Design Impact Co-Founder Facilitates Summer Session

Our facilitators are an integral part of our program. These individuals spend 8 weeks with our participants, cultivating an open and trusting learning space while sharing their own lessons and challenges of running small businesses or non-profits of their own.

Kate Hanisian, our facilitator of SpringBoard facilitator this summer, is also co-founder of Design Impact. Design Impact is a non-profit organization that partners professional designers with community organizations. These designers work on-site with innovative organizations and the communities they serve to design and implement life-improving solutions through international fellowships. Her experiences with non-profits, with social enterprise and with designers are sure translate well in the classroom.

Read more about Kate below. Better yet, sign up for SpringBoard and spend 8 weeks with her.

Kate has over ten years of professional experience in various non-profit positions. Before founding Design Impact, she led strategic planning and non-profit capacity building as the Development Director for the Ohio Justice & Policy Center, a non-profit law firm that works for criminal justice reform. After earning her Master’s degree in Education in 2005, she spent four years as a high school Language Arts teacher for students in a low-income, under-performing district. She has lived and worked internationally, leading youth development and program management initiatives in India, Jamaica, and New Zealand. In addition to leading Design Impact, she currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Cincinnati Honors College, working with an interdisciplinary team of students on development projects in India. Her experience working with communities affected by poverty in multiple areas of the world drives her passion for positive social change.


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