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Siebel Center for Design Director Rachel Switzky

Rachel Switzky

Inaugural Director

Rachel Switzky is the inaugural director of the Siebel Center for Design. Prior to her current appointment, she has been a global design leader working with Fortune 100 companies over the past 20 years.

Most recently, she served as an Executive Director at IDEO, the company who pioneered the concept of design thinking. For the last decade in this role, she helped teams imagine futures and then put them into action, focusing on digital design, emergent technologies and impact at-scale.

Rachel attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, receiving her BFA and MFA in Industrial Design from the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

Core Team

Lisa Bralts
Associate Director of Marketing

Rachael Dietkus
Associate Director of Programs

Jake Fava
Design Strategist

Amanda Henderson
Senior Design Strategist

Danielle Hernandez
Senior Design Strategist

Aditi Jha
Design Strategist

Kayley Kirgan
Graphic Designer

Emily Kasak
Office Manager

Lu Lawrence
Research Assistant

Lucas O’Bryan
Design Strategist

Alex Pagano
Senior Design Strategist

Jordan Patterson
Design Strategist

Dr. William Patterson
Senior Design Strategist
Social Impact

Nicholas Puddicombe
Associate Director of Operations and Experience

Luciana Rodrigues
Senior Design Strategist

Gail Rost
Senior Design Strategist
Educational Partnerships K-14

Amaury Saulsberry
Design Strategist

Saad Shehab
Post-Doctoral Research Assistant

Rachel Switzky

Mike Tissenbaum
Affiliated Faculty

Kendra Wieneke
Associate Director of Business Development and Advancement

Alexis Vasquez
Graphic Designer

Donté Winslow
Design Strategist

Robin Woodall
Rachel’s Assistant

Siebel Center for Design

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