Design for America alumni around the world continue to make impact even after graduation. Tristan Sokol, Allison Chen, and Ahsaan Rizvi have taken initiative to share their knowledge and experiences with the DFA network and beyond.

Tristan Sokol, Northwestern ‘13, joined a panel of three other talented innovators to speak to DFAers, alumni, and friends at #DFAintheBay17. Aligning with the theme of “design for ambiguity,” Tristan described how he applied the DFA process to his professional life to navigate the early stages of his career. Guests from 11 different DFA studios had the chance to learn from his insight, while uniting with old friends and building new connections.

When DFA was asked to lead a design workshop at a local elementary school, Allison Chen gladly stepped up and took the lead. As a Former DFA Fellow and RISD|Brown Alum, Allison enjoys giving back to the DFA community in a variety of ways – she recently recruited other alum to compile their best user research practices to share with current DFAers. She’s also organized a virtual portfolio review and meetup among the DFA Chicago alum.

Ahsaan Rizvi attended Duke University on a Fullbright scholarship, where he joined DFA Duke and learned to use his mechanical engineering background for social good. After graduation, Ahsaan began to recognize the socially-minded people around him and created Design for Pakistan, amplifying the DFA spirit globally. So far he’s recruited other talented leaders and together they have led many human-centered design workshops at universities in Islamabad. We’re excited to see what’s next!