Hi! I’m Mariko, but you can call me Mari.

My full name is Mariko (真利子) which is a Japanese name. I love my name, but I prefer going by my nickname Mari – like the food calaMARI. If you're ever unsure how to pronounce it, please ask me! ☺️

I'm a recent graduate of the Informatics HCI and Japanese programs at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Originally from San Francisco, CA, I attended Lowell High School (see documentary Try Harder! directed by Debbie Lum) and The Hamlin School, both of which I credit to allowing me explore different areas of STEM and fostering my growth and development as a student.

Currently:

Looking for full-time roles in UX!

Previous Roles:

Product Design:

01/2024 - 05/2024 → Capstone Lead Product Designer for my senior capstone project sponsored by Boeing.

06/2023 - 09/2023 → UX Design Intern for Expedia Partner Solutions

09/2022 - 05/2023 → Product Design Intern for SaaS company Housecall Pro

06/2022 - 08/2022 → Product Design Intern for media company Morning Brew

06/2022 - 08/2022 → UX Designer at Cledge, a college counseling platform founded by UW students

04/2021 - 06/2022 → Undergraduate Researcher & Designer in research groups formed by UW's HCDE Department, working to co-design inclusive education spaces and test a block-based programming tool for children and teens learning data science

10/2021 - 05/2022 → Product Designer at student-run club Design for America

07/2021 - 10/2021 → UX Designer with the LGBT Community Network through Develop for Good

01/2021 - 05/2021 → Design Intern at mental health startup Trill Project (now Blue Fever)

04/2021 - 06/2021 → Product Designer in a research group formed by the University of Washington Human Centered Design & Engineering Department (HCDE) and the Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network (SCAN

Leadership:

12/2022 - 06/2024 → Member, New Member Educator of professional design fraternity Alpha Theta Delta.

09/2020 - 06/2024 → Officer of UW Japanese Student Association, Outreach Officer (2020-21), Cultural Officer (2021-24), Semi-Formal Logistics Lead (12/2021 - 04/2022), Matsuri Foods Head (2022-2024)

03/2023 - 06/2024 → Director of Diversity and Community Efforts for Informatics Undergraduate Association (IUGA), led planning of our annual formal event, created IUGA's first diversity and community efforts committee, and spearheaded collaborations with other clubs on campus.

12/2023 - 06/2024 → Teaching Assistant for INFO 498: Fundamentals of Game Design & UX for Social Good, a seminar at the Information School at UW.

06/2023 - 11/2024 → Co-founder of iQueeries, the UW Information School's first queer affinity group.

01/2023 - 12/2023 → Logistics Organizer for DubHacks, managing all logistical aspects concerning food, mentors, judges, and scheduling for 900+ hackers.

06/2022 - 06/2023 → Cultural Head for University of Washington's Japanese Student Association, managing a team of 9 in planning culturally-relevant events throughout the year while serving on the Executive Board

08/2021 - 04/2022 → Junior Board's Design Lead for mental health app Blue Fever, designing and creating assets for their in-app journals and marketing campaigns

05/2021 - 12/2021 → Director of Programming for gender-focused hackathon TechTogether Seattle 2021, with 339 attendees, 1100+ registrations, and a 94% recommendation rate

🏃🏻⚡️ Fast Facts!

I'm –

an ISFJ (Defender)
Enneagram Type 9
Half-Japanese

Currently –

📺 : Star Wars: The Acolyte
📖 : Heretics of Dune
🎶 : Songs About Jane - Maroon 5

My everyday apps include –

Spotify
Arc
ToDoist

Let's chat!

I love meeting people and am always open to chat about my work, design, or experiences :)

Ask me about:

🎨  Increasing DEI in Tech
🇯🇵  Growing up half-Japanese
💻  Hackathons(!)
🌁  The best spots in San Francisco
📺  Lord of the Rings, Dune, Star Wars