Sami Nerenberg
Design for America

Currently the Director of Operations for Design for America (DFA) and a lecturer at the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University, Sami Nerenberg, a San Francisco native, is passionate about the intersection of design education and local/social impact.

Her studio, students’ projects, and DFA have been discussed in publications and blogs such as Fast Company, Chicago Tribune, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Core77 and more. She has spoken and given workshops at TEDx, IxDA, IDSA, Better Word by Design Conferences, Fulbright Seminar, and given workshops at college campuses across the country.

She earned her BFA in industrial design at the Rhode Island School of Design where she received RISD’s Community Service Award and the Rachel Carson Award upon graduation. Currently getting a masters in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern, at the start Sami founded and taught the advanced studio Design for Social Entrepreneurship at RISD, Design Futures at Pratt and worked with nonprofits such as Design that Matters and GreenBlue.