For three years, Kenna worked with the Lab on multiple charges: leading the Lab’s Designers in Residence program, directing all visual and digital design work, and working directly with the Lab’s Impact, Evaluation, and Thought Leadership Director to support in managing the Lab’s communications and marketing efforts, reimagining how we approach data and impact, and pushing the Lab’s approach to thought leadership. Now, she works closely with the Lab in a consulting capacity on the Designers in Residence program, visual and brand identity, and communications. As an information design nerd, Kenna is most excited about the potential opportunities to leverage storytelling and data to build shared understanding.
Kenna has a multi-faceted background in design, research, and community wellbeing. Currently, she is training to facilitate improv exercises with teams to stimulate creative ideation and develop narrative. Prior to the Lab, Kenna worked as a Designer and Researcher at the UC Davis Center for Design in the Public Interest (DiPi), an organization working to bring together teams of creative people from different fields with community partners to solve problems through better design. During her time at DiPi, Kenna led The Type 1 Youth Project, an initiative to bridge relationship gaps amongst the type 1 diabetes community in Southern California and beyond. Over the years, Kenna has been an active volunteer for organizations focused on type 1 diabetes education and community building, as well as food justice.
A graduate of UC Davis with a Bachelor’s in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems and a specialization in Design, Kenna not only brings a strong understanding of design principles to the Lab’s projects, but also a passion for interdisciplinary and systems thinking, storytelling, and participatory practice design.