Causes: Amplifying and advocating for Asian-American issues, BIPOC leadership, community care

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