Design for impact

Research    Strategy    Visuals

 

About

San Francisco, CA

Hello! I'm Natalia. Thanks for being here.

 

I believe in contributing to improve the human existence, grounded in better understanding. I've worked on climate, women's health, and poverty.

Currently, I'm tackling open-source social innovation at IDEO as an OpenIDEO Program Manager.

LONGER STORY

Born and raised in Hawaii (Aloha!), I started my career interning in research and programs for the Nature Conservancy, US Department of Energy, and Population Media Center. After graduating from Tufts University, I lived in Indonesia, researching and writing about poverty-alleviating technologies like water filters and solar lamps for Kopernik. I honed my strategic skills as a New Sector Fellow through mentorship from Boston Consulting Group management consultants, MBA coursework, and social sector UX and strategy projects. To connect with my Peruvian family and heritage, I spent a year living in Peru and backpacking South America, savoring craft with my surfboard shaper/musician/chef family, freelancing in filmmaking and visual design, and working with IDEO's partner studio La Victoria Lab. Three years ago, I moved to San Francisco to lead Net Impact's design expansion, and have been bringing human centered research, strategy, programs, and creative direction to its work ever since, in collaboration with Toyota, Autodesk, Interface, and others. I'm also currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellow exploring political power through speculative futures art.

WORK

La Victoria Lab (IDEO)

US Department of Energy

Net Impact

United Nations COP20

Dimagi

Kopernik

Population Media Center

World Ocean Council

Nature Conservancy

SKILLS

French, Spanish

Design research

Prototyping

Strategy

Facilitation

Program design

Videography + photography

Visual design

EDUCATION

International Relations and Entrepreneurship, Tufts University

Design, School of the Museum of Fine Arts

In my free time, I'm a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellow, choreographer/dancer, filmmaker, surfer, wilderness trekker, and traveler.

Adventure
Art
Dance