DownCity Design // Founder and Executive Director
Adrienne co-founded DownCity Design in 2009 to help people design and build solutions for their communities. Hundreds of youths have since participated in DCD programs, using the tools of design to create small-scale civic interventions that pack a big punch. Adrienne was recently awarded the 2013 Rhode Island Innovation Fellowship for her plan to dramatically expand access to design education for Rhode Island students and teachers. Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director for DownCity Design, Adrienne served as the Education Director for Providence CityArts for Youth. She has also worked as a curator of contemporary art for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the UC Berkeley Art Museum, and was the director of a gallery exhibiting the work of local emerging artists in San Francisco. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and received her MA in Art and Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design.
Business Innovation Factory // Chief Design Strategist
Mickey is an internationally recognized design leader who has spent decades teaching designers how to define problems clearly and then solve those problems through multidisciplinary teamwork. For 15 years as the head of RISD's Industrial Design department, Mickey established a portfolio of sponsored projects and created real-world design solutions for industry leaders such as Intel, Rubbermaid, Frigidaire and General Mills. He also established strategic partnerships with the Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, NASA and Boston's Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, among many others. An educator at heart, Mickey is passionate about student centered learning and serves on the Board of Directors for the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in VT and the Green School in Bali, Indonesia.