I am a creative leader, product designer and, developer who specializes in design systems. As Senior Lead of Design Operations at Sprout Social, I am currently focusing on establishing the company's Design Operations practice by working to keep design unblocked and partnering to strengthen cross-functional collaboration rituals. I previously established and led a team of product designers who build Sprout's design system, Seeds.
I first got hooked on designing on the web in the late 90s when I built a Nirvana fan website as a hobby. The site would eventually grew to become one of the most popular Nirvana fan sites on the web around 2000. After countless <frameset>s, Flash intros and guestbook signatures, I was ready to move on. By the time I sold the site in 2002, I had learned many of the building blocks of the web and realized I had discovered my passion. After college, I moved to Chicago where I have worked in many roles in the designer and developer spectrum on projects ranging from implementing modern web standards and creating templates for hundreds of radio stations to building interfaces for clients like Ford Motor Company, City University of New York, The University of Miami and Hyatt. I joined Sprout Social in 2010 as the first design hire. Since then, I’ve spent my time developing my skills as a designer, developer and leader as the company has grown from fewer than 10 employees to 650+ across the world.
I like spending my time away from the screen cooking overly ambitious food, traveling, writing,
grumbling about watching the Chicago White Sox, attempting to drive really fast cars and running.
I live with my wife Erin and our Whippet Devo, who can run faster and sleep longer than you.