About Esther Y. Kang
b. 1986 Detroit, MI
I grew up with parents who instilled the importance of two things: understanding the full context of a given situation and having an empathetic approach to relationships. The aforementioned became integral pillars in life encouraging me to ask a lot of questions, take initiative, and imagine myself in circumstances other than my own. This spirit developed throughout my formative years in the U.S.—the midwest, the south, and along the west coast.
Each location fostered a position that deeply values authenticity, curiosity, and integrity. All of which inform my work and process. I am committed to building social equity, designing inclusive infrastructures, and advocating for the application of intersectional pedagogies.
I served a one-year term as the inaugural human-centered design expert for a White House Initiative under the Obama Administration. Additionally, I have experience in philanthropy, public administration, and arts management, and have developed community-centric programs in Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.
I am currently an independent strategist and researcher partnering with teams across the country to confront and address complex social issues, together.
Organizational & systems design
Concept design, development, & implementation
Workshop design & facilitation
Coaching & teaching
Durban, South Africa & Perth, Western Australia
Youth With A Mission '04 - '05
Assist runaway youth and HIV+ teens find appropriate healthcare, shelter, and treatment
Maryland Institute College of Art
M.A. Social Design '16
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
B.F.A. Photography & New Media '10