Aran Baker, Founder, is a designer and strategist. Her work focuses on the relationship between climate change, equity and health. She has an MS in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design, and is an IDEO Civic Design Fellow. Aran also taught systems thinking and sustainable design at Parsons School of Design, and has a background in visual design and art direction. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Valentina Branada is a Chilean designer passionate about using design strategies for social advancement and transformation. She explores collaboration and participation in designing of public services, using her practice to understand systems, empower, provoke, and to open new dialogues and possibilities. Transdisciplinary Design MFA ’17 at Parsons.
Julia Bartholomew-King is interested in collaborating with urban communities through avenues of socially responsible service design, with particular emphasis on co-designing systems to promote social inclusion and health. A 2017 graduate of the MA Theories of Urban Practice program at Parsons School of Design, last year she also participated in a two week intensive masterclass at Metrolab Brussels, entitled “In/Out: Designing Urban Inclusion.” Julia currently divides her time between New York City and Los Angeles.
Our Advisory Team
Susamma Seeley, a Certified Emergency Manager, is a disaster science and management doctoral student at University of Delaware. She is the United Nations representative for the Malankara Social Service Society, a South Indian NGO with Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she worked with a national faith based organization. She has also served as the Chairperson of the New York City and the Missouri State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NYC VOAD & MO VOAD). Ms. Seeley was born in Kerala, India and speaks/understands Malayalam, Hindi, Urdu, and Spanish at various levels of proficiency.