#DFAvotes2016

December 2, 2016DFA Behind the Scenes, Ideas, Learning, Process

This past August, 110+ students from 33 Design for America studios across the country gathered at Northwestern for the annual DFA Leadership Studio. Together, they explored, “How can we improve the voting experience?” DFA National decided to revisit this topic of civic engagement as the 2016 election season came to a close. From Leadership Studio, we learned … Read More

DFA Fellows 2016!

July 14, 2016DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Profiles

DFA National is excited to introduce our two new awesome Fellows joining us for 2016-2017! Design for America Fellows empower a network of 1000+ DFA members to create social change in their local communities and develop and deliver human-centered design learning to our 36 student-run studios. Please join us in welcoming Michelle and Deniz!   … Read More

Welcome Rebecca Breuer, Our New Senior Director!

January 15, 2016DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership

Kellogg alum, fundraiser, pragmatic strategist and food-lover, Rebecca Breuer, joined our award-winning network of studios January 11th, bringing with her over 25 years of experience. As our organization enters a new stage, Rebecca will lead our national network of 9000+ members, mentors, partners, and fans at 29 university-based studios to strengthen and expand the impact … Read More

2015’s Strategic Journey with XPLANE

December 28, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes, Leadership, Process

This year, Design for America has been lucky enough to work with XPLANE, a strategic design consultancy in Portland that applies human-centered design principles to drive organizational performance. One of our wonderful alumni Sara Mesing, who co-founded the Case Western Reserve|Cleveland Institute of Art Design for America studio, currently works for XPLANE. In January, Sara … Read More

Design for America Partners with Venture for America!

December 18, 2015DFA Behind the Scenes

We’re proud to announce our partnership with Venture for America, a program that recruits and trains recent college grads to join startups in emerging cities across the country. For many driven DFA students, this is a natural next step to continued learning and hands-on experience in the community. The application process for the Fellowship has … Read More