Kate Hanisian

Kate Hanisian

Kate, Executive Director and Co-founder of Design Impact, has over fifteen years of professional experience in creative social sector development.
Her work with Design Impact began in 2009 while living and working in a rural south Indian village. Since then she has grown the organization from a small idea to a full-fledged public interest design firm that uses innovative approaches to address pressing community needs.

She has provided consultation and partnership to various organizations such as the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Aspen Institute, TEDx, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to leading Design Impact, she teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Cincinnati and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Kate’s work has been published through media outlets such as Stanford Social Innovation Review, Fast Company, and GOOD, and she is listed as one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100 Global Designers. Her experiences in corporate, non-profit, and educational settings have given her a unique ability to build diverse, cross-sector partnerships that create positive social change.

Kate Hanisian

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