Karin is a designer and educator with diverse expertise as each. As an in-house designer, she worked on the advanced innovation teams at Nike and The North Face–working hands-on with global partners to research, invent, and develop new technologies for athletic gear. As a design consultant, she helps multinationals and start-ups alike in getting their ideas to market. As an independent designer, she has experience developing micro enterprises in the US, Ecuador, Thailand, and Mexico. As an educator, Karin taught Sustainable Design at Stanford University in California, Design Thinking at The African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, and bilingual primary education both in the Denver and Mexican public school systems. These experiences have taught her to value cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural problem solving, indigenous knowledge, resourceful ingenuity, and courage when trying something new.
Karin holds a BA in Economics from University of Colorado and a MS from the Joint Program in Design at Stanford University, where she also worked in the Product Realization Lab. Her green innovations have been awarded first prize in the California Clean Tech Open and featured in Newsweek.
Designer & Strategist
Nadine is a designer and facilitator with experience in service and product design, human and life-centered practices, organizational capacity-building, and design management. A creative problem-solver and systems-nerd, her passion lies in visualizing and optimizing communications and experiences to develop frameworks for sustainable social impact.
As Design Manager at Catapult Design, Nadine moves agilely between big picture strategy and project execution. She supports the CEO in developing new business and organizational strategy, while also building and managing projects and creative teams. The latter generally includes everything from writing proposals and managing client relationships to leading project work through creative direction and day-to-day facilitation.
Nadine holds a Masters in Industrial and Product Design from Pratt Institute, a Bachelors in Spanish/Hispanic Cultures with Minors in Fine Arts and Philosophy, and certificates in design research and service design.
Angela Hariche joined Catapult Design as CEO in May 2019.
Angela has extensive experience in the international development space working with the United Nations, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the philanthropic sector, and social entrepreneurs. She has led major initiatives for the Sustainable Development Goals in Liberia, Indonesia, India, the U.S, Ghana, Kenya, Bangladesh (and others) by leading product design and execution, as well as building networks and platforms, for progress in the area.
She has also led teams of designers and strategists as managing director of the global design and creative agency Pearlfisher and co-founded boutique media company Two Lane Films.
Angela has attended and has degrees from Syracuse University (B.A.) the Open University in the UK in Social Science, Cultural Analysis (M.A.), L’Université Paris-Sorbonne (French), and the American University of Paris (Design).
Adam is a product designer whose passion lies at the intersection of social innovation and product development. Drawing on his early experiences assisting disabled adults and homeless youth, Adam’s aim is in leveraging design to address the unmet needs of marginalized communities. His experience spans a number of industries and disciplines, from working as a design engineer in off-grid energy and outdoor recreation, to more traditional design roles in consumer electronics, packaging, and systems design. He often finds himself obsessing over proof-of-concept prototypes and searching for ways to improve inefficient processes.
When not at his desk, he can be found kayaking the Pacific NW or making a mess in his studio. Adam holds a BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin and a BFA in Product Design from the University of Oregon.
Brianne is an accountant with over 8 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She is currently an accountant with Count, LLC and a yoga instructor. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Brianne has a passion for travel and design and very much enjoys problem-solving.
Crystal is an accountant with a specific focus on nonprofit organizations of all sizes, with over fifteen years of accomplished industry experience in finance and accounting for local, national, and international nonprofit organizations with annual budgets from $35K to $20M. She is the owner of Count, LLC and National Director of Accounting at Compassion & Choices.
She holds a Masters in Business Administration with a secondary focus on Accounting, with a Bachelors degree in the same studies. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Rikta is a design researcher and strategist with experience working in emerging markets in India, East Africa, Indonesia and Cambodia for over a decade. Her work spans domains of financial inclusion, public health, WASH, waste management, family planning, adolescent sexual reproductive health, as well as consumer products and grassroots technology platforms. Rikta holds a Graduate Diploma in Product Design from the Symbiosis Institute of Design, Pune and is based in India.
Payan began his product design career in Seattle in 2010, after 7 years of experience in the civil engineering sector as a geologist and environmental scientist. Since 2013 he has been operating out of Kenya, providing design expertise for projects and companies across Africa. His expertise spans the entire product development cycle from ideation to manufacturing. Specific areas of expertise include engineering design, human-centered/holistic design, CAD, prototyping, CNC fabrication, lab/user/field testing, pilot manufacturing, financial modeling/business plan development, and DFM in a range of contexts, from artisanal to modern factory settings. Payan has a BA in Geosciences from Princeton University, and has a strong passion for work that improves the social and environmental state of the world, with experience in the areas of energy, environment, sanitation, agriculture, and health.
Emily A. Poler is the founding partner of Poler Legal LLC. For nearly 20 years years she has managed tough legal issues, through both litigation and negotiation, for multinational companies and complex organizations. Her practice focuses on high growth companies and founder disputes.
Emily is a graduate of Oberlin College and New York University School of Law. Before founding her own firm, she has worked at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and Schindler Cohen & Hochman, LLP, a litigation boutique where she represented manufacturers, designers, production companies, investment banks, not-for-profit organizations, trade unions, and high-net-worth individuals in a wide range of sophisticated, high-stakes matters.
Charlie has a background in advanced materials (metals and ceramics) development – spending 10 years at a U.S. Department of Energy laboratory and +10 years in industry working at international manufacturing operations, including 2 years in China operating rare earth magnet factories. He is adept at troubleshooting problems and bringing new products to market, in both high tech and developing world arenas.
When he is not working with the more exotic elements from the periodic table, he specializes in the development and deployment of appropriate technologies for emerging economies, including alternative energy, improved cooking appliances, clean water, and sanitation. He claims to travel easily and is familiar with a very wide range of materials and technologies, using them to solve problems employing a human centered design approach to engineering – utilizing local skills and easily available resources whenever possible. He believes in the value of mentoring startup companies, using his experiences in the business world to encourage social entrepreneurs to develop new products that will make a difference.
Charlie has a BS in Physics from the College of William and Mary, and a PhD in Materials Science from Northwestern University. He has been with Catapult Design since it evolved from the San Francisco chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and enjoys working in areas such as test development and data analysis, quality assurance and risk management, manufacturing in limited resource settings, and field deployments for new product testing.
Materials Science & Tech Development Specialist
Annemarie is a service designer, design researcher, and community facilitator with years of experience guiding design projects from framing through implementation with diverse nonprofit, government, community, social enterprise, and foundation clients. She is a principal at St. Louis-based Public Design Bureau and teaches at Washington University in St. Louis (Design Across Disciplines, Design Thinking, and Interaction Design: Health and Wellbeing).
Past work includes leading collaborative teams at Greater Good Studio (2012-2018) in the research and design of new programs, services, digital and analog tools, and human centered design learning experiences for diverse contexts in communities across the US and internationally.
Annemarie found her way to design consulting by both chance and study in architecture and American culture studies (bachelor’s from Washington University in St. Louis) and design for sustainability (master’s from Savannah College of Art and Design). In addition, she has completed professional development in project management and behavioral economics. Her years in technical theatre provided extensive experience writing about herself in the third person, and she remains an avid theatre fan.
Service Designer & Design Researcher
Kayla is a curious designer with industrial design and design research experience who is passionate about using her skillset to aid in social change. After college, she worked on multiple human-centered projects including sustainability in South Africa and exploratory research for people of color. Outside of work, Kayla loves to bake desserts and go on road trips.
Kayla has a Bachelors in Industrial Design from Lawrence Technological University.
Noel is a multi-skilled designer with a passion for creating quality communications, illustrations, systems and products. As a global designer he spends the majority of his time wandering the globe (in-person and virtually) immersed in projects, host communities, and multi-disciplinary teams addressing a broad range of design challenges. He frequently speaks at design conferences and events about facilitating design in cross-cultural contexts, and also proselytizes design value to the big acronyms in DC whenever he gets the chance.
Noel has a broad range of previous experience, from rapid prototyping, technology R&D, playground design, design education, bicycle empowerment, to disabled/aged/child care. He has lived and worked in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America and continues to love experiencing and exploring humanity and its diversity. Noel is fueled by the belief that all demographics deserve access to innovation and iteration tools, and has dedicated his design career to social empowerment. With his downtime he makes toys, good food and bad jokes.
Noel has a Bachelor of Industrial Design with Honors from the University of South Australia (with an exchange to Carleton University, Ottawa) and a BA in Professional Writing and Communication also from the University of South Australia.
Scott Boylston is co-author and graduate coordinator of the Design for Sustainability program at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). He’s the author of four books including one on sustainable package design, a volume of poetry on environmental degradation, and his latest, “Designing with Society.” Scott is the founder and president emeritus of Emergent Structures, an award winning non-profit organization that facilitates the deconstruction of unwanted houses and the innovative re-purposing of the resulting materials into community-based resources. He is principal at bc+d, a sustainable design consultancy, and partner in Essentia, a closed-loop, urban food service innovation group. Scott’s a member of the Founders Circle of the Winterhouse Institute, and has served on the state board of directors for USGBC-Georgia and the Governing Council of the National Academy of Environmental Design. He speaks and writes internationally on design and sustainability, including a Design for Sustainability course on LinkedIn Learning.
Board of Directors
Graduate Coordinator, Design for Sustainability Program, SCAD
Lauren Peters Lague is the Chair of Catapult’s Board of Directors.
Lauren began her work with Catapult Design in early 2009, contributing to organizational development and branding efforts on a volunteer basis. Professionally, she is the Director of Design Strategy at Salesforce in San Francisco focusing on the marketing strategy and experience across industries. In this role she combines design thinking methodology, creativity, and her experience as a designer to help cross-disciplinary teams align on many parts of our business—functions as diverse as event strategy, industry sales enablement, and product naming.
Prior to her role at Salesforce, Lauren was a creative lead specializing in art direction at various digital agencies in San Francisco. Lauren holds a Master of Science from Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter, Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design.
Board of Directors
Director of Design Strategy, Salesforce
Catherine Howard Lovazzano leads UX Research at Nest, Google. Previously, she led the pathfinding research on the Connection team at Facebook and was the Director of the Lifestyle Research Lab at Samsung in San Francisco. In her past position as the Head of Consumer Trends and Foresight at Chrysler, Catherine led a hybrid team of social scientists, engineers, and designers in the discovery and understanding of macro forces that shape the future of human mobility. As an anthropologist, strategist and designer, she brings expertise in human behavior and attitudinal insight to inform the development of new and exciting experiences, products, and services. She recently contributed her expertise to a project on financial services for coffee farmers in Mexico with the Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion at UC Irvine. She was also previously a senior associate at growth strategy firm Jump Associates, researcher for Wired Magazine, and a documentary film producer. She is a frequent lecturer on design research methods for Stanford, CCA, and UC Berkeley. She holds a M.Sc. in Material Anthropology from the University of Oxford, focused on photography and indigenous self-representation, and a BA in Anthropology from UCLA. When not exploring the latest cultural trends, Catherine is a competitive open-water rower and plays bass in an indie rock band.
Board of Directors
UX Research Lead, Nest, Google
Shaheen Kassim-Lakha leads the development and implementation of external engagements, including collaborations with peer funders and local, national and international partners, to unlock resources and shift policies that enable the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to multiply its impact. In her previous role as director of international programs, Kassim-Lakha oversaw the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Foundation’s international program areas, including safe water access, children in communities affected by HIV and AIDS, blindness prevention and education, and disaster relief and recovery. She also led grant programs related to global capacity-building, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Kassim-Lakha has a broad academic and professional background in health services and public health, including experience in hospital administration, developing environmental health policy for urban centers in North America, and program management in several countries in Asia and Africa. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a senior program officer at the UniHealth Foundation for six years. Kassim-Lakha received a Master of Public Health from UCLA and pursued a career in international development and environmental epidemiology. She completed the doctoral program in health services at UCLA’s School of Public Health, where her research focused on measuring results and developing an evaluation approach for healthcare philanthropy. She has served as a consultant to foundations and donor organizations on community-based initiatives, regional health systems development, program evaluation, and health policy research.
Board of Directors
Director of Strategic Partnerships, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
An independent consultant, Madiha retired from Government services with the Province of Quebec after a long career of 35 years of work in public safety for Pressure Retaining items.A resident of Montreal, Quebec, she is a licensed engineer with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Concordia University in Montreal.
An ASME Fellow and active member of the Society for over 25 years El Mehelmy Kotb held numerous leadership positions within the organization, serving as vice president Conformity Kotb from 2003-2006, on the Board of Governors from 2008-2011 and as its 132nd President 2013-2014. She is now a member of the Committee of Past Presidents and the Committee on Finance and Investment.
Madiha’s efforts and contributions have been recognized by her peers, she is a National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors (NBBI) Honorary member, a recipient of the NBBI Safety Medal, the ASME Dedicated Service Award, the CSA John Jenkins Award and the CSA Award of Merit.
Kotb has served as a member of the ASME Engineering for Global Development committee and was the lead volunteer member for Engineering For Change (E4C), a dynamic and growing community of engineers, technologists, social scientists, NGOs, local governments and community advocates whose mission is to improve quality of life in communities around the world. She has also served as a member of the E4C, LLC management committee and its currently serving on E4C steering Committee.
Madiha contributed in the book “Daughters of the Nile, Egyptian women changing their world”, edited by Dr. Samia Spencer and published by Cambridge Scholars, England. The book tells the stories of 38 women all from Egyptian origin and is meant to change the stereotype of girls and women in the middle east and beyond and to inspire young individuals to dare breaking into different fields and professions. Proceeds of the sale all goes to support 2 not for profit Organizations.
Board of Directors
Immediate Past President, ASME
Interdisciplinary designer Dawn Danby, recognized by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, has spent 12 years working in sustainable design. Her design projects have ranged from a tree-covered pedestrian bridge on the US-Canada border to closed-loop manufacturing strategies and furniture design. As Sr. Sustainable Design Program Manager at Autodesk, Dawn leads the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, which provides free, lightweight videos and resources online to teach young engineers and designers the principles and practice of sustainable design. Dawn co-authored Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century. She speaks regularly at events such as TEDGlobal. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was named a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society. Dawn & her work have been covered in Metropolis, Fast Company, The Atlantic, Azure, Core77 and the BBC. She has done dozens of media briefings and interviews and has written for Worldchanging, Fast Company, Develop3D and Machine Design. She has an industrial design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Board of Advisors
Co-founder/ Principal, Spherical
Heather is the co-founder and Executive Director of Change Labs, an organization supporting entrepreneurship and innovation on the Navajo Nation. Heather engages partners in and around the Navajo Nation to incubate, finance and train new and prospective Native American entrepreneurs in an effort to diversify local economies and promote innovation. The inspiration for Heather’s work to seed Native American social entrepreneurship was inspired by her upbringing in rural New Mexico and her work with Catapult Design, a company she co-founded in San Francisco and led for 10 years.
Heather was previously a design and innovation consultant in Silicon Valley, designing products and services for a diverse range of corporate clients, and an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University and California Academy of the Arts. Heather was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and a Pop!Tech Social Innovation Fellow for her work with EWB and Catapult Design.
Board of Advisors
Executive Director, Change Labs
Joe is an experienced independent consultant with a distinguished history of working in international development. He is skilled in work with Nonprofit Organizations on Human Rights and Sustainable Development, and with for-purpose groups on Governance, International Relations, and Philanthropy. Joe is currently a Senior Advisor with the International Conflict and Security (INCAS) Institute, a hub for applied insight at the nexus of sustainability, peace, and security. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused on Political Economy, Africa, International Relations and Affairs from University of Denver. Joe is based in Kenya.
Board of Advisors
Senior Advisor at INCAS Institute
Driven by a fascination for how the design of products and services influence behavior, David’s work focuses on understanding users to harness that influence to improve health and welfare, especially in marginalized communities. His experience ranges from the “traditional” – designing Italian office chairs, client management for a Silicon Valley product design consultancy and product strategy for a “lab-on-a-chip” device – to more experimental use of design process coordinating missions for Doctors Without Borders, forecasting disruptive global health innovations at the Institute for the Future, and cribbing UXR tools from the software world to unpack demand, adoption, and abandonment of proposed solutions for household water treatment and urban community sanitation. Work, and a passion for indigenous food and music, have led to extended residencies in Italy, England, Brazil, Colombia, Angola and Central America. When not at his desk, he can be found rowing on Lake Merritt or under his 4WD VW camper. David has a Master of Public Health from UC-Berkeley, an MBA from the University of Washington, and a BS in Industrial Design from San Jose State University.
Board of Advisors
Design Researcher and Analyst, DK Design Research
Evan Thomas is the Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering and holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a tenured Associate Professor jointly appointed in the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and the Aerospace Engineering Sciences Departments, and an affiliate faculty in Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Evan has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering Sciences from the University of Colorado at Boulder, is a registered Professional Engineer, and has a Masters in Public Health from the Oregon Health and Science University.
Evan’s technical background is in water and air testing and treatment applied in developing communities through to operational spacecraft. He founded SweetSense Inc. which is supported by USAID and the National Science Foundation to develop and apply satellite connected sensors monitoring drinking water services. Daily, the team is monitoring a million people’s water supply across east Africa.
Board of Advisors
Director, Mortenson Center in Global Engineering, UCBoulder & CEO, SweetSense