“Problems are solved by partnerships between many different kinds of individuals: designers, advocates, policy makers, scientists, engineers, business leaders. In the best scenario, they are covering a lot of ground together to achieve progress and create viable solutions.”

Elisa Ruffino, Director, Designmatters Department

Alumni Engagement


Art Center’s alumni community has long been a population of creative people actively engaged in ideas, issues and conversations with a global focus. As a leader in social impact design education, and now in its second decade, Designmatters seeks to expand our programming and partnerships to include a strong cultivation of alumni working in or considering this emergent career space.

A partnership between Designmatters and the Office of Alumni Relations, our initiative is one of engagement. We aim to:

Join Us


Join us, and each other, on our Facebook platform. Share professional work, interests, updates, inspiration, events worth knowing about, challenges, and your stories here.



Nominate yourself or an alum you know for the Alumni Spotlight quarterly, a platform for first-person testimonials and honest storytelling from some of our most accomplished Art Center alumni working in social impact. These stories are cross-promoted via Designmatters social media, Alumni Relations and Art Center’s Marketing department. We want to know about you!



Connect with us if you are interested in becoming a mentor for our growing crop of Art Center students, across all disciplines, who are achieving the Designmatters Concentration in Art and Design for Social Impact .



Cultivate with our support, professional offerings in your organizations for the top Designmatters Concentration students through internships, Fellowships and other career-building opportunities among their alumni peers.

Contact Us

The alumni Engagement section is dedicated to featuring the current work of Art Center alumni who are making promising contributions in social impact design, as well as connecting alumni with current Art Center students.  If you want to nominate an alumni story or project to be featured in this space, or if you would like to become a mentor contact Elisa.Ruffino@artcenter.edu or Kristine.Bowne@artcenter.edu.