Kat Ward
Writer, Editor & MBA/MA Candidate 




Once upon a time, I was a precocious Navy brat traveling the world with my family. After years of exploration, we settled in sunny San Diego, California--a place I still like to call home. These days, I'm a freelance journalist and MBA/MA candidate in Design Leadership at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD seeking to build a career in user experience research and data-driven, human-centered design.

When I'm not working or studying, you can find me whipping something up in the kitchen or smiling at people's dogs on the street. 





The most important piece of advice I've ever received was: "Go figure it out, then come back and tell me what you found."

These words of wisdom have been my guiding principle in creating new work. Since receiving my degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, I've been published in an international journal of sociology for my research as an undergrad and have worn many different hats. Social media coordinator, journalist, graphic designer, and editor are only a few of the positions I've held in the last three years.

My background in editorial and social media has taught me how to be a interviewer and how to begin synthesizing data to determine patterns of behavior. Now, as a dedicated design thinker, I want to use these skills to collect, interpret, and present data so that it can be turned into meaningful information. In addition to the design coursework for my degrees, I am currently learning R and Javascript to become well-versed in data visualization.