Danks

A cross-functional leader leveraging design to solve complex problems, aiding teams and organizations scale while championing consistency and quality.

As a former front-end developer I love systems thinking, defining micro interactions, and experimenting with code to problem solve; often jumping into codepen to prototyping interactions or animations with code.

Right now, I work as a Design Leader at Airbnb overseeing the Trust Infrastructure group (5 teams) and the Design System for Internal Tools. I was also the first design hire for our Seattle office, helping it grow from ~25 people, to now where it’s over 300. I've helped to establish and host Airbnb’s first Design event in Seattle where I created the branding assets and helped scout the venue.

Over the past few years at Airbnb I’ve led teams on my own, as well as with cross-functional partners at times. I've created cross-functional team visions and roadmaps as well as established and successfully implemented multiple process changes, from how we track work to how our design process works (leading to the creation of new roles).

I love breaking down nuanced problems and putting them through the design process to help cross-functional groups scale, whether it’s building a suite of software or championing the formation of new teams and organizational change.

Airbnb

Design Lead, Trust Infra group

2017 – current

Machine Learning

Currently I am leading design on a cross team working group, revolutionizing how we think about and work with machine learning at Airbnb.

Privacy

Strategic lead overseeing design of our Privacy team. Working across the organization with Executive sponsors to establish a robust, thoughtful, and clear privacy system.

Design system

Helping to establish then lead Airbnb's design system for internal tools (Lunar). Leading design strategy, getting leadership buy-in and investment, and creating then successfully implementing ways of working across multiple business units (ie. Our DLS council, contribution model, and project tracking).

Tools ecosystem

Reimagining proactive fraud tooling (owning over 30 tools) with a ground up ecosystem built on top of the aforementioned DLS for internal tools (Lunar). Leading design and strategy from inception, shifting our team from bespokely building tools to building a self-serve ecosystem around the vision of "Building tools that build tools".

Branding

Partnering with our brand team across multiple projects to develop, create a visual strategy, or host; events, series, and talks across design, research and engineering. In addition to creating posters, clothing, pins, stickers, and various other merchandise for the Seattle, Portland and San Francisco offices.