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Our Team

We’re a distributed team of creators & doers located across the globe.

Team Member Avatar Harish Venkatesan

Harish Venkatesan

Founder/CEO

Last Skill Learned

Stand up paddleboarding โ€” my big takeaways were to balance, find momentum, and enjoy the (inevitable) falls.

Team Member Avatar Daniel Shapiro

Daniel Shapiro

Founder/CTO

Favorite Skill Learned

It's a close tie between writing DAX formulas in Power BI and properly folding a fitted sheet.

Team Member Avatar Edgar Salazar

Edgar Salazar

Software Development

Last Skill Learned

How to build my own PC and procure its components with very limited availability.

Team Member Avatar Mandy Kerr

Mandy Kerr

VP of People Ops

Favorite Skill Learned

It's a toss up between these two: adding spin to my tennis shots, or epic budget road trip planning.

Team Member Avatar Alexa Harrison

Alexa Harrison

Content Specialist

Favorite Skill Learned

Budget travel hacking.

Team Member Avatar Emma Shimmens

Emma Shimmens

Growth Lead

Last Skill Learned

Paddleboarding! I've wanted to have a go for so long, and absolutely loved it. A few wobbly moments, but didn't fall in!

Team Member Avatar Matt Shaw

Matt Shaw

Head of Engineering

Favorite Skill Learned

Playing guitar and creating various genres of music.

Team Member Avatar Melissa McDougall

Melissa McDougall

Customer Experience Specialist / Mentorship

Favorite Skill Learned

My favorite skill I've learned is speaking another language. I've been able to make so many impactful connections as a result of speaking more than just English and I'm grateful for that experience.

Team Member Avatar Emily Ho

Emily Ho

Community Manager

Last Skill Learned

Making small animations in Figma using interactive components!

Team Member Avatar Chris Ohman

Chris Ohman

Senior BizOps Specialist

Last Skill Learned

The art of long-haul roadtripping.

Team Member Avatar Emilyann Gachko

Emilyann Gachko

Senior Admissions Coordinator

Favorite Skill Learned

My favorite learned skill (and one I continue to learn more about!) is training horses. Every horse is different, so there's always something new to experience.

Team Member Avatar Timothy Moore

Timothy Moore

Curriculum Strategist

Favorite Skill Learned

Architectural drafting and sketching.

Team Member Avatar Jessica Campbell

Jessica Campbell

Program Manager

Favorite Skill Learned

Watercoloring! I picked it up randomly a few years ago and it has been really fun learning new techniques and honing in my craft.

Team Member Avatar Crystal Campbell

Crystal Campbell

Mentor Experience Lead

Last Skill Learned

Beekeeping.

Team Member Avatar Zeynep Ozkasim

Zeynep Ozkasim

Customer Experience Lead

Favorite Skill Learned

Soccer - I can bounce the ball a lot :)

Team Member Avatar Nicola Bolton

Nicola Bolton

UI Developer

Last Skill Learned

How to draw characters realistically in the hope that one day I will create a children's storybook.

Team Member Avatar Joseph Cane

Joseph Cane

Customer Experience Specialist / Ops

Favorite Skill Learned

Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop - the first skill that I learned that allowed me to combine my love for art and tech.

Team Member Avatar Rudi Goddard

Rudi Goddard

Senior Admissions Coordinator

Last Skill Learned

I recently learned how to read the Georgian alphabet, which is unique compared to any other writing system in the world.

Team Member Avatar Katie Prutzman

Katie Prutzman

Customer Experience Specialist / Student Relations

Last Skill Learned

How to add lighting effects to illustrations in Procreate and how to make milk foam tea at home.

Team Member Avatar Claire You

Claire You

Customer Experience Specialist / Career Services

Favorite Skill Learned

Choreographing dance! Organizing bodies and movement in space teaches me to think decisively yet infinitely.

Team Member Avatar Damir Vazgird

Damir Vazgird

Frontend Developer

Last Skill Learned

I learned to play guitar. It's something I've worked on for a while but it's one of my favorite skills because it helps me to unwind and still do something creative and fun.

Team Member Avatar Alejo Rodriguez

Alejo Rodriguez

Full Stack Engineer

Last Skill Learned

I recently picked up gardening as a hobby!

Team Member Avatar Ogonnaya Oshagbemi

Ogonnaya Oshagbemi

Sr. UX/UI Designer

Last Skill Learned

How to make ratatouille

Team Member Avatar Sara Sibylle

Sara Sibylle

Learning Content Creator

Favorite Skill Learned

How to build a PC - It's problem solving, patience and having a customized work/game system that meets my needs all rolled into one.

Team Member Avatar Jess Shimmens

Jess Shimmens

Customer Experience Specialist

Favorite Skill Learned

My Montessori qualification, it enabled me to support children as they learn through real life experiences.

Team Member Avatar Igor Dinuzzi

Igor Dinuzzi

Graphic Designer, Learning Content

Favorite Skill Learned

Taking care of myself and the people I admire :)

Team Member Avatar Danielle Abt

Danielle Abt

Growth Marketer

Last Skill Learned

How to properly score a baseball game. There are so many stats collected for hitting, fielding, and pitching and as the team mom/manager for my son's travel baseball team I help compile them for the coaches.

Team Member Avatar David Sherwin

David Sherwin

VP of Product

Last Skill Learned

How to mix electronic music. While I can't say I'm good at it, figuring out all those little details gave me a whole new appreciation for the musical artists I love.

Team Member Avatar Stephanie Poce

Stephanie Poce

Design Lead

Last Skill Learned

How to make English muffins from scratch. Weekend breakfast is forever changed.

Team Member Avatar Ashish Gupta

Ashish Gupta

Digital Marketer

Favorite Skill Learned

Planning value for money trips with travel hacks, wonderful stays and unique experiences

Team Member Avatar Maria Myre

Maria Myre

SEO Specialist

Last Skill Learned

How to tap maple and birch trees and collect the sap to make syrup. Yum.

Team Member Avatar Sarah Langston

Sarah Langston

Marketing Designer

Favorite Skill Learned

Embroidery! It's reminded me to go slow and focus on the little details when creating a bigger picture.

Team Member Avatar Emily Jardel

Emily Jardel

Social Media Strategist

Favorite Skill Learned

How to provide a thriving life for each of my plants!

Team Member Avatar Alex Tyminski

Alex Tyminski

Senior Product Manager

Favorite Skill Learned

How to make homemade pasta and meatballs from scratch! Italian food is my favorite.

Team Member Avatar Joseph Yoon

Joseph Yoon

Admissions Coordinator

Last Skill Learned

Comedy Writing! I find it therapeutic and it helps me when I do stand-up.

Team Member Avatar Tajรก Cox

Tajรก Cox

Recruiter

Last Skill Learned

Candle making! I make luxury wooden wick soy candles in my spare time.

Team Member Avatar Glen Cook

Glen Cook

Admissions Coordinator

Favorite Skill Learned

My favorite skill is cooking! The ability to prepare meals for the people I love has always meant the world to me.

Team Member Avatar Danny Loss

Danny Loss

Customer Experience Specialist

Favorite Skill Learned

Learning to paint miniature models - it's helped me learn patience with myself, lets me relax with a quiet activity, and brings me joy to see the progress I've made, even in a short time!

Team Member Avatar Hillary Thelin

Hillary Thelin

Customer Experience Specialist

Favorite Skill Learned

Sidereal Astrology: I now have a deeper understanding of myself, my relationships, and the world. Plus it's really fun!

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Microsoft

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Dell Digital Design

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FirstMedtrade Africa

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Mercado Libre

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Deliveroo

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Xero

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H&R Block

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Northwestern Mutual

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Students

Our international student community is formed of driven, aspiring designers who work together to achieve their career goals

Jeanmarie Levy UX Designer At Code For America

Jeanmarie Levy

UX Designer at Code For America

“Honestly, the community of Designlab was crucial for my learning and success.”

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Student Avatar Emily Pak

Emily Pak

UX Designer at Amazon

“The fast pace of UX Academy definitely mimics the deadlines of the real design world.”

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Student Avatar Rachel Carton

Rachel Carton

UX Designer at Microsoft

“Iโ€™ve learned so much from working with other established designers, both through Designlab and at Microsoft.”

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Erik Gartzke UX Designer at SpaceCAMP

Erik Gartzke

UX Designer at SpaceCAMP

“I would not have gotten where I am today without the UX Academy program at Designlab.”

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Alvin Kuang

Product Designer at Glassdoor

“My career coach offered me so much advice and perspectives that I would otherwise be unaware about.”

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Hannah Cunningham Product Designer Royal Caribbean Cruises

Hannah Cunningham

Product Designer at Royal Caribbean Cruises

“I really think I learned more in UX Academy than I did my entire four years of business school.”

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Carlos Castro

UX Designer at American Express

“My mentor 1-on-1s helped me to remain open to criticism and to iterate constantly.”

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