The Wrecking Crew


Meet the Team(s)


Our teams are comprised of independent professionals and fellows drawn from undergrad, masters and PhD programs across a variety of disciplines: engineering, technologies, visual/communication design, design research, systems thinking/strategy, UX design, and storytelling.


Joshua Embree

Joshua is a Los Angeles-based data scientist and strategist. He works at the intersection of algorithms and design to build human-centered, responsive systems that yield actionable insights for resolving complex challenges. Previously, he worked in public policy research at the RAND Corporation and at Nike in Beaverton, OR. Josh holds a PhD in statistics from UCLA.


Colin Swenson

Colin is an experience designer and strategist with The Wrecking Crew where his practice combines strategic thinking focused on achieving systemic change. Previously Colin was the Interaction Design Resident at the Environmental Health Clinic run by Dr. Natalie Jeremijenko. In his free time, Colin runs a personal art and design practice focused on social impact and creative exploration.


Karen Song

A native of China, Karen is a San Francisco-based UX and product designer. She has an architectural and design background, and previously worked at Microsoft on the Future of Office Intelligent Network. Karen graduated with distinction from the Interaction Design BFA program at California College of the Arts, where she designed a language assistant to help people learn culture nuances.


Alessandro Battisti

Alessandro is an interaction designer who believes in the power of transparent behavior design to help people improve their lives. Alessandro works on financial services projects at the Wrecking Crew; he previously worked with Fuseproject. Alessandro has a BFA in Interaction Design from California College of the Arts, where he completed his thesis on accessible software systems for aging adults.

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Shreya Saraf

Shreya has a background in business and finance and is now a San Francisco based UX Designer. She believes in the transformative a power of design, has a flair for storytelling and a penchant for quant. Shreya thinks with her hands, revels in simplifying complexity, and desires to create impact in domains such as fintech, fashion and healthcare.


Sanjana Rajagopalan

Sanjana is an engineer and human-centered designer currently pursuing a Master’s in Design Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Sanjana completed her B. Tech in Mechanical Engineering at Delhi Technological University. She is passionate about designing for social change and is an avid reader and traveler.


Piyum Fernando

Piyum is a 3rd year PhD candidate of School of Media Arts and Engineering at Arizona State University. His work explores creative methods for scaffolding citizen science practices through open source hardware. Piyum obtained his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Moratuwa.


Essie Kim

Essie is an experience designer based in Los Angeles, California with a graphic design and painting background. She graduated from the Interaction Design BFA program at California College of the Arts, where her thesis explored designing for mental health through seamless user experience, engaging storytelling, and memorable brand identities.


Ajay Jayakumar

Ajay is an interaction designer with an passion for complex social systems. He has 10 years experience as a visual designer, guiding teams to deliver compelling campaigns in brand and advertis-ing. Ajay loves the creative energy that arises from teams with diverse perspectives.


Aaron McKenzie

Aaron is a Design-Optimist with a broad range of design experience in health, higher eduction and social-impact. As a UX Designer he leverages his expertise in ethnographic research, rapid ideation, prototyping and facilitation to deliver platforms and services that drive user adoption and loyalty. Aaron recently graduated from California College of the Arts with a Master’s of Interaction Design.


Priyanka Saha

Priyanka is a UX designer with a background in visual design. As a graphic designer in India, she designed branding, packaging, and web content for clients such as Vodafone, ITC Limited and the Tea Board of India. She enjoys designing solutions for vulnerable populations in areas with high social impact potential.


Saloni Dandavate

Saloni is an Interaction Designer with a background in animation, communication, advertising and design research. She is currently an Interaction Design Resident at Y Combinator, and recently worked as a UX design consultant on a project with Chase Bank. Saloni holds a Master degree in Film Animation and Interaction Design.


Chaitrali Bhide Bhide

Chaitrali (Chai) sees the potential of technologies such as AR/VR, Machine Learning, Voice Interfaces, and Smart Objects as tools to design systemic solutions for complex issues. As an Associate UX Designer at Tally Solutions, Chai conducted user-research, developed wire frames, and facilitated design sprints for the company’s software products.


Prabhav Jain

Prabhav has two Masters degrees (the most recent in Interaction Design from California College of the Arts), and he is a design residency with Y Combinator Research at Dynamicland. Prior to this, Prabhav was working as a Lead User Experience Designer at Samsung Mobile R&D. He has a background in industrial design and design research.

Chris Lueb

Chris is a San Francisco-based interaction designer. Coming from a Computer Science and Art & Design background, Chris combines technology and design to arrive at innovative solutions. Having completed her Master’s in Interaction Design at the California College of the Arts, she will soon start interning as an interaction designer with IDEO.