We are so excited to introduce several new faculty members at CPE this spring! Bringing extensive experience in subjects such as Data Visualization, Human-Centered Healthcare, and Fashion Sustainability, our new faculty members are ready to share their real-world knowledge working in their respective fields and their passion for social impact to Continuing and Professional Education at The New School. Read more about their careers and why they are looking forward to teaching at CPE.
Aaron Reiss is a freelance researcher, journalist, and cartographer. His multimedia work revolves around how people imagine and shape the places they inhabit – from rural villages in China, to the outer boroughs of New York City — and has appeared in places like The New Yorker, The New York Times, This American Life, among others.
Livie Casto / Design Thinking in Practice
"Teaching for CPE has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career thus far. I truly believe that if you are empathetic, enjoy problem-solving and have a burning desire to enhance people's lives, then you are uniquely poised to do design and strategy work. It's an honor for me to be able to help people either explore or jump start career options in this field."
Livie is a trained musician turned design and innovation strategist whose mission is to make the world a better place by solving for the unmet needs of human beings. Her creative approach—no matter the industry—is to discover moments of discord, unpack them and translate them into insights that instigate and inspire dramatic change and growth. She is one of the founding members of the Business Design discipline at Method, a leading product design firm based in New York, and she is the Programming Strategy Lead for Women in Innovation, a non-profit focused on closing the gender equity gap in the innovation field. She has helped companies across various industries - fitness, wellness, fashion, healthcare, education, government, agriculture, petcare, and more - find opportunities to better connect with their customers, improve experiences for their employees and drive value for their shareholders.
Website: https://www.liviecasto.com, LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/liviecasto/, Instagram: @liviecasto
Ariba Jahan / Human-Centered Healthcare
Ariba is a biomechanical engineer turned innovation and design strategist focused on creating social impact and a future that is more accessible and equitable and supports intersectionality. She is currently the Vice President of Design & Innovation at the Ad Council, where she established the organization’s design innovation practice. As an immigrant Bengali woman who discovered her hearing loss at a young age, Ariba advocates for diverse, marginalized voices that are often overlooked to ensure their lived experiences inform and drive the work.
Jeff Karly Drouillard / Fashion Sustainability
"CPE is a great opportunity to leverage my strengths and provide mentorship to students looking to expand their creativity and field. I'm looking forward to leveraging students' strength and pushing them beyond the scope of their initial thoughts."
Jeff Karly is a Haitian-American storyteller, fashion designer, educator, and entrepreneur from Flatbush, Brooklyn. He graduated from Parsons in 2018 with a Master’s in Strategic Design and is a 2020 graduate of the inaugural MPS Fashion Management program. Through both his work at Parsons and his private label, Unique Expozzure, Jeff examines dichotomy within the context of the Black experience as it relates to where and how we were raised, and how this impacts our perception of design, imagination, and learning. His work focuses on diversifying stories, voices and reimagining fashion systems that restrict innovation. Jeff is a member of the CFDA’s 2020 future graduate fashion showcase.
Benzamin Yi / Infographics and Data Visualization
"I'm super excited to be teaching at CPE because I get to help students explore the world of data visualization as they take their first steps into finding out what it's all about."
Benzamin Yi (he/him) is a data visualization designer and developer based in Portland, OR. He received his master's in Data Visualization at Parsons and his bachelor's in Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently working at Nike and has previously worked as a UI/UX Designer at NBCUniversal, along with a whole host of clients from non-profits to corporations during his tenure as a freelance graphic designer. He has a healthy obsession with fonts and used to have a favorite pastime of critiquing subway ads when he lived in NYC.
Elisa Miller / User-Centered Design (UX/UI)
"I'm really looking forward to engaging with an international audience of students looking to improve their usability skills. I find that lot of designers don't know much about it and find themselves excited to learn how usability testing can enhance their designs."
As a performance improvement thought-leader, Elisa's journey spans the breadth of the user experience landscape from product management to information architecture, from UX research to Design Operations. Twenty-plus years ago, Elisa pursued a Ph.D in Information science with the intention of becoming a college professor. Instead of finishing her doctorate, Elisa embarked on her journey through the world of user experience, human factors and product strategy, only to find herself teaching again. She is passionate about bringing her students into the world of user experience research, usability testing and accessibility/inclusive design.