Launch Council

Kate Barry

Senior Recruiter, Lunar Design

Kate Barry is a Senior Recruiter for Lunar Design, part of McKinsey and Company, in San Francisco. Kate enjoys connecting the Creative Community with introductions for professional development, mentorships or career opportunities with her extensive network. Seeing people progress their passions in a creative way is inspiring to her. She attended Elon University in Elon, NC and received her BA in Corporate Communications. Kate volunteered and was an early advocate of Design Museum while in Boston and is excited to see what SF has in store

Nicole Blanchard

Non-profit Organization Management

Nicole Blanchard is a creative marketing + development professional whose interests lie in non-profit art, design and communities. She is currently based in the San Francisco Bay area but has various work experiences throughout the U.S. in Detroit, Atlanta, Boston and Portland.  Nicole has an M.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design where she studied Arts Administration. Her passion for non-profit emerges from a B.A. in Advertising and Public Relations at Grand Valley State University in her home state of Michigan (Go Tigers!). She enjoys great food, great weather, great fellowship + connecting with others. 

Vanessa Camones

CEO & Founder, theMIX agency

Founder and CEO of theMIX agency, a full-service marketing, design, and communications boutique based in San Francisco and LA, Vanessa has been working in strategic communications for over 15 years, with clients ranging from Pixar, Cisco, and Samsung to numerous companies in media, design, and high-tech, including Amber Case’s Geoloqi, the Stanford Center on Longevity’s Design Challenge, and the Institute for the Future. Vanessa frequently writes about branding, marketing by design and related topics for outlets including TechCrunch and VentureBeat, and has spoken at South by Southwest, Digital Hollywood, and FailCon, among other marketing conferences. Follow her on Twitter @vanessacamones.

Liz Comperchio

Art Director + Design Strategist • Launch Council Co-Chair

With nearly a decade of experience coast-to-coast, Liz Comperchio brandishes design as a tool to develop strategies for businesses, brand communication, and marketing. From start-ups to large corporations, Liz is a strategist, marketer and entrepreneur approaching business problems with the insights of a designer. She received her MBA in Design Strategy at the California College of the Arts; BA in Graphic Design at Lesley School of Art + Design. Curious what coast-to-coast entails? Liz has lived and worked in world-class cities: Seattle / MI / Boston / NYC / LA / SF.

Andrea Fineman

Experience Designer, Adaptive Path

Andrea Fineman is an experience designer at Adaptive Path and a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s master’s program in interaction design. Her master’s research focused on service design: specifically, how customers and employees interact in retail and travel environments. She’s excited to be involved in Design Museum SF after volunteering with Design Museum’s Boston exhibits and writing for the blog!

Susan Gladwin

Marketing, Sustainability, and Clean Technology Strategist

Susan Gladwin is a hands-on strategist, brand marketer, and recognized sustainability innovator. With more than two decades in the technology sector, she leads Gladwin Consulting, a marketing strategy firm driving killer business solutions that are environmentally and socially attuned. Developing pivotal products and programs, her work has spanned growing new global markets for Apple, to propelling Autodesk to its position as a recognized leader in clean technology. She was part of the founding faculty at the MBA in Design Strategy where she served as adjunct professor of Sustainability Studio. Follow her on twitter: @susangladwin

Loren Marshall

Design Producer, Google

Loren has been basking in the Design Museum sunshine since its early days in Boston. She is thrilled to watch it plant roots on the other side of country and looks forward to being a part of the organization’s future. Presently, Loren is a Design Producer for Search UX at Google, managing core projects with incredibly talented teams from California to Tokyo. She has a background in Studio Art, Architecture, and Urban Planning so her appreciation for design spans all scales, shapes and pixels. 

Scott Thibeault

Industrial Designer - Maker

Scott has been engaged in a wide array of design pursuits for over the last 15 years. After spending his early career as an architect, his unyielding drive to “make” led to multiple entrepreneurial endeavors in home restoration, custom furniture, house-boat and motorcycle design. Scott received his BS in Industrial Design in 2012 from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA and currently works for NewDealDesign in SF, re-imagining ways for humanity to interface with emerging technologies. Scott was lucky enough to have a front row seat to the inception of Design Museum Boston from the back of a pizza box to a national foundation and he is excited to be a part of the next dream that is DMSF!

Rebecca Hoover

Producer & Developer, Design Museum San Francisco

Rebecca Hoover is Design Museum San Francisco’s Producer and Developer. With a background in New Media Arts and Spatial Design, she is constantly exploring the interdependent relationships between the fields of art, design, and technology. A recent east coast transplant, Rebecca attended Northeastern University’s School of Architecture (2008-10), Boston Architectural College (2011-12), and Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Studio for Interrelated Media (2010-13, BFA Cum Laude).

Anna Kawar

Improvement Advisor & Coach

Anna has been working to improve areas of social policy and services for almost 10 years. She began her career with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, where she fell in love with the science of improvement as a way to make real change in complex systems. After receiving her MPP and MBA from Duke University, Anna moved to the Bay Area to bring this methodology to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She currently teaches and coaches non-profits and school- and district- level teams in innovation, rapid-cycle testing, and spread in order to generate learning about what changes work, in which contexts, to improve educational outcomes. 

Heather King

Marketing Director, Eight, Inc.

Heather King has 20 years experience in marketing, strategy and business development for leading international companies and non-profits, particularly in emerging and fast changing markets – technology, clean tech, media.  Heather leads U.S. marketing and client development for Eight Inc., a global experience design firm. Prior, she worked at Apple and was partner in a boutique strategy consulting practice. Heather has a BA and MBA from Dartmouth. She serves on the boards of Presidio Graduate School and Trust for Conservation Innovation, is an advisor to Acumen Fund, and has lectured at Stanford and UC Berkeley.