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M has a decade of experience using human centered design (HCD) and qualitative research methodologies to elevate the expertise of lived experience and more equitably redistribute power.
M earned a graduate degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art studying how to use equity-based HCD for systemic social impact. Previously, they earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the Public Policy department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a focus on transforming power within social entrepreneurship and international development.
M has been collaborating with Joanna Levitt Cea and Jess Rimington since 2017 on their research into the practices of “beloved economies.” Their work deeply inspired M’s approach to cultivating genuine relationships with collaborators, as well as their knowledge base of collaborative practices and tools to draw from.
Nancy Edwards (pictured on the left) is the Program Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity. She has built global health partnerships between academic institutes and communities for over two decades. M collaborated with Nancy on a project with the American Heart Association and Community Advisory Boards in Uganda.
Michaelisa Jones (pictured with M), Michelle Spikes, Alex Bradley, and Gabrielle Newell are among M’s for the SWIRL (Sex Workers In Real Life) project with the DC harm reduction organization HIPS (Honoring Individual Power and Strength).
M’s chosen family of queer, trans, neurodivergent, and disabled people (and their cats!) holds them accountable to their values and sustains their wellbeing so they can continue collaborating for a more equitable future.