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.

After spending most of my younger years creatively making messes then using technology to clean them up, I received my B.S. in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University.

My introduction to user experience design came designing Augmented Reality Android apps well before the technology was ready. Proof that technology can be messy too.

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 on the Growth & Discovery team at Coursera focused on the end-to-end experience helping to inspire and empower learning.

Previously, I was at Oracle helping to design consistent experiences and set standards across a suite of products. I also ran a small UX design agency in Washington, DC and designed web and mobile apps that have been used by millions of people and ran workshops and design initiatives for early-stage startups, Fortune 500 companies, and everything in between.

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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