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Providing Support through Diverse Experiences

Our Team

The Lab team is made up of an accomplished group of public and private sector-trained designers from a variety of professional and creative disciplines. This mix of perspectives and professions creates a balance needed to challenge the status quo, while operating within the government structure.

Additionally, to continue bringing in fresh perspectives and further our mission to expand the application of design in government, we regularly augment our team by bringing Federal employees in from other agencies through details, rotations, and fellowships.

Hiring Opportunities

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Sean Baker

As creative director for The Lab, Sean oversees design projects and has led the development of the design training offered at The Lab. Prior to joining The Lab, Sean founded several design initiatives ranging from developing data visualization kits for post-disaster response to designing a platform for crowd-driven urban development in low income communities. Sean has a master’s in transdiciplinary design from Parsons School of Design in New York.

Min Chung

Min is a user experience designer for The Lab and is responsible for prototype development and leveraging human-centered design on the USAJOBS project. Before joining The Lab, Min worked as a web designer in beauty and fashion industries and she has a master’s degree in transdisciplinary design from Parsons School of Design in New York. 

Blair Corcoran de Castillo

As a design strategist with The Lab, Blair leads design projects, teaches human-centered design to fellow Federal employees, and uses her passion for design to connect Federal innovators across the government. Prior to joining The Lab, Blair worked at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the World Bank. Blair studied government at Cornell University, received her master’s in public policy from George Mason University and received a design certificate from Parsons School of Design in New York.

Matthew Dingee

As lead designer on the USAJOBS project, Matthew is responsible for delivering the next generation of USAJOBS. Matthew has worked in Silicon Valley with 19 years of varied experience in the tech industry, coming most recently from the design firm EightShapes. He has designed and prototyped solutions for Cisco, Marriott, Microsoft, and others.

Jim Gasapo

Jim is a Management & Program Analyst with The Lab. He contributes to The Lab’s operational administration and management. In addition, he develops quantitative and qualitative analytical products, to inform leader decision-making. Jim also supports design-based tasks as needed. Prior to The Lab, Jim was a Presidential Management Fellow and performed data analytics and internal consulting at DHS-FEMA for several years. He also served as an officer in the US Army, deploying twice to Iraq. Despite his collegiate training in the liberal arts, he’s always had an interest, even a knack, for the visual arts and design. 

Mina Jafarpoor

Mina is a designer and a social innovator. As a Design Fellow with The Lab, she applies her interdisciplinary knowledge of design, research and analysis to resolve, form and transform. Prior to the Lab, Mina collaborated as a design consultant and as an educator with several innovation labs, non-profits, schools and state government. She has designed several initiatives such as a collaboration Initiative for educators (Mangrove) and small businesses (Twine) which the later received an international acknowledgment and exhibited in Dubai Global Grad Show. Mina has a master’s in industrial design from Rhode Island School of Design and holds a B.S in physics.

Ana Monroe

Ana is a service designer with the Veterans Experience team in New York. She earned her bachelor's of arts degree from Columbia University and began her design education as a production designer for the still photography and motion picture industries. Following the design and release of D_Coder, a mobile application dealing with language and communication, Ana joined the Media Design Practices Department at Art Center College of Design and earned her master’s in fine arts in 2016. She is excited to bring her love of design, systems thinking, and humanities to the team.

Sydney Heimbrock

Sydney is The Lab’s founder and executive director. She is a public sector innovator working to make the Federal Government a workplace that unlocks creativity to solve the complex problems facing our nation.  She provides executive leadership to The Lab as well as the Presidential Management Fellows Program and HR University.  Dr. Heimbrock is constantly looking for opportunities to create enterprise solutions to shared learning needs across government.  Dr. Heimbrock has designed and managed workforce and public administration reform initiatives across the globe.  She holds degrees from Stanford, Syracuse, London School of Economics, and Miami University of Ohio.

Sarah Hughes

As a communications designer, Sarah gathers and shares stories about innovations at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that are improving how Veterans experience services and support. She is based in Washington, DC and is a member of the Veterans Experience team. Sarah has worked as a professional writer for 15 years. She is a former local reporter covering community affairs for public radio stations in Colorado, Washington, DC, and Alaska. Sarah earned a master's of journalism degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

Jen Kaczor

Jen is a senior project manager with the Veterans Experience team based in San Francisco with many years of experience in digital product development and management, organizational and technology systems development, and team management. Her work has been focused in the news and media industries with an emphasis on audience development and engagement, and additionally in recent years on strategy and execution for internal service-oriented business operations.

Eulani Labay

Eulani is a service designer with the Veterans Experience team, based in New York City, whose approach to interactive storytelling draws from a background in theater and game design, along with a lifetime of writing. Eulani has taught at Made in NY Media Center and Parsons School of Design. Helping people tell their own stories is her key to social change. Eulani has tapped the imagination of teens to reverse the food-desert status of the South Bronx, channeled children’s gameplay to manage disease in developing countries, empowered teachers to reform their urban high schools, and sparked generosity amongst a fleeting community of NYC subway riders.

Enrique Martínez

Enrique is a designer and public sector innovation specialist. As education director for The Lab, he brings an up-to-date strategic design perspective and years of human-centered design experience to the Federal Government. As a faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design for almost two decades, Enrique combined his love for teaching generations of designers with a successful professional career as an innovation consultant, design curriculum developer, and design mentor, committed to expanding the reach of the design process as the new lingua franca in the public sector.

Arianne Miller

Arianne is the managing director for The Lab. She builds capacity for innovation among Federal employees by teaching human-centered design through both workshops and mentoring in addition to managing a variety of design projects that address the high-priority needs of OPM and other Federal agencies.  Arianne came into the Federal Government as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after earning her master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan. Prior to that, Arianne worked to build and improve access to high quality public schools through a variety of organizations, including Chicago Public Schools, the U.S. Department of Education, and

Jane Newman

Jane is a content strategist with the Veterans Experience team based in San Francisco. Her content strategy work has been primarily focused in healthcare and biomedical sciences. She built the medical taxonomy that underpins and led content development within the Department of Medicine’s 30 Divisions. While At Mass General she also edited two editions of the Cecil Textbook of Medicine and used Cecil as the pilot to develop the system that now runs manuscript submissions for Elsevier’s textbook business.  At MedStar Health, she was involved in digital strategy and built websites and applications for both patients and physicians. She has also worked as a consultant with many health-oriented startups and established institutions to launch and develop products and applications.

Sara Romanoski

Sara joins The Lab as a Presidential Management Fellow from a background in community planning. She specializes in addressing urban challenges including preservation, housing, economic development, and public health. In this work, she has consistently forwarded the interestes of independent small business through the conscious application of technology, community, and responsible land use. 

Roseann Stempinski

Roseann is a service designer with the Veterans Experience team based in San Francisco. Always informed and inspired by human behavior, Roseann integrates a systems thinking and doing approach to innovation and problem solving. With over 15 years' experience, she has worked in various facets of brand and design strategy in graphic, industrial, and interactive design. As a multi-dimensional experience designer and strategist, she honed her craft while working with innovation and design agencies including IDEO, Adaptive Path, and Hot Studio as well as technology companies including eBay and Adobe. She co-founded the event series, Design Means Business, focused on bringing human-centered design to the forefront of business strategy. Roseann has mentored and advised tomorrow’s creators at schools including California College of Arts, Tradecraft and University of California at Berkeley. She thrives in the early to mid-stages of product development, enjoying product and service design challenges focused on creating elegant, impactful solutions to challenging, complex problems. Essentially, design with a purpose.

Aaron Stienstra

Aaron is a visual designer on the Veterans Experience team with over 15 years of professional design experience and his own independent studio based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His recent work includes projects with Stanford Law School, Airbus Group, Orrick LLP, Code for America, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Previously, Aaron was design director at the Focal Point LLC, a firm that provides design and trial strategy for the legal community. He also worked with The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Throughout his career, Aaron has been steadfast in his commitment to human-centered design focused on public good -- he brings to this work a passion for creating beautiful, accessible, and functional visual communication.

Elaine Thomas

Elaine, a Learning Experience Designer with The Lab, is an avid learner and emerging practitioner of innovation and design both inside and outside government. She received her undergraduate degree in American studies and her master’s in teaching and instructional design from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Elaine currently manages a range of duties from communications to instruction and human resources to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of The Lab. Elaine started her career as an intern for The Lab and is now a permanent staff member.

Tim Vienckowski

Tim is a visual designer based in New York that specializes in distilling complex ideas into clear, engaging infographics. With 10 years of experience as an editorial designer and art director at various magazines, he has brought a playful visual dimension to a multitude of subjects for publications such as Hemispheres, Bloomberg Markets, Billboard, Popular Mechanics and Dwell.

Corinne Vizzacchero

Corinne is a visual designer with 20 years’ experience and works on the Veterans Experience team based in New York City. Corinne studied art history and visual arts at Fordham University as an undergraduate, and has a master’s in fine arts in graphic design from Yale University. Corinne has worked as an independent consultant and in-house designer for both large corporations such as Morgan Stanley and small studios like O.R.G. She also taught Introduction to Graphic Design at Fordham University. Corinne believes in the power of human-centered design tools and frameworks to create positive social impact, and her process is guided by curiosity, empathy, and optimism.

Jennifer (J.J.) Vogel-Walcutt

J.J. is an education designer with the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative helping them create and implement innovative methods for developing and disseminating future-focused learning science and technology advancements.  Prior to joining The Lab, J.J. spent ten years in academia and five years in industry as a senior research scientist focused on improving cognitive efficiency interventions for K-12 and military education and training programs. She has a master's degree in clinical psychology and a doctorate in developmental psychology.

Han Wang

Han is a user experience strategist with over 15 years of experience, and works on the Veterans Experience team, based in San Francisco. His work has focused on applying human-centered design with corporate, not-for-profit, government, and startup clients to generate creative solutions to a wide variety of business, technology, and design challenges. Some of his previous projects include providing user experience design for the Bay Area Rapid Transit's award-winning website, and helping to create and launch a next-generation smart TV platform for a global electronics company.

Ben Winter

Based in our New York City office, Ben is a designer, strategist, and educator working at the intersection of service design and social innovation. Drawing on diverse experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, Ben helps to develop and lead design projects, trainings, and programs with our Federal agency partners, while also working with local organizations and civic institutions to build our community of practice in NYC and the greater Northeast. Before joining The Lab at OPM, Ben taught in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons School of Design and collaborated with NYC government agencies and other partners such as Black Girls CODE, Food Bank for New York City, Microsoft, Skanska, and the Rockefeller Foundation to create breakthroughs in user experience, organizational change, and social justice.

Ariel Yardeni

Based Ariel joins The Lab as a Presidential Management Fellow with a background in education research. She received her MPhil in Education, Globalisation, and International Development from the University of Cambridge, with a focus on qualitative education research. Prior to joining The Lab, Ariel worked on various research projects focusing on practitioner/patient communications at public hospitals, behavioural nudging interventions, and curriculum design and inclusion.