Dr. Christine Ortiz Guzman
Founder of Equity Meets Design
I am a serial entrepreneur with a passion for innovation through equity-centered design. My current venture is Equity Meets Design, a think & do tank that builds capacity in folks to use an equity-centered design process to answer the question “How do I do equity?” Their equity by design process supports individuals and organizations to intentionally design their interventions, interactions and institutions for equity and justice. You can take more of my courses here.
I spent my teenage years creating the national Truth tobacco prevention campaign and launched my first consulting firm at 17, supporting states and other countries interested in implementing the Truth model. I have launched k-12 microschools, consulted for schools in the US and internationally, designed and coached entrepreneurs, coordinated a national competition for innovative school models, and designed and taught graduate-level courses on redesigning schools at the Stanford d.School and Harvard University.
The first in my family to have a college degree, I have a BS from MIT, Masters in Education and Non-Profit Management, and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Harvard University. In all my endeavors, I have been motivated to address the barriers innovators face when tackling complex equity-based social issues, leveraging and accounting for the entirety of who I am, especially my experience being a Latina and a mother from the south. I live in Orlando, Florida with my two daughters.