Biography

Sarah Brooks is a service designer, social change advocate, and innovative thinker whose design practice draws on liberal arts, fine arts, social work, depth psychology, and Zen Buddhism.

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, is an RSA Fellow, and an active mentor to numerous individuals.

Sarah writes about design practice, social innovation, design leadership, system, and organizational change. 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 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 teach internationally, participate in high-profile conferences, and judge design events, including Sappi’s Ideas That Matter, CCA’s Social Impact Awards.

She welcomes invitations to write articles and op-eds and is available for interviews and press requests here.

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