Director, Design, Innovation + Strategy
Michelle is a strategic thinker, creative problem solver, and fierce advocate for equitable outcomes. Her work sits at the intersection of the social sector and the design industry—she’s led corporate professionals through a 12-week social impact incubator, helped students and nonprofits collaborate to close the summer meal gap, and trained educators to bring innovation to the classroom.
Recently, she led a year-long project with Feeding America and food banks around the country to activate the human-centered design process in their communities. With her leadership, food banks and seniors worked together to pilot new ideas to address food insecurity among older adults.
Before joining Design Impact, Michelle was a design director at LPK where her work received the “American Graphic Design Award” presented by Graphic Design USA. Michelle holds a BFA from the University of Dayton in Visual Communication Design. She currently volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Creative Outlets: all kinds of crafting; handmade earrings and laser cut wood projects through her side hustle, AlDente Design Co; home renovation projects, freelance design, running (ask her about her 17-year streak without missing a single day!)
Causes: Food insecurity, literacy and education (her mom and sister are both teachers), poverty, homelessness
Contact Michelle: firstname.lastname@example.org