MENTOR, VOLUNTEER & PRO BONO WORK
AIDS Ride from SF to LA 545 miles - UPCOMING 2022
Currently I'm training for the AIDS Lifecycle bike ride to raise funds for the life-saving services offered by San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Check out my page here and support a great cause!
Judge for NYC Department of Education & Mouse Design League program - UPCOMING 2021
The NYC Department of Education Division of Instructional & Information Technology (DIIT) has partnered with non-profit Mouse to bring Design League to 17 schools across the city. Mouse Design League is a design and technology program in which high school students create inventions to make a positive impact on the lives of others. They provide professional learning to teachers to ensure over 1,000 middle & high school students are working in small teams to create a prototype of an original app that supports mutual aid in their communities, building human-centered design and UX/UI skills.
Judge for the AACI’s Growing Up Asian in America youth contest 2021
Hosted by AACI and in partnership with NBC Bay Area, Growing Up Asian in America is an annual art contest, including video and essay, that reaches thousands of Bay Area students, grades Kindergarten to 12. It encourages young Asian Americans to take pride in their identities, and helps others understand the varied experiences of our youth growing up in the Bay Area’s diverse communities.
Judge for Bridgegood Inspire Oakland Billboard Design Challenge 2020
Each year designs are selected that best convey the question, "What about Oakland inspires you?". The ultimate goal of Inspire Oakland is to encourage creatives to use their unique talent to inspire civic pride & engagement through design. It helps local students build confidence, increase communication skills, and build a job-ready portfolio. As a judge, I help select the top 6 finalists that will receive billboard placement where the designs are displayed in the community!
Pro bono - Save The Children Mural 2020
Save the Children was looking for designers to create inspiring murals to be hung in schools and childcare centers around the world.
Mentor for Digital Academy Intern 2017, 2019
Mentor for Job Shadow Day for Technovation 2019
Technovation is a global tech education nonprofit that empowers girls (ages 10-18) to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. With the support of volunteer mentors, girls work in teams to code mobile apps that address real-world problems. I hosted a young girl from India at Adobe to help her learn more about careers in the technology world.
Mentor and Adobe Design Guide for Treehouse Apprentices 2019
Treehouse's mission is to create a world where every child that has experienced foster care has the opportunities and support they need to pursue their dreams and launch successfully into adulthood. I mentored 2 Treehouse apprentices interested in the design field over their 3 months with us at Adobe.
Volunteer trip with Adobe & Team4Tech Malawi 2019
Adobe selected 6 employees to partner with Team4Tech on a project in Malawi, Africa. We worked with SOAR, a program that provides an intensive 11 month curriculum for girls who were unable to start or finish primary school. The goal of our project was to integrate the use of tablets in the classrooms. We ran 4 days of workshops with the teachers around class and tablet management, learning math through apps and navigating a new app with a digitized version of their curriculum.
Judge for Adobe Creative Jam 2018, 2019, 2020
Nothing beats being part of a creative community. Creative Jams are an event series where local thought leaders share a behind-the-scene peek into their processes and projects; meanwhile, teams compete in a tournament that puts their creative skills to the test using Adobe Creative Cloud.
Guest Critic at California College of the Arts 2018, 2019
Pro bono - San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts Installation Project 2018
Mentor for Adobe Design Achievement Award Student & Adobe Design Intern 2018
Design Coach for Stanford D.School - Design Across Borders Challenge 2018
Students from Stanford, Mexico City and online spaces learned how they can be empathic, creative, and agile as a team, even when they are halfway across the world from each other.
Community Professional Panelist for Freestyle Academy Student Portfolio Reviews 2018
Mentor for Girls Who Code 2016, 2017
Mentor for Spark 2016
I mentored a 7th grader from Willie Brown Middle School as part of the Spark Program in partnership with Adobe. Spark is a national nonprofit that combats the epidemic of disengagement and dropping out among youth with a unique apprenticeship model that brings 7th and 8th graders into professional workplaces. My mentee Sydney and I worked together on a creative project for 8 weeks. She wanted to learn how to edit a video, so we combined that with her love of dance, filmed her around the office, and then edited it together using Adobe products. We then showcased the final project and video at Share Night with her classmates and family.
Volunteer for GenHERation 2016
Event Planner & Volunteer for Menlo Atherton High Creative Workshop 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
Pro bono - Open Books 2014, 2018, 2019, 2020
Open Books is a program for a Chicago based non-profit that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year. The Publishing Academy is a 7-month workshop for 7th grade to 12th grade students interested in writing. Through the program, students are inspired to bring their imagination to life by working through the entire publishing process, from initial draft to polished prose. I work with a student to help realize and then design a book cover for their story that eventually gets published for them to read in front of family and friends, sign autographs, and celebrate their success as new authors.