ABOUT

Proven UX leader and problem solver with a deep background in Design, Product and Development.

Demonstrated experience building products, strategies, teams, tools, and processes that increase innovation and efficiency. Record of converting product vision into implementable strategy and translating business requirements into solutions that meet user needs.

Builds strong cultures via a belief that the intersection of UX and technology can make our lives richer, more connected, more creative and rewarding.

Demonstrated competencies include:

  • UX Strategy and Strategic Planning
  • Process and Methodology
  • New Product and New Business Development
  • Creative Team Creation and Management
  • User Testing and Research Planning and Execution
  • Site Migration and Evolution
  • Project Prioritization, Planning and Management
  • Written and Oral Communication Skills

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Consultant
Gannett
Vice President
Responsible for the design and implementation of a unified digital experience across the Gannett Network, including USA Today and 108 local sites, on multiple platforms including mobile, desktop and VR
  • Unified a team of 29 UX architects and designers in 5 different locations, building a modern, collaborative process, including a modular framework, design system, iterative user-testing and research, that works with Agile development.
  • Increased innovation with a user-centric methodology based on Design Thinking, inspiring cross-department collaboration and deeper connections with the user by incorporating research, ideation, concepting, user flows, wire framing, prototyping and testing user experiences for products and improvements.
  • Developed strong relationships and consensus with core partners including Advertising, Graphics, Branding, Editorial and Marketing. Work by the UX team contributed to an additional $16 million in revenue and the launch of VRtuallyThere, the first ever weekly virtual reality show.
  • Based on strategy, research and data, set the UX and design system framework for the redesign of the front-end platform which allows for a mobile first, responsive, measurable, iterative and evolving experience, which can be customized/personalized for individual properties and users. Initial launch of the article page has increased time spent per article by 75%.
Gannett
Consultant/Acting Head of UX
Member of strategic team tasked with development and rollout of a modern product process and communications.
  • Key contributor to new Product Development methodology and process.
  • Improved communications and innovation by developing the Local Advisory Committee, allowing direct engagement and contributions from the 108 local properties in UX and Product ideation and decision making.
  • Led UX of network-wide universal app, built to adapt for any of Gannett’s properties, improving speed to market and reducing deployment time from 9 to 3 months.
TIME
Director of Product, TIME, Life and Money Digital
Led Digital Product for TIME, Life and Money, managing a team of product managers and designers.
  • Built and maintained the strategic and tactical digital roadmap for TIME, Life and Money.
  • Drove user experience vision, ensuring product additions and solutions were built with user and consumer needs in mind.
  • Responsible for site build and iteration, including launch of TIME.com, design and launch of Money.com, new sections for Photography, Video, and user generated content, as well as premium product additions including TIME.com’s rich archive and new Parents section.
  • Managed development and implementation of key partnerships to expand site offerings, including advertising opportunities, real-time news, contributor network and audience engagement tools.
The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
Director of User Experience Architecture
Responsible for implementation of strategic UX initiatives across all products and platforms.
  • Developed and evangelized UX methodology and toolkit for user-centric product design.
  • Led UX Architects and UX Project Managers responsible for WSJDN’s products
    including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, MarketWatch, WSJ Live, WSJ Portfolio,
    Factiva, and R&D, as well as internal Content Management and Editorial Tools.
  • Special Projects Lead for new products and new business development including the MarketWatch and NY Post iPad apps, CFO Edition, WSJ Professional, Factiva UX 2, WSJ Social and DJ RealTime.
  • Built a unified design studio for the network, consolidating consumer facing and B2B teams and creating a new UX team in Barcelona.
The Wall Street Journal
Manager of Interaction Design
Developed proprietary online documentation and asset management tool, increasing productivity by 150% as measured by number of projects completed
Dandelion Creative
Consultant/Founder
UX, creative direction, and development for clients including Dun & Bradstreet, MLB and AIGA.
Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young
Interaction Director, DareStep
Responsible for new business pitches, creative direction and project development methodology.
News America Digital Publishing
Senior Technical Producer/Developer
Oversaw and architected the protocol and production of client-side development projects.
The Wall Street Journal
Art Director
Member of original team that launched Money & Investing Update in 1995 and the full interactive edition in 1996.

ABOUT

Proven UX leader and problem solver with a deep background in Design, Product and Development.

Demonstrated experience building products, strategies, teams, tools, and processes that increase innovation and efficiency. Record of converting product vision into implementable strategy and translating business requirements into solutions that meet user needs.

Builds strong cultures via a belief that the intersection of UX and technology can make our lives richer, more connected, more creative and rewarding.

Demonstrated competencies include:

  • UX Strategy and Strategic Planning
  • Process and Methodology
  • New Product and New Business Development
  • Creative Team Creation and Management
  • User Testing and Research Planning and Execution
  • Site Migration and Evolution
  • Project Prioritization, Planning and Management
  • Written and Oral Communication Skills

TEACHING

Spring Studio
Instructor
Josef Alber’s Interaction of Color
School of Visual Arts
Adjunct Professor
Intro to Web Programming
Multimedia Studio II
Parsons School of Design
Adjunct Professor
Intro to Databases
Concepts in Programming

EDUCATION

School of Visual Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Multimedia and Interactivity
Rutgers College, Rutgers University
Universitá di Firenze
Bachelor of Arts