Design for Social Impact

Projects designed to directly benefit social, humanitarian, community or environments. In 2021, we’re also looking for projects that coincide with events of 2020 where impact was needed, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight for racial justice, humanitarian efforts related to climate change or forest fires, and more. Other examples of social impact work include: community or environmental impact initiatives, products for underrepresented communities, distribution systems, disaster relief, etc.

2021 Design for Social Impact Jury

  • Jury Captain

    Sloan Leo

    Founder/CEO, FLOX Studio

    Sloan Leo (they/them) is an artist and the Founder/CEO of FLOX Studio Inc. FLOX Studio is a community design and strategy studio that works with curious optimists who are committed to getting things done. FLOX is on a mission to increase the community design capacity of mission-driven enterprises so that the entire ecosystem is more brave, creative and resilient. Prior to founding FLOX Studio, Sloan Leo spent 15 years leading non-profit staff and volunteer teams at the Environmental Defense Fund, The Trust for Public Land, and other organizations at the intersection of community, justice, and design.

  • Jury Member

    Alvin Schexnider

    BizOps Lead, Civic/Service Designer, DEI + Racial Justice Strategist

    Alvin Schexnider (he/him) is a BizOps Lead, Civic/Service Designer, and a DEI + Racial Justice Strategist. He endeavors to help civic institutions become more effective, citizen-centered, innovative, and equitable. He is Operations Program Manager (BizOps & Civic/Service Design) for the Illinois Department of Human Services, where he drives strategy, operations, design, and community-focused projects deemed critical by the Secretary and Assistant Secretary of Operations. He’s also Adjunct Professor of Social Design at Loyola University Chicago, and outside of work his projects include Distributive Designers ( and the Racial DeckEquity Cardset found on his Etsy shop schexdesign. Alvin lives in Chicago.

  • Jury Member

    Julius Tapper

    Human-Centered Design and Innovation Consultant

    Julius is a human-centered design and innovation consultant, with a focus on product innovation, experience design, and customer strategy. Julius has significant experience across commercial and social impact programs, in both developed and emerging markets. Prior to consulting, Julius worked in capital markets at TD Bank, before founding the Bank’s impact investing and social finance initiative, and issuing TD’s first Green Bond. Julius has a BCom from the University of Toronto, an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Business.

  • Jury Member

    Lora Appleton

    Founder, kinder MODERN & Female Design Council

    Lora Appleton is a thought leader, celebrated designer, curator, gallerist and founder of kinder MODERN and Female Design Council. Leading the charge for womxn in design, she is working to shift the narrative away from “traditional” gender roles and family structures and towards womxn’s technical skills, artistry and professional merits.

    Appleton formed the Female Design Council as a direct response to the long history of imbalanced representation of gender in the design industry. FDC is dedicated to engaging equity and tangible gender parity in design. Appleton continues to focus her furniture and rug design efforts on thoughtful, practical and sustainable design in the family home. She serves on the NYCxDESIGN Steering Committee and is a Board Trustee at the Blue School in Manhattan.

  • Jury Member

    Stacey Panousopoulos

    Executive Director, AIGA NY

    Stacey Panousopoulos has extensive management and customer service experience in the creative sector. Prior to working with AIGA NY she was the office manager, student advisor and seminar coordinator for Gotham Writers’ Workshop, the leading private creative writing school in New York City and online. She earned a BA in creative writing and classical studies at Hunter College in NYC. At AIGA NY, she builds relationships with the existing 3,000 members, the board of directors, sponsoring corporations and a range of external partners.

  • Jury Member

    Wesley Hall

    Senior Designer, Douglas Elliman + Co-Operator, FLOX Studio

    Wesley Hall, a Senior Designer at Douglas Elliman is a skilled graphic designer, illustrator, and creative consultant with 20 years of experience working with clients to generate design-driven solutions for marketing collateral, instructional design, print, and project management needs.




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