I am a thinker, problem-solver, do'er and designer.


My name is Ilyssa and I live just outside of Philadelphia with my husband Davedaughter Lula and brood of animals. You can find me untangling my bungalow Cape Cod-style home from endless vines, learning how to love bugs, dreaming of living in a forest by the sea, listening to podcasts or plotting my next big project.


I am currently a freelance design researcher and strategist, and seeking select interesting and meaningful projects!

Additionally, I am the co-editor of Campfire Stories  (August 2018) and founder of Amble, a sabbatical program for creative professionals.

On occasion, I help friends and colleagues out with design research & strategy or facilitating workshops for people and things I care about, including: Made By WeAlgotsson Design, and Weckerly's Ice Cream

Download my resume here.


Previous gigs include:

Past projects include:

  • Artist-in-Residence at the National Park Service
    Dave Kyu and I hosted the event ‘I Will Hold You In The Light’ which brought together 6 diverse performers responding to the theme of ‘The Pursuit of Happiness.’

This project was made possible and supported by the 'Imagine Your Parks' grant from the NEA, along with the National Parks Service Independence National Historic Park and Mural Arts Program.