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Publicis Sapient

In 2020, I co-led the Global Computational Design practice as well as served as a Group Creative Director at Publicis Sapient.

I was a member of the Global Leadership team to cultivate new ideas for improving our client impact, refactor how we recruit and develop diverse Experience Design talent, and scale design culture within a 20,000-person global organization. I completed a short tenure as Chief of Staff to the former Chief Experience Officer, John Maeda, where I worked to streamline our distributed Global Experience workflow and communications strategies.


John recruited our specialized team to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing our company’s ongoing pursuit of market excellence. Especially in the age of COVID-19, he’d often say that “we are just as committed to transforming the inner workings of this company to better serve the brands that impact the world.” His team world-renowned team of design leaders included Wendy Johansson, Leah Buley, Karin Giefer, and Adam Morse. I was honored to be one of the few he chose to steward his brave new vision for service and innovation, and I am grateful for each day he spends patiently investing time and energy into my success.

Publicis Sapient San Francisco Office. Kodak Portra 400, 35mm. January 2020.

Leah Buley and Wendy Johansson, San Francisco, CA. Jan 2020.

…we are just as committed to transforming the inner workings of our companies to better serve brands that impact the world.

The opportunity is stretching me beyond anything I could have imagined at the beginning of 2020.

I considered my time at Publicis Sapient to be my “MBA” in my ways, where I am expanding my capacity to solve complex problems, deepening my understanding of industry best practices, and growing my appetite to be the best at my craft. My hybrid role bounced me from being “a player on the field” to “a partner that surveys the field” from the C-Suite office. It was a once-in-a-lifetime seat at the table that I intend to take full advantage of.

Publicis Groupe Offices, San Francisco. Feb 2020.

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