Brian Cronin

Brian Cronin

Founder, Chief Strategist

Brian leads product strategy and development and is Catalyst’s Managing Partner. He has enabled organizations to build breakthrough product and service experiences by identifying opportunities, and developing differentiated strategies that align business goals. Brian has worked with many organizations in the technology, financial services, and content-delivery fields, including AOL, Harvard Business Review, Nexant, Nissan, Scripps, Ubisoft, and Silicon Valley Bank.

 


 

Karen Kaushansky

Karen Kaushansky

Principal Design Catalyst

Karen creates meaningful and connected experiences in the physical world. She guides strategy and design of both hardware and software. Prior to Catalyst she worked at Jawbone, Microsoft/Tellme Networks, Vocent Solutions, Nuance Communications, and Nortel. Karen is also Founder and Head of Product Design at the startup Sensilk. She was recently named one of Business Insider’s top 75 Designers in Technology for being the brain behind the Jawbone devices that speak to you.

 


 

Jeff Carino

Jeff Carino

Principal Design Catalyst

Jeff leads brand strategy and identity design for consumer brands and products. Prior to Catalyst, Jeff honed his craft at Landor. He excels at distilling a company’s personality into a visual system that is authentic and unique. Jeff’s work includes projects for Disney, Coors, Royal Caribbean, Discovery Channel, Baush & Lomb, and Chipotle.

 


 

Norbert Scully

Norbert Scully

Principal Product Operation Catalyst

With over 15 years of UX and technology experience, Norbert leads product operations. From solution selection to technology implementation, Norbert ensures that all Catalyst projects are embedded with a culture of learning, and are driven by collaboration throughout the creative process. Norbert’s work includes projects for First Databank, Visa, Lexus, Safeway, DelMonte, Verizon, and the American Psychological Association.

 


 

Dr. Steph Habif

Dr. Stephanie Habif

Adjunct Strategy Catalyst

Dr. Steph Habif is a behavioral scientist with 10+ years of experience leading healthcare teams on ways to design for consumer engagement. She leads ethnographic research to ensure the needs of people are identified and met. She also brings a wealth of insight of behavioral psychology to our work,  paving the way for meaningful impact. In addition to her work at Catalyst, Dr. Habif currently teaches at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (also known as: the d.school) and has held teaching appointments at Columbia University, University of North Carolina, Washington University at St. Louis, and Victoria University of Technology.

 


 

Dale Brewer

Dale Brewer

Principal Design Catalyst

Dale’s passion for product design has him involved in every step of the process. He has provided creative and innovative solutions in mobile, web, and desktop applications and has managed and mentored designers to develop skills and push the envelope of what is possible. He takes pride in using his product design skills in user interface, visual, interaction and prototype design to help enhance the user experience, making a finished product as intuitive and enjoyable as possible. Dale’s work includes projects for Lytro Inc., Barnes and Noble, Motorola Mobility, Sony and Apple.

 


 

Ashley Bond

Ashley Bond

Program Catalyst

Ashley provides the support for our combined teams to align and execute against our common goals and vision. She has a wealth of experience bringing product to market in the fashion world and now she is applying her skills in our work. She guides strategy and design of both hardware and software. Prior to Catalyst she worked at Isda & Co., Levi Strauss & Co., and Jessica McClintock, Inc.

 


 

Jennifer Ng

Jennifer Ng

Principal Design Catalyst

Jennifer is curious about people and why they do things that they do. She believes that user experience follows an iterative cycle from understanding our target users, synthesizing the data into concepts and translating those concepts into designs. Then the cycle begins again to validate with our users. With over nine years of experience in user experience design and research ranging from design studios to startups to academia, Jennifer aims to design for better user experiences. Her specialities range from ubiquitous computing to service design to cross-platform design. Jennifer’s work includes projects for Stanford, Zendrive, Palm, Barnes and Noble NOOK, Livongo Health.

 


 

Alicia Chastain

Alicia Chastain

Principal Design Catalyst

Alicia is a seasoned User Experience Designer who has logged over 10,000 hours collaborating with teams to create elegant experiences by synthesizing the complex requirements users, marketers, and developers bring to the process. Having worked with enterprise, consumer, and non-profit organizations, she understands how varied stakeholders operate. Her projects include a leading iPhone transportation app and an innovative video web site for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Previously Alicia has held senior design roles at BEA Systems and IBM, where she was a key member of the WebSphere brand. She has helped clients including Wells Fargo, Microsoft, ModCloth, and Common Sense Media design their web and mobile apps.