M Strickland is a social impact designer specialized in equity-based human centered design.
M has a decade of professional experience across a variety of contexts, from top-down institutions like the World Bank, to intermediary organizations such as Ashoka (a global network of social entrepreneurs), to community-based direct service organizations. Across these varies contexts, M uses human centered design and qualitative research methodologies to elevate the expertise of lived experience and more equitably distribute power within organizations.
M earned a graduate degree at the Maryland Institute College of Art studying how to use human centered design methodologies for systemic social impact. Previously, they earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from the Public Policy department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a focus on transforming power within social entrepreneurship and international development.
M has been collaborating with Joanna Levitt Cea and Jess Rimington since 2017 on their research into the practices of “beloved economy.” Their work deeply inspired M’s approach to cultivating genuine relationships with collaborators, as well as their knowledge base of collaborative practices and tools to draw from.
Nancy Edwards (pictured on the left) is the Program Director of Operations and Strategic Initiatives at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity. She has built global health partnerships between academic institutes and communities for over two decades. M collaborated with Nancy on a project with the American Heart Association and Community Advisory Boards in Uganda.
Michaelisa Jones (pictured on the far left), Alexandra Bradley (pictured in a cat shirt), and Gabrielle Newell (pictured second from the right) are M’s SWIRL collaborators at HIPS (Honoring Individual Power and Strength).
M’s chosen family in DC holds them accountable to their values and sustains their wellbeing so they can continue collaborating for a more equitable future.