About Drew

I use design to help people feel empowered, connected, and fulfilled.

My Story

When I was 6 years old, I dreamed of having napkin folding empire. This company would supply restaurants across America with artfully folded napkin sculptures to add a flourish to what might have otherwise been an ordinary place setting.

“If you’re going to dream, dream big,” I thought. And I’ve never stopped dreaming big. 

As the oldest daughter of a comedy writer who can’t type and a petroleum engineer, my interest in both creative pursuits and technological problem-solving runs deep.

As a product designer, I most enjoy creating thoughtful and delightful designs at scale with a special interest in understanding the intersection of technology and how it facilitates real-world interaction.  

I currently work at Facebook personalizing the product experience for billions of people. Previously, I worked at Coursera helping to give people free access to education from top universities around the world.  I also ran a small UX design agency in Washington, DC and designed web and mobile apps for early-stage startups, Fortune 500 companies, and a bit of everything in between.

I have a BS in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University and am working on an MS in Management from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Fun Facts
  • Lunch is my favorite time of day.
  • I teach others how to make plant-based skincare products and share formulas at Botaneri.
  • I feel at home on the water and one day hope to sail around the South Pacific.
  • I’ve had “learn to play the banjo” on the top of my to-do list for 5 years.
  • It almost always takes me multiple times to pronounce the word “specific“ correctly.
  • Although I love using color in design work, my entire living space is neutral. Nothing but brown, grey, and white.
  • If I wasn’t designing, I would like to own a chain of urban wellness centers, be a private investigator, a perfumer, a science writer, or a goat farmer.

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