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Desiree Garcia

Desiree Garcia

User Experience Designer

Rock Creek Strategic Marketing

Washington, DC

Technology & Innovation @ CFPB believes that serving American consumers best involves future-friendly and data-driven design. // A rare breed of designer who is not afraid of code, big data, failure, or leadership. // First-generation Mexican-American (se habla español) and first in family to go to college. // A go-getter wit...




"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking, and don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." - Steve Jobs

Opportunities with: UX (interaction design side) // hybrid front-end and design // Austin, TX // Silicon Valley // food-related startups // education-related startups // HCI research

Goes like this: 1. Being part of an amazing digital agency at a large research university // 2. Teaching undergraduates at that university how to make good things for the web // 3. Creating an interdisciplinary major for students who want to enter the web industry without sacrificing the pursuit of a liberal education. Awesome research ensues an...
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@ Consumer Financial Protection Bureau // Rock Creek Strategic Marketing


Redesigning the government. Data-based, user-centered UX design on a Public Data Platform, Paying for College, Ask CFPB, Newsroom, Complaint Database, congressional reports, infographics. Open-sourced a CMS. Visual and FEWD support too.


The George Washington University

Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology

I moved to Washington DC to start my PhD in psychology--as a psych undergrad who was active in research, it was the natural thing to do.

I worked as a research assistant at the Stress and Job Loss Lab, provided therapy and educational assessment at the Meltzer Psychological Services Clinic, and was the department IT support staff.

After two years I decided GWU wasn't the right program for my career. I left gracefully with good mentors and a sick ability to observe, empathize, listen, and test. I fully believe that my scientific training and clinical experience is the reason why I can intuitively solve design problems.

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I was the down-to-earth Genius who left you feeling vindicated and relieved–not the condescending one that made you feel small and stupid.

We got 15 minutes to solve whatever problem would be thrown at us. Fifteen minutes. How's that for critical, creative thinking? Could replace a MacBook Pro's logic board in 20 minutes.

And thanks to this job, no situation at work–no matter how ridiculous– can make me cry.


AgencyND @ The University of Notre Dame

Student Web Developer

Developed department websites individually and as part of a team of designers, developers, and an information architect. Polished standards-compliant code that validated every time. Led clients through discovery and implementation sessions.

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The University of Notre Dame

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

The George Washington University

PhD, but not really, Clinical Psychology

Corona Senior High School // Saddleback High School

HS Diploma