About Me

Hi there! My name is Jess. I’m a user experience designer with a passion for solving real needs. Currently I lead design at Cognoa. Cognoa's mission is to help reduce the average age of diagnosis for developmental disabilities in the U.S. from 4 years to 2 years.

My design career began when I created a realtime social shopping application before Pinterest ruled the space. I've helped companies like Bonobos market and sell their products. Making money is useful. Today I lead design for Cognoa in sunny Palo Alto, CA. 

I grew up on a farm in Oklahoma where creative problem solving was a daily activity. In 2006 I left one farm for another, starting a 5 year stint at Stanford that ended with a masters of science. When not working you can find me on the tennis court, at a live show, or improving my photography skills.

Recently I gave a talk at TradeCraft on product design and user research. Watch it here.


Design Training

I was first introduced to design at the Stanford Institute of Design, also known as the d.School. I studied design thinking from some of my heroes like David Kelley, Dave Berry, and John Edson. This is where I developed a strong appreciation for the design thinking process, which I used to start my first venture.