As a design thinking coach, facilitator, practitioner and educator, Mariana teaches organizations and individuals how to take a human centered approach to solving problems.

Mariana is passionate about helping students and entrepreneurs apply design thinking methodologies to solve problems, generate ideas and build a foundation that will help teams flourish.  She currently co-facilitates Design Thinking and Innovation graduate and undergraduate courses for the Haas School of Business, as well as coaches workshops for international corporations and higher education institutions. Mari also works as a senior partner at Employera where she collaborates with clients to increase engagement and create more meaningful candidate and employee experiences. A fluent Spanish-speaker, Mari recently worked with PSI in Nicaragua to develop a youth-friendly clinic model to deliver quality health services to young mothers.

Languages beyond English: Spanish (native), Italian (proficient), Swahili (beginner)


Mari seamlessly joined the PSI team in Nicaragua. She provided a boost of inspiration and creativity, and developed the country office’s internal capacity for design thinking for the long term. Her authenticity, thoughtful approach, and humor helped us break down barriers, build trust, and act nimbly within the community.
— CAITLIN HEISING / Vice Chair of the Heising-Simons Foundation