I am a hybrid product designer and front-end engineer specializing in design systems design, development, and management — helping designers and developers build SaaS products at scale from small startups to large corporations.

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Recent Experience

Senior Product Designer, Design Systems at Cisco

May 2023 — Now
  • Contributor to the Magnetic Design System Figma library.

Senior User Interface Designer, Design Systems at City National Bank

Nov 2022 — Mar 2023
  • Lead designer and contributor to the Roxbury Design System — responsible for the direction, oversight, and support of the design system utilized by several teams (and growing) within City National Bank to build its suite of products efficiently.
  • Researched internal products to find opportunities to leverage the design system.
  • Improved color system documentation with a focus on accessibility.

Senior Design Technologist at First American

Mar 2021 — Nov 2022
  • Primary manager and contributor to the Ignite Design System for the Ignite application suite — including oversight and support of direction and processes of the design system.
  • Design token, pattern, component, (Angular) front-end production code, and documentation contributions to the design system's UI kit, component library, and Storybook.
  • Established design and coding best practices for product design and engineering teams to help scale design and increase velocity for business initiatives.
  • Evangelization of design systems, systems design thinking, and tool support for designers and engineers.
  • Created a new color system with more hue variations for flexible pairings that better meet WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility contrast standards.
  • Created a design token system structure to better support the component library and applications.
  • Invented methodologies for automating front-end procedures to enhance efficiency and minimize potential hazards.
  • Converted the Ignite Design System Sketch UI kit to a Figma library UI kit and supported new Figma designers in the Sketch-to-Figma migration.

Senior UI Developer at Boulevard

Sep 2019 — Feb 2021
  • Created Boulevard's design system — BLVD UI, including a Figma UI kit, React component library, and encompassing design and technical documentation.
  • Developed a systems-driven design & development process for end-to-end design and development for the design system integration.
  • Designed a documentation website to provide instructions and guides on how to utilize Boulevard's APIs.
  • Established a design token system portable to CSS and Javascript.

UX/UI Engineer at Brainbase

Oct 2018 — Sep 2019
  • Inherited a complex front-end codebase with technical debt and laid the foundation for a framework with reusable and scalable components built in Angular, Sass, and Bootstrap to improve code quality and increase velocity.

Product Designer at Taboola

Oct 2016 — Feb 2018
  • Led product design on Taboola's publisher-focused analytics dashboard, Taboola Newsroom — assisting editorial teams at well-known publications such as Oath/AOL, NBC, and New York Daily News by surfacing actionable data including performance insights, metrics, and recommendations on the publishers' articles in real-time.

Product Designer at Fullscreen Media

Oct 2015 — Jun 2016
  • Designed and launched Fullscreen's video platform bringing original Fullscreen and licensed content catering to young adults.
  • Redesigned Fullscreen Go from the ground up, a semi-automated online application that allows YouTube creators to apply and formally partner with Fullscreen in minutes.

Front-End Engineer at Fullscreen Media

Dec 2013 — Oct 2015
  • Led efforts on Fullscreen's Ruby on Rails component library and style guide for their web-based products including Creator Platform and Fullscreen video platform.
  • Bridged efforts between product design and engineering teams as a liaison to help bridge communication and collaboration.

UX/UI Designer at Fullscreen Media

Sep 2012 — Dec 2013
  • Defined, designed, and built Fullscreen's internal tools utilized to manage content creators and contracts.


University of Central Florida

Aug 2003 — Feb 2005
  • Digital Media, concentration in Interactive Media Design (did not complete degree requirements).

Associate of Arts at Tallahassee Community College

Jan 2002 — Jul 2003
  • Major in General Studies
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  • Design Systems
  • Systems Thinking
  • Systems-Driven Design & Development
  • Design Token Management
  • Product Design
  • Accessibility
  • Iconography
  • Prototyping
Tools and Technologies
  • Figma
  • Figma Token Studio
  • Sass & CSS
  • CSS-in-JS
  • React
  • Storybook
  • Style Dictionary
  • Angular
  • TypeScript
  • JavaScript
  • Git

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