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Mari Nakano has an obsession with problem solving through the lens of design. She has been practicing what design can do for products, services and teams in the social impact space for over 12 years and has worked with notables such as the United Nations Population Fund, Women Deliver, PepsiCo and Design Continuum. Prior to joining the New York City Mayor’s Office as Deputy Director for Design, she served for 4 years as the Design & Interaction Lead for UNICEF’s Office of Innovation where she orchestrated the production and execution of designed materials and processes across a multi-disciplinary global team of innovators focused on developing forward thinking solutions to improve the lives of children around the world. She is the recipient of the 2015 ArtCenter Young Innovator Alumni Award and a contributor to the award-winning LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Design for Social Innovation. She loves cooking and beaches and has loved the Golden State Warriors since the days of Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway.

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