User Experience Design Leader
Staff UX Design Manager
December 2015 - Present

Current Role: Staff UX design manager on Google Health.
Manage UX and lead design for the Health vertical on Search; Team with cross-functional partners in Product, Engineering, Clinical and Data Science to guide vision and strategy, ensuring we are anchored in a human-centered approach. Manage a team UXers; comprised of Interaction Design and Research.
Team Launches: Screeners for COVID-19, Postpartum depression, Depression, Anxiety and PTSD; COVID information on healthcare seeking queries, Insurance accepted on healthcare providers profiles
Previous Role: Lead UX design IC + UX manager on Google News.
Teamed closely with Engineering, Product and Research to establish yearly OKRs, strategic bets and vision.
Managed UX: Cultivated a collaborative, psychologically safe team environment, where designers felt comfortable to take risks, advocate for the human-centered point of view with their cross functional partners, and communicate what they need. Create space for team members to ask questions, give and receive direct feedback. Identified growth opportunities and worked to strike the right balance of autonomy and support.
Launches: Redesigned, Redesigned News tab, News topics, Google News App redesign, Fact check and Local news label
Sr. User Experience Designer
August 2013 - December 2015

Search Design: Work with product managers to identify and define new and incremental improvements to search. Create concepts, iterate/evolve solutions, spec final designs and communicate specs to engineering, working closely with them to ensure all nuances are to spec.
Platforms: desktop, tablet and mobile
Hackday: Participate in hackday regularly; bringing new ideas to life alongside passionate/brilliant engineers.
Spigit, Inc.
Sr. UX Interaction Designer
August 2012 - August 2013   California, United States
Responsibilities: Take features from project managers and brain storm solutions, create workflow diagrams, wireframes, create prototypes, write testing script, test prototypes, create final interface designs and support Agile development team in executing the final design.
Other tasks: Assisting project managers in keeping User Stories thorough and current, Identify expensive user interactions
KC Design Lab
UX Interaction Designer, Project Lead
November 2006 - February 2015   California, United States
Responsibilities: Write and present detailed proposals that land clients; Create all documentation and manage projects; manage the discovery cycle, write the creative brief, create wireframe document, create up to 7 design directions, create page comps for all screens, create/conceptualize and design interactive content and infographics; Hire programmers who take pride in the efficiency of their code and adhere closely to design guidelines; Manage programmers; check for quality and accuracy and uphold high standards for the finish product; Collaborate with marketing team to develop a targeted user interface workflow; Create strategic designs with detailed wireframes for data-base driven websites that use current web applications and a variety of CMSs, HTML/DHTML, CSS, ColdFusion, PHP, MySQL, JQuery; Keep up to date on the latest design trends, current technology and advancements in interaction design
Clients: New York Women’s Foundation,, Mavericks Invitational,, Blade User Group, Golds Gym, Blue Shield of California, NAACP, Mavericks/Jeff Clark Surfboards, IEEE-ISTO, IEEE-ICAP
November 2006 - Present California, United States
Embedded Insight 
Art Director 
September 1999 - October 2006   Santa Clara, California, United States
Oversee design process from concept to delivery, produce original art and design, collaborate with a variety of clients and colleagues
Clients: HyperTransport Consortium, Broadcom, Allayer Communications, LightWire, Theseus Group, MIPS Technologies
Q2 Hackday Winner - Greater Good
Yahoo  ·  2015

CEO Challenge Winner
Yahoo  ·  2014

Yahoo! Q3 Hack Day Award - Best Overall Hack
Yahoo  ·  2014

Yahoo! Q2 Hack Day Award - Greater Good Category
Yahoo  ·  2014

Yahoo! Q4 Hack Day Award - Mobile Category
Yahoo  ·  2013
Crossword Puzzle Generator
GP-204273-00-PCT  ·  Filed July 2019  ·  Google

Locale of interest identification
US10380146B2. ·  Granted August 2019  ·  Oath Inc.

Method and system for providing a user interface
US9329842B1 · Granted May 2016  ·  Yahoo! Inc.

Geolocation safety awareness
US9942332B2  ·  Granted April 2018  ·  Yahoo Inc.

System and method for providing users feedback on their reading habits
US10033775B2  ·  Granted July 2018  ·  Oath Inc.
Yale School of Management
Business Perspectives for Creative Leaders
July 2019  New Haven, Connecticut
Courses: Leveraging Networks for Innovation and Influence, The Keys to Influence and Persuasion, Leading Organizational Change, Employee Engagement and Motivation, Financial Accounting, Negotiating: Value Creation and Perspective Changing, Understanding Customer Choice, Fostering Creativity in Teams, Deciding to Decide: Decision Making for Leaders, Fighting the Undermanagment Epidemic, Managing, Developing and Retaining the New Generation of Talent
Hasso-Platner Institute
Prototyping Deep Dive Workshop
February 2017  Berlin, Germany
Nielson Norman Group
UX Training
April 2013 - May 2013   San Francisco, California, United States
Courses: Mobile Websites and Apps, Web Page Design, Interaction Design: 3-Day Course, Wireframing and Prototyping
Humboldt State University 
Bachelor's of Arts
January 2004 - May 2006   Arcata, California, United States
Major: Studio Art Interactive media, Sculpture
Academy Of Art University (AAU)
Credits towards BA
August 2000 - May 2001   California, United States
Major: 3D Animation, Design
Languages: English, Portuguese (Fluent)
Citizenship: USA
Residence: Portuguese Permanent Resident
Hobbies: Painting, writing, sculpting and teaching.

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