Design thinking Leader, People researcher, COmedian, PODCAST HOST




I bring a human touch to tech through 1:1 interviews and creative hands on moments that bring hidden stories to life in the office. I help organizations rally around how human experiences might be shaped by technology. When needed, I create Design Thinking workshops for teams - often enlivened by "mini-museums" or co-synthesis games - to ensure deeper dialogue as we identify the right problems to solve and iterate toward the most effective solutions.

My side hustle is stand up comedy and I'm writing a TV pilot about women in tech. If you ever want to share your story, I’m all ears, always. Besos.


UX Leadership

Product + Service Design

  • Facilitating Design Sprints

  • Rapid design iteration leveraging user testing

  • Designing service systems


  • Studies that reveal how people think, feel and behave

    • Interviewing pro specialized in sensitive and tangled topics

    • Ethnographic studies: in-home or on-site deep dives.

  • Immersive storytelling

    • Journey Mapping

    • Mini-Museums

    • Leveraging big data to give context to human stories

Supporting the career growth of researchers + designers

8 yrs iN TECH

Details on Linkedin

Even Responsible Finance 2019 - present

Credit Karma 2014 - 2018

AutoDesk 2013-2014

Wells Fargo 2012 - 2013

Ninth Coast Technology 2011-2012

2 yrs iN entertainment

Co-Host of the “Money Ha Ha” Podcast with Dara M. Wilson, available on all podcast channels. Each week Dara and I bring money talk out of the shame drawer and onto the table as we discuss money topics that everyone struggles with but might be embarrassed to talk about.

Writer: “Aunties Inc.” A TV show about women in tech. Currently seeking programming.

Standup Performances at various SF and Oakland venues including: Cobbs Comedy Club, Purple Onion, Piano Fight, Stagewerx, Mutiny Radio

Produced and hosted: Unapologetic Comedy in Berkeley


Talks & Interviews

3 Big Questions With Dara Wilson and Yasmine Khan on Money, Shame, and Financial Wellness

Minutes Magazine, June 2019

Care & Growth of Teams

Panel talk video pending

So What?

Strategies for sharing insights that ignite action

Panel talk video pending

Curating Context:

what museums can teach us about communicating research insights

People Nerds profile, Feb 2018

Design Thinking & Design Research at Credit Karma

User Testing Q&A Webinar, May 2017

Interview with Aliya Janjua

March 2018


ARTICLES I’ve Written

Design Thinking is a framework that places researched human stories at the center of product or service strategy. I've written some short articles that describe best practices I've found to be useful. "Design Thinking in a Nutshell" is pending.

Researchers: stay safe and reasonably uncomfortable.

Big + Little Stories


Qual + Quant Data

Working Together

Turning user research into

workshops + mini-museums

Ready for evaluative testing?

Usability guidelines to check off first

WRITING IN PROGRESS: “Design Thinking in a Nutshell”

This is a big endeavor article. Feedback and questions very welcome.