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RSA US regional ambassadors
RSA US Regional ambassadors
Each of our regional hubs across the US is supported by an ambassador, who is an RSA US Fellow that has taken on a community organiser role in their local area.
Meet our current regional ambassadors and the regions they help run.
Anastasia Ostrowski FRSA
Anastasia K. Ostrowski is a design researcher, empowering under-represented populations in technology development, such as older adults, to design social robots and advocating for more human-centred, mixed-method approaches in technology design. As a Boston ambassador, she is eager to create more participatory experiences for fellows to learn from one another, gain feedback, and implement change in their local communities.
Jason Sydoriak FRSA
Jason is an economist within the US Department of Transportation. A former US marine, Jason spent a number of years as a congressional staffer before finding his current finance focused career path.
Evan Weissman FRSA
Evan is the founding executive director of Warm Cookies of the Revolution, a civic health club that blends innovative arts and culture with crucial civic issues. Prior to founding Warm Cookies of the Revolution, he spent 12 years as a company member of the collaborative Buntport Theater Company, who the Denver Post called 'Monty Python’s anarchist grandchildren', winning over 100 awards as playwright, director, designer, and actor. His work with Warm Cookies includes creating live events, installations, videos, music, and books. He is horrible at drawing and swimming, among many other deficiencies. Evan lives in Denver with his wife Kristin and their kids Ezra Huck and Tavi Scout
Rick Griffith FRSA
Rick Griffith is a British-West-Indian designer, collagist, writer, letterpress printer, and optimist futurist, based in Denver, Colorado. He is a columnist for PRINTmagazine.com and a 2-time programming chair for the AIGA National Conference. He is currently the 2023 Acuff Chair at Austin Peay State University.
He is a co-founder of the graphic design consultancy MATTER, the designer behind the Black Astronaut Research Project, The Pledge for Spaces, and the Introductory Ethic for Designers and Other Thinking Persons. With his partner Debra Johnson, he runs MATTER and The Shop at MATTER– a revolutionary design and social justice bookstore in downtown Denver. He DJs a live internet radio show Design to Kill on Tuesdays at 4 pm Mountain Time where he plays non-confirming music.
Los Angeles, CA
Kat Calvin FRSA
Kat Calvin is the founder and executive director of Spread The Vote and the co-founder and CEO of the Project ID Action Fund. A lawyer, activist, and social entrepreneur, Kat has built a national organization that helps Americans obtain the IDs they need for jobs, housing, and life and that also allows them to go to the polls.
LA based Fellows can reach Kat via email.
New York City, New York
Sascha Mombartz FRSA
Sascha Mombartz has spent the last 10 years working with early stage venture brands, helping to build their digital presence and support their design needs. He has previously worked with large organisations from the New York Times, Google's Creative Lab and Néstle to startups in verticals from fintech to consumer packaged goods. Sascha has co-authored Community Canvas, a framework on community building, and has recently immersed himself in the world of Web3. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.
Michael O’Bryan FRSA
Michael O'Bryan is the founder of organisational design strategy firm Humanature, and a practitioner and researcher in the fields of community development, organisational culture, and human wellbeing. He is an advocate for human rights and social change with an approach that pulls from developmental-science research, including trauma theory, and his own hands-on, programmatic experience working in historically excluded communities. Michael is a distinguished resident Fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and a lecturer in city planning at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Most recently, Michael was awarded the 2022 Diversity in Business Award by The Philadelphia Business Journal.
San Francisco, California
Melissa Barker FRSA
Melissa Barker is the founder and CEO of The Phoenix Project, a social impact startup focused on healing and empowering survivors of gendered violence and assault.
As the San Francisco ambassador, she is eager to bridge tech and social good in the areas of trauma healing and transformative care.
Jaylena D. Lomenech FRSA
Jaylena is a customer service specialist at Salesforce (for full disclosure, Salesforce is the management tool RSA uses for Fellowship communication and data management). She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, and beyond, and helped RSA US develop our anti-racism framework.
Jaylena was recently named a Fellowship councillor, the advisory body that represents the global Fellowship to the RSA board.