Advisory Council

Meghan Allen

VP, Architecture & Design, FCi

Meghan’s passion for Design Museum Boston began with her efforts hosting and supporting DMB’s first UNITE event and continued through her active engagement as the corporate sponsor for the Street Seats and Better Business by Design exhibits. Meghan’s career has been focused on creating inspiring work environments.  At Red Thread, Meghan has led the relationships with Boston architectural design firms, educating on workplace trends and working collaboratively with our strategic partners to develop innovative solutions for clients. 

Most recently, as VP of Customer Experience, she partnered with local design firms to design Red Thread’s new showrooms in East Hartford, Stamford, and Milford CT as well as Portland, Maine and Burlington, VT.  

In her role at Red Thread as Vice President of New Business, Meghan will work to develop new customer relationships in the Boston market by understanding their business and providing long term strategic value. Meghan received her degree in Interior Design from Ursuline College.

F. Philip Barash

Creative Director, Sasaki

F. Philip Barash is creative director at Sasaki, where he oversees the firm’s place branding practice. An accomplished writer, curator, and brand-builder, Barash works with private and public clients on telling compelling stories about their environments. In his role, Barash helps clients define and communicate the vision, strategy and design principles for major real estate developments and public realm projects.

His critical writing frequently appears in regional and national publications. Barash has served as editor of a weekly magazine, overseeing coverage of design culture, including architecture, landscape, and urban design. He has worked with major civic organizations, where he convened urban planners, visual artists, designers, philanthropists, and civic leaders to implement creative placemaking initiatives, such as the largest work of public art in Chicago’s history. He has developed programs, including lectures, exhibitions, and awards, which engage public audiences.

Derek Cascio

Co-Founder, Design Museum Boston

Fueled by a passion for education and design Derek Cascio co-founded Design Museum Boston in 2009 with Sam Aquillano. Derek currently supports the organization’s growth as a member of the Boston Advisory Council. When not working to raise the profile of the museum Derek is a freelance designer, illustrator and faculty member at Wentworth Institute of Technology teaching in their Industrial Design department. 

He is a lover of movies, comic books, salad and coffee and will be more than happy to make time for good conversation. Derek is a 2006 graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design where he received a degree in Industrial Design.

Marc D’Amore

Consultant, Design & Management

Marc John D’Amore is an industrial designer, user specialist, and institutional & business development professional.  He brings extensive knowledge of the practical applications of design including process, product, and systems prototyping.  As a founding member of several TEDxs, and as a special liaison for TED Partnerships/Institute (Technology | Entertainment | Design), Marc built and expanded relationships with world-class academic, not-for-profit and commercial entities, including the MIT MediaLab and Harvard University. 

He is also a managing partner at HEART – a firm focused on the intersection of strategy, design and product development based in downtown Boston.

Over the past decade, Marc has established relationships with C-Suite leaders in the data management, media, healthcare, family office, and financial services sectors.  He has worked directly with top executives at Fortune 100 companies, addressing strategic challenges through applied-collaboration and design thinking principles.

He is a passionate believer in the innate value of Design-Centered Education and has lectured, reviewed, mentored, and taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at the Boston Architectural College and the Rhode Island School of Design, among other institutions.  He currently acts as special consult to and sits on the board of several organizations.

Marc studied Product Design Engineering at the Glasgow School of Art/Mackintosh School of Architecture, Liberal Studies at Brown University, and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), with a focus on Industrial Design.

Caleb Dean

Managing Director of Owl, Fox & Dean

Caleb is Managing Director of Owl, Fox & Dean— an organizational design firm based in Boston, MA with presence in Portland, OR and San Francisco, CA. He and his team work at the intersection of organizational design, change management, and leadership development to help bold companies and individuals increase their capacity to evolve and generate value for people and place.

His work blends the disciplines of systems thinking, design, business strategy, organizational development, sustainability, and storytelling. He has a degree in Environmental Design from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MBA in Sustainable Systems from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute at Pinchot. He is also involved with his wife’s family’s 41 year-old business, Cambridge Naturals, in Porter Square.

Monique Fuchs

Associate Vice President, Innovation + Entrepreneurship, Wentworth Institute of Technology

Monique is an educator, business designer, and intrapreneur mobilizing organizations to disrupt their status quo, launching new ventures, activating communities to build synergies, and promoting the power of design and systems thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship across disciplines. She is currently the Associate Vice President of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Wentworth Institute of Technology, changing the educational paradigm to develop talent for the 21st century, turning ideas into reality, fostering product creation and social impact.

Monique holds a Master in Education and a PhD in Education/Organizational Development from the University of Passau in Germany. Her work focused on change management and transitions, educational shifts, innovation and idea generation. She also holds a Certificate for Executive and Organizational Coaching from Columbia University to support individuals and leaders in reinventing their careers and moving their organizations forward. Monique has consulted, coached, and worked in profit and non-profit sectors and across industries and functions in Europe and the US.

Elizabeth Gross

Vice President, Product Manager at Bank of America

Elizabeth’s relationship with Design Museum Boston began while she was Marketing Director for Mad*Pow, and spearheaded that agency’s patronage and support for the Museum’s events and activities. Elizabeth has been involved with design throughout her career, beginning in NYC at such firms like Lister Butler, Siegel + Gale, and Teague.  

She later leveraged that experience into branding and marketing roles with Circles, Monster.com and Constant Contact.  A passionate believer in design and creativity, she currently is Vice President, Product Manager at Bank of America.

Emily Rawitsch

Director of User Experience, Invaluable

Emily Rawitsch is passionate about all things design. She blends business strategy, user research and visual design to make experiences more delightful and to make businesses more profitable. Currently, Emily is the Director of User Experience Design at Invaluable, the leading online live auction marketplace that allows collectors to bid real-time in auctions held around the world. Her designs have been recognized and published in Communication Arts, HOW Magazine, The Black Book, Step Inside Design, Rockport Publishers and the One Show Design.

Dieter Reuther

Consultant, Leadership & Operations

Dieter is the principal of Cast Collective, a consultancy founded on the belief that the best solutions can be found at the intersection of analytical and creative thinking. Through the power of PLAY he helps teams communicate better, break down barriers, negotiate strategic as well as operative plans, and co-create ideas creatively, socially and interactively. He is an Adjunct Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston with a focus on design thinking, innovation, and a consumer-centric approach.

Dieter is the principal of Cast Collective, a consultancy founded on the belief that the best solutions can be found at the intersection of analytical and creative thinking. Through the power of PLAY he helps teams communicate better, break down barriers, negotiate strategic as well as operative plans, and co-create ideas creatively, socially and interactively. He is an Adjunct Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston with a focus on design thinking, innovation, and a consumer-centric approach.

Prior to 13 years in Design Operations at Ziba, a global innovation and design consultancy in Portland, OR, he ran his own product design firm in Munich, Germany.

As a past Design Museum board chair Dieter was essential in establishing the Design Museum Foundation.

He holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering from Technical University, Munich, Germany, and a Masters in Business Administration from George Fox University, Portland, OR.

David Saltman

General Counsel, The Vista Group

David is a commercial real estate developer and attorney, focusing primarily on retail, office and student housing development and revitalization. David has worked in Las Vegas and Southern California for the last 10 years and recently moved back to Boston with his wife and two young children, having attended Tufts University. He is looking forward to expanding his practice to the Northeast and to making a positive and creative contribution to the community.

Asha Srikantiah

Director, Fidelity Labs

Asha Srikantiah is a Director in Fidelity Labs – an internal R&D group that creates new products and services for Fidelity Investments based on deep understanding of how people really feel about their personal finances.  As a hybrid Product Manager / Design Researcher, Asha loves the intersection of story and strategy.  She also loves to teach, and has been lucky to do so within Fidelity, at Stanford’s d.school, and a variety of conferences.

Asha’s background includes several years in the entertainment industry (where she worked with Viacom Productions, New Line Cinema, and JWT) and more recent stints in management consulting and entrepreneurship.  She’s a graduate of the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.