Team Projects from the 2018-19 Fellowship

In the 2018-2019 Fellowship, there were four teams that partnered with four local nonprofits. Through a process of building trust and listening to community partner needs, each team designed and implemented the projects below.

Community Benefits Agreement Research and Engagement

Community Partner: West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project

Team members: xx, yy, zz, 

This team worked on issues of environmental justice with the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project to create a community benefits agreement in advance of the a large development of the new Stadium for the Oakland A’s in the neighborhood. WOEIP leveraged the design and planning skills that the team brought to the table throughout the process. Their partnership continued on throughout the year given the longterm nature of the project and the groundwork of trust built. 

Design Build of an Engagement Cart

The team working with the Oakland Asian Cultural Center created a mobile “culture cart” that celebrated the diaspora of Asian culture through art-making, and supports the organization’s presence outside of their office and cultural space. This team also created strategic language and organizational structure visioning for a grassroots organizing effort called the Chinatown Improvement Initiative to leverage for fundraising efforts.

Community Partner: Oakland Asian

Cultural Center

Team Members: Shruti Nagarajan, 

Kion Swaney. Jason Su, Alex Anderson, 

Kate Spacek, Ramy Kim, Louise Mackie

Reconnecting Staff to Those Those They Serve

The team working with St. Anthony’s Foundation provided a way-finding graphics for the large non-profit serving the houseless community in San Francisco, recognizing the need for internal communication through visual communication. They also tested and assembled a creative engagement cart as a new way for the staff to connect with their guests.

Community Partner: St. Anthony's


Team Members: Samantha Rose,

Sarah Letson, Bridgett Simmons,

Kelly Gregory, Nnamdi Ihemelu

Improving Trauma-Informed Community Space

The final team provided an architectural plan and phased construction schedule and budget for Compass Family Service’s shared spaces in their homeless shelter which incorporated flexible programmatic design addressing the organizational capacity-building needs.

Community Partner: Compass Family


Team Members: Lindsey Yuen,

Yarden Harari, Brianne Pham

Sandy Medler, Karen Coronel


Tel: 510-214-2954

2973 16th St. Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94103

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