Welcome

I'm a designer with 15 years of experience shipping products and leading design as well as product teams. I am specialized in making tools for people at work. My work is focused on organizing skill sets and relationships to demonstrate how caring for users is good for business.

At present, I serve as Design & Product Manager of Leeruniek, a scale-up in education technology. Previously, I spent five years in travel technology at Airtrade, where I led research and design on enterprise and consumer platforms. Before that, I ran Studio Zinzy for eight years, offering design and development across academia, journalism, health care, and other industries.

Unprofessionally, I create resonant queer spaces. I'm on the leadership team of Vine & Fig, an international organization for LGBTQIA+ Catholics. Every last Sunday of the month when Covid doesn't restrict intimate gatherings, I host Queer Salon in Amsterdam. I take pleasure in cultivating environments that are intersectional, curious, and kind.

You may find me on the Amsterdam East side tending to the home and garden I share with Anja. I enjoy making music, learning the love language of cooking, and exploring the worlds of theology, sociolinguistics, and psychology. I'm a fan of Barbra Streisand, monster movies, and vigorous note taking.

Life is truly good.

My work

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Rooting for teachers

I build tools that help people solve problems at work. At Leeruniek, we cultivate collaborative skills in learning analytics in Dutch primary schools so that pupils can thrive.

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Strategy and management

My team works to gain a deep understanding of users, and aligns with business and technology to define challenges. I turn big dreams into snackable chunks, and mentor along the way.

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DesignOps and facilitation

I give designers and researchers methods and tools to collaborate well across the company, so that they can focus on what they do best: make an impact.

My volunteering

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Cultivating communities

I bring people together on the Internet and in Amsterdam to create intersectional communities that help people connect, recharge, and learn from one another.

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Facilitating gatherings

I host Reading Clubs, prayer sessions, panel discussions, holiday marathons, and conversations that thrive on lived experiences, vulnerability, and generous assumptions.

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Writing and speaking

I write Scripture reflections, poetry, and essays, produce podcasts series, and speak about what it means to be a queer Afropean Catholic embracing the uncomfortable.

Availability

At the time of writing, I am not available for design or research efforts. I do, however, have limited availability to take on projects that require design, research or product consulting. Shoot me an email to tell me about your project.

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