Innovation After Graduation: DFA Alumni
Students join Design for America because of the desire to design for social impact. This compulsion doesn’t end after graduation, and their legacy in DFA doesn’t either. After graduation, these 1,700+ alumni remain solidly rooted in DFA — regardless of age or location.
As diverse in their careers as they were in their majors, DFA alumni are engineers, architects, consultants, non-profit directors, software developers, designers, editors, and teachers. There is even a professional squash player and a state representative in the mix. Find them at Apple, Microsoft, SpaceX, and Tesla; in governments, universities, youth theaters, and think tanks. Wherever they go, DFA alumni bring their unique DFA experiences, empathetic mindsets, and teamwork skills.
DFA provides opportunities to keep developing alumni skills and passions while simultaneously establishing themselves as this generation of social innovators. This looks like panels on applying design in their careers, mentoring established studios, launching studios in their new home, connecting over social media with friends they made at Leadership Studio. This looks like hiring within the network because they know DFAers have the skills to innovate.
DFA alumni have also gone on to develop DFA-inspired organizations in Taiwan, Pakistan, China, and Canada. DFA helps jumpstart these initiatives with design education resources, connections to other alumni, and advice on creating sustainable programs. The spirit and passion of Design for America spreads across the globe through alumni, reinforces itself from coast to coast and country to country to uplift their communities.