Amanda VillarrealAmanda Villarreal

Amanda Villarreal

Partnerships and New Business Associate

What did you do before Openbox?

I started my career in civil rights public policy and lobbying in Washington, DC. I moved home to Austin, Texas to be a grassroots electoral organizer and to work outreach for a local girls' empowerment nonprofit. After my years in nonprofit and the political sectors, I transitioned to the private sector to learn how business systems could catalyze social change. I first served as an account manager in the social enterprise division of an e-commerce company. From there, I transitioned on to work with several successful startups across Austin in project management, operations, sales, and marketing roles. I moved to New York City in August 2017 with no job or apartment, just seeking new adventures and opportunities.

Why do you do the work you do?

My career “why” has always been about creating systems and experiences that benefit people on their own terms. So, even though I came to Openbox without professional experience in human-centered design, our “why’s” resonated. When Openbox designs products, systems, or services, we begin by recognizing people as experts in their own lives. Through that approach, we can create more meaningful experiences for people while also benefiting our clients.

What does inclusivity mean to you?

It means allowing people to show up as their full selves wherever they are, and designing spaces and experiences that enable this.

When do you feel most like yourself?

As a runner, after running lots and lots of miles on a hot day, or after spending a night out dancing.

I spend a lot of time thinking about...

My next plans with friends, my next trip, the next goal I want to accomplish or to help others accomplish. I'm always looking ahead.