Bora Shin

CV Available upon request

An interdisciplinary designer with work bridging research, experience design and visual strategy to drive social impact.

Bora currently serves as a Lead Design Strategist at the LA Mayor’s Innovation Team, a Bloomberg Philanthropies funded team that brings new skills to address problems identified by the Mayor. In this role, she leads design research to help City staff leverage design thinking and user-centered practice.

In prior, she served as a Managing Partner at verynice, a social enterprise that dedicates half of its design services as pro-bono for non-profit organizations. In this role, she led creative teams to deliver branding solutions and digital products for studio's clients, and implemented practice-based volunteer programs for NGOs/NPOs to leverage design-driven impact.

She has 10+ years of experience in working with breadth of clients from both public and private sector such as NASA, UNICEF, 5D Global Studio, City of LA,, and Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.



- NASA Space Grant Graduate Fellow
- Art Center Post-Graduate Fellow
- MFA Media Design Practices Program Scholarship Recipient
- The Type Director's Club
- AIGA 365
- Communication Arts Design Annual
- Communication Arts Typography Annual
- How Magazine International Design Annual
- Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
- UCDA Design Competition
- The Best of Business Card Design 9 by Rockport
- Information Design Workbook by Kim Baer
- Winner of the Mohawk Show 8


- Art Director's Club - Featured Members
- Hyperallergic
- Beautiful Decay
- Bloomberg Cities
- Panelist at AIGA Women's Design Salon - Los Angeles Series
- Panelist at Innovate LA 2016, Garden Sessions Design Series
- Panelist at Los Angeles Service Design Meetup, Measuring Success with Service Design
- Served as a delegate at the United Nations, Media for Social Impact Summit
- Visiting critic at MFA Media Design Practices Program at Art Center
- Visiting critic at Interaction Design Department, Santa Monica College
- Visiting critic at School of Meida, Culture & Design, Woodbury University