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Originally from New York City, I now reside in Los Angeles.

After a decade as a professional music producer, I transitioned to product design. As a UX Designer at Fisker, I focus on human-centered design for our website and connected car app, working with diverse teams to create advanced user experiences. I aim for meaningful design that transcends aesthetics, valuing empathy as much as creativity.

At Apple and Fisker, I was able to dive deeper into the topics of product strategy - bringing about true value innovation that meets all stakeholder requirements, user research - implementing data driven decisions, and interaction design - assessing UI patterns and contributing to ongoing design system work.

Outside of work, I enjoy making music, street photography, hiking, camping, and tending to my houseplants.

As a career shifter, I transitioned from a globally touring musician and DJ to a thriving product designer.

The design industry needs more of us career-shifters who bring a fresh perspective on the way the world looks and feels.

As a designer, I’ve learned flexibility and communication are key, not only to a project’s success, but my own.

This is one my major takeaways from my time as a designer at Apple, and my years as a freelancer.

As a nature lover, I’ve visited 8 national parks and try to see a new one every year.

I'm also an avid hiker and enjoy bringing my birding binoculars with me.