Our Team

We’re a distributed team of creators & doers located across the globe.

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Harish Venkatesan


Built product at Venmo & Grubwithus; graduated from UPenn

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Daniel Shapiro


Previously full-stack developer at YCharts; graduated from Duke

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Patrick Multani

Design & Mentorship

Studied Concept Design; worked at Less & Better to listen and understand

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Madi Waggoner

Director of Operations

Studied at University of Colorado (UCCS); also a UX Academy graduate

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Sara Vilas Santiago

Mentorship & Curriculum

Award-winning innovation in FinTech and government; graphic design graduate

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Andrew Wilshere

Content & Design

PhD in Philosophy from University of Manchester; previously project manager

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Kara Donaldson

Support & Community

Studied at Creighton University; support and engagement at Meetup.com

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Esther Lee


Recovering asst. professor-turned-UX Academy graduate (Fall 2017)!

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Edgar Salazar

Software Development

Builds products for nonprofits and startups; graduated from MIT & University of Manchester

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Will Anderson

Growth & Sales

Graduated from Transylvania University in History; previously led partnerships at Crew

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Renee Tracy


Studied Psych at University of Alaska; brings perceptive fine-tuning to startup ops

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Teresa Lamb


UX Designer turned Developer; studied at Florida State & New York University

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Sandy Chen


Digital product design strategy, mentorship; MFA from Parsons Design & Technology

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Lauren Lankford

Student Success

Studied at New York University; created partnerships at Digiday

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Michelle Lin

Mentor Community

Archaeologist turned Designer; previously UX & UI Design at eBay

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Manuela Odell

Business Development

BD & Partnerships at Luxe & CardFlight; graduated from Bates College

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CJ Dreiss

Software Development

Boston University Grad; Graphic Designer turned Full-Stack Developer

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Travis Schlueter-Beckner


Defected from film industry to tech SaaS; previously built CX at Gusto

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Mary Shaw

Shaw Media Group

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Karin Schmidlin

Jamii.Global & UWaterloo

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Atomic Object

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Snowflake Computing

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Our international student community is formed of driven, aspiring designers who work together to achieve their career goals

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Peter Javorkai

UI Designer at Adidas

“I got a job offer from Adidas just before I started my second capstone project on UX Academy!”

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Sammy de Joya

UX Designer at Comrade Agency

“UX Academy was great. It helped give me the kick start that I needed to learn all the basic design concepts.”

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Wendy Pei

Product Designer at Microsoft

“The confidence I came out with really propelled me into the job hunt. I received several offers in just a month.”

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Celeste North

UX Designer at Backbase

“I learned sketching, wireframing, prototyping, UI kits, personas, and user flows. These are all key skills for my work.”

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Marko Vuletic


“What I really liked about the Designlab course were the assignments and the weekly mentor calls.”

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Tracy Lin

UX/UI Designer at TechStyle Fashion Group

“Those who encouraged and affirmed me turned out to be right, because I graduated and I got the job.”

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Jonathan Netek

UX / Visual Designer at Flightaware

“I already had 13 years in the design industry, but I still learned valuable new skills in UXA.”

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