Ariel Kennan is a leader in service design, digital product development, and organizational strategy. She embeds equity and justice in her work and strives to create a world where everyone can prosper. As a Senior Fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation at Georgetown University, she is leading the Infrastructure for Opportunity portfolio to establish core building blocks needed to operate and govern our institutions to better serve residents and improve outcomes in society.
Ariel has worked in the private, nonprofit and public sectors to drive change and deliver impactful solutions. She served in the New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity as a Director of Design and Product to improve service delivery and advance equity and opportunity for all New Yorkers. While there, she founded the nation’s first municipal service design studio and managed a portfolio of best-in-class digital products to connect and deliver services. Her time in government was inspired through fellowships with Code for America and the Center for Urban Pedagogy, where she discovered the potential for design in the public sector.
Most recently, as the Director of Civic Innovation at Sidewalk Labs, she worked to improve quality of life in cities, leading the vision for civic life as part of a social infrastructure strategy and collaborated with government, organizations and communities to pilot programs and products.
She holds a BFA in Integrated Design from Parsons School of Design. Originally from Arizona, she lives with her husband in Brooklyn, New York where she loves riding bikes, playing with her dog and cooking delicious meals.