What did you do before Openbox?
I studied graphic design at Pratt Institute and got a job in advertising. After three years I decided that going forward I only want to design things that help people, strengthen community, and nurture society.
What do you like about the work you do?
Design can be applied to anything—how do you make an experience better for people? It's a question that can be answered a million times over. This means that while I apply design thinking to solve problems I get the opportunity to learn from experts in things other than design—both academic experts and those with lived experience. Design is the work of learning.
What does inclusivity mean to you?
When everyone has a seat at the table and the power to make the decisions that will affect their future.
When do you feel most like yourself?
When no one is watching.
I spend a lot of time thinking about...
My ancestors and what it means to be part of the Chinese diaspora.