Bora is an award-winning interdisciplinary designer and a creative director who leverages design and research practices at the intersection of visual communication and technology for social change.
She currently serves as a Design Strategy Lead at the LA Mayor’s Innovation Team and leads design research and provides design solutions to help leaders and staff implement user-centered design process to generate responsive new interventions.
Prior to joining the LA Mayor’s Innovation Team, she served as a Managing Partner at a social enterprise called verynice. Her primary work focused on building design capacity through practice-based design fellowships and volunteer programs for organizations like the UNICEF Innovation Unit and Ashoka’s Youth Venture, among other non-profits while managing a creative team.
Her 10+ years of professional experience entails doing both business and design for non-profits, art and culture institutions, educational establishments, and small to corporate businesses that include: NASA, UNICEF, Samsung, 5D Global Studio, City of LA, Welcome.us/FWD.us and Disney. She has also developed practice-based design fellowships and volunteer programs for organizations like the UNICEF Innovation Unit and Ashoka’s Youth Venture, among other non-profits.
Bora holds a BFA degree in Graphic Design with a concentration in Environmental Design from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA degree in Media Design Practices from Art Center College of Design. She continued her MFA thesis work as an Art Center post-graduate fellow and with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Space Grant Graduate Fellow.