Matthew Willse
Designer & Technologist
Brooklyn NY


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October 2013 – present
Product Manager. UX Re-engineering. Systems design. Literacy in the wild. One less password. A more opinionated browser.
the Coup
founder & principal
September 2004 – December 2013
brooklyn, new york
Established this creative studio to amplify the impact of public interest projects. Focusing on small to mid-sized nonprofits, I have elevated the capacity of dozens of organizations to tell the story of their work boldly and beautifully.
· Produce top-quality branding, design, web development, and creative strategy.
· Excel as project manager and creative director responsible for all projects.

Clients: Amnesty International, Working Families, Barnard College, Green Mountain Coffee, Urban Justice Center, and many more »

Project examples at »


Parsons School of Design
part-time faculty
fall 2013 – present
Teach graduate-level course on advanced web topics. Course focuses on design & code fundamentals of web apps. Curriculum grounds technical skills in critical consideration of the web’s rapidly evolving role in our lives.
Parsons School of Design
bootcamp director
february 2013  – september 2013
new york, new york
Lead a graduate summer intensive with 21 teaching fellows for 80 incoming graduate students in mfa Design & Technology. Hired fellows and oversaw curriculum development for 3 courses on code, web, and design. Planning guest speaker series.
august 2012  – january 2013
new york, new york
Research assistant and technical adviser on community mapping projects in Manhattan and the Bronx.

Previous Experience

The Public Theater
graphic designer
March 2005 – September 2005
new york, new york
Designed a range of material for print, posters, email, and the web.


Elizabeth Stone House
development officer
december 2001 – january 2004
boston, massachusetts
Advanced the fundraising and development of this pioneering women’s shelter.
· Grants & Appeals · Increased foundation grants by 29% in my first full year. Increased the 2002 annual appeal by 14% over the previous four years.
· Budget · Facilitated the agency budget process. Reviewed income and expenses for accuracy and trends. Created fundraising strategies with the development team.
· Data · Developed a database and plan to track agency service and outcomes.
Art Institute of Boston
adjunct faculty
august 2001 – july 2003
boston, massachusetts
Developed curricula and taught courses in web development, drawing,
and wood working.

Thought Leadership

Towards the Sustainable City Panel discussion at SynThesis Symposium. New York, NY, May 2013.
Bicycle InnovationLed workshop on community & tech. IT University Copenhagen. Nov 2012.
Ecohack NYCLed series of software & hardware projects. New York, NY, November 2012.
Future of Security ConferencePresentation on Ambient & Integrative Engagement. New York, NY, October 2012.
Brooklyn BetaLaunched forum for collaboration to jumpstart innovation among the emerging independent workforce in co-working spaces. May 2010 – February 2012.
Tech for GoodAssisted in the planning of this Meetup group to foster social enterprise with more than 500 members (Later merged with NTEN). New York, NY, 2011.
Power in NumbersPanel on leveraging social networks to cultivate traditional media, Asian American Families Conference. September 2010.
10 Tactics for Information ActivismOrganized film screening and workshop. March 2010.
Writing for a Digital AudiencePresentation at Organizing 2.0 conference. December 2009.

Recent Exhibitions & Awards

Center for Transformative Media
Summer 2013
Awarded grant to prototype online tools for open and collaborative workspaces.
spring 2012
Recipient of multiple grants for this endeavor. Project develops a platform for advocacy and community building, using a distributed peer network designed to engage at the scale of individual, community, and city. Grants & Awards:
  • New Challenge · $5,000
  • The Green Fund · $10,000
winter 2012-2013
Collaborated on the ReGeneration art exhibit at the New York Hall of Science. ReGeneration explores the connection of cultural vitality to immigration, urbanization, and sustainability through the intersection of art, science and technology.
Aronson Gallery
march 2012
Selected for curated exhibition Search Under Occupy, creative and critical responses to the Occupy Wall Street movement.


mfa Design & Technology
Graduate with Honors, Valedictorian
New York, New York · 2011 – 2013
Co-Chair, mfa dt Council
Massachusetts College of
Art & Design
bfa, Fine Arts
Graduate with Distinction.
Boston, Massachusetts · 1998 – 2001
Reed College
Concentration in Sociology.
Portland, Oregon · 1995 – 1997

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