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Esther Kang ‘16

Esther Kang

MA, Social Design

Class of 2016

Learn More About Esther Kang

Esther Y. Kang recently served a one-year term as the inaugural Designer-in-Residence at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders under the Obama Administration. In this capacity, she applied design-thinking principles and a human-centered approach to several internal projects. Prior to joining the Initiative, Esther worked in arts management, first with The Art Institute of Chicago, and later with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Afterwards, Esther served as Program Manager at the Durfee Foundation, a philanthropic organization in Southern California.

Esther received her M.A. in social design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her B.F.A in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the founder of a Los Angeles county based mentorship program for millennials passionate about social change. Esther has also served as an Advisory Council member for Youth Speak Collective, an Advisor to Art Center College of Design where she was Adjunct Faculty, and a Development Fellow at the Taproot Foundation. She often speaks on panels and serves on review boards as a human-centered design strategist.

Esther was born in Detroit, MI, and has spent time in the midwest, west coast, and Texas with a gap year overseas.

This page was last updated on 12/04/2017.