David Lemus

Design Strategist

David believes the world needs more creative leaders so everyone can make experiences that customers love. He is a design strategist who partners with organizations to empower teams to be customer-obsessed to build the right products. In addition to his consultancy practice, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business. David lives in a Tiny House on Wheels which he designed and built himself from the wheels up.

Prior to being an independent design strategist, David was in-house at Capital One, where he worked on the Design Thinking and Strategy team which focused on changing the way the enterprise worked by empowering all employees with the tools and mindsets of design thinking. His team scaled practitioner and senior leadership programs throughout the risk-averse organization. Prior to Capital One, David was a senior consultant at Peer Insight, a service design and innovation firm where he led service design projects with Fortune 500 and non-profit clients. David previously led the Design Thinking Meetup community in Portland, OR. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland.