Sameera (Sam) is a design manager and educator in Austin, TX. Currently a Design Director at thoughtbot, a design and development consultancy, she has held roles such as Director of Academic Operations and Diversity, Director of Instruction, and Design Instructor in for-profit education and public universities. Sam has served as an advisory board member for Austin Design Week and AIGA Austin Changemakers and formerly ran the Austin chapter of Tech Ladies.
She writes and speaks about product and web design, diversity and inclusion, and design research and process. Sam has written for The Pastry Box Project (2015, 2018) as well as a monthly column for net magazine in print and online. She has spoken at Creative Mornings, Design/Content, Clarity, SXSW, ConvergeSE, Peers, and Front-End Design Conference. She shares her thoughts on the web in the documentary, What Comes Next Is The Future. Sam also makes playlists, travels a lot, and cooks and dines out and photographs it all.