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David Dewane

David is a journalist, architect, entrepreneur, and educator. His background is in ecologically and socially equitable design, having trained under Pliny Fisk III at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems in Austin, Texas. David’s recent topics include Anticipatory Design, World Population and Human Values, Spaces of Hyper-Creativity, and Leadership and Creativity. David is a Halcyon Fellow and has been honored as an Emerging Leader by the Design Futures Council and certified as an EVOKE Agent by the World Bank Institute. David holds a MArch from Rice University.

Andrew Balster
Director of Operations

Andrew is a Chicago-based leader operating in the fields of architecture, urbanism, public policy, sociology, and academia. Working closely with influential leaders in the public and private sector, ranging from architects and planners to government officials and social activists, he creates research platforms with universities to explore many forms of cultural production. In practice, Andrew has worked on projects that are broad in typology and scale - ranging from small civic centers to super-tall towers to entire urban districts. Andrew was a Senior Designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) in Chicago on several award-winning projects located all over the globe. He received an MScAAD and an MArch w/distinction from the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Andrew joined Archeworks as Executive Director in February 2015.

Heather (Kinlaw) Lofthouse
Director of Special Projects, Blum Center - UC Berkeley

Heather is the Director of Special Projects at the Blum Center, managing the operation and progress of the Center’s ongoing work and new projects, including its expansion to all 10 UC campuses. Heather recently served as the founding Managing Director for Inequality Media, a new non-profit founded by Former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich. Previously, she developed health and education programs for children in the US and Latin America as Managing Director of Absolute Return for Kids US, and managed and contributed to a body of research on social franchising as Program Manager for the Private Sector Healthcare Initiative at UCSF’s Global Health Group. She has a Master’s in Public Policy and a Master’s in Public Health from UC Berkeley and a BA in Philosophy and Religion (Islamic focus) from George Washington University.

Ted Eccleston
Audience Engagement & Growth Strategist

Ted is committed to taking a stance on values that promote life and love. He is always learning how the world works and never ceases to ask why. The bulk of Ted's professional experience comes from technology strategy consulting for the public sector. He guided deliberate and thoughtful strategies that have helped transform organizations. He is an avid peer mentor and constantly seeks out volunteer opportunities that ignite social change. He values solidarity, kindness, and curiosity in the workplace. His passions are food and environmental awareness, poetry, education, and film. He feels most at home in the wide outdoors, the kitchen, and within the pages of a book.

Genevieve Poist

Genevieve is a writer, designer, artist, and researcher whose work has been featured in places like the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City. Genevieve is interested in the social constructions of our spatial and cultural identities, from urban cores to rural americana, and the hidden narratives emerging amidst these shifting landscapes. Through written, auditory, and visual media, Genevieve synthesizes fragmented observations into stories of social and existential reflection. Genevieve holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a BS in Architecture and BA in Philosophy from the University of Maryland.

Daniel Roche
Assistant Editor

Daniel is an architect and journalist from Boston. His interests include speculative architecture, sociology, political science, economics, design research, and basically trying to understand how the world works. Daniel is currently studying Urbanism at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design in Moscow. Before studying in Moscow, Daniel was a project architect for a prototypical low-budget children's library/ market project in Kenya.

Impact Design Hub Contributing Editors

Mariana Amatullo
Co-Founder and Vice President, Designmatters

Dr. Mariana Amatullo is the Co-Founder and Vice President of Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, where she oversees an award-winning portfolio of educational and research collaborations in art and design education and social innovation. Amatullo holds a PhD in Management from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, where she is a Scholar-in-Residence. Her research focuses on the impact of design in social innovation and organizational practice. She holds an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from USC and a Licence en Lettres Degree from the Sorbonne University, Paris.

Sarika Bansal

Sarika Bansal is the founder of Honeyguide Media, a nonprofit media organization focused on telling more nuanced, diverse, and experimental stories about social issues. She edits the publication The Development Set, focused on global health and social impact. Her own writing has appeared in the New York Times “Fixes” column, Forbes, The Guardian, FastCompany, and several other publications. She previously worked as the Director of Partnerships at the Solutions Journalism Network, in microfinance business development in India, and as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. She holds an undergraduate degree in Disease and Public Policy from Harvard College and a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.

Gia Biagi
Principal, Studio Gang

Gia Biagi is a Principal at Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design collective located in Chicago and New York. Gia is widely regarded as a thought leader around issues related to cities and public space and guides the Studio’s urbanism work. At Studio Gang, she leads design teams, coordinates master plans, facilitates stakeholder engagement, and directs the urban approach for projects. Prior to joining Studio Gang, Gia spent more than a decade working for the City of Chicago, including as Director of Planning and Development and later Chief of Staff at the Chicago Park District. Gia is President of NeighborSpace, a non-profit land trust that provides community-based management and long-term protection to over 100 urban gardens across Chicago, and is a former board member of the City Parks Alliance. She is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Public Development Infrastructure Council and Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society for the study of land economics.

John Cary
Writer, Curator, Connector

John Cary is a writer, speaker, and curator focused on design and philanthropy. He is the author of Design for All: A New Era of Architecture for Everyone (Fall 2017) and The Power of Pro Bono (2010). His writing on design, fatherhood, and philanthropy has appeared in The New York Times and on, among other publications. John founded what is now the Impact Design Hub. He consults principally for TED and Aspen Global Health & Development, while advises an array of NGOs and nonprofits globally. John and his family live in a cohousing community in Oakland, Calif.

Katherine Darnstadt
Founder + Principal Architect, LATENT DESIGN

Katherine Darnstadt is the founder of Latent Design, a progressive architecture, urbanism and interiors firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have been published, exhibited and featured widely, most notably at the International Venice Architecture Biennale, Core 77 Design Awards, Architizer A+ Awards, Chicago Ideas Week, NPR, American Institute of Architects Young Architects Honor Award winner and Crain’s Chicago 40 Under 40. She currently teaches at Northwestern University.

Noha El-Ghobashy
Non-Profit Leader

Noha El-Ghobashy has over 20 years of experience in the corporate and nonprofit sectors promoting social and environmental responsibility while advancing core business objectives. Her diverse professional background has positioned her as a natural connector with networks extending across the technology, media, education, policy and global development sectors. She has been invited to stages around the world to share practical advice on ways in which technology and market-based solutions can address such varied socioeconomic challenges as access to adequate housing, electricity, clean water, education and health care.
Most recently, Noha served as founder and president of Engineering for Change, LLC.

Patrice Martin
Co-Lead + Creative Director,

Co-Lead and Creative Director of, the non-profit design organization she co-founded in 2011. Patrice built the organization into a thriving center for design thinking in the social sector, which today employs over 70 staff members. Patrice is passionate about the power of design to change lives, and works to not only create solutions, but also to get more people solving problems like designers. She is an influential voice in the role design plays in solving social challenges.

Maryanne McCormick
Executive Director, Blum Center

Maryanne is the Executive Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies, and the Executive Director of the Big Ideas@Berkeley initiative. In this capacity, she is responsible for the strategic vision and overall operation of these multidisciplinary, multi-campus research and education efforts. In addition, she is Special Advisor at the Development Impact Lab, a global consortium of research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and industry partners, headquartered at UC Berkeley, committed to advancing international development through science and technology innovations. She holds an academic appointment at Berkeley Law School.

Marika Shioiri-Clark
Principal, SOSHL

Marika is principal of SOSHL Studio, a firm dedicated to creating social impact through design. SOSHL has worked extensively with the Nike Foundation to rethink safe spaces for adolescent girls in Nigeria and Ethiopia, as well as on design projects throughout the global south. Marika is a believer in and practitioner of human-centered design, and in 2011 was a global fellow at the design nonprofit, working on projects in the education, health, and sanitation sectors in the United States and Ghana. Most recently, Marika has been leading a project with the International Rescue Committee to bring new early childhood education interventions to refugee families in the Syrian response region. Marika also works on neighborhood development and creative placemaking in the Hingetown part of Cleveland, Ohio, where she lives in an old firehouse that still has three poles.

Paige Rodgers
Head of Communications & Partnerships, Autodesk Foundation

Paige Rodgers leads communications and programs for the Autodesk Foundation, supporting the most impactful people and organizations using design to create a better world. Prior to this role, she spent seven years managing marketing programs on the Autodesk Sustainability Team. She also spent time with and Enphase Energy as a sustainability marketing consultant. Paige started her career working in the nonprofit space as a program director for a mentoring foundation in the San Francisco Bay Area. She’s an active volunteer and board member for her kids’ school foundation. Paige graduated with a BA in Sociology from Tulane University.

Ben Wrobel
Sr. Associate, Village Capital

Ben leads marketing and content management at Village Capital. Previously, he worked at the national NAACP as a communications strategist and speechwriter. He also worked as a Project Manager for the Center for American Progress, where he researched civic engagement and criminal justice reform. A native of New York, Ben completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester, where he served as editor-in-chief of the school’s student newspaper.