Biography

Sarah Brooks is a design researcher, social change advocate, and innovative thinker whose work sits at the edges of design practice and theory.

She was a 2014-2015 Presidential Innovation Fellow under President Barack Obama and was appointed the first Chief Design Officer at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

She currently serves as an IBM Distinguished Designer and Design Executive at IBM, is an RSA Fellow, on the National Board of Directors at AIGA, and is on the Board of Directors of the Buckminster Fuller Institute.

Sarah writes about design practice, social innovation, and design leadership. Her work and projects have been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, FastCo.Exist, Medium, The Communication Arts Typography Annual 7, Forrester, Digital Gov, PopTech, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and many more places across the social web and in published books.

Her book contributions include the chapter on System Shifting, published in Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond in 2015. In 2016, her essay “Collective Strength and Greater Understanding Through Co- Design,” was published in Leap Dialogues, a volume curated by Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design.

She is regularly asked to participate in high-profile conferences and judged design events including Sappi’s 2016 Ideas That Matter.

Sarah writes about the forefront of design, digital practice, and systems change. She welcomes invitations to write articles and opeds and is available for interviews and press requests here.

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