My name is Ellie Bazurto and I am a researcher and social innovation strategist. 

Originally from Northern California, I received a degree in Industrial and Interaction Design from Syracuse University and a Master's in Social Design from Maryland Institute College of Art. While on the East Coast, I was selected as an Access&_Design Fellow for emerging designers of color to learn equitable design and as an Impact Wrkshp Fellow using participatory design for its annual social impact project.

Back on the West Coast, working as a qualitative design researcher, in my free time, you can find me volunteering at local urban farms, experimenting with speculative ways to care for my plants ︎︎︎, hosting dinner parties, soaking up any sunshine, and attempting to tackle the ever-growing pile of books on my bedside table.


Influenced by the Human-Centered Design framework, I work through an iterative process combining Co-Design, Systems Thinking, and DEI (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) to generate opportunities for social innovation.

Research  x  Strategy  x  Multidisciplinary Creative Experimentation

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