We are thrilled to welcome three veteran design practitioners in the social innovation field to the faculty of Products of Design in the spring—who will be co-teaching the Business Modeling Class. Meet them below!
Hannah Calhoon is a co-founder and Director of Blue Ridge Labs, an initiative inside the Robin Hood Foundation that asks how technology can help unlock new ways to fight poverty. Through her work at the Labs, she helps entrepreneurs discover, launch, and grow new ventures that help address the challenges faced by low-income New Yorkers.
Before the Labs, she was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group, where she was a member of the healthcare and global development practices. Additional experience includes roles in impact investing, business development, and startup operations. Hannah is a member of the working group on Inclusive Innovation in America’s Cities at the Aspen Institute’s Center for Urban Innovation. She holds an BA in Social Studies from Harvard College and an MBA with a certificate in Public Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Bill Cromie is one of the cofounders of Blue Ridge Labs at Robin Hood, a non-profit technology incubator in Brooklyn that helps incredible people build products for underserved communities and people. Prior to founding the labs, Bill was serial tech entrepreneur, CTO and cofounder of Selectable Media, sold to Meredith Media and Copromote.com. At Robin Hood, Bill consults on a number of projects, including an SMS based communications platforms for benefits access, Criminal Justice reform, and strategies to leverage technology in the non-profit ecosystem.
Bill grew up on the South Side of Chicago, graduated from NYU with degrees in Economics and Philosophy, lives in Brooklyn, and likes to tinker with Arduinos and woodworking in his spare time. Bill spends a good chunk of his summer out at Black Rock City Nevada, where he leads Burningman’s GPE mentors team, training hundreds of new volunteers each year.
KT manages community participation in the design research process at Blue Ridge Labs, an initiative of Robin Hood, the largest poverty-fighting organization in NYC. In this role, KT oversees the Design Insight Group, a network of low-income New Yorkers whose expertise guides all Labs programming.
Prior to joining Robin Hood, KT led communications and digital literacy programs for grassroots women’s organizations across 45 countries partnering with the UN. KT has also worked at a Brooklyn food tech startup, as a community organizer alongside farm workers in their hometown of Orlando, FL and as a documentary filmmaker in Delhi, India.
Outside of the paid work life, KT coordinates GenSex NYC, a gender and sexuality workshop series, and supports people preparing for parole hearings in NY state prisons through the Parole Preparation Project. KT graduated summa cum laude from Boston University with an independent concentration in International Development & Multimedia Journalism.