Xena Ni

Xena Ni

Director of Design

“If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.” — Shirley Chisholm.

Xena is Director of Design, based in Alloy’s DC office.

Xena is a designer and artist who believes in public institutions that work for everybody. To that end, she has spent the last half of her 10 year design career transforming public services. As a Design Manager at Nava PBC, she launched improvements to HealthCare.gov and simplified public benefit applications with the state of Vermont. In 2015, she served as a Code for America Fellow after co-founding Propel, a civic technology start-up, in 2014. Throughout all of this, she makes art to advocate for equitable public policy. Her installations have been written up in CityLab, the Washingtonian, and the Washington Post.

Her favorite past lives: Kickstarting a feminist superhero underwear line, making strangers do long division for psychology research, and teaching kids how to draw Pokemon.

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