Today, I'm leading product design at Forem, where we're empowering creators to build online communities on our open source platform. For the past decade, I've designed reporting and content moderation tools at Facebook, freelanced with both large companies and startups, and wore multiple hats as a designer/front-end-developer at thoughtbot. What I've loved most has been working with a humble group of curious people who challenge each other to rise up.
Outside of my professional design practice, I draw, paint, and write — all of which translates into my illustrations, comics and graphic narratives. I'm currently working on an autobiographical graphic memoir chronicling how my immigrant family and I co-created our American identity across our generational differences.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I became a first-generation college graduate in my family when I graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in American Studies with an emphasis on Race and Ethnic Studies. I got into design by making posters for my friend's theater shows and club meetings. I wondered what it would be like to bring graphic design to the web — and that's how I got into web design, which led me to UX, interaction, and product design. The rest is history.