Jen Harris

User Experience Designer
Iowa City, IA

About Jen Harris

Jen Harris joined CivicActions as an Agile Project Manager in 2012 and made the transition to User Experience Designer in 2014. She leverages her communication, technical, and creative skills to manage projects and translate business goals into strategic user experience solutions for government and nonprofit clients.

Jen has been instrumental in integrating UX work with Agile development at CivicActions. She was the primary user experience and content strategist for EatFresh.org (San Francisco Human Services Agency) and has contributed UX expertise on projects for the Regional Plan Association and a collaboration platform for a large federal agency. Other clients include Tesla Motors, Save The Children, Transparency International, and Astraea Foundation.

Before joining CivicActions, Jen spent seven years as founder and director of Black Sheep Heap, a small design company with a focus on projects combining sustainability, social justice, and the politics of food. Clients included Microsoft, Just Food, and Brooklyn Victory Garden. She previously worked as an arts administrator at The Getty Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Peter Norton Family Foundation.

Jen earned her BA and MFA in Studio Art from Yale University and Queens College CUNY respectively. She is a Certified ScrumMaster, avid traveler and practicing visual artist. When not working, Jen enjoys making home-brewed kombucha and other fermented treats.

Speaking

  • April 2014, “Agile UX for Government Clients,” Mile High Agile, Denver, CO
  • January 2013, “Agile/Scrum Brown Bag Presentation”, The Ad Council, New York, NY

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