Elysa is a healer of creativity, designer of products, champion of learning and maker of covetable things. Applying the medicine of creativity to projects at the intersection of design, art, and education, she enables her students to thrive through mindful making and life prototyping.
Elysa was recently awarded the Edmund Hillary Global Impact Fellowship where she harnesses the world’s creativity to generate lasting change. She is the co-founder of Design Mystics, which helps leaders unleash their inner designer and change maker in pursuit of transformative change and innovation for self, family, organization, and community. As Google’s first designer-in-residence, she facilitates human-centered design processes and spearheads social impact projects. At The Creative Nomad Project, she leads global organizations to foster creativity in endeavors ranging from transforming Peruvian artisans into entrepreneurs, to visioning the future of K12 education in rural Panama. Closer to home, Elysa teaches at the Stanford d.school and plays with fiber and fire — though not at the same time — in her studio. At her core, she’s an artist who’s happiest when getting lost in the color and texture of fabric and sculpting precious metals. Previously, Elysa worked at IDEO where she developed the Design Thinking for Educators platform.