Design, People, & Strategy

Hello, I’m Jake, & I’m a design manager based in New York. I care about empowering teams, crafting user-centered product strategies, and designing for systems. I have a cute dog named after a font and love banana bread.

My priority at work is the people. To achieve our best work, we have to have psychological safety, understand the value of our work, and be nurtured to grow. With my empathetic nature and drive to set my teams up for success, I channel my inner Ted Lasso to help them believe. Driving and defining experiences for a vast audience to enable communication and creativity is so rewarding — I’m excited about building my team and appreciate opportunities to talk with people about things that matter most to them (hey, let’s chat!).

Outside my direct reports, I have tried and tested tools for getting folks to share, be vulnerable, and human across our larger team. I also focus my time on building relationships across partner teams to enable more effective collaboration. It’s much easier to align with someone on priorities and direction once you know them, even if only through a small virtual window or their adorable pets’ antics.

Beyond people, strategy is my superpower. Uncovering the right next steps to take when there are so many possible avenues is where I thrive. I have demonstrated skills taking teams through defining a strategy through to getting all the relevant people bought into that vision. I love nothing more than tweaking (or overhauling) presentation decks to make sure we approach audiences with the best narrative for their needs — whether for high-level executives for final approval, engineers in early scoping initiatives, or anyone else who’ll listen to an early cut.

I’m a serial hobbyist and am currently trying to learn the elusive art of ‘balance’. I’m nearly done with a renovation of our modified ’70s A-frame cabin with my talented wife. I like cycling, baking, reading, ceramics, CrossFit, fancy coffee, making generative art with code, designing branding for friends in early-stage companies, and recently decided to take up skateboarding (not so good on balance yet then, pun intended).

Designed & built in 2021 by Jake. Fonts from OH no Type Co.