Esther Y. Kang’s CV

| Currently

Principal
studio e.y.k.    |  
2016 - Present
Recent collaborators include Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities, The OpenGov Foundation, W.O.W. Project

Adjunct Assistant Professor   
New York University (NYU) |  
2018 - Present
Recruited to teach graduate level course, Design Thinking: A Creative Approach to Problem Solving, at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

MFA Thesis Advisor  
School of Visual Arts |  
2019 - Present
Invited to advise the development of MFA theses throughout the 2019-2020 academic year for the design in social innovation (DSI) department

2019 Fall Cohort Member  
Decelerator with The Strange Foundation |  
Fall 2019
Selected to be part of the fall cohort of an artist/creative residency based in upstate NY for non-studio practitioners who focus their efforts on advancing social justice movements


| Previously

Visiting Assistant Professor
Pratt Institute
2018 - 2019

Inaugural Designer-in-Residence
White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
(Under the Obama Administration)
2016
*Applied creative problem solving methodologies to organizational health, program design, and policy development

Design Researcher & Design Strategist
Center for Social Design
2015 - 2016

Program and Organizational Development Manager
The Durfee Foundation
2011 - 2015

Adjunct Faculty & Advisor to the Photography Department
Art Center College of Design
2013 - 2014

Development Fellow
Taproot Foundation
2011 - 2012

Founding Member
Art With Impact
2010 - 2011

Founding Member of Studio Chicago / Project Manager
City of Chicago, Department of Cultural Affairs
2009 - 2010
*Project Manager of Studio Chicago, a city initiative that
focused on the art-making process through exhibitions, lectures,
and other community events

Inaugural Modern Wing, Art Preservation Intern
The Art Institute of Chicago Museum, Photography Collection
2009
*Part of the team that opened the new Modern Wing of the largest
museum in the U.S.


| Select Committees & Special Projects

Grant Review Committee
Korean American Community Foundation, NY
2019

Lead Facilitator of Multi-stakeholder Workshop Series

City of San Jose and City of South Bend
2018

Scholarship Review Committee
Delegate Robbyn Lewis, MD 46th Legislative District
2017

Advisor
The Riordan Foundation
2017

Lead Facilitator of Transition Blueprint Planning Workshop Series
President Obama’s Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
2016

Co-facilitator of Co-creation Workshop
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
2016

Co-Chair of Los Angeles Chapter and Founder of Mentorship Program
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), Los Angeles Chapter
2012 - 2015

Advisory Council Member
Youth Speak Collective
2012 - 2014


| Select Awards & Publications

How South Bend and Tulsa Are Rethinking Funding for Affordable Housing
Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities (Medium)
2019

Named a Disruptor in Art, Culture, and Philanthropy
CSQ Magazine’s annual 40 Under 40 list
2018

What It Takes to Make Congress Actually Listen
WIRED Magazine
2017

Announcing the Regional Network Leads Program
The Obama White House (blog)
2016

Finalist
Social Innovation Hack-a-thon (DC)
2016


| Education

M.A. in social design
Maryland Institute College of Art
2016
Thesis: On the impact of media narratives on historically underserved neighborhoods through the study of the economic, political, and social implications of immigrant-owned micro-businesses in under-resourced areas of Baltimore.

B.F.A. in art theory and photography
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
2010
Thesis: On the friction between the perceived and the real through the study of the individual's cultural, personal, and political relationship to language.

| Gap Year

Relief Worker
Youth With A Mission (Durban, South Africa + Perth, Western Australia)
2004 - 2005