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Selected Employment

Change Agent Consultant  ~ The Learning Connexion  January 2023- Current

The Learning Connexion (TLC)  teaches sustainable creativity through art making in a supportive and inclusive environment. Drawing from Student’s life experiences, we encourage them to develop their creativity. We focus on learning by doing, so our NZQA approved programmes are hands-on and practical. School of Creativity and Art Gain NZQA qualifications in transferable creativity through the vehicle of art.

Moonshot Advisory Board Member ~ EIT Manufacturing West  April  2022 – Current

EIT manufacturing is designing a Moonshot Call. A new program to push change-makers to create innovative and disruptive solutions to push green manufacturing. We will add unique value to European products, processes, services – and inspire the creation of globally competitive and sustainable manufacturing. EIT Manufacturing has a mission, amongst others, to promote and disseminate information about projects that are supported by it. EIT Manufacturing’s headquarters are in Paris, with a network of Innovation Hubs across Europe: Spain, Germany, Sweden, Italy, and Austria.

Strategic Innovation Consultant ~ Callaghan Innovation  May 2019 -November 2019.

Case study research on innovation sectors around the world to inform the development of New Zealand’s Innovation Corridor. 

  • Onsite interviews with innovators and entrepreneurs around the world.
  • Analyze best practices, including organization/government relationship models.
  • Recommended successful innovation sector development strategies. 
  • Work with senior teams to enhance open collaboration and the use of user-centric design to better understand client needs. 

Creative Provocateur ~ International Keynote Speaker  August 2018 – Current

  • Ignite creativity and innovation through speaking, teaching, and consulting engagements around the world.

Head of The Design Kitchen ~ Google [X]:  January 2017 – July 2018

  •  Led design and prototyping teams for The Design Kitchen, the company’s in-house design consultancy and prototyping lab.
  •  Focused on early-stage proof-of-concept prototyping for all Google X projects.
  •  Redesigned team work environment and consolidated multiple machine shops to promote more productive collaboration.
  •  Created educational programs with hands-on learning for X staff.

Lecturer Appointment ~ Mechanical Engineering Design Group  Stanford University  June 2012 – December 2017

Faculty Catalyst: Education Experiences ~ Autodesk  February 2016 – January 2017

  • Launched the Generative Learning Lab and led an avant-garde group of engineers and designers prototyping the future of learning.
  • Launched the Gammers Research Guild to gain insights from game design to implement new approaches to software applications.
  • Launched Catalyst Conversations: lunch time talks with guest Stanford faculty and Autodesk staff on various topics.

Technical Robotic Welding Consultant ~ Applied Research Lab: Autodesk Pier 9  February 2016 – January 2017

  • Welding & fabrication expert for 3D robotic metal printing, machine learning project
  • Designed and built out a high-rate metal printing 3D robotic welding lab.
  • Prototyped fabrication, cooling, and tooling approaches for robotic welding manufacturing.
  • Collaborated with programmers and machine-learning experts to teach robots to think like fabricators.

Founder / Executive Director ~ Stanford Creative Ignition Lab @ Autodesk  June 2014 – December 2016
HASSO PLATTNER Institute of Design at Stanford University and Autodesk

  • Conceived of and founded the Creative Ignition Lab, one of the first Stanford labs to be established within a corporate headquarters.
  • Raised over a half a million dollars from corporate sponsors to fund the lab’s establishment and operations.
  • Developed the lab’s strategic vision, educational programs, and brand identity.
  • Pioneered new ways to purposefully bring the tools of production seamlessly into creative processes.

Director ~ ReDesigning Theater  June 2012 – December 2014
HASSO PLATTNER Institute of Design at Stanford University

  • Led program from concept, developing it into a robust project with a wide variety of coursework and performance opportunities.
  • Developed a challenging curriculum to create meaningful learning experiences.
  • Sought out individuals and groups at the cutting edge of theater and performance to identify nascent trends in technology and art.
  • Incorporated data from need-finding and developed real-world prototypes to create more accessible and engaging theater experiences.
  • Engaged students with project incubation, workshops with industry professionals, and exposure to emerging theater trends.

Founder / Executive Director ~ The Crucible  January 1999 – January 2011

  • Conceived of and founded The Crucible. Crafted and designed its image, brand, and identity.
  • Raised over $8 million from individuals and corporate sponsors.
  • Developed and oversaw the annual organizational budget of $3 million annually.
  • Managed, hired, trained, mentored, and evaluated 30 staff, 90 faculty, and 800 volunteers annually.
  • Developed strategic vision and led strategic planning processes over 12 years.
  • Designed and developed educational programs serving over 8,000 youth and adult annually.
  • Pioneered, designed, directed, and produced theatrical benefit performances for 25,000 annually.
  • Designed two different Crucible facilities: classrooms, workspaces, gallery, and theater spaces.
  • Solicited, quoted, and managed commissioned projects and an entrepreneurial product line.
  • Oversaw the creation of the marketing, public relations, development, and communications plans.
  • Acted as the principal public and media spokesperson and promoter.
  • Cultivated and maintained critical social, political, governmental and community relationships.
  • Built alliances with city officials, agencies, community organizations, stakeholders, and unions.
  • Cultivated supportive contacts with local and national television, radio, magazine and web media.

Lead Designer / Fabricator ~ Voltage Metal Works  July 1994 – Current

  • Designed and created innovative custom prototypes in metal, wood, glass and fire effects.
  • Designed and created architectural, ornamental, lighting, furniture, hardware, automotive, and motorcycle prototypes.

Prototype Builder / Shop Manager ~ KID Group  June 1989 – March 1990

  • Product Design top 10 invention group with over 250 licensed products
  • Created product prototypes and designs for a variety of products: children’s toys to food packaging, and health products to electronics.

Selected Teaching

  • 2015- current Guest Lecturer: Arts Entrepreneurship, San Francisco Arts Institute, CA
  • 2013- current Guest Lecturer: Arts Entrepreneurship Program, UC Berkeley, CA
  • 2012- current Lecturer: Mechanical Engineering Design,, Stanford University, CA
  • 1999-12 The Crucible Oakland, CA: metal & glass departments
  • 1995-99 Civic Arts Center, Walnut Creek, CA: bronze casting, ceramic sculpture
  • 1998      California College of Arts, Oakland, CA: sodium silicate sand molding
  • 1998      The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL: figurative metal sculpture
  • 1997      The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL: introduction to metal working
  • 1997      Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI: iron casting
  • 1997      The Evanston Art Center, Evanston, IL: forging and metal forming
  • 1996      National Institute for Art & Disabilities, Richmond, CA: ceramics
  • 1996      Xcentric Metal Works, Oakland, CA: welding, metal design & fabrication
  • 1996      Studio One Art Center, Oakland, CA: stone carving, ceramics
  • 1994-96 Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito, CA: ceramics, woodworking
  • 1995      ASUC Art Studio at U.C. Berkeley, CA: clay carving & glass cullet glazing
  • 1994      Mendocino Art Center, CA : sodium silicate bronze casting
  • 1994      Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland, Oakland, CA: fine arts
  • 1992      Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy: marble carving 

Selected Design Thinking Instruction

  • 2016    80 Founders & CEOs via Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB)
  • 2016    70 CEOs from China via China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
  • 2015    35 Students from Nanyang Tech University EMBA
  • 2015    50 Entrepreneurs via the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University
  • 2014    42 Students & faculty from Indian School of Design & Innovation ISDI Parsons Mumbai
  • 2014    26 Guangdong Province Mayors, China: Stanford Center for International Development 

Selected Lectures 


Leadership Training

  • 2010    LeaderSpring Fellow: 2-year Leadership Program for nonprofit executive directors

Selected Awards / Honors

  • 2019     Edmund Hillary Fellow Cohort 5, New Zealand
  • 2016     Theatron Network Advisor: Redesigning Theatre, Royal Danish Theatre, Denmark
  • 2014     Favorite Professor: Knight Fellow Award, Stanford University, CA
  • 2007     World Land Speed Record: Motorcycle on B100% bio-diesel, Bonneville Salt Flats, UT
  • 1998     Absolut Au Kurant Juried Invitational Merit Award, Chicago, IL
  • 1998     Dussek Campbell-Yates Shaping the Future Award, Chicago, IL
  • 1998     Edward L. Rhyerson Fellowship Award The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • 1996     Jury Award Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, CA
  • 1994     Olin Award: F.W. Olin College of Business, Alfred University, Alfred, NY
  • 1994     Departmental Honors: The School of Art & Design, NYSCC, Alfred, NY
  • 1993     Jury Award for outstanding media articulation: School of Art & Design, Alfred, NY
  • 1992     Award for excellence in sculpture: S.A.C.I., Florence, Italy

Selected Consulting

Organizational & program development, facility design, user experience design: 2004 – current

Live Theatrical Productions

  • 2017   “Viva La Resistance!” Fire Theater: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: designer & director
  • 2016   “The Origin of Love” Fire Theater: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: designer & director
  • 2014   “Quest” Live engagement: Innovation Endeavors, Santa Cruz, CA: designer & director
  • 2013   “Oakland School for Arts Anniversary” Fox Theater, Oakland, CA: designer & director
  • 2010   “Heat” Fire Cabaret: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer
  • 2009   “Dracul: Prince of Fire” Fire Ballet: The Crucible: Designer, director & producer
  • 2008   “Firebird” Fire Ballet: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer
  • 2007   “Romeo & Juliet” Fire Ballet: The Crucible, Oakland, CA: Designer, director & producer
  • 2007   “The Fire Odyssey” Epic theatre: The Crucible: Designer, director & producer
  • 2006   “Seven Deadly Sins” Fire Opera: The Crucible: Designer, co-director & producer
  • 2004   “Dido & Aeneas” Fire Opera: The Crucible: Designer, co-director & producer
  • 1999-2009 “Fire Arts Festivals” Annual event at The Crucible: Designer & producer

Solo Art Exhibitions

  • 1999     “Machines of Metal & Light” Blasthaus, San Francisco, CA
  • 1998     “Organsmatic & Mechanatomical Works” The Better Weimaraner Gallery, Chicago, IL
  • 1995     “Signs of Life” Art Tech: Holmes Fine Art Gallery, San Jose, CA
  • 1994     “Remains and Artifacts of A Dead Planet” NYSCC, School of Art & Design, Alfred, NY
  • 1991     “From Here to Reality” Garden Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
  • 1990     “In the Beginning” Salathe’ Gallery, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA