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Introducing the decolonizing design coalition members

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The Decolonizing Design Coalition, incubated by RSA US, is proud to introduce the global volunteers that have joined as Coalition Members.

Modeled on the Living Change Approach, the coalition is set up as three concentric participation rings: Members, Champions, and Partners. Members have been engaged in co-creating the coalition's manifesto and sourcing global examples of successful efforts to decolonize the ethos of the design field. These examples will be distilled into a set of principles that will provide a starting point for future decolonization efforts.

Under the co-leadership of Jadalia "Jada" Britto and Vanessa "Ve" Dewey FRSA, the Coalition Members are:

Fahud Ahmed (UK)

Fahud is the Motion/Digital Design Director at Bulletproof. He is based in East London.

Salina Almanzar (US)

Salina is a Photography and Printmaking Technician at her undergraduate alma mater, Franklin & Marshall College. Additionally she is co-initiator, artist, and project manager of the seed projects, as well as founder and lead artist of Taller Pa'lante. She is based in Pennsylvania.

Stephen Ang, FRSA (US)

Stephen is co-founder and director of Light Perspectives, as well as a long time teacher/instructor of Visual Communication at places like the Parsons School of Design, and the School of International Art Beijing + Shanghai. Stephen is based in Colorado.

Cat Drew, FRSA (UK)

Cat is the chief design officer at the Design Council "where she brings together architecture and the built environment, public sector design and business innovation to support people live healthier, happier and safer lives." She is based in the London area.

Rama Gheerawo (UK)

Rama is the director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design where "he uses design to address society’s toughest issues from ageing and healthcare, to ability and diversity." He is based in the London area.

Lynette Pope (US)

Lynette is the senior global design manager at Colgate-Palmolive. She is based in Georgia.

Kelley Satoski (US)

Kelley is a media analyst intern at Flag Media Analytics. She is based in Massachusetts.

Natasha Schmahl (Germany)

Natasha is a co-founder of FutureBright GmbH. She is based in the Munich area.

Jason Schupbach (US)

Jason is dean of the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University. Jason is based in Pennsylvania.

Doreen Toutikian (Greece)

Doreen is a designer and educator who helped to launch Beirut Design Week in her home country of Lebanon. She is currently based in Greece.

Natasha Trotman, FRSA (UK)

Natasha is an Equality Designer and researcher whose work focuses on mental difference as a way to foster new conversations and approaches to the world around us; examining different ways of experiencing worlds. She is based in the London area.

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