Michele Washington is a design researcher and design strategist who works with non-profits, startups, and cultural institutions. She is currently a Columbia University Community Scholar and the founder of “CuriousStories Lab,” a curated series of podcasts and short docs on architects and designers of color. She has an MFA in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts, and M.S. in Communications Design from Pratt Institute.
Steer is a global business consultancy that combines commercial, economic, technical and planning expertise to find powerful answers to their clients’ complex challenges. Answers that help people, places and economies thrive.
Jason Azar is a designer and researcher based in Austin, TX. His expertise is in the fields of wayfinding and environmental graphic design, cartography, and community-based planning and urban design,.
He is a designer at TBG Partners in Austin, Texas. He previously worked as an information designer and researcher at City-ID, a wayfinding and environmental graphic design firm based in New York City and Bristol, England, and as an archivist and gallery curator at Ford, Powell and Carson Architects and Planners in San Antonio, TX.
Jody Nyboer, PhD is an assistant professor of Environmental and Interior Design and MFA Design program. She teaches design studios and a variety of design courses including Environmental Factors, Creative Problem Solving, and other courses open to both design and non-design majors.
Tina Holmes is a Recent Graduate of Parsons and a Self-Employed Designer in the Greater New York City Area.
Tina Holmes is a New York-based interdisciplinary designer, researcher, and artist. She is a member of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD).
Tina Holmes graduated from The New School University in 2018, receiving a BFA from Parsons School of Design in Integrative Design with a minor in Communication Design, and a BA in Psychology of Media and Communications from Eugene Lang College.
Sapna Budev is the Executive Director at the Sign Research Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Sapna Budev works with the Board of Trustees to establish vision and direction for the Foundation.
She establishes and oversees program, financial, and operational goals; guides the creation and implementation of the strategic plan, and represents the Foundation before key constituencies. She works closely with academics at Tier 1 universities to manage the research pipeline and enable academic research.
Leah Scolere is an Assistant Professor at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Leah Scolere holds a Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis and Interior Design, an MA in Interior Design, an MS in Communication, New Media and Society, and a PhD in Communication and Media Studies with a minor in history of architecture and urban development, all from Cornell University.