About

Who We Are

Our Team

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Copy & Content director

Ainsley Waller

About: Ainsley is an award-winning creative director who creates immersive technology-led experiences to tell stories that leave a lasting impression. A multi-disciplinary creative with an emphasis on copy/messaging, they specialize in work around campaigns, experiential, social activations, OLV, spot TV, AI, Metaverse, and gaming.

I am: A 12th -generation American, proud dual citizen born in Colombia and raised in North America and the West Indies. Gender fluid, based in Queens, New York.

I am passionate about: Telling stories and creating experiences that are joyful, positive, and inclusive.

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Design lead

Alberto Murillo

About: Alberto is a Design lead, with multidisciplinary skills, focused on creating digital experience and pushing brand language. With a trained eye in art direction he finds a balance between functionality and beauty for all products. Some of the work experience has been with Juan Valdez, Digitas, Prodigious, Google and Huge inc. His work philosophy is to push boundaries and create the best user experience interaction possible, while working alongside the best talent. Design is a co-creating process for multidisciplinary craft to identify the right Point of view for any challenge. Alberto is mostly known for his positive and go get it attitude.

I am: A proud Colombian surfer who drinks the best coffee. 

I am passionate about: Understanding human behavior through the lens of psychology and how through interaction design we can help users make the right choice for their lives.


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experience Design Associate

Conor Moran

About: Conor is a User Experience designer for Stranger Creative- specializing in creating human-centered, accessible design that simplifies the complex. He has experience working alongside multidisciplinary teams with agencies and brands such as The Eric Carle Museum, New York Life, Start Hearing, and Fusion 92. 

I am: A first-generation Taiwanese, Irish American living in the Chicago-land area.  

What I'm passionate about: Mindful design and finding new solutions to existing problems.

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Design director

June Hongkiatkhajorn

About: June is a product designer with a background in art direction and visual design. Her work spans multiple disciplines inclusive of UX/UI design, art direction, e-commerce, creative direction, and design strategy. Clients include Google, Mastercard, Verizon, Levi's, Tiffany & Co, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Frye, David Yurman, and Our Place.

I am: A Thai-Chinese female originally from Bangkok, Thailand, currently living in Los Angeles.

What I’m passionate about: Using art and design to support good causes and helping raise consciousness and awareness for notable issues.

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Product DesignER

Kenny Cheng

About: Kenny is a product designer creating human-centered experiences that drive success and impact for organizations and their users. Previously, he has worked alongside businesses, grassroots organizing teams, and non-profit organizations to create thoughtful user experiences and push boundaries through design. 

I am: A first-generation Chinese Cambodian American, currently based in San Diego, CA.

What I’m passionate about: Harnessing creativity to drive meaningful social change and uplift underrepresented communities.

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Head of Product

Kyle Outlaw

About: Kyle has 20+ years of experience in creative direction and UX/UI working for such agencies as Publicis Groupe, Razorfish, and R/GA. Brands he's worked with include Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter, smart car, Google, Motorola, UNIQLO, Unilever, Nike, Converse, Ralph Lauren, Victoria's Secret, Tory Burch, Citi, Microsoft, and Morgan Stanley. Kyle has been a speaker and conducted workshops at SXSW, IXDA, the User Experience Professionals Association, the Internet Freedom Festival and several other industry events and is a graduate of NYU's Interactive Telecommunication Program.

I am: mostly vegan, and a dog lover based in the New York metro area.

What I'm passionate about: Human-centered design, privacy and security, accessibility and digital rights.

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Junior UX Designer

Kiran Alemayehu

About: Kiran is a junior UX/UI designer, and multi-disciplinary creative who works on UX-related design as well as video-editing, interaction design, and visual arts. She has a background in education, having worked with immigrant and refugee youth and children on the spectrum.

I am: A first generation Indian-Ethiopian living in Canada on Treaty 7 Territory.

What I'm passionate about: Getting involved in the community to cultivate a supportive space for designers and leveraging design and art to create stories that uplift historically marginalized communities.

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Project Manager

Luisa Ardila

About: Luisa has experience managing projects across diverse industries, encompassing news, media, marketing, and live events. She has effectively overseen projects for well-known brands such as Marriott International, Margaritaville Orlando, and Beacon College, earning accolades such as a dotCOMM Award, a Vega Digital Award, and three Telly Awards.

I am: A proud Latina and devoted dog mom.

What I'm passionate about: Bringing together professionals who are experts in their fields and empowering them to achieve greatness together.

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Product Designer

Ivan Lam

About: Ivan is a web, UI, and UX designer with almost a decade of experience delivering quality experiences for millions of customers. He loves collaborating across disciplines to bring the most impact for users and the business.

I am: A first-generation Chinese-American cis man based in San Francisco Bay Area.

I am passionate about: Leveraging technology to help people fulfill their potential, particularly in education, health, the environment, and marginalized communities.

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Junior UX Designer

Meher Chand

About: Meher is a Junior UX Designer for Stranger Creative. She has a background in Psychology and enjoys finding the intersections between technology and human behavior. She thrives in collaborative environments and is always looking for new learning experiences.

I am: A first generation Indian-American from Portland, OR.

What I’m passionate about: Designing for good, illustration, and comedy movies.

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Product design director

Rachel Paves

About: Rachel is a business-led experience designer and strategist, passionate about delivering experiences that are simple, memorable, and impactful. She has a diverse background working in multiple disciplines throughout her career, including UX/UI design, experience strategy, digital marketing, and eCommerce. Some of her previous clients include Apple, Salesforce, Twitter, Sephora, Westpac, and Bank of Hawaii.

I am: A first-generation Filipino American living in San Francisco, CA.

What I'm passionate about: Connection. I lead with empathy and love to learn about people and our world and build meaningful connections.

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UX Researcher/Designer

Stanton Cambridge

About: Stanton is a freelance UX Researcher/ Designer, DEI facilitator, and actor based in Brooklyn New York. Previously he has contributed meaningful insights in his work at startups like Studio Qila, an online pilates studio, and MOTTO, a queer dating app co-founded by Joel Simchai, the creator for Grindr.

I am: A first generation New Yorker born to British Caribbean parents, who loves art, tech, fashion, and everything in between.

What I'm passionate about: Intersectionality, equitable and sustainable development, and re-imagining spaces and experiences for all!

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Founder & Managing Director

Steven Wakabayashi

About: Steven is the founder and managing creative director for Stranger Creative - handling new business and leading creative initiatives. Previously, he's led design teams at some of the biggest agencies and brands, including Sapient, Publicis, Razorfish, Huge, Apple, Google, Salesforce, Sephora, Walmart, Samsung, and Glossier.

I am: A second-generation queer Japanese, Taiwanese American living in NYC creating the intersection of social change, tech innovation, and creativity.

What I'm passionate about: Integration of joy within social and racial justice in the liberation of our communities.

 

 

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Advisors

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Christopher Sanchez

About: Christopher is a globally recognized tech entrepreneur, business leader, and strategic advisor focused on artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. He is the CEO of the generative AI firm Emergent Line, where they work on developing cutting-edge and human-centered products, services, and companies for the market.
He is an advisor to select clients that include Fortune 500, startups, institutional investors, academic institutions, NGOs, and G7/G20 & other governments. Christopher is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence & AI Ethics at the EGADE School of Business and an Industry Advisor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business on AI, business, and strategy.
Christopher has been featured in Forbes, WIRED, MIT Sloan, the Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, and numerous other publications for his work.

I am: Cosmopolitan. Having lived, worked, and led teams in New York City, Paris, Berlin, Moscow, San Diego, San Francisco, Mexico City, and operated in over 30 other countries, I bring a unique multicultural business and personal perspective to my work.

I am passionate about: Empowering people through responsible technology, amazing design, and developing purpose/mission-driven companies that are essential to creating a world we all want to live in. 


 

 

Orgs & Collaborators We Adore

The work we do is never alone - you can find us regularly collaborating with other organizations and change-makers transforming our design industry and shifting the narratives for our communities. We absolutely love their mission, organization, and people behind them.

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Empowering QTBIPOC creatives with education, mentorship, and networking opportunities.

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Creating opportunities for 45,000 LGBTQ+ members to advance their careers, grow their networks, and leverage tech for social change.

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Helping high-achieving LGBTQ2+ undergraduates reach their full potential.

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A purpose-driven online incubator for early-stage founders and social impact leaders from historically marginalized populations.

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Democratizing access to UX research education and mentorship.

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Weekly newsletter connecting underrepresented folks in tech with career opportunities.

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A co-learning and co-working community created to empower, educate, and employ the LGBTQ+ community through accessible education programs, inclusive events, and equitable employment opportunities.

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A mindfulness organization that creates healing spaces for historically excluded communities and social justice education for all.

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