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Hi, my name is Erika.
I’m a data-driven, agile, and creative technologist experienced in program and project management, data science and analytics, design research, UX communication, and impact storytelling.

Committed to a design justice practice that privileges community-driven, value-sensitive, and inclusive design, I co-create and cultivate information experiences that engage, encourage, and empower. With genuine curiosity, empathy, a passion for collaboration, and commitment to kaizen (continuous improvement), I connect the dots with a cross-disciplinary lens combining cultural studies and critical theory, agile and design thinking, the data science process, mixed methods research, and strong communication skills.

My personal mission is to empower others by transforming human-computer interactions into frictionless, satisfying, and meaningful experiences in order to make information and data open and accessible.

“Everything we do in life is rooted in theory. Whether we consciously explore the reasons we have a particular perspective or take a particular action there is also an underlying system shaping thought and practice.” – bell hooks, feminism is for everyone

What’s in my toolkit? A holistic method of observation and analysis drawn from an interdisciplinary toolkit affords me the ability to identify creative, novel ways to maximize growth and optimize opportunities. My toolkit contains a breadth of gadgets, gizmos, and plenty of resources that help guide me in better understanding the psychology (what they think and feel) and empathize with the behavior (what they do) of our users.

Some of my fave activities include facilitating workshops to identify stakeholder requirements and project goals, working with cross-functional teams to brainstorm solutions and ideate concepts, and communicating data-driven insights using a mash-up of visualization tools like Tidyverse’s ggplot2 + Adobe Illustrator, and designing role-based, task-related dashboards with Power BI. Exploring the trends, patterns, and themes with a data feminism lens provides deeper insight into forming solutions-oriented responses that fulfill expressed and latent user and stakeholder needs in a way that is ethical and beneficial for all.

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I was born in beautiful Hawaiʻi, on land historically and sustainably stewarded by the Kanaka ʻŌiwi (Native Hawaiian) people and yielded in 1893 to the United States under duress by Queen Lili‘uokalani (1836-1917). Currently, I live in the city of Seattle, on the unceded territory and traditional lands of the Duwamish Tribe and Coast Salish people, past and present. My pronouns are she/her/hers.

I grew up in a bicultural household eating Filipino foods like pinakbet, adobo, and dinengdeng that my grandma cooked, and attending Japanese language and Buddhist dharma classes in the summers. I earned a bachelors degree in international business and marketing from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a masters degree in information management from the University of Washington Information School.

Additionally, I studied in Yokohama, Japan at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, administered by Stanford University, and I am an affiliate of the East-West Center in Honolulu where I received an alumni scholar award. Visit my LinkedIn to read more about my past lives including former stints at a Honolulu-based Japanese marketing company, a media communications startup in Harajuku, and at a handful of established arts and culture orgs in Honolulu and Seattle.

Outside of all things data and design research, I am interested in the recent convergence of emerging technologies and cultural practice. A project that I am currently working on is an investigation of the re-presentation of culture and traditional aesthetics through mixed reality, and how these novel, interactive experiences build virtual community while documenting 21st century technology’s impact on the sociocultural landscape.

At home, I enjoy listening to records and reading books from my growing library. I’m a proud millennial mama to a curious toddler, George (a sweet/stubborn Shiba Inu), and dozens of happy houseplants. My daytime hobby is practicing Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) as a student of the Sōgetsu School. My nighttime hobby is getting locked in a karaoke box with good drinks and fun pals.

I’m happy to team up on projects that draw on my strengths and challenge my current ways of thinking/feeling/doing.

Love to hear more about your journey and your goals and find ways that we can collaborate now and in the future.

Let’s connect!